Mylar bags

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Mylar bags for food storage and more.

Mylar bags, when paired with oxygen absorbers can provide a
hundred years of protection from oxidation, mold, and bugs.

Mylar bags aren't just for food storage
A key skill in prepping is knowing how to store food using Mylar
bags and oxygen absorbers. Another component of preparedness
is using Mylar bags for prepping gear, not just your food! With
dessicants you can use Mylar bags for gun storage. Learn about
using Mylar bags for food storage and more...

It's one thing to buy shelf-stable food, it's at another level to buy
food in bulk and store it for the long term. To get started, don't
use a hair straightening iron as some other site advise. Get the
right tools, including a heat sealer and have a mason jar on hand
to store your oxygen absorbers as you quickly work.

  • Heat sealer. Right, is a heat sealer that's 6 inches and
    made of a serrated Teflon coating. It's the best way to seal
    Mylar bags for food storage, but it's also ideal for sealing
    Cellophane, craft paper, other thick materials.

  • Oxygen absorbers (for your food).

  • Silica gel packs (for non-food items).

  • Food grade buckets to store your food. Do not place food
    in anything but a food grade bucket or your food will leach
    the toxins. For your food grade buckets you may also like to
    get a gamma seal lid and a bucket opener.

  • Mason Jars. It's a good idea to have a mason jar with a lid
    hand. Mason jars to keep your oxygen absorbers as you work
    quickly.

  • Mylar bags. Get various sizes for your projects.

Mylar bags are:
  • puncture resistant ~ they are stronger than plastic bags.
    Mylar bags keep your food safe from bugs.
  • light barrier ~ they guard your food from sunlight, which can
    degrade food quality over time.
  • airtight ~ they are less permeable than plastic bags and
    when combined with an oxygen absorber can provide against
    oxidation for years to come.
  • moisture resistant ~ they keep your equipment dry. Mylar
    bags help keep your food mold-free. Desiccants (silica gel
    packs) will draw the moisture content from your goods, such
    as for the storage of guns.

What to look for in a Mylar bag.

  • Thickness. 5.5 mil film is a good quality. Mylar bags that are
    thick will have a superior oxygen barrier.

  • Size. A one gallon size is good because you'll be able to
    more effectively use your oxygen absorbers. Smaller bags are
    also ideal to reduce or eliminate contamination. Say for
    example you accidentally seal food with weevils. If you have
    smaller bags, you'll minimize the risk and not affect the
    other contents of your bucket.

For example, a one-gallon size is ideal for storing salt, baking
Soda, powder and spices.

How to use a Mylar bag
Just add your dried or dehydrated food to the Mylar bag, place
appropriate number of oxygen absorbers on top, simultaneously
pushing out as much residual air as possible before sealing the
bag. Right is a

Desiccants
Dessicants are silica gel packs made to help absorb moisture, not
oxygen.

Oxygen absorbers
Oxygen absorbers are made of a chemical compound, the active
ingredient of which is a powdered iron oxide.  While they are not
edible, they also are not toxic. No harmful gases are created and
the oxygen does not remove the fresh smell and taste of your
food.

For bulk dried goods, you may like to pair food grade buckets with
Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers.

  • Food grade buckets are a special plastic that's free from
    toxins that would otherwise absorb into your food. In this
    method, you'll place your food into mylar buckets with the
    appropriate oxygen absorber, then seal the mylar bags and
    store the mylar bags in your food grade bucket. The oxygen
    absorber has two purposes: first it does the trick of removing
    oxygen so little critters don't live in your food reserve and  
    second your food stays fresh.

How to pack...
  • Pasta. Use 500cc oxygen absorbers for use with pasta, and
    other food types with high air volume, such as potato flakes.
  • Potato flakes. Use 500cc oxygen absorbers for use with  
    potato flakes, and other food types with high air volume,
    such as pasta.
  • Spices. One gallon size is perfect for storing salt, baking
    soda, baking powder and spices.

Now you know that Mylar bags are ideal for prepping gear too
(and not just your food). With dessicants you can use Mylar bags
for gun storage.

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