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Old 06-03-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Default Seal-O-Matic or Food Saver ?

Anyone here used these products for dehydrated or drying foods ? What is the least expensive way to seal the food that works ?

I'm putting a Excaliber dehydrater on law-a-way . Thanks
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Law-a-way? Isn't that another name for a product recall?

On the cheap - use zippered sandwich bags. To exclude most of the air, immerse the filled bag in water up to the zipper - the water pressure will form the bag around the food. Then zip shut. I can get 60 zipper sandwich bags for a buck at the dollar store. About a hlf dozen won't seal properly, but that still is way cheaper than special equipment and bags.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I use mylar bags with oxygen absorbers for long term storage of dried goods. If I am putting a mix of things together, I put them in zip locks, then into the mylar bag. For everyday dry goods storage, I use glass or plastic containers. Zip locks 'breathe' and that air can degrade your food over a period of time. A good plastic or glass contianer with an air tight lid is your best bet. Dehydrated foods can last for years of stored properly.

You can recycle jars that other food from store comes in. I do that all the time.

I have an excaliber and use it on a regular basis. If you need info on dehydrating, go here: Dehydrate2Store.com | Welcome - Educating and Helping Those Who Want To Learn About Dehydration
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I use mylar bags with oxygen absorbers for long term storage of dried goods. If I am putting a mix of things together, I put them in zip locks, then into the mylar bag. For everyday dry goods storage, I use glass or plastic containers. Zip locks 'breathe' and that air can degrade your food over a period of time. A good plastic or glass contianer with an air tight lid is your best bet. Dehydrated foods can last for years of stored properly.

You can recycle jars that other food from store comes in. I do that all the time.

I have an excaliber and use it on a regular basis. If you need info on dehydrating, go here: Dehydrate2Store.com | Welcome - Educating and Helping Those Who Want To Learn About Dehydration

We are trying to get the excaliber soon as possible but we are not good at food preserving yet . Never dried ,and tried caning with supervision, but it cooked my squash to soup !

Thanks .
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Law-a-way? Isn't that another name for a product recall?

On the cheap - use zippered sandwich bags. To exclude most of the air, immerse the filled bag in water up to the zipper - the water pressure will form the bag around the food. Then zip shut. I can get 60 zipper sandwich bags for a buck at the dollar store. About a hlf dozen won't seal properly, but that still is way cheaper than special equipment and bags.

LOL, thanks but we are older people and don't have patiance for that .
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:59 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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We are trying to get the excaliber soon as possible but we are not good at food preserving yet . Never dried ,and tried caning with supervision, but it cooked my squash to soup !

Thanks .
Dehydrate2store has videos you can watch that walk you through step by step. Its not hard at all to dehydrate after you watch those videos.

Check with your county extension office and see if they have canning classes. Sometimes the county extension offices offer gardening, canning, and other classes about food storage. I ask around to find help canning. Invest in the Ball Canning books, they are great. I have never had a problem using those books and everything has tasted great.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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Dehydrate2store has videos you can watch that walk you through step by step. Its not hard at all to dehydrate after you watch those videos.

Check with your county extension office and see if they have canning classes. Sometimes the county extension offices offer gardening, canning, and other classes about food storage. I ask around to find help canning. Invest in the Ball Canning books, they are great. I have never had a problem using those books and everything has tasted great.


Thanks I'll check this out soon as we get these chics settled in .

I'll probably be asking yall for more help too . But i'll try those sites for sure . I can't watch videos though I have very slow dialup.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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I love our Food Saver and also my dehydrator. My husband and I do the food saver in a production line type set up, with my son helping also. It is fast and easy that way and we really like the quality of the food preservation. We also use the food saver to put up the dehydrated items! haha.
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