How to Store Dried Fruit for Long term Food Storage for a Prepper’s Stockpile :)

Home Food Storage How to Store Dried Fruit for Long term Food Storage for a Prepper’s Stockpile :)
Published on July 30, 2016

I coupon to help build my preps and sometimes I get a good deal on something that I know we won’t be able to eat right away so I am constantly learning new ways to store foods long term. Dried fruit are already well prepared for long term food storage.
If you remove the oxygen, light, heat and moisture they wil last a very long time. Many, many years.
Here is how I tackled a good deal on some recently purchased dried cranberries from Walgreens πŸ™‚
I used oxygen absorbers and ziplock mylar bags. I purchased both from ebay or amazon. I buy the bags in bulk to reduce the cost and reuse them. These were 6×9 inch, I also stock 1 gallon and 5 gallon bags πŸ™‚

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  1. Will the metal in the mylar react with the sulfur dioxide in dried fruits?ο»Ώ

  2. How long could that be stored for?ο»Ώ

  3. B NYCe

    are those cranberries a little moist before you put them in the mylar? and would they grow mold or something in the mylar bag if they are a little moist?ο»Ώ

  4. Thank you for posting this!Β  May I ask what size bag & absorbers you used in the video?Β  Also do you have a link to where I could buy the same bags?ο»Ώ

  5. Where do you get the bags? Nice! stuff is full of chemicals.ο»Ώ

  6. I would consider making sure what ever you are saving is not stale already first πŸ˜‰ Then I would consider getting some ziplock mylar bags ( gussetted ones are great to stand up) with oxygen absorbers ( I got 300cc O2 absorbers in bulk from ebay/amazon) and also get the foodsaver with the jar attachments. I would do things in small batches. Remember to put labels on what you repackage. See what method you like best πŸ™‚ How often do you need to get in the jar or bag? Knowing this helps the choice.

  7. Sher v

    I was thinking of buying one of those machines/attachments ect.. what would you recommend for someone with a full pantry/couponing… but new to long term storage?

  8. That is a great method πŸ™‚ I get my mylar bags on ebay or amazon – I buy them in bulk periodically from who ever has the best deal at the time. I use a lot of the gallon size and the 6×9 size. I like the ones with the gusseted bottom and the ziplock top but they are not necessary. I think I last purchased from mylarbagsdirectdotcom πŸ™‚ The siplock ones are reusable and the regular ones can be cut down and resealed and used as smaller bags with each subsequent use. πŸ™‚

  9. I put away over 20 lbs. of raisins into mason jars and vacuum sealed them. Where do you get your mylar bags from?

  10. That would work too. There are a million ways to do this. The only thing to consider is the oxygen inside each individual bag. That will slowly degrade the food a bit faster but dried cranberries degrade very slowly anyway. Once you open a big mylar bag, if you are using an oxygen absorber then you will need to replace it after each opening to maximally extend the shelf life of the remaining cranberries. Smaller bags lend themselves towards one time use then back for cleaning to be used again.:)

  11. question — why not leave the cranberries in the orig. bag and just add that to the mylar bag so when you need to take some out you take one of the orig. bags out and re-seal the mylar

    thanks you for the info – giving me some thoughts here

  12. Happy to spread the word πŸ™‚ Gotta love youtube! That's where I learned about it too πŸ™‚

  13. I cant believe I didnt know about the mylar bags. Im getting some this week. Thank you!

  14. Hey VB! πŸ™‚ Gamma lids are great, a little pricey but worth it if you want to use the 5 gallon buckets, they are the Rolls Royce of lids πŸ™‚

  15. crap- dont waste your money, use food grade lids, I use Maylor for everything BUT (the list is shorter) veggies I can, sugar, rice, wheatberries,pasta, beans, barley, lentils, food grade will keep the bugs out and the food will not spoil

  16. Will the foodsaver seal those? I was afraid to try. Love those cranberries in salads and in stove top stuffing. Happy September!

  17. If your going to spend the extra money for mylar you should consider a machine that will suck out the extra oxygen for you

  18. So glad you posted this HP because as you well know dried fruits are so expensive and I want to store them. Thanks!

  19. Point noted. I guess having enough on hand to feed a small army when you need one the most isn't such a bad idea after all. Thanks, Healthy.

  20. Oh my god, we are married to the same man! πŸ™‚

  21. Hi πŸ™‚ The bags are 6x9inch and they are gussetted at the bottom and ziplocked at the top πŸ™‚

  22. Thanks Michelle πŸ™‚ Much appreciated πŸ™‚

  23. I guess an alternative would be to have nothing but that is not an option for me. For true survival think it will take a well organized community with a serious security plan in place. Having some food stores will allow us to survive as well as feed a few neighbors who may very well be defending the neighborhood right along with us. Everyone has to sleep sometime.

  24. I tend to skip the couponing vids just because it isn't my thing (all good tips though!)… really enjoy the hands on stuff you do like this vid and the solar oven….

  25. Hi There BD πŸ™‚ Good to know you are still out there πŸ™‚

  26. hey pransterguy1 πŸ™‚ Yes amazon or ebay πŸ™‚ There are lots of sellers. I used to use the smaller oxygen absorbers but now I bought a big pack of 300cc ones so I primarily use those now in most bags either the 6×9 inch bags shown here with gusseted bottom or the gallon bags πŸ™‚

  27. Great vid-thank you! I didn't know ziplock mylar bags existed-and you say I can get them from Amazon. Do you use a 100 cc 02 absorber? How large is that bag you used?
    So I guess my wife and I could do this with our apples after we take them from the dehydrater? Thanks! BTW did you get those cranberries from Dollar Tree?

  28. Healthy, you're awesome but where's the point that you're just prepping up food for the looters? In the MAINEPREPPER video "guns and canopeners" he makes many of what I believe to be many valid points. Thanks.

  29. Were those oxygen absorbers 100s? And what size bags are those? I am getting ready to order some and I like that size. Thank you πŸ™‚

  30. good idea. I use jars to store things since I lose bags and small packages.
    Also makes it easier for my husband to get something since if it isn't showing he can never find it.
    Will pass this tip onto others who are better organized than I am.

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