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  • How Long Does Dehydrated or Freeze-Dried Food Last After Opening?

    Grains in white bowls

    There are a few factors that determine how long food will last after it is opened. They include the following:

    • The quality of the food at the time it is opened
    • The degree to which food is exposed to oxygen and moisture
    • The degree to which food is exposed to heat and light

     

    The quality of the food at the time it is opened:

    The older food storage gets and the more it is subjected to fluctuating temperatures (meaning below freezing and above 80 degrees), the more deterioration has probably occurred to the food inside the container.

    The degree to which food is exposed to oxygen and moisture:

    The moment the container is opened, the food is exposed to air. Air contains both oxygen and moisture. Many organisms require oxygen to survive. The higher the humidity (moisture content) of the air, the faster the product quality (nutrition and taste) deteriorates.

    The degree to which food is exposed to heat and light:

    Temperature greatly affects the speed at which food deteriorates. The higher the temperature is, the faster the quality (nutrition and taste) deteriorates and the shorter the time that food stays edible and safe. Since many organisms require light to grow, exposure to light also causes deterioration.

     

    Recommendation:

    Once you have opened your food storage, you can prolong its shelf life by eliminating the adverse affects listed above. Store your food in the coolest, darkest and most airtight environment possible.

    Consider the following options to extend the life of food, once the container has been opened.

    • Pour what has not been used into a zip-top freezer bag and seal the bag. Place the bagged food back into the can and replace the lid (to eliminate light).
    • Pour the remaining food into Snapware® containers, which offer an airtight seal.
    • Commercially available sealers can create an airtight environment. Put the food back into the can with the plastic lid secured.
    • Generally speaking, refrigeration or frozen storage can extend the life of food. If you do not have much refrigeration or frozen storage space, use a pantry, cupboard, etc.

    As a general rule, food stored in a #10 can or a bucket, depending on the above factors, may stay good up to one year after opening. Use your best judgment in deciding which food items to use. One way to determine if food is still of acceptable quality is to verify that it smells normal. Another way is to taste it or cook with it. If the quality of the finished product is satisfactory, continue to use it. Although food will lose nutritive value over time, old food retains some caloric and mineral value. It may have some life sustaining nutrients remaining.

    The information above are general guidelines intended to help make an educated decision. Each situation is unique due to many contributing factors.

  • Product Review - Yoder's Canned Bacon

    This week's featured product is Yoder's Canned Bacon. Have delicious bacon with these easy-to-store cans. We've taste tested it and loved it! Yoder's Canned Bacon will make a great addition to your food storage.

    • Heat pasteurized in a sealed can
    • 100% USDA Bacon, Packed in the U.S.
    • No refrigeration before opening
    • 2-year manufacturer shelf life guarantee. Up to a 10-year shelf life
    • Compact and lightweight (only 4.5" high by 3" wide and weighs only 9 oz)
    • Approximately 50 slices per can
    • Great for emergency storage and camping or backpacking

    FS-B050 Yoders Bacon

     

    Recent Customer Reviews:

    Best bacon ever!!! "I ordered a case of this bacon for emergencies. HOWEVER, I was too curious so I made the mistake of opening a can. This bacon is so wonderful for ANYTHING!! But we especially love throwing it in the microwave and making BLT sandwiches. So much for emergencies! So I'm ordering more!!! I never want to run out."
    Dianne, MISSISSIPPI

    AWESOME! ...I bought one can to try it... SURELY they could not put a quality product of approximately 50 pieces of bacon in a can the size of a can of soup! Opened the can to try it and had to call my husband into the room to show him as well. We were shocked at the packaging! We immediately warmed some up in the microwave and had a bacon sandwich for breakfast. YUM! Will definitely order more. For some who have an active food storage program, do not let the price scare you. It is well worth it when you think that you can have fresh bacon and do not have to refrigerate or freeze it. We may not always be guaranteed of having electricity BUT we can rest assured if we only have a can opener!
    Patricia, NORTH CAROLINA

    Let everyone know what you think about Yoder's Bacon. Just click below on COMMENTS to leave a comment, idea, question, etc. about this product.

    Scrambled eggs and bacon

  • Sour Cream Powder Tips

    ... Bread machine recipes often call for powdered milk, so I substitute sour cream powder. This is because it adds a nice tang to the dough and the acidity helps the yeast to function. I have tried some other brands of sour cream powder, but none can hold a candle to this one... Provident Pantry Sour Cream Powder had a nice, tart taste that sour cream ought to have. And, because it is more sour, my doughs rise like crazy!! My breads and pizzas have never been this good. (And they were pretty good.) You can also mix it into sauces or reconstitute it...

    Sara, New York

    Sour Cream Powder is available in #10 (pictured) and MyChoice cans. Sour Cream Powder is available in #10 (pictured) and MyChoice cans.

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