Good Evening ATS,
I just wanted to share my story of how EASY it was to use Mylar bags for Rice & Bean storage. I have had a ton of canned goods but had not gone to the
trouble of storing long term dry goods before. Of course this was because I thought it was going to be a big freeking pain in the a$$ which to my
First, Let me tell you how inexpensive it was.
GFS (kind of like Costco) sells 50 pounds of Rice for $16.00 (So about .32 cents a pound)
Lowes sells 5 gallon pails with their logo on it for $2.30 cents. The lid sells for another $1.00
20 (5 GALLON BUCKET) 20x30 MYLAR BAGS + 25 OXYGEN ABSORBERS $52.00 after shipping (5 star rated ebay: stores.ebay.com...
So, I started in my computer room sitting in my chair. I placed 2 buckets on each end with a board (actually a shelf) in between them to have a flat
surface for the iron. I stuck a piece of cardboard on top of the shelf to have a nice flat surface.
Anyway, the reason to use the buckets was to have the proper height needed to iron the bags shut.
So, I put a mylar bag into the bucket, poured in about a 1/3 full of rice then twisted and shook the bucket to settle then filled it up the rest of
the way. Threw in the oxy absorber.
Then I simply placed the remainder of the bag on the board and Ironed it 90% of the way shut. For even extra protection I duct taped the end of a
baster onto my vacuum hose and had my wife suck out the rest of the air... while she pulled the baster end out, I ironed it shut from the bottom up.
It worked wonderfully, vacuum sealed with oxy absorber and it was SO easy (with 2 people of course for the vacuum).
Total cost: I will provide appoximate estimate:
For arguments sake, I will round down the rice to 25 pounds per bucket.
So, $8.00 for Rice, $3.30 for bucket & lid, $2.60 for the mylar and oxy absorber.
So about $14.00 -$15.00 (because you get a bit more than 25 lbs) per bucket once completed. That is about the same or just slightly higher than buying
little bags of rice by the 5 pounds or less size except you have 5-10 years of long term storage with it now.
It was so easy. I am buying more along with dried beans this time.
(Note, the rice is to stretch my current inventory of canned goods. All the Chili, Soup, Beef Stew, etc can be poured over the rice (and beans) to
really stretch out my food supply. I would not recommend storing just rice and beans alone.
This weekend, I am doing beans, spaghetti noodles and other dry goods.
Seriously it is to damned easy, I don't know why I didn't do this before.
One Note: You need to have the materials to do 10 -12 buckets, the oxy absorbers come in sealed packs of 12 or 13 and need to be used as soon as
possible once opened (they start working quickly, getting warm). I did 10 buckets of rice and one of beans (using 2 oxys for the beans because I had
an extra one to use ad only had 11 buckets at the time.)
[edit on 15-12-2009 by infolurker]