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May 10, 2021 Comments(0)

Printed Mylar Bags and Survival Foods: 3 Things To Know

Introduction

Store survival food right, and it can last 25 years or longer. 

The Mylar bag is the ideal packaging solution for long-term food storage. For business owners who sell survival foods or similar, printed mylar bags extend shelf life and offer a range of other benefits for your business and customers’ enjoyment. 

Here are 3 things you need to know about printed mylar bags and survival foods (but didn’t think to ask).

For Starters…What’s Mylar Anyway?

Mylar and Mylar bags come from the trade name BoPET, a polyester film. The company DuPont created the material in the 1950s, and NASA was the first to use it for blankets and long-term food storage. The material offers temperature regulation, strength, and flexibility. It also protects against electrical disturbance. 

Companies have found different uses for Mylar. You’ll find it in drumheads, insulation, hydroponics, and more.

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1: Why Use Mylar For Food Storage?

Mylar is ideal for increasing food shelf life because it eliminates oxygen and also creates an effective barrier against:

  • Moisture
  • Gas
  • Light
  • Odors

Printed Mylar pouches are the gold standard for outdoor food packaging and survival foods. In these instances, durability is a must. Additionally, Mylar bags are an excellent flexible packaging material because they’re affordable and easy to use. 

While other materials can be used as long-term food storage, they’re often more expensive and less durable, and stable than Mylar. 

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2: Survival Foods You Can Store In Mylar Pouches And Bags

You can store most foods in Mylar bags. For brands that sell outdoor survival food, long-term food storage is a must, and printed Mylar pouches are ideal. Although Mylar offers impressive time periods for long-term food storage, it’s not a miracle material. Different survival foods, depending on their characteristics, won’t last for years and years. 

For example, any high-fat food will go bad within three months to one year. The way these foods are stored doesn’t matter. But a low-fat food that’s stored in anaerobic Mylar will last for years. 

The key to long-term survival food storage is low fat, low moisture. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables or high-fat foods are typically stored in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and desiccants to extend shelf life. 

Also, temperature plays a significant role in how long something will keep in a Mylar bag. Lower temperatures will prevent quick spoilage. For example, wheat stored at 41 degrees Fahrenheit will keep up to four times longer than wheat stored at room temperature. 

Less than a year:

  • Nuts
  • Potato chips
  • Candy and chocolate
  • Brown rice

One to three years:

  • Dehydrated meats like beef jerky
  • Dry biscuits and crackers
  • Yeast

Three to five years:

  • Baby formula
  • Ground herbs and sprouting seeds
  • Maize flour or cornmeal
  • Full-fat powdered milk

Five to 10 years:

  • Rye
  • Unbleached flour
  • Wheat flakes
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Whole herbs
  • Granola
  • Alfalfa
  • Mung beans
  • Whole peppercorns 
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Semi-skim powdered milk
  • Powdered eggs

10 and 20 years:

  • Black-eyed peas and black turtle beans
  • Buckwheat
  • Butter or margarine powder
  • Chickpeas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Durum wheat
  • Flax
  • White flour
  • Whole wheat flour

20 and 30 years:

  • Freeze-dried fruit and vegetables
  • Instant coffee
  • Hulled oats
  • Kidney, pink, and lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Noodles and pasta
  • Powdered skim milk 
  • Rolled oats
  • Loose-leaf and bagged tea
  • White rice

Indefinitely:

  • Baking soda or powder
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Sugar

3: Factors Impacting The Use Of Printed Mylar Bags

The thickness of a Mylar bag will impact storage length. Thinner bags will not keep the food as long as a thicker bag. Your business needs, customer expectations, and the food you’re looking to store will impact how thick your Mylar bags will need to be. 

The typical range of thickness is 3.5 mm to 7 mm. For heavier foods and items that require significant long-term storage, bags within a 5.4 mm thickness range are ideal. Thicker bags will also be more effective at eliminating moisture and light penetration. 

Custom, Printed Mylar Bags for Ideal Food Storage Safety

If your business sells outdoor snacks, survival foods, or otherwise requires long-term food storage capabilities, printed Mylar bags and pouches are the way to go. They offer superior protection against the elements and provide the best in food safety. 

Prairie State Group printed Mylar bags can provide you with the superior food storage capabilities you need for your business. Determining the correct size and methods for storing safe foods can be complicated. Our packaging experts have the experience necessary to help you find the right Mylar bag for your needs and customize that bag for brand awareness and your printing requirements. 

Speak with us today online or call 847-801-3100 to get started on your flexible packaging design.