Tutorial: Long-term food storage in mylar bags and food grade buckets

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Home Food Storage Tutorial: Long-term food storage in mylar bags and food grade buckets
Published on June 30, 2016

A detailed tutorial on how to use mylar bags, food grade buckets, oxygen absorbers and a few common tools to ensure your long-term food stays protected against oxygen, moisture and vermin.



  1. Where can I buy the food grade bucket, gaskets for the lid, oxygen absorbers, and Mylar bags???? Can I find them at Walmart or in a store??

  2. So I can seal some beef (canned like spam) with this procedure

  3. does any one have experience with burying rice with this method?

  4. Fantastic tutorial. Just what I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time to do it!

  5. 2×4 would give you a better surface to use the iron on.

  6. Great tutorial! Found it using my E-PREP Cards I got for Christmas.

  7. Ok one thing.. you used bare hands to touch in
    side the bag and also the rice.. you had the air absorbers on the floor and your hands held the bag while taking out the 4 bags.. even with washed hands you should never touch food your storing for long periods of time with bare germ hands..

  8. A long aluminum level works great too.

  9. I seen a video about 6 gallon buckets, check Costco

  10. There's got to be an easier was to seal that bag.

  11. you can also use a flat iron normally used for hair

  12. sea

    I buy the red beans and rice already in mylar bags.

  13. Hi there,
    I'm looking to build a box out of HDstyrofoam or pink foam from Home Depot, i want to store buckets of long term food (25 – 30 years) in it, will it protect the food from humidity,heat? Will it keep a steady temperature?
    I live in New York and i will like it to keep the food under 70°F and an average of 10% moisture or less .
    If this works i will like to dress up my closet wall and the inside of the door with double sheet styrofoam and a temperature gauge

    Thank you in advance

  14. Where do you find 6 gallon buckets? Do the buckets have to be food grade? If so why?

  15. easyhec

    A half inch pvc piece works good for ironing board. And I also purchased a vacuum cleaner attachments for electronics. Iron 90% of the top. Then stick the vaccum cleaner mini hose in the hole and turn on the vacuum. Remove the mini-hose while running iron on it immediately after pulling out. Most the air is out and the absorbers do the rest.

  16. I love your recommendations – more sound advice in my opinion – Thank you.

  17. Hi. Would like to know what thickness is the mylar bag you are using? I am new to this and saw that they have different thickness in bags. What thickness do you reccomend and why? Great vid btw~!

  18. Good video. But Dude, go buy a flat piece of wood to sit on the container and iron across, and make your life easier!

  19. So how many years increase in storage time do you get by doing all this, instead of just leaving the food in the bags, boxes (or whatever) it came in. Then you freeze it for a day. Then you put them in a large black garbage bag with a O2 packet, twist the bag shut & tie several times with twistums??? Or double the garbage bags.

  20. is this rodent proof because they can't smell the food in the mylar – rodents can chew thru plastic buckets

  21. A couple more things to consider. I use the screw on covers. Once you remove the cover that must be pounded on, it becomes useless and won't seal bucket again. Also, use smaller portions of rice in small mylar bags. Once the rice has been stored for several years, and it is opened, it will go rancid quicker. So pack rice in smaller portions. Some ask, "How many oxygen absorbers should I use?" The more the better. Better too much than too little. Rotate cans of beef broth to use in cooking rice.

  22. Be sure to add packets of iodized salt in the mylar bag with the rice. White rice without salt tastes horrible. Cook up some and eat it without salt. Nasty! Put iodized salt into ziplock bags along with an oxygen absorber, put the salt into the bag with the rice. Be sure to use a magic marker to write date it was packed, what is in the bag, and instructions on how to cook it. Use vacuum cleaner to suck out most of the oxygen as you seal bag with an iron. 2 people do a better job than one person.

  23. Can you seal already packaged foods into mylar bags without unpackaging them? For example bags of 15 bean soup with season packets?

  24. I already know it works. And there are other videos on YouTube showing other people doing the same thing and it working for them to.

  25. Wouldn't you be able to use like a 2.4 board to act as as the ironing surface… and then use a (very) clean edge tool from your vacuum to suck out the air before securing the seal? I'd think it would allow the oxygen absorbers to work better. Also what about a dessicant in the bottom or middle of the bucket of stuff to ensure there's little or no moisture? I know both can be used at the same time as long as the dessicant is in the bottom or center, and the oxygen absorbers are on the top.

  26. I'm not sure that a hair flat iron would be hot enough since the setting of the iron has to be at the highest (linen)…

  27. Tim S

    Does the bucket have to be food grade since the mylar bag is doing all the protection from the air?

  28. rice and other things to keep them?

  29. Fantastic to the point video, hope I can get hold of these things in Australia. So, can I put any dried food in these bags? for it to last 25years +?
    Are these milo bags a kind of aluminium?

  30. Curious if a non food grade bucket is safe as long as a mylar bag is used as a barrier?

  31. Hi bisonrma thank you for one of the best, most practical video i have seen on youtube. In a shtf scenario, if inhad to open my 6 gallon bucket to feed the family, inassume i could just transfer a gallon to another container and simply reseal my original bag with a hot iron (a hot piece of metal from a fire, etc). Right?

  32. Julia, that might work for the smaller mylar bags, but I don't think you would be able to seal a full sized bag – even coming from both sides – without getting kinks/wrinkles in the seal. Hey, give it a try and let me know. thx

  33. I bet instead of everyone using a clothes iron, a hair straightener that girls use would work just as well and be a hole lot easier because you don't have to have a table or a mat or anything else to set it on to iron it closed.

  34. Thanks for a good video. The best I've seen so far.

  35. @urkingod Rice can stay good for up to a year or so on the shelf at stores so once you cut your bag open you will finish before it goes bad. It is also good to use food grade buckets even when using a liner bag inside so if you want to use the bucket down the road for other food things.The term iron comes from the old days when they had no electric they used an iron made from iron that why we call them irons today. SO even if you had to reseal with out electric you could.What do you do to prep

  36. RKWWWW

    Is it easy to get a good seal on the bags? Is there a learning curve where you waste a few bags getting the hang of it?

  37. @GIGNica The Mylar creates a barrier between the food and everything else. You want to be sure to leave the lids off your buckets or use Gamma lids so you can check the Mylar to make sure it is getting a good vacuum seal from the O2 absorbers. When its properly sealed the Mylar bag will be similar to a vacuum sealed package of coffee.
    The only reason I see to use food grade buckets is if the bag breaks. If it won't seal then you need to try a new bag. I've never had a bag break or not seal.

  38. If the SHTF, and you have to use the rice, how would you reseal it? That is a lot of rice. You can't use it all at once.

  39. I dont use food grade buckets anymore. With the mylar bags I dont need them. Saves money to buy more preps with.

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