When you're ready for storing dehydrated food, it's important to pay attention to how you handle it before it's safely packed away. Click the interspersed links to read what you need to know!
Wear Latex Gloves so that you don't transfer germs from your hands to the food. (There are latex-free gloves available if you're allergic to latex). I use these latex gloves more than once; I wash my hands while wearing them in the kitchen sink, dry them off on a clean towel, and then drape them over my dish draining rack – so the latex gloves are ready for another use.
We're almost ready for storing your dehydrated food!
When the dehydrating is done and after a day or overnight of conditioning it's time to vacuum seal your fruits and vegetables!
It's important when food vacuum-sealing your fruit and vegetables that you have an 'oxypack' tucked inside your food vacuum-sealer bag or jar.
The little oxygen packs absorb oxygen and are readily available in different sizes, such as the 100cc, 300cc, and up.
The reason for different sized oxygen packs depends upon what size container your dehydrated foods will be placed in.
If you're going to store your vacuum-packed foods in Mylar bags, first thing to do is vacuum seal your dehydrated fruits and vegetables in the food vacuum sealer bags.
Then they are stored in the Mylar bags, with NO air removal necessary from the Mylar bags, as the air has already been vacuumed out when you created the vacuum-sealed bags with the oxypacks in them. There are ready-made food vacuum sealer bags -- there's even food-vacuum-sealer-rolls available to make the perfect-length-bag to suit!
For storing your dehydrated fruit and vegetables for daily or weekly use, try using different sized airtight mason jars which sit very nicely on your upper kitchen cabinet shelves. These jars, above, are my mason jars on my kitchen counter and some are shown in my kitchen cupboard on the home page!
Mason Jars - Wide Neck
Mason Jars - Wide Neck
Mason Jars - Wide Neck -
1/2 Pint Jars
Next, I choose to wrap up my vacuum-packed packages with cheap plastic wrap, to keep sharp edges from puncturing our packets - and then they go into the Mylar bags. Mylar bags are made from a polyester film and are very shiny in appearance; they are very tough and tear-resistant and are ideal for long-term food packaging. They provide an extra layer of protection to our individual food packets.
This just in – click this link to see progress on our 8' span of shelving! shown in the above photo. Just the ticket!
Don't forget to check out our optional way of protecting our dehydrated food vacuum sealed packages by reading the Plastic Wrap Guide.
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