Learn about storing salt and sugar right here, and see storing rice and flour (and other dry goods here) for long-term food storage the right way.
In the photo at the top of the page, you can see packed Mylar bags filled with vacuum-sealed pouches of bread flour.
The bags have their ingredients listed on them, along with the date I dehydrated them.
I've even vacuum-packed yeast that I bought in a larger quantity and re-packed it into smaller pouches.
This way, I can bake my own bread whenever I want!
Now it's time to go over storing salt and sugar.
If you've been a fan of my site for any length of time, I hope you know that I want to make sure that families all across the USA—and the world—have enough food put away, in case the poop hits the fan.
Before I get going with the salt and sugar storage, I want to let you know that we have a ONE-HOUR course on Udemy that goes into all aspects of storing food for the long term. You can read much more about that course HERE.
Although Easy Food Dehydrating goes into detail regarding putting away fresh fruits and vegetables, along with cooked meats, I also have canned goods stored away.
Many people have written in asking if they can dehydrate canned goods and my usual response is "Why go to all that trouble?" because canned goods already last for years "as is."
But yes, you can dehydrate canned goods, if you wish.
The canned goods I have are canned ham, corned beef, and tuna. Also, canned soups. I take advantage of the buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deals at the local grocery store.
But back to dry goods ...
I have been busy storing salt and sugar - and flour. It's easy. All you need to do is open up the individual bags, divvy up the contents into vacuum-sealer bags, add a 100cc oxygen absorber, seal the bag, and write the date on it and its contents.
It's very important to add the oxygen absorber when storing salt and sugar, as they soak up moisture!
Wrap the packets with cling wrap and store them in Mylar bags. (See below for additional info. on Mylar bags).
You can also store your filled Mylar bags in buckets (or plastic-lidded bins).
I have heard positive reviews for Gamma2 lids and they are specifically for #2 Food-Grade buckets.
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One reviewer gave a rave review—but I don't think she was storing flour "loose." The same reviewer said to wash the buckets and the Gamma2 lids prior to use.
I've no argument with that—but seeing as we're using them to store our Mylar bags, there's no need to go to great lengths in pre-cleaning either the buckets or lids (or plastic lidded bins).
The reviewer also stated that these lids were indeed air- and water-tight and that they kept her goodies "bug-free."
Yes, ideal for storing salt and sugar. (And pet food!)
1. To store flour, or any dried goods such as sugar, and salt is a food vacuum-sealer, and the one I recommend is the FoodSaver™ vacuum sealer machine.
2. Obviously, you'll also need storage vacuum bags and I highly recommend purchasing them from Amazon. Check our page regarding food vacuum sealer bags here.
3. The third item you'll need is 100cc oxygen absorbers. These I purchase from Amazon; sometimes you can buy the Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers as a set—it saves on shipping. Read the reviews to make sure you're buying from a reputable seller on Amazon.
4. Mylar bags are my choice for storing pouches of food—at least 3 or 4 of the plastic-wrapped packages can fit in a Mylar bag. But don't over-stuff these Mylar bags, as you need to have enough room at the top to seal the bag.
As a REMINDER: don't try to vacuum the air out of the Mylar bags—you can't—because both sides of the bag are smooth. The air can't be removed when the bag is clamped. (The vacuum-sealer bags have little bumps on one side so that the air CAN be removed!)
All we do is SEAL the Mylar bag. If you know you're NOT going to be opening the Mylar bags for at least three- to six months, then add a 300cc oxygen absorber in the Mylar bag prior to sealing it with the vacuum-sealer "seal" function only.
Optionally: my choice for storing all the Mylar bags is plastic-lidded bins and buckets. See the photo at the top of this page with the bread flour in the plastic-lidded bin. In the other photo, in the previous section, you'll see bread yeast stored above the bin on the closet shelving in the air-tight buckets.