USING MYLAR BAGS AND
A TABLETOP IMPULSE SEALER
mylar bags for dry pack preserving of
Impermeable to light, moisture, air and insects
Do not rust
Can be cut into smaller sizes
Empty bags are more easily transported than cans or bottles
Filled bags can be stored in shorter spaces than #10 cans
Filled bags can be stacked in boxes or bins, put in plastic buckets or on
Can be washed, dried and reused
Do not impart a metallic smell or taste to foods
Disadvantages of mylar bags for dry pack preserving of dry
are easily punctured by sharp foods inside and sharp objects and/or
rodent teeth outside.
thick bags (7 mils) are not rodent proof
Once opened, food should be transferred to another container for cupboard
Advantages of using a portable tabletop impulse sealer
You can dry pack at home
You can dry pack at your convenience
You can dry pack foods purchased at stores other than the LDS Home Storage
You can involve the entire family in the dry pack process
Tips for dry packing at home with a portable table top
Raise the sealer about 5 inches above the table by placing it on a
or large books. This will allow the bag to fall below the sealing jaws into a
more comfortable and correct position for sealing.
Make sure the settings on the sealer are correct. For the
AIE and ME 305 A1
sealers from LDS Church Distribution, set the Recycle dial to 2,
Congealing dial to 6, Sealing dial to 4, and Action Selector
switch to Manual.
Attach labels to the bags before filling. Use labels from the Home Storage
Center or make your own with return address labels either by hand or printed on
the computer. Include the contents and the date.
Use a rack to hold bags upright for filling. A lid or bakeware rack with the
dividers spread out works well.
Make a funnel out of a #10 can by removing both ends and mashing the sides of
one end in. Insert the mashed end into the bags to fill them.
Use a clear or translucent plastic half gallon
pitcher for filling the bags.
If the half gallon mark is not at the top, cut it down to that mark or mark it
will a thick point black marker. Make sure the food is level at the half gallon
mark to avoid overfilling the bags. Put 2 pitchers full, or 1 gallon, of food in
each new bag.
When dry packing spaghetti, fill the bags with no more than 5 pounds of
spaghetti. Lay the pasta parallel to the bottom of the bag to lessen the chance
of it poking through the mylar.
Wipe the inside of each bag, about 1 to 2 inches down from the top, with a
paper towel or microfiber cloth, especially when packing powdery foods.
Dont forget to put an
oxygen absorber in each bag after all the bags in the
rack/s are filled. (Absorbers should only be used for foods of less than 10%
moisture content and dehydrated foods that are crisp dry to avoid botulism
Take the time to make sure the edge of the bag is flat before inserting it in
the sealer jaws.
If the seal is not flat, seal the bag again either above or below the previous
Wipe down the outside of each bag to remove food dust. Food dust can attract
insects and rodents.
Pack the bags in the box or bin they will be stored in as you seal them. As
the oxygen absorbers work, they may pull the bag into unusual shapes but conform
them to the container they are in. If bags are allowed to sit unstored, you may
not be able to get as many in the box or bin they are to be stored in.
Opening sealed mylar bags
When opening bags, cut just below the seal to retain as much bag as possible.
Empty the contents into
canning jars or other airtight
containers. Put the absorber in with the largest amount of food in case the
absorber is still good. It will continue to work and lengthen the shelf life of
Wash used bags well and dry thoroughly before storing for reuse.
When reusing bags, be sure to put in less than 1 gallon of food to avoid
overfilling. Overfilling usually results in a poor seal.
For more information on long-term storage options see Long
Term Storage Methods.