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Old 09-06-2011, 02:18 PM
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Does anyone know if they make really small Mylar bags that would hold say one Kraft Mac and Cheese meal if you removed it from the box? I was thinking about sealing up a bunch of this type of stuff, i.e. mac and cheese, Lipton rice, etc in tiny little Mylar bags and then dropping them into a bucket for storage of a bunch of preserved "mini-meals" that can be removed and prepared.
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Don't know if these are too small. But I use these Capri-Sun pouches and just wash and reseal them. If too small you can always get quart size mylar bags.

Here is how:
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=111956
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You can make larger mylar bags into smaller ones easily enough. That way you can make them in just the right size. The Capri Sun pouch idea is great! I wish I had a source for them.
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Most of that stuff is going to last a long time because it is powder and already sealed. How long you looking at keeping them because it seems like a lot of work to get a couple more years out of them.

Just stock up and rotate them in.
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You can also buy macaroni seperate and cheese powder. The cheese powder is the same stuff that Kraft uses anyway, and store bought macaroni will be higher quality. You can pack this in whatever sized bags you want.
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great idea.
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You can make larger mylar bags into smaller ones easily enough. That way you can make them in just the right size. The Capri Sun pouch idea is great! I wish I had a source for them.
Do you mean cutting the bag down to the size you want and sealing all 4 sides when it is full? I am guessing this was what you were referring to. Are the seals as strong if you do that as if the bag was sealed on 3 of the sides by manufacturing?
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You can also buy macaroni seperate and cheese powder. The cheese powder is the same stuff that Kraft uses anyway, and store bought macaroni will be higher quality. You can pack this in whatever sized bags you want.
We did this because I was tired of dealing with leftovers. Damned husband would rather STARVE than eat leftovers ... go figure ...

Anyway ... that 10# can of cheese powder will last a long time ... and I can grab elbow macaroni in bulk when it is on sale ... I figure it it costs us about 1/10th the price of Kraft's packaging for the same amount of food.
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Do you mean cutting the bag down to the size you want and sealing all 4 sides when it is full? I am guessing this was what you were referring to. Are the seals as strong if you do that as if the bag was sealed on 3 of the sides by manufacturing?
You can cut them down and seal them yourself. If you're careful, you can seal the sides just as effectively as the factory can. I've made custom sizes that way and they worked fine.
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We did this because I was tired of dealing with leftovers. Damned husband would rather STARVE than eat leftovers ... go figure ...
Haha. I'm not keen on leftovers either. I tend to cook in larger batches, take a serving out and freeze the rest in individual servings. Or I'll repurpose leftovers. Like turning leftover meat into burrito or taco filling, hash, or make a soup with it.
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You can also buy macaroni seperate and cheese powder. The cheese powder is the same stuff that Kraft uses anyway, and store bought macaroni will be higher quality. You can pack this in whatever sized bags you want.
And that cheese powder is wonderful on buttered popcorn as well. You can also add it to make a cheese sauce or add to something like a chili mac recipe. ( Somewhere out there on the web there is also a recipe for hamburger helper type meals that could be packaged up as well)
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Haha. I'm not keen on leftovers either. I tend to cook in larger batches, take a serving out and freeze the rest in individual servings. Or I'll re purpose leftovers. Like turning leftover meat into burrito or taco filling, hash, or make a soup with it.
I am with you brother! I just don't seem to care for left overs, anything I grill never seems to taste right the next day and some of the crazy concoctions my wife comes up with didn't taste right on the first day, much less the second
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I am with you brother! I just don't seem to care for left overs, anything I grill never seems to taste right the next day and some of the crazy concoctions my wife comes up with didn't taste right on the first day, much less the second
You guys are sooo spoilt ...
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You guys are sooo spoilt ...
Yes, I am! It's my reward for becoming a good cook.

I figure that after the SHTF, I'll be eating plenty of leftovers since I won't have a way of refrigerating them. I'll face that gruesome task when I have to. Until then, I'm going to revel in my spoiltness.
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Now come on ya'll. I don't like left overs either. BUT! There are some exceptions....A big pot of left over pinto beans gets better with a day or so aging in the fridge and heat them up. Don't forget the cornbread, tortillas and hot sauce! Same with homemade chilis and soups.

You guys aren't thinking straight!

I got a bunch of store brand maco and cheese on sale and bought a bunch. I mylared the mac, and put up the cheese powder in Capri Sun...and some in smaler bags I cut up to size.

If you cut large bags up to make small ones, like Mike said...they''ll be fine. The bags I've made are holding fine.
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I figure that after the SHTF, I'll be eating plenty of leftovers since I won't have a way of refrigerating them. I'll face that gruesome task when I have to. Until then, I'm going to revel in my spoiltness.
Ha! That is great!

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Now come on ya'll. I don't like left overs either. BUT! There are some exceptions....A big pot of left over pinto beans gets better with a day or so aging in the fridge and heat them up.
OK, I will give you THAT probably ONE and ONLY exception to the left over rule
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Ok Let Me Ask Yall This.. what about the cheese cause packet that comes with Kraft Mac and Cheese ? Do U ditch that? or will it be just fine long term too ? Cause I know noodles will be good till day u die LOL but will the sauce tooo...
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Ok Let Me Ask Yall This.. what about the cheese cause packet that comes with Kraft Mac and Cheese ? Do U ditch that? or will it be just fine long term too ? Cause I know noodles will be good till day u die LOL but will the sauce tooo...
I know this is an old thread, but was just browsing. The cheese in mac 'n' cheese, if left in the original packaging will go stale/rancid. My experience is with Kraft brand (really, is there any other??), which uses a paper envelope lined with mylar, it looks like. The cheese went to more of a darker red-orange colour, and taste had noticeably deteriorated. Definitely still edible though, even before a SHTF situation. Your taste/opinion may differ, of course. I almost always add something to my KD to make it a more complete meal like ground beef or canned chicken breast, so that also helps mask the changed flavour. This was on KD that was almost seven years past the "best before" date, packed only in original packaging.
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We did this because I was tired of dealing with leftovers. Damned husband would rather STARVE than eat leftovers ... go figure ...

Anyway ... that 10# can of cheese powder will last a long time ... and I can grab elbow macaroni in bulk when it is on sale ... I figure it it costs us about 1/10th the price of Kraft's packaging for the same amount of food.
Get a dog. They love leftovers. Heck, a dog will even clean the dishes for you.
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You can also buy macaroni seperate and cheese powder. The cheese powder is the same stuff that Kraft uses anyway, and store bought macaroni will be higher quality. You can pack this in whatever sized bags you want.
This, and additionally you can also get whole grain macaroni which is MUCH better nutritionally (you get 3 parts of the grain, the bran, the germ and the endosperm) as opposed to just the endosperm of "regular" macaroni. The down side is slightly less shelf life, but again, this should not be an issue if you rotate..
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