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9/5/14

Mylar baggin'


Well, that bucket 'o Fruit Loops inspired me to get some mylar bags and start doing a better job packaging up some of the food we have set aside for mid/long term storage.

I've been planning on buying up some #10 cans of food, but the cost savings and better ability to stock up on familiar products/brands led me to give the mylar bags a try.

The bags I'm using are these 5 mil weight ones. They're good quality and a nice, durable weight.

Of course, if you're going to repackage your foods, you might as well do it right with some nice looking branded labels. Helps with the picky eaters, looks much better than some poorly scrawled Sharpie writing.

Anyways, I've got some more baggin' to do over the weekend...and, I've gotta go hit up the stores for some o' that bulk cereal. I'll get a Pinterest-worthy DIY post up soon.

7 comments :

  1. Could anyone tell me what, if any, advantage does mylar bagging have over the vacum sealing rolls that you use with vacum sealers.
    Also can these be used with vacum sealers.

    Thanks

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    1. Nope, can't use these with vacuum sealers. Some folks have figured out little tricks to make it sort of work, but off the shelf, no.

      Unlike vacuum sealing, mylar protects the contents from damage caused by light. The packaging is also quite a bit more durable and long-lasting than any of the vacuum sealing material I have come across.

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    2. Also, the mylar bags are an oxygen barrier while the vacuum bags are not. If you use an oxygen absorber packet in the bag, it helps extend the shelf life even more.
      This really helps keep beans for example a LOT fresher over time. There is a lot of stuff in the archives on this site and others about using mylar bags for food storage.
      Just my $0.02 worth.
      By the way, my bone marrow transplant was a near perfect success, my cancer is in remission and I should be going home from the hospital in the next 30 days or so.

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    3. Awesome news! Congrats - you will have our prayers during the recovery process.

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  2. How exactly are you removing the air and then sealing the mylar bags?

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  3. A while back we had a multiple week power outage. I learned that when you don't have refrigeration, opening your quart jar of canned tomatoes means you have to eat an entire quart of canned tomatoes. Opening your can of 48 servings of powdered butter means you have to eat all 48 servings in the next few months. Got pretty tired of that.

    Also learned that when you are spending 14 hours a day keeping watch, gathering wood, and keeping the place running, you don't really want to spend an hour in a hot kitchen preparing dinner over a stove or fire.

    After that I began converting much of our long term food storage to dry meals, prepackaged into two serving mylar packs. I converted about 50 recipes that we like into 100% powdered, freeze dried and/or dehydrated ingredients, and split down the recipes into two servings. Just add water and simmer 15-20 minutes.

    I've got about 30 days' food for 12 people in this format, in additional to bulk dry food stores.

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