Honeyville's Oxygen Absorbers add life and longevity to your food storage items. Properly canned items using oxygen absorbers benefit from significantly extended shelf life and freshness. Our Oxygen Absorbers completely eliminate residual oxygen in your sealed packages, keeping products fresh and preventing discoloration. Used widely in the Food Service Industry to preserve foods like beef jerky, nuts, grains, flour, and just about any dried or wet foods. Our 100 pack of H100, 500cc Oxygen Absorbers is effective for about 100 #10 cans or 25 5 gallon buckets filled with beans, grains or flours.
Honeyville's Oxygen Absorbers:
Activated by air regardless of moisture levels Start working fast (in about an hour) Can be used with both moist and dry foods
Each bag of Oxygen Absorbers includes one hundred individual absorber packets. These are type H100 (500cc) Oxygen Absorbers. Plan to use oxygen absorbers within 6 months of purchase as they will lose effectiveness after that time. Oxygen absorbers will begin to work as soon as the plastic outer packaging (do not open the individual packets) is opened. Please plan ahead and either use all of the absorbers or seal the remaining packets in an airtight glass mason jar. This will cause the packets to stop working until air is introduced again.
Post by judithheath on Feb 18, 2008 8:20:28 GMT -8
I really want to start storing foods for longer periods of time. Getting the oxygen out of the containers is very important to maintain freshness and longer shelf life.
I don't even have the 5gal buckets yet, (but, working on it) so I am currently using large zip loc bags and squishing the bags up as tight as possible against the dry foods, then closing the zip loc, the bag then sucks up against the product inside. I know not ALL of the air is removed, but more than not doing anything at all.
I know you can use a straw and "suck" out excess air, but I would probably exhale more than inhale and defeat the enitire purpose, plus add " bad breath or germs" and somthing less desirable than just plain air.( as, if air is really all that pure in our homes ...not)
I had thought that when I switch to large jars instead of the zip loc bags, I would need something to remove the air from inside. I know they have special gadgets to remove air from the jars or something like that (but, not on my list at this time).
Then I thought, well, if I used smaller jars and overfilled them with dry products, some of the air would be removed, but all the air is not removed, even if the jar is full, and when the jar is opened and some product is used, of course the jar will fill with air.
Wondering if buying the oxygen absorbers listed above would be worth it?
Are they reusable? It states to use them within 6 months of purchase as they lose their effectiveness. Or, seal in an airtight jar. Kind of confused here.
I was wondering as I have used silica gel for drying flowers. It can be reheated in the oven and lasts indefinately and can be used over and over and over again. I wouldn't use it for food, although it might be possible. If so, it makes me think maybe we could make our own homemade silicia gel tea bags or something ...LOL
A side note, years ago, my sister had purchase a huge system of removing air from foods and YES it truly keeps opened pkgs of snack crackers, cereals , etc fresh for the duration of the product. But her system seemed really expensive for the bags and the constant having to "reseal" the bags, seemed like to get a new seal, we would have to cut off the original seal, and repeat each time the bag was opened.
The above oxygen absorbers seem like a good price for the 100.
I see them in pkgs of bacon bits and jerky a lot, and have thought of saving them to reuse. I see them in my medications, but refuse to reuse them in my food!
Post by mightyspuds on Feb 18, 2008 9:00:50 GMT -8
No,they are not reusable and they go 'bad' within 6 months apparently if not used.
Ive used mine from the seaweed packs for sushi.Those hard plastic square 1 gallon water bottles (not the milk jug type) when filled with beans and a single packet will collapse inwards when the absorber is used and makes a vacuum seal.Pretty neat,plus it shows you that your seal is holding.
I wound up buying the 5 gal buckets from the Lady who has the fast food joint here for 5 dollars or so,I forget,but the price was fair enough for both of us.She said its surprising but she sells all she has.Only a couple people in my area use em for food storage she says. The pre opened lids seem to seal real well when they are used but some folks advise new lids. Used ones seem to be working OK far as I can tell.
Post by judithheath on Feb 18, 2008 9:30:28 GMT -8
Yep, fast food places have tons of 5gal buckets ... very cheap indeed. I admit, I used to work in fast food, about 20 years ago ...a buck fifty then, but 5 bucks sounds reasonable. I have seen them on the internet for 5-6 brand new.
Then we have the gamma lids. They seal onto the bucket with an inner lid that unscrews for easy removal. I would really need one of those. Although I have found that stomping on the other lids while the bucket is on the floor, seals them quite nicely, but you do need one of those bucket openers to oepn it later, unless you want to lose your fingertips.
I haven't seen the white buckets new locally, but the hardward store has black ones with lids, but I don't think they are food grade buckets. I haven't really dissected the type of plastic used in manufacturing them. The info is on the net, but haven't researched it.
Should I mention, that one time I broke a handy dandy aluminum pickle bucket lid opener thingie. After I broke it, the manager says ... umm... you forgot to cut the slits so the lid will open with one of those things. Well, duh me! Life is never dull when I am around ... LOL
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