Mylar Bags ~ Great For Long-Term Food Storage

Mylar Bags

An Extra Layer of Protection

The next-to-last destination for pint- or quart sized-vacuum bags can be Mylar bags. (The final step is the plastic lidded bins, or buckets).

These special bags are made from a polyester film and are very shiny in appearance. They keep out air, light, moisture, and BUGS!

They are very tough and tear-resistant and are ideal for food packaging – it gives an extra layer of protection to our individual food packets that you'll place inside for safekeeping.

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Mylar Bags are Smooth Inside; Vacuum-Sealer Bags Have One Side Smooth Inside, The Other Side "Bumpy"

The bags also keep the light and air out, when sealed properly, and are easy to write on with a black felt-tipped pen/marker! The reason you can't vacuum these bags, (or is at least VERY hard to do) is that both sides of the bag are smooth.

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Take a close look at the plastic vacuum bags that the dehydrated food goes into first; you'll notice that one side is smooth and the other side is 'bumpy', for want of a better word. These textured 'bumps' enable the air to actually be drawn out of the bag, otherwise the two smooth surfaces just simply clamp shut tight together!

Use A Black Felt-Tipped
Marker Pen

Black Felt Tipped Pen

When you've filled your 10 inch x 14 inch bags, use a black felt tipped pen as mentioned above, to describe the contents of the bags.

Write the date on it too!

Keep reading to see ideal number of vacuum-sealed packages that can fit inside one of the bags (below the Amazon ads).

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Three or Four (Max!) Packages In One Bag

I can get at least three plastic-wrap vacuum-packed packages into one bag, sometimes four. Don't overstuff. If you try to get more in, it makes it harder to seal the bag, plus you risk puncturing the vacuum-sealed packages inside, when one pokes against the other. That's the reason why I plastic-wrap the packages after vacuum sealing. For a 10 inch by 14 inch bag, a 300cc oxypack is used.

NOTE: To make sure you understand – we do not vacuum the Mylar bags, we only use the sealing function on the vacuum-sealer machine; not the air removal function.

The vacuum AND sealing takes place only on the food vacuum-sealer bags, or the food vacuum-sealer rolls.

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Photo: Filled Bags, Ready
For Long-Term Storage

Mylar bags packed and sealed

Don't forget to check out Amazon for the best prices – and as you can see in the Amazon ads, the Mylar bags come complete with a matching number of appropriately-sized oxygen absorbers!

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