Storing Bulk Foods PT 2
In Storing Bulk Foods PT 1, we took a look at each item needed to store food long term. In this second article, we’ll explain the actual process of storing food.
These are the five basic items that are needed in order to properly store food long term:
- A food grade bucket
- A Mylar bag.
- Oxygen Absorbers! The number of oxygen absorbers you’ll need is determined by the size of the oxygen absorber you’re using and the volume of the container. Because oxygen absorbers play such an important role in the long term food storage process, better too many than not enough.
- Next , you’ll need some sort of Heat sealing device.
- Finally, you’ll need to some type of bulk food to store!
First, you’ll need to unscrew the gamma seal lid from its airtight seal and fasten it to the rim of the bucket. Make sure the seal snaps on firmly to the rim of the bucket and is secure. To make it easier, you can use your knee to apply pressure.
Depending on the number of buckets you’re using, you may want to use a rubber mallet to save your hands…
Next, place the Mylar bag into the bucket and open it up. Use your hands to completely expand the Mylar bag once it’s inside the bucket to make it easier to pour the food into.
Pour your bulk food into the Mylar bag, being careful not to spill any. Occasionally tamp the food down to eliminate any potential air pockets.
Flatten out the remaining portion of the Mylar bag over the rim of the bucket so it can be sealed. If you aren’t using a specialized heat sealing device, you’ll need a flat, heat resistant surface such as an aluminum level or a 2×4. Take your heat resistant surface and place it across the rim of the bucket and use your iron to begin sealing the Mylar bag.
Carefully seal your Mylar bag taking care to hold your heat sealing device to the bag for 5 or 6 full seconds. Continue across the top, overlapping to ensure an airtight seal. Stop when you get to the end and leave a small opening large enough to toss in the oxygen absorbers.
Open your bag of oxygen absorber packets and put them immediately into the Mylar bag. Press the Mylar bag down into the bucket, pushing all of the air completely out. It’s important to make sure you don’t trap any air inside.
Once you’re sure there is no air left, seal the remaining opening in the Mylar.
Toss another oxygen absorber or two into the bucket, and seal the lid tightly. Reseal any remaining oxygen absorbers quickly with a re-sealer tool, or put them into a mason jar and screw the lid on airtight.
Finally, label the buckets with the date they were packed and there contents and store in a cool, dry environment and you’re done!
Here’s a summary video of the entire long term bulk food storage process: