Long Term Food Storage Containers

Long Term Food Storage Containers

Oxygen Absorbers And Long Term Food Storage What are Oxygen Absorbers and Why Are They Used in Long-Term Food Storage? Oxygen Absorbers are used to remove oxygen from within a sealed environment, creating a nitrogen environment for long-term food storage. They protect dry foods from insect damage and help preserve product quality. They are used when dry foods are packaged in sealed containers. When used with proper packaging and sealing, the oxygen in the packaging is greatly reduced. Our absorbers bring the oxygen level down reliably to .01% or less.What Are The Benefits Of Using Them?Extends shelf lifePrevents growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage organisms, including moldsEliminates the need for additives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates, etc.How Do Oxygen Absorbers Work?Oxygen absorbers perform their action through a chemical reaction. They contain iron powder which reacts with the oxygen in the air causing the iron powder to rust. When all the iron powder has oxidized, the oxygen absorbers are “loaded” and the absorbing action stops. Remove the oxygen from an active absorber and the chemical reaction stops. Put them back in the air and the reaction starts again until the iron is gone. What Are Oxygen Absorbers Made Of? Are They Dangerous to Come in Contact with Food? Oxygen absorbers are small packets that contain an iron powder. The packets are made of a material that allows oxygen and moisture to enter but does not allow the iron powder to leak out. The Oxygen Absorbers are safe to place on top of the food. They will not harm the food they are in contact with as they come in a sealed pouch.How Long Does it Take For the Oxygen Absorbers to Work?Oxygen Absorbers become warm to the touch when they are working. They take about 4 hours to achieve their rated maximum absorption.Do I Need Any Other Product To Remove Moisture?Desiccants are used with food which has a high water content which can’t be stored long-term very well anyway. Using desiccants is not required with dehydrated foods, at least those that we carry.Can I Just Freeze My Food Instead To Keep It Good Long-Term?Many customers ask if their food will last longer if placed in a freezer. Most items will last significantly longer under cooler temperatures. While dehydrated food is relatively stable under freezing conditions, still your best solution for long-term food storage is to go with an oxygen-free environment.Is The Use Of Oxygen Absorbers Equivalent To Vacuum Packaging?Oxygen absorbers remove oxygen more effectively than vacuum packaging. Air is about 20 percent oxygen and 80 percent nitrogen. Absorbers remove only the oxygen. The air left in the container is mostly nitrogen and will not affect the food or allow the growth of insects. Therefore, the final packaging may not have the appearance of being “vacuum-packed” because of the remaining nitrogen in the package. The only way to get a good vacuum seal inside the bag is to use a vacuum sealer.Oxygen absorbers alone will not be able to accomplish this as they only remove oxygen, which is roughly 20% of the air inside the bag. However, the goal should be to remove the oxygen as the remaining contents of the air will not affect the long-term storage life of your food.What Types of Food Products Can Be Stored Using Oxygen Absorbers?Products should be low in moisture and oil content. If the moisture content is not low enough (about 10 percent or less), storing products in reduced oxygen packaging may result in botulism poisoning. All of our dehydrated products meet the 10 percent or less criteria. However, some products (for example, granola) contain nuts which because of their oil content has a shorter shelf life of up to 6 months to a year. This applies to any food that has a higher oil content, eg. brown rice vs. white rice.To learn more about the shelf-life of the various dried foods we carry, please refer to the Information Center under Storage Life of Dried Foods Oxygen Absorbers and Long-Term Food StoragePacking Your Food with Oxygen AbsorbersWhy Use Mylar Bags in Food StorageUsing Food Storage Buckets and ContainersHow Much Food Fits in a ContainerOxygen Absorbers Recommended AmountsProperly Storing Then Opening Your FoodOxygen Absorber TypesChecking the Capacity of Oxygen AbsorbersOxygen Absorber Chemical Reaction SpeedMoisture Content in Food Storage
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Long Term Food Storage Containers

What are Oxygen Absorbers and Why Are They Used in Long-Term Food Storage? Oxygen Absorbers are used to remove oxygen from within a sealed environment, creating a nitrogen environment for long-term food storage. They protect dry foods from insect damage and help preserve product quality. They are used when dry foods are packaged in sealed containers. When used with proper packaging and sealing, the oxygen in the packaging is greatly reduced. Our absorbers bring the oxygen level down reliably to .01% or less.What Are The Benefits Of Using Them?Extends shelf lifePrevents growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage organisms, including moldsEliminates the need for additives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates, etc.How Do Oxygen Absorbers Work?Oxygen absorbers perform their action through a chemical reaction. They contain iron powder which reacts with the oxygen in the air causing the iron powder to rust. When all the iron powder has oxidized, the oxygen absorbers are “loaded” and the absorbing action stops. Remove the oxygen from an active absorber and the chemical reaction stops. Put them back in the air and the reaction starts again until the iron is gone. What Are Oxygen Absorbers Made Of? Are They Dangerous to Come in Contact with Food? Oxygen absorbers are small packets that contain an iron powder. The packets are made of a material that allows oxygen and moisture to enter but does not allow the iron powder to leak out. The Oxygen Absorbers are safe to place on top of the food. They will not harm the food they are in contact with as they come in a sealed pouch.How Long Does it Take For the Oxygen Absorbers to Work?Oxygen Absorbers become warm to the touch when they are working. They take about 4 hours to achieve their rated maximum absorption.Do I Need Any Other Product To Remove Moisture?Desiccants are used with food which has a high water content which can’t be stored long-term very well anyway. Using desiccants is not required with dehydrated foods, at least those that we carry.Can I Just Freeze My Food Instead To Keep It Good Long-Term?Many customers ask if their food will last longer if placed in a freezer. Most items will last significantly longer under cooler temperatures. While dehydrated food is relatively stable under freezing conditions, still your best solution for long-term food storage is to go with an oxygen-free environment.Is The Use Of Oxygen Absorbers Equivalent To Vacuum Packaging?Oxygen absorbers remove oxygen more effectively than vacuum packaging. Air is about 20 percent oxygen and 80 percent nitrogen. Absorbers remove only the oxygen. The air left in the container is mostly nitrogen and will not affect the food or allow the growth of insects. Therefore, the final packaging may not have the appearance of being “vacuum-packed” because of the remaining nitrogen in the package. The only way to get a good vacuum seal inside the bag is to use a vacuum sealer.Oxygen absorbers alone will not be able to accomplish this as they only remove oxygen, which is roughly 20% of the air inside the bag. However, the goal should be to remove the oxygen as the remaining contents of the air will not affect the long-term storage life of your food.What Types of Food Products Can Be Stored Using Oxygen Absorbers?Products should be low in moisture and oil content. If the moisture content is not low enough (about 10 percent or less), storing products in reduced oxygen packaging may result in botulism poisoning. All of our dehydrated products meet the 10 percent or less criteria. However, some products (for example, granola) contain nuts which because of their oil content has a shorter shelf life of up to 6 months to a year. This applies to any food that has a higher oil content, eg. brown rice vs. white rice.To learn more about the shelf-life of the various dried foods we carry, please refer to the Information Center under Storage Life of Dried Foods Oxygen Absorbers and Long-Term Food StoragePacking Your Food with Oxygen AbsorbersWhy Use Mylar Bags in Food StorageUsing Food Storage Buckets and ContainersHow Much Food Fits in a ContainerOxygen Absorbers Recommended AmountsProperly Storing Then Opening Your FoodOxygen Absorber TypesChecking the Capacity of Oxygen AbsorbersOxygen Absorber Chemical Reaction SpeedMoisture Content in Food Storage
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Long Term Food Storage Containers

Most food purchased from grocery stores isn’t meant for long-term storage.  Food manufacturers want you to eat your purchased food quickly so you’ll return to the store and buy more.  Therefore, any foods that aren’t in cans won’t be packaged properly for a long shelf life.  Plastic bags and cardboard boxes won’t keep out pests, oxygen, light, heat, or humidity.  It’s up to you to repackage everything, but this can get expensive. Enter the plastic food-grade bucket.  You can purchase these new online or at food-storage stores, but if you live near a bakery, chances are they have stacks of these they will either give away for free or at a very nominal charge.  I was skeptical of this until I asked the bakery manager at my local grocery store.  His response was, “How many do you want and do you want lids to go with them?”  A short time later, I had ten like-new buckets with perfectly good lids.  I washed them out with hot soapy water, dried them, and then began filling them with wheat. image by karpacious I use those white buckets to organize non-edibles, such as dental supplies, soap, shampoos, and camping gear.  Just slap a label on the outside, seal with a lid, and you’re on your way to being better organized.  I know some SurvivalMoms who store a week’s worth of food in two or three buckets, thinking they’ll be ready to grab at a moment’s notice in case they ever have to evacuate. Another very inexpensive option are cleaned out soda and juice bottles.  These may be marked with an expiration date, but that date applies to the beverage inside, not the bottle itself.  I use these bottles to store rice, oats, cornmeal and other dry goods.  You’ll need a good funnel, but other than that, these are free with the purchase of the juice or soda inside! My grandma used to keep and re-use every food container that entered her kitchen: empty jelly jars, margarine tubs, and Kool-Whip containers.  Glass jars can be re-purposed to hold large amounts of yeast (be sure to refrigerate), dried herbs, and dehydrated veggies.  Plastic margarine and Kool-Whip containers are better used for organizing non-food items, such as first-aid and sewing supplies.  Before throwing out perfectly good containers, consider how it can be reused.  A free container is always best! Speaking of free, my favorite price!, check with school cafeterias and restaurants for white plastic buckets, PETE containers in various sizes, and even large glass jars.  I was told by one manager, “We’re supposed to send those out to be recycled, but you can have all you want!”  Ask around, and don’t be shy! Be aware that not all plastic containers are food-friendly.  According to The Virtual Weber Bullet, here are plastics to avoid. HDPE white plastic containers of unknown food grade status Garbage cans or pails Mop buckets Laundry detergent or kitty litter buckets Dry pet food buckets 5-gallon utility buckets from home center stores Household storage containers Garbage bags Any container — even if made of food grade plastic — that has been used to store non-food items like chemicals, paint, or detergent When it comes to storing food, safety comes first, thriftiness second.  There’s no point in investing hard-earned money in food and then ending up with something tainted when you really need it. One final budget-friendly suggestion is the mylar bag.  You know how much I love these for long-term storage, but did you know they can be cut into smaller sizes and resealed?  Using nothing but a hot clothes iron and a flat surface, you can prepare small bags for seeds, herbs, dehydrated mixes, smaller amounts of beans and rice and much more. There’s no doubt that prepping costs money, but it’s still possible, with a little creativity and good information, to become better prepared on pennies, or less! Print PDF

Long Term Food Storage Containers

Long Term Food Storage Containers
Long Term Food Storage Containers
Long Term Food Storage Containers
Long Term Food Storage Containers

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