We sealed up 6 bags today and for the most part all went well. This is a two person project. One to hold the bag taut and one to seal the bag with the iron. This is the method that worked for us. We placed the bag in the bucket and filled it with food (rice, sugar etc.). Then we placed the oxygen absorber(s) into the bag. We put a dish towel over a 1x6 board and placed it on the bucket, essentially using it like an ironing board. We placed the end of the mylar bag on the towel covered board and stretched it tight. We pulled one end over the side of the board about an inch to keep this part unsealed. Then using a clothes iron we sealed the mylar bag. Medium heat worked well for us. We tried low heat but it just wouldn't seal. When the iron was too hot, the iron would stick to the plastic. Once the bag is sealed, we inserted a plastic hose into the end which we left unsealed and attached the other end to a Foodsaver VAC1050 to vacuum the air from the bag. Generally we reached two bars on the Foodsaver and could hear the motor laboring as an indicator that we had removed most of the air. At this point we pulled out the hose and quickly sealed the remaining opening. We set the bucket aside for a few hours to make sure that the entire seal was good and that no air was pulled back into the bag and then put the plastic lids on using a rubber hammer. A few other comments are worth noting. First, the Foodsaver hose has a fixture on each end. We pulled one of these fixtures off so that only the tube was left. Second, we stored the opened oxygen absorber in a zip lock bag during this process to minimize exposure to the air until it was needed. Third, some foods such as sugar and salt are inert and do not require oxygen absorbers.
Posted on 3/21/14 by Jim
If you know what ur doing the bags r super easy to seal.. I had a friend show me what to do.. The first one on my own was a little rough.. But we have it down now.. Nothing but good things to say about the whole package.. Gonna order more asap..
Posted on 3/17/14 by Prepper madnessWrite A Review
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- Tech Specs
Metalized Bag Dimensions - 20" x 30" x 4 mil PET (polyethylene) aluminum bag
Bucket Dimensions - 6 gallons, 17” x 12”, 90 mil
Oxygen Absorbers - 10 pack of 2000 cc absorbers.
- Additional Info
Number of oxygen absorbers to use:
- Weight of product
- Number of oxygen absorbers needed
- 0-15 lbs
- 16-35 lbs
- over 35 lbs
Simply fill your metalized bag with dried product, insert an oxygen absorber, heat seal the metalized bag using a warm iron or industrial sealer and then place the sealed bag inside a food grade plastic bucket and you have items that are packaged for long term storage. For any absorbers not being used immediately, place them in an air-tight storage container such as a freezer-grade zip top bag to preserve them for later use.
Oxygen absorbers protect packaged food and other products against spoilage, mold growth, color change, loss of nutritive values and loss of quality by removing residual oxygen inside the packaging (to below .01%). Effectively protect your food and extend the shelf life without the use of food additives and preservatives. There is no need for moisture to activate these fast reacting absorbers. The applications are many including: flour, grain, dried mixes, dried fruits, dehydrated vegetables, beef jerky and other meats, nuts and snacks, spices and seasonings, candies and confectionaries, bird seed and pet food, breads and cakes, cookies and pastries, dietary supplements, even art work and important documents.