A Food Storage Tip When Using Mylar Bags

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Todd, I thought this idea might be of use to your readers.

I hate the fact that when I open a food bucket mylar bag, I am kind of stuck with an open container of 40 pounds of rice.  Then I have to open another bucket with 30 pounds of beans. That represents a lot of food to open at once.

Also if I was bugging out, I might be able to grab a bucket, but it would have been either the bucket of rice or the beans. It has been hard for me to easily make a mixed bucket until I came up with this idea.

I have used a nylon hose to hold my beans which I twist tie shut, place in mylar bag, then pour rice around the sack of beans and then throw in the oxygen absorbers and seal. The pore size of the stretched nylon should easily allow the oxygen to be removed with the absorber yet keep the rice and beans separate. Thus a mixed bucket is easily made. If most of my buckets are mixed, then as I use them, I may be able to get by with only one open bucket at a time,  reducing the risk of spoilage. I mark the outside of the bucket with the number of pounds of beans and how many pounds of rice.

IMG_1643I have attached pictures where I made a crude cardboard tube over which I stretched hose ( a large wrapping paper tube works best for this). I then poured the beans into the tube and pushed the beans down into the hose which I then twist tied. You can easily see the beans so oxygen removal should be easy despite being surrounded by rice. I hope this may be helpful to your readers.

IMG_1642Thank you JP

 

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2 thoughts on “A Food Storage Tip When Using Mylar Bags

  1. Wes

    Excellent tip! I recently wrote a post on my own blog on how to store food long term using mylar bags and buckets. This tip would make an excellent addition to that information!

  2. Illini Warrior

    Todd, you got it totally correct about the need for a “breathable” container/divider …. if want to separate two different dry goods in the same bucket … it’s something most preppers don’t understand – you can’t entrap air within pockets of the bucket …..

    my concern is the construction of that nylon stocking …. I don’t see it being food grade …. never had a need to check on something like that before now …. you need to be super careful about the off gassing of poly type chemical materials in that airtite container ….

    mylar bags are 100% food grade …. using multiple 1/2, 1 and 2 gallon sizes for smaller quantity bucket packs are always doable ….

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