Most people are familiar with #10 cans – those large cans used by the majority of the food storage companies. Mentioning mylar bags, however, frequently results in some confused looks and a lot of questions. Still aren’t sure what I’m talking about? Check out my post on the difference between #10 cans and mylar bags.
Let’s give this storing in mylar bag thing a try!
Gather your supplies and the product you want to store. You’ll need:
- Mylar Bags
- Mylar Bag Sealer
- Oxygen Absorbers
- Pen or Sharpie (optional)
- Box (optional)
- Labels (optional)
- Tape Gun (optional)
Assemble everything on a solid surface. I like to use my kitchen counter so I can do these assembly-line style. I put the product in its huge bag on one end along with a large bowl and scoop of some sort, followed by the mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. The sealer comes last.
- Place an empty mylar bag inside a large bowl. The bowl isn’t for anything other than to easily catch spills. If you don’t have something large enough, don’t worry. It really is more for convenience.
- Using a measuring cup, large cup, or whatever you have on hand, scoop your product from the large product bag into the mylar bag. You want to fill the bag about 1/2-3/4 full. Continue to fill new mylar bags as needed to use up all of your product. As you are doing this, carefully stand up your bags in a line. Sometimes I have to put heavier items on each side (like bookends) to keep the bags from falling down. I’m sure you can figure out why you want to keep the bags standing upright at this point!
- Unclip your oxygen absorber bag. Working quickly, add 2-3 absorbers to each mylar bag. Quickly squeeze the air out of the remaining oxygen absorber bag and reclip. Why do you need to work quickly? Check out my post on oxygen absorbers.
- Begin to seal your mylar bags. I like to pick up the bag from the top and fold it over, forming a nice, clean fold about an inch above the top of the product. You won’t see any actual crease-line on the bag but it will give you visual guide for where you
want the actual seal to land.
- Holding the bag very straight along the fold you just made, insert the bag under the bag sealer’s arm. Take some time here to straighten the bag to make sure you get a solid seal without any wrinkles. If you do end up with a wrinkle, no worries! You can just do another seal right above or below the original attempt.
- Label your bags. Trust me, you’ll forget what you put in them! I have found that
sharpie pens rub off the mylar bag surface. My solution? Use a sharpie or pen to write on a mailing label, then put that label on the bag. Everything will stay nice and neat if you put a quick strip of packing tape (clear tape) over the top. Extra credit: print the labels from your computer!
- Storage is trickier for these bags because they don’t stack easily. I found some boxes that work really well. I can put 6 or 7 bags in each box. Label the box – you will forget what you put in them! Seal up the box and store in a cool, dry location in your home. The boxes stack nicely. 🙂
Sounds easy? It is! Please share questions, failures, successes!