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Desiccant Packs, What They are and Why You Need Them

I live in a fairly dry climate and have not had problems with preps rusting from the humidity.  However, I know that it is a big problem in parts of this country that are subject to high humidity, so I thought that I would write about the use of desiccant packs and how to use them.

As an oxygen absorber is to air, a desiccant is to moisture.  A desiccant pack will draw moisture from the air the same as an oxygen absorber will draw the oxygen from the air.  Desiccant packs are used all the time in electronics and can often be found at any store that sells electronics.…

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Desiccant Packs and Long Term Dried Food Storage

I see many people on the web recommending the use of desiccant packs to control moisture in stored foods.  In over 40 years of storing food, I have never used one.  Our dried storage includes all types of grains, legumes, dehydrated foods, both home dried and commercial.  During this time, I have never had any foods damaged by moisture.

The whole trick is to make sure your products are dry before you package them.  Dehydrated fruits, vegetables and meats should be dried to the point that they break when bent.  Foods dried to this point and package properly (in moisture proof containers) should not need a desiccant. …

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