Food Storage in Mylar Bags

mylar-bags-food-storage-1We believe that the single best, most cost effective method of storing food for long term survival is sealing it in mylar bags. Food storage in mylar bags is inexpensive and the method to seal food in mylar bags is simple.

Mylar bags are an integral component of any good food storage systems and have been used for many years. Food grade aluminized mylar bags are used by filling them with dry goods such as beans, pasta, rice and oats. Mylar bags create an oxygen barrier to protect food during extended long-term food storage because the oxygen is removed using food safe oxygen absorbers. Mylar bags for food storage can be sealed with a standard heat sealing unit or with an ordinary clothes iron.

The mylar bags must be sealed properly for the whole thing to work as expected. You’ve got the food, the mylar bag that is more air-proof than a bucket, the oxygen absorber that will remove all the air so your food won’t go bad, but if you don’t seal that bag properly all your effort goes down the drain. Because the mylar bag is made out of a multi-layer material you CANNOT use a regular Food Saver or Seal A Meal unit to seal these bags. Those units just don’t reach a high enough temperature to do the job.The most cost effective way to seal the mylar bags for food storage is to use your steam iron (with steam off) on the hottest setting (cordless irons won’t work because they can’t sustain the high heat long enough – you need to be up at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 204 degrees Celsius) For most irons, Linen is the highest setting, so that will be your best choice with an iron.

Below is a list of what you need. Here is the simple five-step process:

  • Place dry food into mylar bag

  • Add oxygen absorber pack

  • Seal end of mylar bag with iron

  • Place in food safe bucket with Gamma Seal Lid

  • Label bucket with quantity and date

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Product Checklist for Food Storage in Mylar Bags

Household Iron

Mylar Bags + Oxygen Absorbers

Food Grade White Bucket with Gamma Seal Lid

You can find these items in the Trading Post > Food – Storage

Resources:

The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals

The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published December 19th, 2014
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  • Herman Nelson

    This article is good but there are some things that needed to be touched on. Like computing the size of O2 eater you’ll need for what size of mylar bag. There are 100cc, 300cc, 500cc, 1000cc, 2000cc sizes. You would use the 100cc or 300cc for #10 tin cans (coffee can size) or the smaller bags. The 500cc, 1000cc and 2000cc O2 eaters are for 3 gallon to 6 gallon bucket liners. Take in consideration of the density of what you are packing. A 5 gallon bucket holds about 27 pounds of rice or 30 pounds of table salt or 15 pounds of elbow pasta. Each one of these is a different density and needs to be addressed with the size of eater needed. Elbow pasta will require more eaters because of the nature of the pasta.

    There are different types of bags out- regular or with zip-lock, flat or pouch. I prefer the zip-lock puch type because of the convenience of being able to seal the bag for long term, then open it when needed and still have the zip-lock. Pouch type bags will stand on their own for easier filling, whereas flat bags do not. You pay a bit more for the zip-lock types, but they’re worth it in the long run. The down side is you have about 1-2 inches of area to seal the bag. Regular bags have as much as you would like. For those, I’ll iron seal 2-3 times to ensure I have the best seal possible. I’ll also write the date, contents, weight on this edge.

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