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Does anyone have any recommendations for what brand of Mylar bags are best to use? Also, does sealing them with a home heat source such as a flat iron or clothing iron work well? My husband and I went to Cabela’s but they only had the clear storage bags and those are not for long term.
 

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They come in different sizes and thicknesses. I would go for at least a medium thickness. I do use a crimper made especially for mylar, but I know people who do use a regular iron with success. If you plan on getting into the food that you sealed in a bag, then the zip lock mylar might be a way to go. But you'll pay more for it. Some use the huge mylar in a 5 gallon bucket to store a lot of rice, for instance. I don't like to open up that much at a time, so I use the 8 x 10 inch bags, then put them in a bucket or bin. Include oxygen absorbers in your order, but don't use them for sugar or salt. Remember, mylar is not rodent proof, so even if food is sealed in them, put them in a sealed bin or bucket. I use the meals in a jar recipes and bag them in mylar for quick grab convenience meals. Do enough of them and you'll have meals for a year.
 

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They come in different sizes and thicknesses. I would go for at least a medium thickness. I do use a crimper made especially for mylar, but I know people who do use a regular iron with success. If you plan on getting into the food that you sealed in a bag, then the zip lock mylar might be a way to go. But you'll pay more for it. Some use the huge mylar in a 5 gallon bucket to store a lot of rice, for instance. I don't like to open up that much at a time, so I use the 8 x 10 inch bags, then put them in a bucket or bin. Include oxygen absorbers in your order, but don't use them for sugar or salt. Remember, mylar is not rodent proof, so even if food is sealed in them, put them in a sealed bin or bucket. I use the meals in a jar recipes and bag them in mylar for quick grab convenience meals. Do enough of them and you'll have meals for a year.
don't confuse the newbies with the zip locks - you still heat weld close the bags >>> the zip lock feature is for after the decades of storage and you have your SHTF pantry set up - just like a bag of Doritos today you'd be zip closing up your master bags of beans & rice in between the meals ....

I personally have a few bags of 1" binder clips stored away with a mixed color batch of Gamma lids - a bunch of scoops also >>> ready for the buckets I'll be busting open for the SHTF that hopefully never comes .....
 

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Yes, you do still heat seal, but they are handy if you are opening and closing the bags, but still intend on eating what's in them that month. Other bags available that I just remembered are the kind that you can stand upright while you fill. But, the thicker and fancier the bag, the higher the price. The best prices I've had has been when I've ordered 1000 bags, o2 absorbers for each bag, and the bags were roughly 9 x 11 inch of medium weight.
 

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You can do alot of it yourself and save a bunch of money, and it can be more geared to your taste. When I started out I wanted a years worth of main meals for a family of 7. So, I took the meals in a jar recipes (online or there's books) and made the recipes and put them in mylar instead. I would make about a dozen of the same recipe. For our family size, it would take double the original recipe. Once I hit 365 of them, I felt better knowing I at least had a years supply of dinners if we needed it. Then I expanded.....
I buy a lot of dry goods and repackage them. And keep expanding the pantry. Last week was tons of Bisquick. Today I bought a bunch more Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in the large boxes. I repackaged potato pearls a few days ago that I bought in bulk. Oatmeal is another one...get it in 25 lb bags and mylar package it in more usuable amounts.
 

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Does anyone have any recommendations for what brand of Mylar bags are best to use? Also, does sealing them with a home heat source such as a flat iron or clothing iron work well? My husband and I went to Cabela’s but they only had the clear storage bags and those are not for long term.
I store many things in 5 gal buckets, so I get the large mylar bags for those. Read reviews before you purchase. Look for ones that include oxygen absorbers. Be sure to check each one for tiny holes before storing anything in them by opening them and looking inside. Holding them toward a light works well. They are refundable if you find holes in them. I get mine on line.
 

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Thank you!! We bought some emergency food but they can be costly so I want to do it myself.
commonly missed fact is that you will likely do a better DIY job than the commercial company >> Augason Farms advertises a 20 year storage - but doesn't bother to use a mylar bag in their bulk packaging - you're wasting your $$$$$ with their BS .....
 

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