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ERIC PAYNE
(vaporjourney)

Locale: Greater Gila
Storing homemade granola, energy bars on 02/15/2008 05:27:01 MST Print View

I'm thinking about making tons of granola and energy bars before I leave for the PCT in April, then have that food shipped to me in mail drops. My question is, do these freeze well? I've read conflicting opinions on the internet about freezing granola, and storing nuts in general. This food would have to stay fresh for over 5 months, and I'd prefer not to make my mail drop person make food for me while I'm gone.

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
storage on 02/15/2008 08:39:14 MST Print View

I dont know about freezing, but another option is to vacuum seal packs of your bars. The machines that do this are not too expensive.
I know this would keep granola bars "fresh" for several months...

ERIC PAYNE
(vaporjourney)

Locale: Greater Gila
Vacuum sealer on 02/15/2008 15:22:00 MST Print View

I've considered using a vacuum sealer, but have read horror stories about their reliability here and elsewhere. Also, i'd prefer not to spend over $50 for a sealer if I can avoid it.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
storing granola, etc. on 02/24/2008 12:16:41 MST Print View

Unfortunately when it comes to food sealers/vac pac systems you get what you pay for.

I generally freeze my granola and bars for up to 6 months and haven't found any issues. They are packed in ziploc freezer bags with as much of the air removed as possible.

Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
Re: Food storage/experiment on 02/24/2008 12:31:24 MST Print View

More of a question--since I haven't tried this.

Since oxygen is one of the culprits to spoilage, why not add an activated “hand warmer” (iron, sawdust type) packet to the package. Since these absorb O2, in theory this should increase the shelf life. Thoughts??

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Re: Food storage/experiment on 03/01/2008 10:02:49 MST Print View

I would think that it probably isn't food safe. You can buy oxygen absorbers from Walton Feed and I think Sorbent Systems.

ERIC PAYNE
(vaporjourney)

Locale: Greater Gila
re: storing granola in ziplocs? on 03/23/2008 16:40:19 MDT Print View

I just ran across someone stating on another forum that they just store their nuts and granola in ziploc bags, making sure all air was pressed out of them, for weeks or months on end, then pick them up in their mail drops, and everything is fine. Everything I've read though seems to indicate that nuts go rancid quickly when not vacuum sealed or frozen. Is this a bit overstated? The argument is that these bulk foods just sit in an un-vacuum sealed bin in the store, and were probably stored loosely before being put on the shelf as well.

Just trying to decide if I should waste the time with a vacuum sealer and their heavy/awkward bags to pack.

Edited by vaporjourney on 03/23/2008 16:41:45 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: re: storing granola in ziplocs? on 03/24/2008 07:15:28 MDT Print View

"I just ran across someone stating on another forum that they just store their nuts and granola in ziploc bags, making sure all air was pressed out of them, for weeks or months on end,"

Yeah, that's going to oust most of the oxygen and / or moisture that can ruin this type of stuff.

BTW, the reynold's handi-vac is a pretty inexpensive upgrade from this technique... really sucks all the air out and is just as reliable as any zipper bag you're going to find.

I believe Sarah, of freezerbagcooking.com, reviewed one of these on her blog.

Yup... I remembered right... Reynolds Handi Vac Review er... check that... the link expired with one of Sarah's updates... I can email it to you if you'd like... just PM me with your email address...

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
nuts on 04/10/2008 18:13:38 MDT Print View

vacuum sealing doesn't provide 100% protection from them going rancid either... many times the rancidity (I think that is a word -lol) is caused by them being in a warm place too long. Same as with things like Olive Oil.

ERIC PAYNE
(vaporjourney)

Locale: Greater Gila
re: reynolds cheapo vacuum-sealer on 04/10/2008 18:38:16 MDT Print View

Yes, I picked up the Reynolds Vacuum sealer a few weeks ago. So far I'm pretty happy with it. I did have a problem with one bag of granola loosing it's air tight seal after a few minutes, which I believe was due to a hole in the bag caused by sharp granola. I have since been really careful, and all bags are staying sealed.

I've sealed up about 8 lbs of granola, and am storing them in a dark place. Hopefully it's cool enough in my room (~70 deg) to avoid rancid behavior.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
speaking of energy bars on 04/12/2008 06:23:40 MDT Print View

speaking of energy/granola bars... I just found out my recipe for bars is in the May 2008 issue of Backpacker