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Which Foods can you Store in Mylar Bags?

Last Updated: 27th November 2014

Most foods can be successfully stored in Mylar bags, but some are more suitable for long-term food storage than others. Foods that are high in fat, for example meat, nuts and legumes, will turn rancid in just 3-12 months, regardless of how they're stored. Dry, low fat foods, such as oats and grains, can be stored for many years in an anaerobic environment. Vegetables can be successfully stored for years when dehydrated. You can either buy dehydrated vegetables or make your own using a dehydrator.

Generally a good rule is that the more moisture that is left inside the food you want to store the less long the food will store safely for. Any food items should therefore be as dehydrated as possible when you store them.

Temperature is another important factor that affects the shelf-life of stored food. In general, food lasts longest when stored at lower temperatures. Wheat, for example, stored at 5C, will last approximately 4 times as long as wheat stored at average room temperature (21C).

Wet foods, such as fresh vegetables, fruit and meat, are best stored in aluminium tins or cans, as they come from your supermarket or local shop. Tinned food is an excellent way to supplement your Mylar sealed dry foodstuffs for emergency storage. Tinned wet foods, such as vegetables, soups, fruit etc., generally have Best Before and Use By dates 1-2 years from their manufacture date, and often last a good deal longer without any deterioration in quality.


Below are some examples of commonly stored foods and how long they'll remain good to eat when stored in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.

Less than one year:

Nuts
Crisps or chips
Chocolate or candy
Between one and three years:
Dehydrated meat, e.g. biltong or beef jerky
Dehydrated fruit
Dry biscuits
Crackers

Three years or more:

Powdered milk or eggs
Beans and legumes
Pulses and lentils
Grains such as oats
Rice
Pasta and noodles
Quinoa
Couscous
Dehydrated vegetables
Cereals and grains
Wheat and rye crackers
Seasonings such as salt and pepper
Dry beverages such as tea, coffee, milkshake and protein mixes
Baby formula/dry milk

 

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