Vacuum Sealing Pancake Mix

by Deena
(Riverside,CA,USA)


Can you vacuum seal pancake mix in food storage bags and how long does it last?

RESPONSE:

Yes, you can, but remember:

1) Grocery store foods are not produced for long term storage.

2) Pancake mix has oil in it and can become rancid, although vacuum packing it may eliminate this issue..

It is might be better to store the ingredients to make pancakes from scratch. These items will store better long term.

Flour stores quite well when packed with oxygen absorbers (or vacuum packed) - not as long as wheat, but for several years. Storing wheat is even better if you purchase a wheat grinder also.

Baking powder stores well. Some fats and oils store fairly well, especially coconut oil. (Read more about storing fats and oils.)

Freeze dried eggs can be stored for several years as can powdered milk.

Is that just about everything for homemade pancakes? You get the point.

If you make your own pancakes with your own ingredients, you know exactly what goes into them, without any added chemicals or preservatives.

That said, if you do choose to vacuum pack store-bought pancake mix, it is best if you leave it in the original packaging and just poke a couple of holes in the sack with a needle. If you don't the mix will be sucked out and you will end up with a pile of mix on top of the bottle (if that's what you're using).

If you're using the FoodSaver bags, do the same; otherwise the powdery food will be sucked through the bag opening as it "vacuums" and the bag may not seal. This applies to all powder-type foods: flour, powdered sugar, powdered milk, baking powder, cake mixes, pancake mixes, etc.

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What to Use in FoodSaver Bags for Long Term Storage

by Nancy Bode (self-proclaimed Clueless Newbie)
(Atkins, IA)

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FoodSaver

I bought a FoodSaver unit, and with it bags, rolls, and also the jar attachments. As I read through forums I see lots of advice on how to store with jars, but hardly anything about what I can store with the plastic bags and rolls. Can I store anything long term (1 - 2 years) in plastic that doesn't have to be frozen? Do I have to add oxygen absorbers? I bought the FoodSaver to help me save money long term. I don't want to waste the bags. Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated. I'm a prepping newbie. :) Thanks!

RESPONSE:

I had to laugh at your title - Clueless Newbie - because we've all been there. Yes, I have several years on you doing this prep stuff, but, I too, was once a clueless newbie.

I bought my FoodSaver this past summer so I'm a bit of a newbie with it also. Here's how I use the bags:

- Anything that goes into the freezer (except bread - it really gets squished when vacuum packed).

- I dehydrate fruits and vegetables until they are crisp (snap when broken). I use the bags for these and just put them on the shelf with my other food storage.

- Products like rice, nuts, grains, oats, candy bars, medications, vitamins, cookies, chocolate chips (if you store them in a cool place) work great in bags.

I also reuse the bags. For instance, we buy whole bean coffee and when I bring them home, I just pop the entire bag into a FoodSaver bag and vacuum seal it. Keeps the beans as fresh as the day I bought them.

Then when I use the beans (or anything else that's stored in the bags), I just cut off the top, wash the bag with soap and water and hang it up to dry using those plastic hangers with clips that pants or skirts come on from a department store.

I have to admit however, that I prefer using quart or half-gallon canning bottles with the FoodSaver for my dry food storage. I like that you can just pop off the lid, use part of the food and re-seal the bottle using the same lid - over and over.

I do love my FoodSaver. I just read about someone who vacuum seals brown rice and nuts (both are notorious for going rancid because of the oils) and after 2 years of being sealed with her FoodSaver, there was no rancidity.

A caution though: When sealing fine powdery products like cake mixes, flour, powdered sugar, it works best if they are left in their original packaging or put in a ZipLock bag and sealed, puncture the bag with a needle - just a couple of small holes - and then seal in a FoodSaver bag or a bottle. Otherwise the powdery food will work its way out of the bottle and there will be a pile on the outside top of the lid. With the bag, the powder will be sucked out as it is being vacuum packed and the bag will not seal well.

I hope this has helped - enjoy!

~Joan

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Does this food need to be vacuum sealed?

by Heather (Mom of 5)
(Mesa, AZ)

Just wondering...can't I store something that is not canned and not opened? Or does it have to be vacuum sealed?

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Vacuum Sealed Dry Beans

If I vacuum seal my brown rice,and dry beans how long can I expect them to last?

RESPONSE:

The beans have a shelf life of 25+ years.

The brown rice is another story. You can read a previous discussion about brown rice here: All About Storing Rice. There are many opinions and experiences with storing brown rice - all depending on the storage conditions and methods. You'll have to decide for yourself whether to store it or not.

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