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Unfortunately I only have a mobile phone so I cant use the search function, sorry. Moving on. My father is turning 70 on June 1st and I want to help upgrade his food storage abilities. I wanted to get him some mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. I have found a few sites online, but I was hoping to gather some experience from preppers who use mylar themselves. He only has small preps but im hoping this gift might help move him along to a larger amount stored. Where is the cheapest place to shop for these items and what are the suggested sizes? He would probably be storing 5 to 10 lbs of rice and wheat in each bag. Thank you in advance for helping my family and making my fathers birthday memorable.
 

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I second Discount Mylar Bags http://www.discountmylarbags.com/ , orders over $50 ship for free, use discount code SBOARDS10 to recieve a 10% discount.

freeze the grains first go to you tube if you want learn put them in 5gal bucket no gamma seal just reg lid be careful with some grains that have oil whole wheat it will go rancid .
And you have packed how many buckets in Mylar ???

Wheat packed in Mylar with O2 absorbers does not need to be put in the freezer prior to packing, and will last for 15 to 20 years at least.

I do agree with the recommendation of going to Youtube if you need a visual guide.
 

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Goliath, do u use just the bucket or do u use mylar? Ive read conflicting opinions on both. Some people say the #2 food grade buc kets are enough. Some people say spend alittle and get the mylar to be safe. I just dont want to find my families food had spoiled, especially when we would need it the most.
 

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Goliath, do u use just the bucket or do u use mylar? Ive read conflicting opinions on both. Some people say the #2 food grade buc kets are enough. Some people say spend alittle and get the mylar to be safe. I just dont want to find my families food had spoiled, especially when we would need it the most.
First of all, welcome to the forum, and I hope you learn a lot by being here!
Check these two threads.........Read through them when you have time. You'll learn quite a bit.

The "Bucket List." Using Food Grade and Non-Food Grade Buckets For Long Term Food

List Of Threads To Help With Storing In Mylar. Help For New Members!
 

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freeze the grains first go to you tube if you want learn put them in 5gal bucket no gamma seal just reg lid be careful with some grains that have oil whole wheat it will go rancid .

Whole wheat berries will outlast you if stored properly. Ground up whole wheat flour will go rancid after 2 years or so. See my link in my signature. Been there done that.
No need to freeze your long term grains either, if stored right. The side effects of O2 absorbers is.....No oxygen for the critters, its been replaced by nitrogen.
Freezing DOES work, sometimes (eggs are tough) and is good for grains you will be storing in the cupboard for up to a year. It is also not a bad idea to store your grains with a bit of food grade DE thrown in, both medium and long term, if critters are a concern. This would remove all doubt.
I have had weevils once, in some cream of wheat, the kids ate them up before we noticed. :D:
 

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Goliath, do u use just the bucket or do u use mylar? Ive read conflicting opinions on both. Some people say the #2 food grade buc kets are enough. Some people say spend alittle and get the mylar to be safe. I just dont want to find my families food had spoiled, especially when we would need it the most.
Plastic buckets are NOT a true vapor barrier. It will let oxygen in over time. Buckets, vacuum sealed bags etc. all let oxygen in over time. Mylar and O2 absorbers are the proven way to protect food long term. I have been living off of my preps for 11 months now. Mylared goods faired much better then loose packed goods. Besides, that is what the professionals do at the factory.

P.S. The number 2 does not mean food grade. You have to find out if they were made for food. It all has to do with the releasing compounds they use on the molds. Plastic is porous and absorbs toxins as well as releases them. ;)
 

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Thank you for the replies. I ordered the 1 gal. Mylar and absorbers in a kit from discount mylar.. i will be storing the bags in #2 buckets from the bakery at our local supermarket. The kit was cheaper then what I thought it would be. " good insurance".
 

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http://www.sorbentsystems.com they are the manufacturer...not a reseller
Thanks for the thumbs up in the thread folks, definitely appreciated, we do our best to serve Sboards folks (well, and everyone else!)=) Sorbent imports much, if not most of their stock from Asia, even though many think of them as a manufacturer. Of the items on their website, nowadays they manufacturer probably less than 10%, if any. We did use them for a long time, but found US manufacturers for our bags and are trying to keep what we can as US made, though the market has been getting much more competitive, making that challenging.

As mentioned, we gladly price match anything on the 'Net and ship same day on most of our orders.=)
 

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Thanks for the thumbs up in the thread folks, definitely appreciated, we do our best to serve Sboards folks (well, and everyone else!)=) Sorbent imports much, if not most of their stock from Asia, even though many think of them as a manufacturer. Of the items on their website, nowadays they manufacturer probably less than 10%, if any. We did use them for a long time, but found US manufacturers for our bags and are trying to keep what we can as US made, though the market has been getting much more competitive, making that challenging.

As mentioned, we gladly price match anything on the 'Net and ship same day on most of our orders.=)
I think sorbent system has manufacturing in USA and Europe (Not Asia)

I have bought items from AandB and they have great prices. However... Because we have started a survival food business we are buying 1,000 mylar bags and 5,000 - 10,000 02 absorbers at a time... so it is better for us to go to the folks that make them... BUT - in many cases if you are buying smaller quantities I would HIGHLY recommend AandB
 

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I picked up my mylar and desicant from http://mylarbagsdirect.com/ a few months ago.
Bought a special combo they had going - 100 7.5mil 8x12 (quart) mylar bags and 100 300cc oxygen obsorbers for 29.99 - the bags have a tearaway knotch at the bottom to open when you need - then you can reseal that end instead of the end with all the extra mylar form the original seal. Bought some 1 and 5 gallon 7.5 bags also.
 
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