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Old 04-11-2011, 06:30 PM
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hi i just purchased 25 lbs of powdered mik should i vaccum pack it or store it in zip lock bags?
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hi i just purchased 25 lbs of powdered mik should i vaccum pack it or store it in zip lock bags?
vacuum pack is okay, or Mylar with O2 absorbers. Ziplocks won't keep the oxygen out for long.
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+1 on vacuum pack.
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Mylar and O2 absorbers would be the best way to store it.
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I vacuume it in mason Jars and keep in a DARK cool space....should last along time if kept very dark and cool.
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Vaccuum pack it and keep it as cool as possible.
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mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is your best bet.
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The drink ability of powered milk can be improved by shaking the **** out of it after it is mixed. Shaking it puts air in to the milk and taking away the flat taste. It also works with distilled and boiled water.
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25 pounds. that would be a big ziplock bag.
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if you have never vacuum packed a powder, remember to block the powder from the suction intake.... I vacuum sealed a few boxes of instant mashed potatos and what I did was use a ziplock to put the powder in first, then left about 1/2" unsealed, put the baggie in the foodsaver bag, sealed side first, then pulled the vacuum, no powder was sucked up... others may have a better method, but this worked for me... that was for about 5 lbs which I rotate, but for the long term storage, mylar and o2 may be better
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Vacuum sealing doesn't remove as much O2 as an O2 absorber does. Also, vacuum bags tend to let air leak back in slowly. Milk is sensitive to O2. So the best way to store it long term is in mylar with O2 absorbers.
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I concur on the Mylar and O2 absorbers... Another good idea to improve the taste of reconstituted powdered milk is to add a drop of natural vanilla extract while mixing with water. The vanilla gives it a really creamy taste, more like fresh milk. One small bottle of vanilla extract will last for years.
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for large amounts of powders like milk, instant potatos, etc that will be stored with mylar in 5 gal buckets, should we also put in a dessicant (moisture adsorber) along with the o2 adsorbers?
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Split your powered milk up into several mylar bags and not just 1 or 2 big ones.

In fact, split all of your powdered stuff up into multiple mylar bags.
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for large amounts of powders like milk, instant potatos, etc that will be stored with mylar in 5 gal buckets, should we also put in a dessicant (moisture adsorber) along with the o2 adsorbers?
It's not necessary. But if you do use one, you have to put it on the bottom, then the food, then then O2 absorbers on top. Otherwise the dessicant will dry out the O2 absorber before it finishes it's work. There are a bunch of little things like this that not everyone knows. This is why I always suggest to just pack foods exactly like the food storage companies do, without changing the process. It's really easy to screw up by doing something that "seems" beneficial.
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how about vaccum seal with a o2 absorber in 1lb bags
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how about vaccum seal with a o2 absorber in 1lb bags
No need to vacuum seal Mylar bags. The O2 absorber will remove 99.9% of the oxygen.

Vacuum seal bags aren't designed for long term storage, but for short term. That were originally designed for sealing meat for the freezer. That and it's difficult to pull a vacuum on a powder without occasionally sucking up the powder itself into the machine and possibly clogging the vacuum pump.
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how about vaccum seal with a o2 absorber in 1lb bags
No reason to do both. The O2 absorber removes more O2 than the vacuum would anyway. In fact, the most common O2 absorbers we use today aren't rated for use in a vacuum and don't work properly. This is why I keep saying just pack it like the food storage companies do. It's too easy to a make a mistake when trying to improvise. They simply use mylar and O2 absorbers and they have laboratory testing to prove that their method works.
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