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Old 11-13-2010, 11:13 AM
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I have my salt. Before I put it into metal drums and seal it up, should I put it in vacuum seal bags or mylar or is this really needed for salt? What about sugar?
Old 11-13-2010, 11:18 AM
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Salt will always be salt. I would however recommend that you put it in plastic bags before putting it in metal drums, as the metal tends to rust and rusty salt would not be good. Even if the salt would get wet, all you would need to do to use it again , is to spread it out, let it dry and then pound it or grind it back into table salt etc.
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The biggest danger to salt is moisture. You should definitely vacuum seal it or put it in mylar just in case. I put mine in canning jars, vacuum out the air with my Foodsaver and store it that way. I can just open a can instead of a huge bucket or drum so the rest stays moisture-free.
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Salt will always be salt. I would however recommend that you put it in plastic bags before putting it in metal drums, as the metal tends to rust and rusty salt would not be good. Even if the salt would get wet, all you would need to do to use it again , is to spread it out, let it dry and then pound it or grind it back into table salt etc.
Thank you. Any thoughts on sugar?
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You can vacuum seal any solid food without any problem. Some will need refrigeration. Just look at the items that are vacuum sealed in the grocery store.
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I vacuum seal it also. I recently bought a couple of cases of the 1/2 gallon mason jars. They are really good for things such as this. I've been putting salt, sugar and dried milk in them. And they take the regular wide mouth seals and bands.
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The wife just finished putting salt and brown sugar through the foodsaver. We put everything in the small foodsaver packages. It freed up some room in the hallway pantry.
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All you need to do with either is keep them dry. Either package them with dessicant, or during dry weather. Vacuum sealing certainly wouldn't hurt. But it's not critical. O2 isn't the enemy of either.
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just put some rice in with the salt, and it will be fine.
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Salt and sugar in 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bags with some rice in each and then the bags go into the metal 5 gallon buckets. Gotcha.
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I would recomend looking for plastic food grade clamp top buckets I dont put food items in metal drums. that being said seal the salt and suger so they dont chemicaly react and oxidise the mettle moisture and other stuff doesnt hurt it just makes it into a rock of salt a hammer or morter and salt grinder youll be back in busness if you have it clump or turn into a giant salt lick
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The LDS folks say that sugar doesn't need assistance, just pack it up and seal it. I have 100 pounds in a food safe container that has been there for years and is still just fine. I use 5 different 02 absorbers in a 5 gallon bucket for salt but I have only recently packed it and couldn't tell you how well that will last.
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I store both salt and sugar in 2 liter bottles. It keeps moisture and critters out. Nothing else is needed.
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The correct scientific term is "hygroscopic". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygroscopy
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i store my salt in vacuum bags just to keep the damp away , mind you i vacuum pack socks t-shirts boxer shorts for longterm storage as well
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I was always under the understanding that it will stay good in its original package although it will become as hard as a rock. You can store it in a glass container (canning jars) or a 1 liter soda bottle and then it will not go hard on you.
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