Saturday, 31 March 2007

Packing in Foil Pouches

Avoid spoilage by packing goods for long term storage.

When a bulk order arrives, some co-ops offer a packing date so that those interested can store their goods (less than 10% moisture or oil content) in foil pouches for the long term.

On these packing dates you're very welcome to bring other items that you need to pack i.e. items that were on special from the supermarket - rice, pasta, sugar or old food storage that has been stored in buckets.

You will be taught and encouraged to seal your own (we all help measure and fill the bags). In foil pouches with oxygen absorbers. This allows items like grain, pasta and rolled oats to last up to 30years. PLUS the bonus that any weevils, moths or other insects will not be able to survive.

FOIL POUCHES and OXYGEN ABSORBERS are available by mail order at cost price from the LDS church. You do NOT have to be a member to order these products or use the sealing machine. Contact us if you are interested in using this facility at

In most areas, one or more people have shared the price of the foil pouches so others purchase the amount they need on the day. However, I would encourage everyone to buy their own pack of oxygen absorbers for future use (or if you need to re-do a couple the next time).

Once sealed, lie the packets on the floor and flatten them as much as possible. They'll suck in slightly as they're left over night as the oxygen absorber works and then they'll be easier to store flat or upright in storage containers.

Storage boxes are necessary as the foil pouches are not rodent proof.

This pic has 9 pouches of flour in each tub to go in the garage or under our bed. That's almost 50kilos of flour just in these two tubs (which is 9 months flour storage for two adults in total)

The 'under the bed' tubs below are all full of wheat, wheat is so much heavier so I store a few pouches in smaller tubs so I can move them without getting a hernia.
It's alot easier to move house when they're already in boxes.

Items not suitable for foil pouch storage are those with over 10% moisture (scroll down the page to find it).