For Long-Term Storage
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 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.
After Vacuum-Sealing Individual Packages
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 oxygen absorbers 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.
The three jars are my mason jars on my kitchen counter and some are shown in my kitchen cupboard on the home page!
Below the Amazon Mason Jar links is a great tip on how to prevent punctured bags. Read on to find out!
Mason Jars -
Wide Neck Quart Jars
Mason Jars -
Wide Neck Pint jars
Mason Jars -
Wide Neck 1/2 Pint Jars
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Safely Store Dehydrated Food in Spare Closets, or the Garage!
This is the tip I referred to earlier, about lessening punctured bags: 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 is how you create space where there is none! Click this link to see progress on our 8' span of shelving! shown in the 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.
When you're ready to get busy storing dehydrated food, pretty much all of the items mentioned can be found at Amazon.com — so no worries there!) For those of you who have written in asking about storing dry goods, take a look at this page for how to store flour, salt, and sugar.
Nesco™️ Dehydrators trays can really stack up! Very affordable too.
FoodSaver™️ make excellent food vacuum-sealing machines.
Life support for bags, bins, and buckets.
Put your vacuum-sealed packages in un-tearable Mylar bags to keep out light.