Storing Dehydrated Food Safely – Easy Food Dehydrating Video Newsletter

Storing Dehydrated Food Safely – Easy Food Dehydrating Video Newsletter

September 11, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


Hello and welcome to Easy Food Dehydrating’s
Video Newsletters. This video covers safe food storage of your dehydrated food.
By Susan Gast. In previous videos I covered dehydrating food
and vacuum-sealing the food … now it’s time to store it for either use during the winter,
or early spring months. But for those of you who wish to have emergency food on-hand,
this video covers both! I love to use Mason jars. Why? They are great
for storing dehydrated food for daily and weekly use. It’s so easy to screw off a lid
rather than having to cut off the tops off the vacuum-sealer pouches then having to re-vacuum-seal them. Mason jars store easily in your cupboard on
the shelves making them a handy go-to while cooking your favorite recipe! With the use of Mason jars, I still use oxygen
absorbers. An easy way to know if the oxygen absorber is dead is to listen for a ‘pop’
when you unscrew the lid. If you hear a pop, then you know there’s still some life left
in that good old oxygen absorber! But when it’s completely dead, throw it away and replace
it with a new one. The question is: “What size oxygen absorber
do I use?” In quart-sized Mason jars, I use 100cc oxygen absorbers just like we use in
the vacuum-sealer pouches. For the smaller (half- or) pint-sized Mason jars – a 50cc oxygen
absorber is ample. So why use different sized jars, you’re probably asking? Well for lesser-used
veggies such as garlic, in my case, the slices of dried garlic fit easily into the smaller
half-pint Mason jars. Sometimes I’ll use an “almost dead” 100cc oxygen absorber for use
in the smaller half-pint Mason jars, therefore bypassing the need to purchase the smaller
oxygen absorbers in the first place! It doesn’t take long to fill a quart-sized
Mason jar with celery, corn, peas, and hash brown potatoes … and these are the mainstays
of great soups. But back to the garlic slices … they’re so easy to crumble up into soups
and stews. As an alternative to Mason jars, especially
for long-term storage, I highly recommend storing your vacuum-sealed pouches in Mylar
bags. They are rip-proof, water-proof, and block out the light. Yes, the three enemies
to food storage: air, light, and water. Do a search online for Mylar bags – Amazon have
them – but then again … what does Amazon NOT have? The size of Mylar bags I choose to use are
10″ x 14″ … many times Mylar bags are bundled with oxygen absorbers, so take that into consideration
when you are looking for them online. A quick note about Mylar bags: Don’t attempt
to draw the air out of Mylar bags … we only do that with the vacuum-seal pouches because
you can’t draw the air out of the Mylar bag because both sides of the bag are smooth on
the inside! With the vacuum-sealer pouches, they have one side that is textured so you
are able to draw the air out. I attempt to put four vacuum-sealed pouches
of food into a Mylar bag at any one time … don’t overstuff it … there’s less risk of puncturing
the vacuum-sealed pouches that way. Next up are plastic lidded bins. These bins
are great for storing pouches of vacuum-sealed foods that are contained in the Mylar bags.
If the plastic bin is classed as air-tight by the manufacturer, then by all means you
can add a 2000cc oxygen absorber in it before snapping on the lid. But for the most part, these plastic lidded
bins are NOT air-tight – the ones that you find in Wal-Mart, because the handles usually
leak air so I don’t recommend wasting a 2000cc oxygen absorber – but why use these bins in
the first place? Well, they are great for stacking and they
are well-suited for long-term food storage. In future videos I’ll show you how I made
a great storage area along a bare wall instead of taking over a closet! Food Grade buckets, also known as #2 Food
Grade… now head on down to your local “Do-It-Yourself” store and pick up some of these buckets – or
you can go to Amazon. These buckets are definitely air-tight so please feel free to use 2000cc
oxygen absorbers in the bucket along with your Mylar bag pouches. If you’re thinking, “Do I have to use Mylar
bags?” No – but they help segregate your food and it helps keep you organized! Also the
Mylar bags are great for writing on the date and noting what’s in it! Just use one of those
black felt-tipped magic markers. Regarding buckets, Amazon also have some special
lids called Gamma2 lids. The interior of these lids screw out. The manufacturers claim that
they are air-tight. Have you ever had sore fingers from trying to pry off regular lids?
Well, don’t worry, this solves the problem! People also use these big buckets with the
screw-out lid centers to store their bulk dry dog and cat food. A user noted that she
stored flour too without any bug problems! I promise I’ll go over oxygen absorbers in
more detail in future videos because they are necessary to combat mold growth. I’m looking forward to telling much much much
much more about food dehydrating and sharing tips and tricks on safe food dehydrating that
I’ve learned along the way. Also you’ll learn about storing your food
safely for long-term food storage. So please join me here again at Easy Food Dehydrating
Video Newsletters. Bye for now!