Dehydrated Food Storage:
Picking up Where the Dehydrator Left off

Knowing how to store and use dehydrated food storage is just as important as knowing how to dehydrate food. Don’t get caught in an emergency situation where you need to use your emergency food stock only to find that it has molded or been eaten by critters.

Before packaging you dehydrated food Make sure it is completely cool.

What kinds of packaging should I use for storing my dried foods?

Package dehydrated foods in clean, moisture resistant containers like:

  • Glass jars: canning jars work the best because you can vacuum seal them after they are filled.
  • Metal cans: If you have sulfured your fruit put the fruit in a plastic bag before putting it in the can. Sulfured fruit should not touch metal.
  • Vacuum sealer bags: These are not rodent proof, but help with the shelf life.
  • Freezer containers with tight-fitting lids
  • Plastic freezer bags: These are not insect and rodent proof.
  • Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers

Package your dried food in individual servings. Opening and closing containers allow moisture into the storage container and can encourage mold and spoilage.

Ever use a Vacuum Sealer?

A vacuum seal system, is a really great gadget to have. I use my vacuum sealer for everything.

By using a vacuum sealer you will:

Extend the shelf life of your dried food by 3 times that of just storing dried foods in a jar without vacuum sealing it.

Prevent mold by keeping moisture away from the food

Remove oxygen preserving the nutrients and preventing oxidation, so the food keeps looking great.

Take up less shelf space by removing as much of the air in the package as possible and compressing it down to about 1/3 rd of the original size.

Dried fruits, vegetables and jerkies tend to have sharp edges. Bags can be punctured by the dried food and punctures could let air and moisture in. Use jars when possible. Think you can't use your vacuum sealer for jars? Guess what! Vacuum sealers have special attachments for canning jars to seal them right up.

Don’t forget to label each package with the contents and date packaged.

What kind of shelf life will my dehydrated food storage have?

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Your dehydrated food storage should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place.

If stored in the proper conditions:

Dried fruits can be stored for 1 year at 60° F, 6 months at 80° F.

Dried vegetables have about half the shelf-life of fruits.

Fruit leathers should keep for up to 1 month at room temperature. Just a quick not… they do stick together a bit when you roll them up. 

To store any dried product longer, place it in the freezer.

Don’t forget using vacuum sealers adds to the self-life of any dehydrated food. With a combination of the vacuum sealer and the freezer your dehydrated food could last for years.

Any product stored away past the due date could be discolored and lose their taste. The best rule of emergency food storage is, “first in. First out.”

Now that you have all your dehydrated food storage packaged up and properly stored, sit down, relax and know you have one more thing checked off your emergency food list.


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