Not sure if this goes here, sorry if not. I'm interested in finding out where to buy the most suitable mylar bags for long term food storage. I heard there are different thicknesses and I should get the thickest to ensure all light is kept out. I've not found any listed for sale that mention thickness though. So wondering if anyone here can recommend a place to buy them, preferably in Aus. or what I need to be looking for when buying them.
I recently went through the same experience. It seems that quoting thickness is common in the US but not so common in Aus. So I just ordered from ebay and they seem comparable to mylar bags supplied by commercial suppliers of jerky and dehydrated meals.
My planned use for mylar bags is for storage of foods which have potential for >12months storage.
I'll just vacuum seal stuff which will be consumed within about 12 months.
With rice, I buy 2kg packs, freeze them for 5 days, let them dry out, then put them in a sealed 200l plastic drum, in a room under my house where it's dark and cooler. This method has been working well for many years.
I rotate my stock as well. As I take a bag out of one drum I replace it with another bag (or 2, 3 , or 4), into a spare drum. I don't buy larger bags because if a bag spoils (which it never has since I started freezing them), then I've only lost 2kg. And I don't waste money on buying mylar.
When I first started with rice, I divvied the bags into mylar bags in 4 cup lots (enough for a cookup for the family) so that way I'm not leaving partly used bags. I can just grab 1 mylar bag at a time and that's it.
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