Long Term Food Storage

Everything you need to know about making your food last

Long Term Food Storage

Welcome to IMPAK's comprehensive guide for long term food storage, so you can be prepared for any natural disaster or emergency that comes your way. If you are preparing for the possibility of a food shortage or disaster, IMPAK supplies the necessary materials for long-term food and product storage.

These are general suggestions and may not apply to all applications. If you have different applications or conditions applying to your food storage you may need a more "custom" food storage system. We are glad to answer any questions and help recommend the best storage system for your application.

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Due to the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, some of the items below may take additional time to ship. If you have any questions, please email us at: inquiries@sorbentsystems.com

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IMPAK offers long term food storage supplies for the following:

check Viral Pandemics (i.e Coronavirus - Covid-19)
check Hurricanes and Tsunamis
check Earthquakes
check Food Storage
check Power Outages
check Quarantines

Mylar Bags in Food Storage

Mylar bags have revolutionized long-term food storage. They create a barrier between your food and the environment whether that is heat, light, moisture or oxygen. When combined with the necessary oxygen absorbers and food grade storage buckets or containers, they allow your food investment to be stored in the best possible condition. Shop Long Term Food Storage Kits or Freeze Dried Food Packaging Kits.

Sealing Your Mylar Bags

IMPAK’s Constant Heat Hot Jaw Sealer (Part Number: IPKHS-606T) will ensure that you have a consistent seal for all of your packages. It is the best handheld unit item on the market that can seal bags as large as 5-gallon drum liners. With an approximate 0.5" seal, this sealer makes sure your food is protected for many years.

For vacuum sealing your bags, we recommend our Keep Fresh 108. This sealer can seal bags up to 10.8” wide and does not require the use of special embossed bags. It is ideal for the organized homemaker that purchases food in bulk, and later repacks into smaller quantities for their family. Shop Sealers

How do I Use Mylar Bags in Food Storage?

After opening the mylar bag in the food-grade bucket or container, place the food in the bag, add the appropriate number of oxygen absorbers, heat seal the top shut, package and label the container. Shop Mylar Bags

Freeze Dried Food Packaging

Freeze dried food is not only the most nutritious food preservation process, but because of this industry standard method it can also be used for dehydrated/dried food packaging. IMPAK is proud to be a provider of supplies for the food preservation community for over 25 years and we look forward to the continued growth and education of the American public.

The most well-known applications for freeze dried food are of course astronaut meals and military rations, without NASA and the US Military we imagine the industry would still be in it’s infancy. Also known as lyophilisation or cryodesiccation in the biological, biomedical and food processing industries the prepared food is frozen at between -30°F and -50°F and once frozen a dryer will create a vacuum inside the chamber. As the food is warmed under vacuum the water turns to vapor and evaporates, this is known as sublimation. When finally dry the food is removed and placed inside vacuum sealed MylarFoil bags, or in MylarFoil bags with an oxygen absorber to maintain freshness and longevity.

freeze-dried harvest right sealer

The oldest method of food preservation is dehydration which removes the water, traditionally through evaporation, thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeasts and mold. Electrical dehydrators are readily available in the marketplace but not required as you can achieve similar results with sun-drying or even wind depending on your locale. Some companies recommend preservatives but freezing or refrigeration are also generally accepted methods of storing dehydrated foods for extended periods of time.

IMPAK highly recommends the American Made Harvest Right freeze dryers found here: www.harvestright.com.
The photo to the right is the most popular home freeze drying system – we even have one here!

To help assist and support the food preservation community IMPAK has created the below complete package which includes heavy duty MylarFoil bags, oxygen scavengers and an impulse heat sealer. Once you have a freeze dryer you will be up and running!

Here’s what you get:

  • • The heavy duty moisture and oxygen barrier bags measure 8” x 12” OD and the bags are OVER 7 mils thick of a MylarFoil material and have tear notches at the top for easy opening when ready to use. There’s even a section printed on the bag which allows you to write on the outside with the contents and date which it was prepared.
  • • A full master bag of 100cc oxygen absorbing packets, just like the ones you see in beef jerky to keep your food fresh. The absorbers are more than sufficient for the 8” x 12” bag so even if the bag is not filled to the top it will still do its job and keep your food fresh for years to come. Simply open the master bag of absorbers once you’ve got your foil pouches filled and ready to go, drop them in and heat seal. Any remaining absorbers in the master bag can be re-heat sealed in the bag or placed in a mason jar with locking lid.
  • • Our most popular 12” impulse heat sealer which provides a hermetic seal at the open end of your bag in just a few seconds. It even comes with a free spare parts kit so you can use it for many years to come.

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Typical Applications for Oxygen Absorbers:

check Breads, cookies, cakes, pastries
check Nuts and snacks
check Candies and confectioneries
check Coffee and tea
check Whole fat dry foods
check Processed, smoked and cured meats, cheeses and dairy products
check Dried fruits and vegetable
check Spices and seasonings
check Flour and grain items
check Fresh and precooked pasta and noodles

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What Are The Benefits Of Using Them?

  • • Extends shelf life
  • • Prevents growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage organisms, including molds
  • • Eliminates the need for additives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates, etc
  • • Use with gas flushing / vacuum packaging to absorb virtually all oxygen and absorb any oxygen that may permeate the package.

What Amount of Oxygen Absorber Should I Use?

Dimensions
(w x h)
Oxygen Absorber For Fine Grains (sugar, flour, etc.) Oxygen Absorber for Pasta and Thicker, Less Dense Foods
8" x 10"
(1/2 gallon item)
100cc: 1-2
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
100cc: 2-4
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
8" x 12"
(1/2 gallon item)
100cc: 1-2
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
100cc: 2-4
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
10" x 16"
(1-gallon item)
100cc: 3-4
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
100cc: 4
500cc: 1
1000cc: 1
2000cc: 1
20" x 30"
(4.25, 5 and 6-gallon item)
100cc: 20
500cc: 4
1000cc: 2
2000cc: 1
100cc: 25-30
500cc: 5-6
1000cc: 3
2000cc: 2
18.25" x 25.25"H x 11.0"D
(5-gallon item)
100cc: 20
500cc: 4
1000cc: 2
2000cc: 1
100cc: 25-30
500cc: 5-6
1000cc: 3
2000cc: 2

IMPORTANT: AFTER YOU HAVE OPENED THE OXYGEN ABSORBERS

Oxygen absorbers begin working within minutes of the package being opened. When packaging food for long-term storage, you should use the entire contents of one sealed vacuum packet bag within 30 to 60 minutes. If you know that you will be unable to use the entire quantity, set those packets aside in a small, clean, and dry glass jar with a secure screw-top lid. (A jam or pickle jar will work fine.)

We also provide a special "bag clip" (unlike any chip clip you have ever seen) that will keep the opened oxygen absorbers pouch secure for a minimum of three months.

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Long Term Food Storage Kits

Photo Description Order
Complete 5 Gallon Bundle
Includes:
  • 1- 5 gallon MylarFoil Bag
  • 2 - 1 gallon MylarFoil Bag
  • 8 - 7.5" x 9.25" MylarFoil Bag
  • 50 - 200cc Oxygen Absorbers
Price: $12.99
Quantity


5 Gallon Bundle 5 Gallon Bundle
Includes:
  • 20" x 30" Mylar Bag (PN: 20MFS30)
  • 1000cc Oxygen Absorbers (PN: SF1KCS400)


Food Storage Packaging Kit - Special 1
For Flour, Corn Starch and Powdered Sugar
Includes:
  • 50 Bags : 16VF4C18 - 16.0" x 18.0" O.D. PAKVF4C MylarFoil Bag - SEALER REQUIRED
  • 50 Packets : SF750CS750 - 750cc Oxygen Absorbers
Price: $71.00
Quantity
Food Storage Packaging Kit - Special 2
For Salts, Pastas, Sugars, Oats, Grains, Etc.
Includes:
  • 100 Bags : DBB035ZRC - 6.69" x 11.0" x 3.5" Black MylarFoil Stand Up Pouch
  • 100 Packets : SF200CS1500 - 200cc Oxygen Absorbers
Price: $52.55
Quantity
2 Liter SpoutPak Bundle
Includes:
  • Part Number: FTS05DG
  • 7" x 10.5" x 4.0" OD Double Gusset Transparent Stand Up SpoutPak Pouch 2 Liter SpoutPak™; with 9mm Re-closable cap, Sealed on all sides for Filling Through Spout.

  • This item is also available in PALLET QUANTITIES
5 Bags @ $19.95


10 Bags @ $35.95


25 Bags @ 79.95

1 Gallon SpoutPak Bundle
Includes:
  • Part Number: SP135GPA22
  • 13" x 12.75" x 6" OD Transparent Stand Up SpoutPak™ bag with 22mm ID Re-closable cap, Sealed on all sides for Filling Through Spout
5 Bags @ 29.95


10 Bags @ $45.95


25 Bags @ 89.95

Freeze Dried Food Packaging Kits

Photo Description Order
freeze-dried kit 1st Special Includes:
  • • Full Case of 500 bags (normally $111.00) +
  • • Full 2,500-unit case of 100cc Oxygen Absorbers (normally $154.80) +
  • • 12" Impulse Hand Sealer with 5mm element and free spare parts kit (normally $53.50)
Totaling $319.30 can be yours for only $255.40 plus shipping
Freeze Dried Food Packaging Special 1 @ $255.40

freeze-dried kit 2nd Special Includes:
  • • 100-unit bundle of bags
  • • 100-unit bag of 100cc Oxygen Absorbers
  • • 12" Impulse Hand Sealer with 5mm element and free spare parts kit
Freeze Dried Food Packaging Special 2 @ $124.00

freeze-dried kit 3rd Special Includes:
  • • 1 case (normally $111.00) with 15% discount @ $94.35
  • • 2 - 4 cases @ $82.10
Freeze Dried Food Packaging Special 3
1 case @ $94.35/case
2 - 4 cases @ $82.10/case


MylarFoil Bags

Dimensions
(w x h)
Photo Part Number Description Color Order
8.0" x 10" 8.0 x 10 mylarfoil food bag CTN35M0810FC 3-Side Seal
Tear Notch
1 Quart Bag
Food Grade
1,000/case

This item is also available in PALLET QUANTITIES
Shiny Silver Pack of 100 @ $21.00

Quantity


1 case: $171.00/case
2+ cases: $128.00/case

Quantity

8.0" x 12" 8.0 x 10 mylarfoil food bag CTN35M0812FC 3-Side Seal
Tear Notch
1 Quart Bag
Food Grade
1,000/case
Shiny Silver 100 bags: $0.21/ea.
200 - 400 bags: $0.61/ea.
500 - 900 bags: $0.41/ea.

Quantity

1 case: $129.35/case
2+ cases: $119.40/case

Quantity

10.0" x 16.0" MylarFoil Long Term Storage Bag 10VF4C16 3 Side Seal
Equivalent to a #10 can
Food Grade
250/case
Silver 50 - 200 Bags: $0.56/ea.

Quantity


1 case: $131.25/case
2 - 4 cases: $116.25/case
5 - 9 cases: $103.75/case
10+ cases: $92.00/case

Quantity

14.125" x 10.25" MylarFoil Long Term Storage Bag PM4141251025 3 Side Seal
Vacuum Bag with Pull-Tab Zipper
Food Grade
500/case

Our pull tab zipper bags are used as disaster relief supplies by CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The clear zipper envelopes are used to safely store emergency related supplies, and even household documents so that they are quickly accessible in the event of an emergency.
Clear 10 bags @ $1.10/ea.
25 bags @ $0.95/ea.
100 bags @ $0.75/ea.

Quantity


1 case: $299.60/case
2 - 4 cases: $265.10/case
5+ cases: $229.40/case

Quantity

20.0" x 30.0" 108oz. collapsible water storage container 20MFS30 3 Side Seal
Food Grade
150/case
Must Order in Multiples of 50
Silver 50 - 100 Bags: $1.55/ea.
150 - 250 Bags: $1.42/ea.
300 - 600 Bags: $1.19/ea.
650 - 1450 Bags: $1.04/ea.
1500+ Bags: $0.93/ea.

Quantity
18.25" x 25.25"H x 11.0"D 5 gallon drum liner for food storage RBW1825H2525D11 Mylar Foil Drum Liner with Round Bottom & white sealant layer
Food Grade
10/case

Works well with a 5 or 6 gallon pail. Ideal for storing beans, rice, sugar, flour and other grains.
Silver 1 case: $64.75/case
2 - 4 cases: $53.50/case
5 - 9 cases: $48.20/case
10+ cases: $42.80/case

Quantity

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Photo Part Number Description Order
300cc oxygen absorber Bag P/N: SF300PK50
Case P/N: SF300CS1500
300cc Oxygen Absorbers
Use one for a #10 can or equivalent size. You can also use a number of these in a larger container, depending on residual air volume.
50/bag; 1,500/case
Bag of 50 @ $12.50

Quantity


1 case: $128.80/case
2 - 4 cases: $105.00/case
5 - 9 cases: $98.30/case
10+ cases: $85.50/case

Quantity

1,000cc oxygen absorber Bag P/N: SF1KPK20
Case P/N: SF1KCS400
1,000cc Oxygen Absorbers
Use two of these in a 5 gallon bucket, depending on residual air volume.
20/bag; 400/case
Bag of 20 @ $9.75

Quantity


1 case: $106.40/case
2 - 4 cases: $95.76/case
5 - 9 cases: $90.45/case
10+ cases: $85.15/case

Quantity

1,500cc oxygen absorber Bag P/N: SF15KPK25
Case P/N: SF15KCS500
1,500cc Oxygen Absorbers
Use one of these in a 5 gallon bucket, depending on residual air volume.
25/bag; 500/case
Bag of 25 @ $9.95

Quantity


1 case: $153.90/case
2 - 4 cases: $136.80/case
5 - 9 cases: $119.70/case
10+ cases: $102.60/case

Quantity

2,000cc oxygen absorber Bag P/N: SF2KPK10
Case P/N: SF2KCS240
2,000cc Oxygen Absorbers
10/bag; 240/case
Bag of 10 @ $10.20

Quantity


1 case: $102.00/case
2 - 4 cases: $95.50/case
5 - 9 cases: $89.60/case
10+ cases: $85.90/case

Quantity

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Sealers

Photo Part Number Description Order
hotjaw portable sealer IPKHS-606T HotJaw Sealer
PTFE Polymer coated 6.0" Sealer, Constant Heat Clamp Style
$99.10

Quantity


Case of 6: $495.50/case

Quantity

12" Impulse Sealer IPK-305H 12.0" Impulse Sealer
5mm Seal Width
$80.80

Quantity


Case of 6: $419.00/case

Quantity

16" Impulse Sealer IPK-405H 16.0" Impulse Sealer
5mm Seal Width
$110.00

Quantity


Case of 6: $462.95/case

Quantity

keep fresh home vacuum sealer KF108 KeepFresh 108
5mm Seal Width
**Not Compatible with Embossed Bags
$99.00

Quantity


Case of 6: $408.00/case

Quantity

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