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|Grease Proof Or Not:||Could Be Customized For Using Different Food||Oxygen Absorption Capacity:||Could Be Customized|
|Application:||Rice, Grain, Noodles, Pasta, Seeds, Pet Foods, & Nuts||Advantages:||Prevents Oxidation Of Fats|
As I have taught classes on food storage for various groups, I’ve realized that there are some misunderstandings regarding how to use oxygen absorbers safely. I want to be certain that those who choose to follow and trust me have the information they need to use oxygen absorbers in a way that will safely preserve their food.So let’s jump right in! In order to show you how to use oxygen absorbers the right way, I’m going to answer nine common questions:
Oxygen absorbers are harmless little packages of iron powder. They are non-toxic and BPA-free.
They are used to remove oxygen from air (which is 21% oxygen with the rest being mostly nitrogen) when packaging dry foods. When you put an oxygen absorber in an airtight container, the oxygen in that container “sticks” to the iron in the oxygen absorber. This leaves only nitrogen in the air (which doesn’t affect your food).
An important part of knowing how to use oxygen absorbers safely is knowing why they are used at all.
There are five main reasons to use oxygen absorbers when packaging dry foods:
To increase shelf life (up to 30 years for most dry foods)
To prevent mold or bacteria growth in your food. Nothing will grow without oxygen to feed on!
To preserve vitamins such as A, C, and E that are depleted when exposed to oxygen
To prevent dehydrated or freeze dried fruits from browning
To preserve flavor
To kill pest eggs that may be found (but too small to see) in your food (usually grains). These eggs cannot hatch/multiply without oxygen.
Most dry foods have a pretty decent shelf life (one-five years) all on their own without an oxygen absorber. If you plan to rotate through your foods regularly, you don’t necessarily have to use an oxygen absorber. However, if you choose to (and they are quite inexpensive), you gain the benefits listed above.