Long term storage tip
How to seal stuff air tight for long term storage. One of the better long term storage containers IF it is going to be kept in a dark space is plastic or Mylar. This will keep both air and liquids either in or out depending on what you want. The hard part is sealing the container. If you are using plastic bags or Mylar bags they will store for a very long time. If you are freezing something make sure that you leave a little bit of empty space for expansion BUT get as much air out as you can before sealing the bag.
How to seal the bag? You can spend and get a dedicated device such as a seal a meal or vacuum sealer which can be expensive when new which unless you are doing a lot of it can be cost prohibitive.
You can build a dedicated device out of wood and a clothing iron. This is more economical but can take up a lot of space. In essence you take 2 2x4s however long so that you have a bit of extra length to play with.
What you will need- 2 pieces of 2 x 4 about 2 feet long, 4-5 inch C clamp, a door hinge and screws, a drill, saw and a screw driver. How you build it – cut to length, match them up so that when constructed you will sandwich the Mylar or plastic bag between the 2 x 4s, place the door hinge so that the 2 pieces of wood will articulate like a door opens and closes, mark the spots for the screws and drill pilot holes. Place the screws.
HOW to use – fill the bag leaving enough empty so that the jaws of 2 x 4s can close AND leave about an inch of the bag sticking out, fold this over to the side with the sheet of aluminum foil over it which protects the iron when you seal the bag. Set the iron to medium heat and slowly run it along the flap. Test the seal to make sure it worked. You may have to move faster or slower or adjust the temp up or down depending on the quality of the seals.
Depending on what you are storing you can now toss the package in the freezer, on the shelf or take it out and bury it.
If you are only going to do a few packages you can use a hair curling iron and use it as above.
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