57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
These mylar bags are of high quality and have had no problem holding the food we put in them like beans, rice, pasta, quinoa, sugar, salt and dried veggies. The oxygen absorbers are also of high quality with a indicator pill included with the bunch. We opened the bag of absorbers, used about half and put the rest in a small mason jar with the pill. Initially, the pill was turning the bad color meaning that the oxygen absorbers wouldn't work but within a few hours of being in the jar the pill turned the proper color again. We did a second round a few weeks later and the same thing happened so the packets can take being exposed to the air for a very brief period as long as you store them in an airtight container. My husband and I sealed the bags together using my hair straightener... this worked extremely well! The sealing process definitely requires two people, one to hold taught and one to heat seal.
*Just a tip, we found the the more we filled the bags the more vacuum sealed they looked. The company says they don't have to looked vacuum sealed because Nitrogen can remain in the bags and seem like air but all oxygen is actually gone. I believe them but there is something more satisfying about seeing the bags looked vacuum sealed so you KNOW there is no oxygen in there!
76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
These bags are translucent. See the picture I uploaded. Otherwise, I think this is a good option and a good deal for a beginner like me.
Long-term storage requires protection from insects, rodents, moisture, oxidation, heat, and light. Based on their initial performance, I believe these bags and oxygen absorbers will be effective against insects, moisture, and oxidation. The bags are not light proof, and no mylar bag will protect against rodents.
Because they aren't lightproof, food stored in these bags needs to be kept in a dark environment. The 5-gallon plastic pails often recommended are also not lightproof and will not protect food stored in these bags. Lining the pail with aluminum foil would exclude the light.
I am a beginner at food storage, so I bought these as a low-investment option to start with. I bought 60 bags and 60 oxygen absorbers from Advice & Beans, fulfilled by Amazon. The bags mic to 3.5 mils, and the oxygen absorbers came in 3 bags of 20 with pink indicators.
I used the first pack of 20 oxygen absorbers to bag up 50 pounds of rice and 50 pounds of pinto beans. When I managed to squeeze out most of the air before sealing, my bags tightened up as if they were vacuum packed. See the picture I uploaded. Overall, I am satisfied.
More robust bags (4.5 to 7 mil) have thicker aluminum layers that will provide total light protection and better overall performance. I will probably graduate to that kind of product now that I feel more confident in my ability to pack and seal correctly.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
Excellent for emergency food storage, a cheaper way than purchasing prepackaged dried fruits, grains, and legumes from emergency supply stores. A hot iron on polyester to cotton setting seals your food and oxygen scavenger in the bag, which you seal only ¾'s of the way, roll to squeeze out any remaining air, then seal the rest of the opening. When stored in a cool environment such as a basement or cellar the Mylar bag conforms more to your food, like a vacuum seal. I've stored dried fruits, lentils, beans, rice, coffee... keep in mind anything with oils that can turn rancid will have a shorter self life such as peanuts and brown rice, but beans can have a shelf life of up to 10 years and more...
I still purchase Mountain House brand freeze dried meats, since I don't have the equipment to dry and store meat correctly. I agree with the comment made below that the oxygen absorbers "could" have individual wrapping to keep them fresh and from reacting with the oxygen in the environment, but to address this issue I store mine in a sealed Mylar bag! Great purchase, priceless to campers and survivalist who want to save money with "do it yourself" food storage!
83 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Excellent quality bags, strong and durable, these mylar bags hold up well when filled with dry food items like pasta, dried beans, rice, and grain. These kinds of dried goods might puncture flimsier bags made of plastic (like the popular "Food Saver" types of bags, which I also use, but mostly for meats, which I vacuum seal and freeze). The oxygen absorbers are also of a high quality and do the job well.
The oxygen absorbers actually cause a vacuum effect after they've been put into the bag with the food and sealed tightly. With time, the oxygen absorbers actually reduce the volume of air in the bag (whatever bit of air might have been left over at time of sealing. The next day, if you find a bag or two that don't have the appearance of being tightly vacuum sealed - or if they still have air in them- then it is safe to assume those bags have a faulty seal. The most common source of interference with forming a good seal on the bag is if you have trapped some flour, sugar or grain at the spot where the heat-seal was formed.
I can also confirm that the Food Saver vacuum sealer only partially works with these bags. The seal portion works fine but the vacuum will not work. The reason is, if you look at "Food Saver" plastic bags, they have a raised structure designed to allow air to pass out of them under the pressure of the vacuum machine. These mylar bags will not allow air to pass because their surface is not abraided or raised. So, when you slide the mylar into the machine, the rubber lips inside the machine will press the mylar bag shut. The vacuum will run a few seconds, but no air will escape. After those few seconds, the heat sealer will activate and form a nice seal on the mylar.
The good news, when using the Food Saver as a sealer is that if you've inserted the oxygen eater packets into the mylar bag before sealing, and if you've manually pushed out most of the air from the sack, then after it is sealed tightly, within 6 to 8 hours, the oxygen eater will do the rest of the work, and the bag will start to crush and collapse inward, somehow getting rid of the rest of the air and forming a nice, finished vacuum sealed look. Again, as mentioned above, this will only fail occasionally if - when you heat sealed the bag- you've trapped a grain of rice or other object in the seal. The seal must be smooth and free of debris in order to be effective.
If you trap some food in the seal, and the seal is ruined, you should cut the bag open, pour the contents into a new bag, and drop in a new oxygen eater and start over, being careful this time to prevent food clumps from interrupting your smooth, perfect seal. It takes a little practice if you are a first -time food packer, but usually after the 3rd or 4th attempt you'll get the hang of it just fine.
I strongly recommend you get the hand-held sealer for this. It is better than an iron, and better than the Food Saver machine. The Food Saver will do the job, but the band that heats up and makes the seal is rather narrow, sometimes making for an uncertain seal which requires that you wait until the next day to see if the seal was 100% intact. The iron method is a bit imprecise. The hand held sealer can be used instantly, makes a wider heat band- which means a wider heat seal, and of course can conveniently be used to make more than one seal if you need to. Perhaps most importantly, you can actually fill the bags higher if you are using a hand seal. The Food Saver leaves a very large, wasteful "lip" of excess material due to its design, which means you must always reduce the amount of food in each bag, in order to leave that excess flap long enough to slid into the Food Saver slot.
The bags arrived very quickly after I ordered them, and everything was intact. I'm very pleased with my order- so much so that I am ordering again. Happy prepping!
44 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
A little trick:
I was able to use my foodsaver to suck out most of the air.
The standard foodsaver bags have one side with a textured edge to allow air to be sucked through. Since the mylar bags didn't have that, I needed to improvise.
I took a coffee stirrer, and placed that in the vacuum chamber to give something to suck the air out. After the first seal, I pinched the location of the straw, and removed it. The bags stayed vacuumed. I then sealed it again (twice actually) to ensure it's airtight.
This makes nicely packed bricks of pasta, rice, beans, ETC.
Bags are strong, and good quality. I dropped one of the packed bricks on the ground, and the bag kept its seal, with no punctures.
Very satisfied, and will be ordering again.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
I don't normally complain about products. Simply said....I do not like these Mylar bags. They are way to thin and puncture very easily. I will not order these again. My own fault for not knowing you should use 5 mil thick or higher for LTFS. (long term food storage) These bags are only 3.5. Don't know what I will use the rest of them for.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
this is to update my earlier review. Within an hour of posting my review the company contacted me to see what went wrong and what they could do. As it turned out I just did not understand the difference in packing bulk items vs. airy dry items. After speaking with the company I tried storing other items with bulk and was pleased to see that it worked just as stated. Hate that my lack of knowledge caused a bad review. I have never had a company respond to me like that. Very impressive!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
These bags are very convenient, easy to seal with just a clothes iron, and durable. The only complaint I had was
that the oxy absorbers were a little on the old side; leaning more to a purple color. They should be blue when you get them; if they're pink they no longer work. But as mine weren't yet pink, I used them up quickly and they worked fine. These bags are great for diy long term food storage.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2012
I've purchase from this seller in more then once. I always aks for my mylar bags to be 5mil or greater, however this time when i got then they we're 3.5 to 3.7562 mil. Not what i wanted. I'm keeping them because i can always use then for spices or something soft. Not good the stored rice, pasta or anything that might damage the bag!!!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
I didn't realize until I got them that I have no idea of how thick the mylar is. It's not mentioned anywhere and when you open the bag and hold it up to the light you can see right through it. I'm assuming it's about 3.5 mil but it could be less. This will really lessen the life expecancy of whatever you put in it. I had to re-pack about 40 percent of the bags as the 300 cc oxygen absorbers didn't get the air out (with perfect heat seals) which leads me to believe that the pink eye detectors aren't working because they were all pink. I won't be buying these bags or absorbers again.
For anybody serious about storing products you should make sure it's at least 5 mil thick. If you're using these, you should put two absorbers in each mylar bag.
One tip, if you use a rolling pin and hold the bags lengthwise and run your hot iron down the middle you can create two pouches in each bag. I also store small items and run it crosswise creating as many as six individual pockets that you can cut open one at a time. Saves alot of money on the smaller bags. Just make sure you put an absorber in each pocket you create. Six pockets = six packets.