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I been noticing a nice price drop on some #10 cans of freeze dried product on Amazon, since the Labor day holiday; like 10 servings of eggs n bacon bits for 20ish dollars.

The storage instructions read that the product in the can is good for one week, after the can is opened.

This past summer (2012) we did not go backpacking for three weekends. This up coming summer we are planning to be out most every weekend with several week long trips thrown in.

Consuming the contents of a #10 can of product, next summer, should not be an issue.

Consuming the contents of a #10 can of product in a weeks time is our issue.

I am looking for suggestions on how to encourage the #10 can of product to last longer then a week.
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Are you asking about repackaging?
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Are you asking about repackaging?

I would like to take a portion of the #10 can product with me for a backpacking trip. The remaining product will be left home. I will, most likely, have remaining product for several weeks. Do I leave the product in the can with a lid or is there something I can do, with the product that I leave home that will extend the shelf life to more then a week?

I hope that helps answer your question.
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Freeze-dried stuff will last quite a while if you repackage it properly.  I don't have a vacuum sealer, so I would put unused portions in freezer bags and freeze them.  I haven't used freeze-dried food in a long time, but I do this regularly with dehydrated stuff.
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Oxygen and moisture are the issue and those "use by" dates are rather arbitrary and simply dates set by the manufacturer based on their estimate of optimal freshness, whatever that means.

Use heavier freezer bags that have better oxygen barriers and seal them tight with no air inside (which is why leaving the remainder in the can isn't so good: the empty space as you remove contents is filled with oxygen containing air that will react with the food, slowing down the reaction is what the freezing does as well) and to block moisture and you'll be fine.
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Vacuum seal the remainder in single serving portions with an O2 absorption pack and place in the freezer.

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Vacuum seal bags are usually specifically made for a good Oxygen barrier rendering both the need for an absorber and freezing unnecessary for merely a few weeks during a summer. A cooler storage location is helpful but freezing will be overkill unless you want to keep things for next year.
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Oi! Thanks for your feedback.
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Vacuum seal bags are usually specifically made for a good Oxygen barrier rendering both the need for an absorber and freezing unnecessary for merely a few weeks during a summer. A cooler storage location is helpful but freezing will be overkill unless you want to keep things for next year.

True but an O2 packet absorbs what oxygen may be left and placing in a freezer allows the option of not using the food instead of "Oh crap. I need to use that in the next few days!" while not harming anything if it's pulled out for use the very next day.

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Vacuum seal bags are usually specifically made for a good Oxygen barrier rendering both the need for an absorber and freezing unnecessary for merely a few weeks during a summer. A cooler storage location is helpful but freezing will be overkill unless you want to keep things for next year.

True but an O2 packet absorbs what oxygen may be left and placing in a freezer allows the option of not using the food instead of "Oh crap. I need to use that in the next few days!" while not harming anything if it's pulled out for use the very next day.

Good point. Plans DO change and then there's no backup if the precautions haven't already been made.

Where would people get the food grade O2 absorber packets? (Maybe Amazon?)
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http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/oxygena....81P_Rdg

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Wow, a lot of great products there.

Thanks for the link!
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