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Vacuum Sealing • Re: “Conditioning” dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

October 2, 2017 LetsPrep11 0

We live in Florida, a few miles in from the coast, so we have extremely high humidity. After the dehydrated food cools, I throw a desiccant pack (very inexpensive) in the Mason jar. A day or two latter, the jar gets vacuum sealed. Have never had a problem.

Note: Used desiccant can be dried by placing the packs in a 275-300 deg. oven for about an hour.
After a doing Cost Benefit Analysis of the cost of gas and the A/C running non-stop for over an hour, I decided to just buy new ones.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: “Conditioning” dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

October 2, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

you got environmental problem to the max – it’s not only DIY dehydrated that you have a problem – it’s dry goods foods in general …. bulk bought rice stored in an unconditioned environment – for example – would be toooo high to pack directly ….

for your dehydrated foods – you’ll have to 2nd Step using a contained chamber and more dehydrating – like a sealed bucket with desiccant packs to soak up more moisture – then include desiccant packs with your final canned foods ….

you aren’t alone being in Hawaii – the southern US states during the summer have similar high humidity problems ….

Statistics: Posted by Illini Warrior — Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:33 am


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Vacuum Sealing • Re: “Conditioning” dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

October 2, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

you got environmental problem to the max – it’s not only DIY dehydrated that you have a problem – it’s dry goods foods in general …. bulk bought rice stored in an unconditioned environment – for example – would be toooo high to pack directly ….

for your dehydrated foods – you’ll have to 2nd Step using a contained chamber and more dehydrating – like a sealed bucket with desiccant packs to soak up more moisture – then include desiccant packs with your final canned foods ….

you aren’t alone being in Hawaii – the southern US states during the summer have similar high humidity problems ….

Statistics: Posted by Illini Warrior — Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:33 am


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Vacuum Sealing • “Conditioning” dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

October 1, 2017 mkcr5921 0

How do you condition freshly dehydrated food prior to sealing in mylar with oxygen absorbers in a humid environment? I laughed when my electric dehydrator instr. book said to condition for one week in a cool, dry place before sealing. If I left dehydrated food sitting out for a week (there’s no cool dry place in my house), it would rehydrate on its own. I live in Hawaii and currently it is raining and the humidity is 99% and the indoor temp is 70. The average year-round humidity is between 68 -87% and rises to 100 on even a light rainy day.

Is conditioning absolutely necessary? Couldn’t I just dry it a long time, let it cool, and seal in Mylar right away? I guess I should have thought of the humidity problem before investing in this machine.

I’m new to canning and preserving so I don’t know what to do. Should I send the dehydrator back and just pressure-can my food? I just got the dehydrator yesterday so it is still in the box.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: DIY vacuum lid (glass jar cap)

July 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Thanks. I have the regular and wide mouth attachments for vacuum sealing mason jars, as well as brake line bleeders and similar hand pumps to use with those. I was curious on screw top lids as shown in the video, but I suppose if it’s tightened properly that the seal is still along the top rim of the jar.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: DIY vacuum lid (glass jar cap)

July 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Thanks. I have the regular and wide mouth attachments for vacuum sealing mason jars, as well as brake line bleeders and similar hand pumps to use with those. I was curious on screw top lids as shown in the video, but I suppose if it’s tightened properly that the seal is still along the top rim of the jar.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Buying a vacuum sealer,question

July 15, 2017 jean11 0

I started out with Seal a Meal machines, maybe 2 or 3 of them a decade or longer ago. They didn’t do a good job but it’s what I had. I’m on my second FoodSaver, model V2430 – and I’m very happy with it. When putting away food for long term storage I try to buy in bulk somewhat, and then transfer food to vacuum bags, usually 1 gallon or larger. This machine does a great job of removing the air and sealing the bag. These go into 5 gallon buckets lined with a 6 gallon mylar bag that is vacuumed and sealed when full. I think this is how most of us do it. One other thing, it has been said that white flour won’t last but 1-2 years before going bad. With this in mind I pulled out my vacuumed bags of flour that were 3 to 5 years old and replaced them with new flour. The thing is, they were not bad, at all. They were all still good, no problem. Getting back to FoodSaver, it is easy to buy replacement parts through the company.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Buying a vacuum sealer,question

May 15, 2017 TeresaF 0

I would not buy FoodSaver V2244.
It do not support automatic sealing, meaning it do not detect when to stop sealing (its all manual).
I use myself FoodSaver V4840 and im happy with it, good quality and it wont crush fruits, my old vacuum sealer did that.
I found honest and good information about different type of vacuum sealers here http://vacuumsealerresearch.com/

Teresa

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Hand Pump Vacuum Sealer

March 23, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

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JayJay wrote:

DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:I love APN…..

you guys are always teaching me new stuff…..I had no idea about the brake bleeder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGfUwEf810g

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I have a ‘pissy’ neighbor that played the prepper game till she said her floors couldn’t take any more weight of canned goods..but instead of correcting that, she buys a Chrylser 300.
Hell, I could build a room onto my house for the price of that car, starting at $32,000.
So, when she found out about my brake bleeder as an alternative to being without electricity and sealing those dried vegetables in the sun?? She said, ewwwww..if that isn’t stainless steel I’m not using that.

THIS is why I just stay to myself in this neighborhood and regret EVER sharing with these idiots.
I will be killed for what I have stored–but, the last days of my and my husband’s survival will not be going hungry!!! :p:rofl::p:rofl::p:rofl::D:D:D

HEY!!!…..lol…. I LOVED my Chrysler 300 HEMI V8…bought it used as an “05”…Had it for 7 years…barely got 5K on the trade in at 110K miles. :rofl: ….Most amazing car I’ve ever owned(sniff. sniff :( )….I miss that comfort/performance.

I redeemed myself with a 4X4 BOV though I paid cash for …Damn transmission just went out. 3K replacement…..time to sell. lol…

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Hand Pump Vacuum Sealer

March 22, 2017 JayJay 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
I love APN…..

you guys are always teaching me new stuff…..I had no idea about the brake bleeder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGfUwEf810g

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I have a ‘pissy’ neighbor that played the prepper game till she said her floors couldn’t take any more weight of canned goods..but instead of correcting that, she buys a Chrylser 300.
Hell, I could build a room onto my house for the price of that car, starting at $32,000.
So, when she found out about my brake bleeder as an alternative to being without electricity and sealing those dried vegetables in the sun?? She said, ewwwww..if that isn’t stainless steel I’m not using that.

THIS is why I just stay to myself in this neighborhood and regret EVER sharing with these idiots.
I will be killed for what I have stored–but, the last days of my and my husband’s survival will not be going hungry!!! :p:rofl::p:rofl::p:rofl::D:D:D

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Hand Pump Vacuum Sealer

March 21, 2017 JayJay 0

I love my brake bleeder. On sale @ Harbor Freight.

When my vacuum sealer won’t seal, that brake bleeder will!!! If you have a jar that shows resistance using the brake bleeder, just use two lids, one on top of the other faced up, and it seals well.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Hand Pump Vacuum Sealer

March 21, 2017 NJMike 0
SSPrep wrote:
I didn’t look at the price, but a $20 brake bleeder works fine.

Yes. And they often have a gauge too.

Another option are manual pumps used for Chinese cupping sets, but I think the brake bleeders would be better.

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Vacuum Sealing • Hand Pump Vacuum Sealer

March 21, 2017 LetsPrep11 0

Been looking for a manual vacuum sealer and came across this product. The battery operated vacuum I have just fits over the Mason jar attachment to suck out the air so I wondered if this product would do the same. Has anyone tries this?

https://www.amazon.com/Forsous-Cooker-Vacuum-Container-Reusable/dp/B01N5P5IZL/ref=pd_sbs_79_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Q9ZYR9K1QS2XXSK8R8FS

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Oxygen absorbers vs chamber vacuuming.

March 18, 2017 Murby 0
FiatCurrency_1913 wrote:
Dear people,

I’m only a novice when it comes to prepping, but I noticed almost all of you use oxygen absorbers with mylar bags (or mason jars with a vacuum mouth device) to store dry foods. I happend to have a professional chamber vacuum machine and when I vacuum dry foods, like rice, wheat or beans in mylar bags, it becomes hard like a rock and you can reach up to 99.8% vacuum inside the mylar bag. My question is: does this also happen with oxygen absorbers added to a nearly sealed mylar bag? Or is the achieved vacuum much less this way? Thx!

I also use a profession level vacuum.. not a chamber however, but a rotary vane evacuation pump for refrigeration systems.. My vacuum reaches north of 29 inHg which is far far better than any foodsaver can do…

When we vacuum pack Mylar bags, we shove in an O2 absorber, then apply heavy vacuum.. You could clobber someone in the head and kill them with a Mylar bag of rice.. its as hard as a rock.

Be careful with foods that have pointy or sharp edges though.. they can poke holes in the mylar. When we do pasta, we pre-pack the pasta in ziplock freezer bags (but don’t zip lock them).. this protects the Mylar pretty well..

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Looking for a bag sealer, not a foodsaver

February 14, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

bag sealers are expensive…

Enter the notorious “El’ CheapO” currently being extradited to the US…. :gunshooting:

A couple of O2 absorbers thrown in and something like this….. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S516XO/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_bkOl3_c_x_2_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-2&pf_rd_r=H6SWEZ71Q8ZNPM1V8JF1&pf_rd_r=H6SWEZ71Q8ZNPM1V8JF1&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=b65f88b8-a9b0-4ef0-99b1-a07467ab5ce2&pf_rd_p=b65f88b8-a9b0-4ef0-99b1-a07467ab5ce2&pf_rd_i=11058261

you can also find one at your local Walmart or Riteaid/Wallgreens

Keeps the wallet intact and leaves regular iron Mylar free….

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Vacuum Sealing • Looking for a bag sealer, not a foodsaver

February 14, 2017 air commando 0

We have a foodsaver so I’m just looking for a a bag sealer. I seal bags now by placing them on a 2×4 and running an iron over the top of them to seal them. I usually seal them about 90% of the way and then run the foodsaver accessory tube inside to suck out all of the air and then quickly seal the last corner. This works fine but sort of a PITA to have everything out like that. I’m just looking for a good sealer that will allow me to just use my iron for my clothes and keep the lumber in the basement.

Statistics: Posted by air commando — Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:44 am