Re:Canning your own Chili.
Well not really sure, depends on your freezer. Self defrost types will shorten the life of product as they actually take your food almost to thaw stage for every defrost cycle. Best long term would be a vacuum sealed bag, if you don't have vacuum, take a zip lock seal it right up to the end with a drinking straw poking out, suck on the straw till all the air is out of the bag, depending on how good you can pull the air out the better seal you'll get. Put this in your freezer in the back covered with other things, and if you open your freezer a lot keep it short. Best is to use a vacuum sealer, and have a no auto defrost chest freezer that you only open say once a week or so. I've had some items stored like this for months.