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Kevin Cody
(codycolor2) - F

Locale: Los Padres NF
compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 09:33:10 MDT Print View

I am hoofing out 5+ pounds of marshmallows to California Conservation Core as a thank you for their work in the Los Padres National Forest. My question is can you compress marshmallows via a vacuum sealed bag? I am up for other ideas as well. These are 2 or 3 times the size of normal marshmallows by the way each bag weighing 27.51 ounces.

Thank you.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 10:15:24 MDT Print View

They will never be the same again - you can do it...but YMMV.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 10:38:59 MDT Print View

Ha, ha. You can't. They will simply expand to replace whatever air you suck out.
You could try dehydrating them....

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 12:55:20 MDT Print View

You can totally compress marshmallows*, and you're very close to the right idea with the vacuum bag.

A couple months ago, I bought a vacuum pump and bell to degas liquid silicone (to prototype the custom stopper for my Backcountry Boiler :) ). Remembering middle school science class, I tested the vacuum I was drawing by putting marshmallows in the bell. At first (as James points out), they get huge as the air bubbles expand. But then the air bubbles burst, and when you remove the vacuum, they're about half their usual size and really dense. As Sarah points out, they'll never be the same, but it's a lot of fun!

*I'm quite sure this is not helpful at all, but I wanted to share. :)

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 13:10:18 MDT Print View

Yeah, Devins correct, you could try it two or three times and see what happens.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
compressing marshmallows? on 05/24/2011 20:43:18 MDT Print View

Another problem, if it's a warm day, is that squished (or compressed, if you prefer) marshmallows tend to fuse together. You may end up with one enormous marshmallow!

Kevin Cody
(codycolor2) - F

Locale: Los Padres NF
Hell! on 05/25/2011 10:12:03 MDT Print View

Looks like my bag is going to be taken up by more than 1/2 by marshmallows. On the plus side besides doing something for the CCC my pack will be 2x as light when I drop them off. Thanks everyone.

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F - M

Locale: North Idaho
Yes, but... on 05/25/2011 13:23:58 MDT Print View

...Aren't the marshmallows multi-use? Sleeping pad, pillow, place under jacket for extra insulation, etc?

Edited by DavidDrake on 05/25/2011 13:24:52 MDT.

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
Done that on 06/09/2011 07:41:43 MDT Print View

I tried this in a Food Saver bag a few months ago to take on a trip and the marshmallows ended up being one big gooey lump. I could pry them apart sort of, but it was mostly fail. On top of that the package didn't really compress at all. Good luck.