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So lets say I am going to fill up my dehydrator with some veggies and when they are done I place them in a zip-loc bag, after squeezing out all of the air. So this method gives me a year or so of storage time? What if I was to place multiple zip-loc bags inside of a Mylar bag with an Oxygen absorber? Would this extend the shelf life?
 

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If you're in a fairly dry climate, you can generally get a year easy using just a ziplock. I do it all the time, but I live in the desert.

If you put the food in mylar with an O2 absorber, it's best to just put the food alone in there, not in ziplock bags. The bags keep the O2 absorber from getting at the air around the food. I guess you could open the ziplocks and that would do.

But I have a philosophy of never improvising when it comes to food storage. I always do it exactly like the long term food storage companies do. They have lab tests to prove that their methods work. I've seen too many things that "seem like they should work" but don't. It's one area where it's really easy to overlook some tiny, but critical, detail.
 

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When I plan long term storage of my dehydrated garden. I will extend the drying time to ensure moisture content is as low as I can get it. Fruits and vegs. have different moisture content percentages for storage. I have to look it up each time and I have no way to measure it, dry and brittle vs. leathery and such. After dehydrated I temp store it in ziplocks with reusable desiccant pacs until I have enough to put into 1gal. mylar. Then remove the desiccant and seal up with O2 sorbers as they clash for LTS. I have about 40 or so 1 gal mylar I have done over the years, I have yet to open one so I remain optimistic on my efforts.
 
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