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    home Dehydrating, and Storing in Mylars

    I am picking-up a food dehydrator (Excalibur). I was going to purchase bulk Mylar bags because square-inch-wise they are way cheaper.

    The question is: Is there anyone here that home dehydrates, and stores using mylar's? Also, if I purchase a vacu-sealer, would I be able to use smaller cc oxygen absorbers?
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    I occasionally dry some fruits in the oven, but only during the winter. Once the fruit is dry, I toss a handful of dried fruit in a zip-lock back, chase it with a small desiccant, zip it 90% closed, then suck as much air out of it as I can before zipping it the rest of the way. After that, I toss them in a box in the freezer for long-term storage, thereby avoiding having to use nitrates/trites, or whatever other unhealthy preservatives are usually all over dried fruit you buy from the store.

    I believe zip-loc bags are mylar. Perhaps not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    I occasionally dry some fruits in the oven, but only during the winter. Once the fruit is dry, I toss a handful of dried fruit in a zip-lock back, chase it with a small desiccant, zip it 90% closed, then suck as much air out of it as I can before zipping it the rest of the way. After that, I toss them in a box in the freezer for long-term storage, thereby avoiding having to use nitrates/trites, or whatever other unhealthy preservatives are usually all over dried fruit you buy from the store.

    I believe zip-loc bags are mylar. Perhaps not?
    I wish zip-locks were mylar.
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    Well now, where to start. I prep so I use a lot of mylar bags.

    My wife picked up a Foodsaver sealer and I use it all the time. She got a stiff reusable plastic straw that fits over the accessory sealer hose thingie. I use a mylar bag sealer and seal about two thirds of the bag (after putting what ever I want into it of course), throw in an Ox absorber (300cc for 1 gallon all the way up to 2000cc for 5 or 6 gallons) then I seal all but a half inch of the bag.

    I then stick in the straw, hold the bag around it and hit the accessory button on the sealer. I let it suck out as much as it can get, than I have my wife yank out the straw and seal the bag with her fingers, then I seal the last half inch. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beretta92FSLady View Post
    I am picking-up a food dehydrator (Excalibur). I was going to purchase bulk Mylar bags because square-inch-wise they are way cheaper.

    The question is: Is there anyone here that home dehydrates, and stores using mylar's? Also, if I purchase a vacu-sealer, would I be able to use smaller cc oxygen absorbers?
    Best food dehydrator that I have used/found thus far. http://www.nesco.com/products/Dehydrators/ I can get a full batch done in a day. With my commercial sized one handling up to 30 trays and my home model handling 12. I can go through more than a flat/box of fruit and have it done in under 12 hours/over night normally.

    Vacuum packing is mylar is the is the only way to go, as for smaller O2 absorbers I don't see why not when you vacuum pack in mylar.
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