Do your food products need desiccants? When used in conjunction
with either a barrier bag (mylar® foil bag) or a sealed pail, there
are usually no concerns regarding moisture damage. However, some
people are very aware that the highly humid environment in which
they reside is simply "a fact of life." In this case you may wish
to use desiccant packs in the food storage container.
The desiccant packets must be placed at the bottom of the pail or
barrier bag or in the middle of the food products. The desiccant
bags must not be close to the oxygen absorbers. Desiccants will
negatively affect the performance of the oxygen absorber when close
We supply desiccant
packets made from Tyvek. Tyvek is a material acceptable for food
product contact. We have 1 ounce and 5.5 gram packets available.
The 1 ounce packets are packaged 10 and 50 per bag.
For those individuals
and organizations for which humidity is a concern, we recommend
two 1 ounce packets per 5 or 6 gallon pail, or two per large barrier
bag. For some products that are already extremely dry and for which
concern is minimal, you may use one packet.
For the smaller barrier
bags (11.75" x 15") we recommend two of the 5.5 gram packets. Each
packet is marked "1/6" on the outside.
food, we recommend using one packet per #10 can (approximately gallon-size)
of dehydrated foods.