Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sealing Mylar Bags (Food Storage)

After attending a class given by the director of the LDS dry-pack canneries, I decided I would try to incorporate more mylar bags into my food storage.  Why? Mylar keeps light and air out better than plain old 5 gallon buckets.  Since I store much of my bulk items (oats, flour, rice, etc) in 5 gallon buckets, this will extend the shelf life considerably. 

Put mylar bag inside 5 gallon bucket.  I ordered my mylar bags online.

Put product in bag.  Fill it a bit more than what you think will fit.

Add oxygen absorbers.  You need to add 1 absorber per gallon of product.  So, if you are using a 5 gallon bucket, use 5.

Try to get as much air out as possible.  Now, straighten the seams of the bag.  Lay flat on surface of bar or ironing board.  Using medium high heat, seal across top, leaving the corner unsealed.

Smash as much air out as you can.  Now seal the corner.

Leave for 24 hours.  The product should be hard now, as the oxygen has been absorbed.  Put lid on, label and store.

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  1. Where did you find to be the best price on the mylar bags?

  2. Honestly I can't remember! I ordered them over a year ago and got 50 of them. The 5-6 gallon bags seem HUGE in the bucket, but they are great for re-using. Just cut the seal to open, and when you are ready to re-seal, clean the part with a dry rag that will seal, and re-seal. I am sorry I can't remember where I got them. I just did a google search for "5 gallon mylar bags".