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(20) 10"x14" 3.5 Mil ShieldPro Econ Mylar Bags (1 Gallon) + (20) Oxygen Absorbers

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$19.99
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$13.99 (You save $6.00)
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0818947013775
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3.00 LBS
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Product Description

The 20 1-Gallon Bag and 20 300cc Oxygen Absorber kit is our most economical kit.  It can store up to 100lbs of food.  Use 1 300cc oxygen absorber per 1 gallon bag; for less dense food like pasta or oats, use 2 300cc oxygen absorbers. 

Common Questions:

What kinds of foods are good to store long term?

The best long-term storage foods have a moisture content of below 12%.  These includes things like pasta, whole wheat berries, beans and rice.  The less moisture your food starts with, the longer it will store.

How long should I expect food to last?

There are a lot of factors that determine the shelf life of your food.  Food stored in optimum conditions can last 5-10 years or longer!  You want to store your food in a cool, dark, dry place.  Using oxygen absorbers and a barrier bag (Mylar bag) can greatly extend the shelf life of your food.

How Many Oxygen Absorbers should I use?

Use 300-600cc of oxygen absorber per 1-Gallon Mylar Bag. 

What do I need to store food?

To store food, you will need (in addition to your food):
1) Bucket - Any hard-sided container with a tight fitting lid can substitute.
2) Bucket Lid.
3) Mylar Bags (5 gallon bags are for bulk food storage; if you plan on using your long term storage regularly, 1 or 2 gallon bags are more convenient).
4) Oxygen Absorbers. (Use 300-600cc per 1 gallon bag, and 2000cc-3000cc for a 5 gallon bag)
5) A straight edge, such as a level or 2x4 at least 14” long.
6) A clothes iron or clamshell heat sealer.


Steps:
1) Put Mylar Bag into bucket. If using a 5 gallon bag in a 5 gallon bucket, you will have a significant amount of material protruding from the bucket. This is normal. All the excess will be folded into the bucket at the end.
2) Heat your iron, setting it on a middle setting if sealing a 3-3.5mil bag, on 3/4 high setting if sealing a 4-5 mil bag, and on high for a 7.5mil bag. (In all cases, test on a corner of a bag to ensure the right setting)
3) Put your oxygen absorber(s) into the Mylar Bag. It does not matter if it is on top or bottom of the food.
4) Fill Mylar Bag with food, up to about 1 inch from the top of the bucket. A 5 gallon bag will hold around 30-35 lbs of wheat and rice, 25lbs of beans, and 15lbs of oats.
5) Place the level or straight edge across the top of the bucket, as close to the center as you can. Fold the bag over the level, keeping the surface as smooth as possible ( a little tricky and will take some time to learn).
6) Seal the bag by running the iron across the bag where it is lying on top of the straight edge. The bag should seal very quickly if the iron is hot enough, no more than 1-2 seconds of the iron touching the My-lar.
7) After your seal has cooled, very lightly squeeze the bag. If you can make small ‘bubbles’ or pockets of air, the bag is sealed correctly. If you notice you can squeeze air out of the bag, it is sealed incorrectly. It is very normal to have problems with bags a high percentage of the time when you are first learning to seal them.
8) To view an actual demonstration, please review our FAQ at www.adviceandbeans.com/food-storage-faq/ About halfway down there is a link to a post with pictures and a video.