Not trying to be an ass, but rather than doing it that way why not just keep a few grinders and some shakers on hand and mylar and O2A just the spices/herbs. Should pack better. Will last at least as well. Maybe space isn't a concern for you, and it's cool if it isn't. Just I try to look at saving both space and money since I don't have too much of either.I’ve packed my spices in Mylar bags with o2 absorbers.
My process is to poke holes in the foil top of the jar, leave the top off, wrap the top with a napkin so it is less likely to damage the Mylar bag and drop in the bag with the spice. I then put in the absorber, push out or vac out as much air as I can, heat seal the bag, label it and drop in one of my spice buckets.
It may be a bit of overkill but it works well, I’m currently using spices I packed away three years ago and they’re just as good as when I packed them. I realize some folks use old as heck spices in their cupboards and that’s fine, but I like myself and that’s why I want as fresh as I can get
As IamZEKE said go with whole spices as much as you can. And thanks for the spice web site.
Ugh. Vac sealers and O2A's don't play nice together. It's conflict, not redundancy.We use a vaccu-sealer. About a cup of each spice in one of the thick bags, add an o2 absorber, and vaccu-seal it. I have garlic, salt, black pepper, and dehydrated onion flakes that I've had sealed for 2 years now.
Premade mixes are limiting and generally best avoided, but a few are always OK because while you need flexibility you will also face time constraints in the beginning.It appears that quart Mylar bags with 02 would be the best bet. Put them in gallon paint cans with desiccant in the paint can.
Originally, I was thinking of making up kits with the spices used for different recipes. Now I am thinking that reclosable paint cans of each type of spice is a better idea. It is less limiting. I can still make up a couple of recipe kits to have on hand.
I do have allspice berries as well at nutmegs. Am going to seal the nutmegs in a mylar bag, throw in an 02. After a day I am going to try to run the impulse sealer between nutmegs. That way I can cut them out one at a time when I want to use one.
Seems to have worked. I'll open one every few years and see how it goes.Jars do work well. We use the blue ones since they will block more light (even though they get little to them) and because we have always been very careful with those jars and prefer not to pressure can with them. Especially the ones you can see the air bubbles in the glass. Those are dry goods only.
I do have the mylar from last deer season's MREs that were eaten, I plan on trying those out as a re-purposed item. haven't gotten around to it though. They are just waiting for the next order, and then I'll give them a try with O2As.
Threads have been done on re-using kids juice pouches for this as well. As a money saving/recycling thing. Supposed to work well with O2A, but I haven't tried it.
Those juice bags are a mixed bag, of quality that is.Seems to have worked. I'll open one every few years and see how it goes.
Those are MRE pouches. Pretty heavy stuff. I don't actually save the kids juice pouches.Those juice bags are a mixed bag, of quality that is.
Some even seem better than heavy duty mylar bags we buy, but some are garbage.
All I can say is be very picky about reusing drink pouches.