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What are the sheets for that go on the dehydrator trays?
There are two kinds of dehydrator sheets:
What size oxygen packs to use for dehydrated food?
The reason for different sizes depends upon what size container your dehydrated foods are placed in. They are readily available in different sizes: 100cc, 300cc, and up. Click here on this link oxygen packs for more info.
What happens to the oxygen absorbers when you open the bag?
When you open your Mylar bags to retrieve a package, if you do it quickly, and re-seal the Mylar bag straight away, you should be good to go until the next visit – but if you'd rather be safe than sorry, then by all means, replace the old 300cc pack with a new one!
NOTE: When you use the 100cc oxy-packs in the mason jars, you can really hear the jar 'pop' when you open it – and that's how you know that the oxy-pack is still 'good'. Replace it when you don't hear the 'pop' any more.
Can you store wheat?
You can store milled flour for five years – just follow our basic
steps: vacuum bag it with an oxy-pack tucked in it, and then Mylar bag
it, and then put away in buckets or bins. See this page for more on storing dry goods like flour, salt, and sugar.
Can you vacuum noodles, rice, flour, and dry beans - and if so, how do I store them?
Yes to all! Even though the noodles, beans, etc are dry to begin with, be advised to still use an oxy-pack as they do more than just remove oxygen, they help prevent mold and protect dry foods from insect damage. Store in air-tight mason jars, or in food-vacuum-sealer bags. I've even got salt and sugar 'stashed away'!
Are the oxygen packs sealed individually?
Yes. But they are shipped in quantities of 50, or 100. Some companies offer combo packs of 50 Mylar bags with 50 300-cc oxy-packs! Convenient!
Are oxygen-packs safe, i.e. not poisonous?
They are totally safe! Click here on this oxygen packs link for more info.
I work during the day. Can I prepare veggies/fruit in the evening, store them in containers in the fridge overnight, then put them on the dehydrator before I leave for work in the morning?
Fantastic question, and the answer is YES! But remember, certain fruits and veggies need spraying with lemon juice, so do that before you put the lid on the container! See Dehydrating Fruit and Dehydrating Veggies for which ones need the juice.
Can you re-use the Ziploc bags after conditioning, as they're pretty expensive to use just the one time?
I have been reusing my bags for that very same reason – it's wrong to throw them away just after one use! However, having said that, I DO toss them if they have any sticky residue in them at all from previous fruits or veggies. I would NEVER re-use a bag that had meat in it previously.
Can you Dehydrate Brussels Sprouts?
Yes! Even though I do not have Brussels Sprouts listed on this site, you can treat these 'miniature cabbages' (as I like to think of them!) like fresh Broccoli. Cut the Brussels Sprouts in half and follow the instructions on this page.
Can you Dehydrate Pumpkin?
Pumpkin can indeed be dehydrated, simply follow the same instructions we use for dehydrating butternut squash.
Can I just put my dehydrated food in a zip-lock bag without an oxypack?
When we dehydrate food for long-term storage, it is highly recommended to include the oxypack in the vacuum-sealed bag. We then can leave this bag alone for weeks and months ... However, if you intend to eat the dehydrated foods within a few days or so, you can indeed just keep them in a plain old Ziploc bag without an oxygen pack. Fruit and veggies may not even need to be refrigerated, but dehydrated meat in an un-vacuum-sealed Ziploc bag will need to be refrigerated. Better to err on the safe side!
For foods I use on a regular basis such as my onions, celery, mixed veggies, that I keep in mason jars in my kitchen cupboards, I do use an oxypack in those mason jars. When I don't hear the 'pop' when I take off the lid, I know it's time to put in a new oxypack.
I do like to use the oxypacks in just about everything I'm vacuum
sealing for the long-term, as they absorb any (stray) oxygen and keep
the contents from spoiling (according to the manufacturers)!