For many months I have been building my freeze dried foods and actually have not done any work on my long term buckets. So, I decided to buy 50lbs of bread, 25lbs of sugar, and 25lbs of rolled oats. While storing these bulk products, I believed that sharing my graph on oxygen absorbers are an excellent advantage to y’all. Before we reach the Amount of oxygen absorbers you need, the First thing you will need to consider is what size. Oxygen absorbers are little packets of an iron powder mix that, when exposed to oxygen, becomes iron oxide. This procedure sucks the oxygen from any airtight container you are putting them in. When used in Mylar bags, you will see the effects after the most the oxygen has been consumed, since the bag will seal tight against the meals.
These Oxygen absorbers are critical for long term food storage, because oxygen will ruin your meals over the long run.
- Oxygen on your food storage can cause:
- Discoloration on your food
- Rancid flavor
- The growth of contaminants
The oxygen absorber should be employed by preppers and homesteaders to store foods like rice, beans, cereal, pasta, nuts, noodles, flour, seeds, pet food, and even long-term java storage. Use these and you will no longer have the problem of oxidization or of insects that plague others’ food shops who don’t use this superb science. Good, that means you are making progress in your preps. The next thing to find out is exactly what size to put in containers you intend to store food items in.
If you are like most frugal preppers, you are probably considering keeping the bulk food in Mylar bags and food-grade buckets. Wise move, they are popular for a reason. The Amount of oxygen absorbers you need depends on the food you Are saving, the container, and the dimensions of the absorbers. The needs vary so you need to consult the following chart for reference. Oxygen absorbers take all oxygen from your meals so that it stays fresh longer. Undershooting on this will provide you some advantage, but not the complete impact it could have. A packet that is too small won’t be able to keep up with the amount of space you have available. Having too large of an oxygen absorber Won’t harm your food and will succeed. However, you will wind up spending more than you needed, but better to err on the side of overkill here as oxygen absorbers don’t cost that much. It is helpful to have smaller oxygen absorber packs on hand at a pinch.