Air moisture and packing dry goods

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ajax, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    I need to seal up some rice, lentils and split peas in mylar soon but I started wondering with all the rain is now a bad time because there is more moisture in the air or does it not make that much of a difference?

    If it can be a problem how should I determine when is a good time, higher heat and no rain for 3 - 4 days? If I placed the dry goods in a room with a dehumidifier for about 24 hours and then sealed them up would that help?

    I know baking at low temps can take extra moisture out but that's a bit hard to do with 200 lbs of product.
  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    This is just a guess on my part, but unless you have moisture condensing out of the air on the walls/windows/etc. I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    I've put rice, beans & wheat berries into mylar bags & buckets in the middle of TN summers (i.e. VERY humid, to the point I need to have fish gills implanted to breath LOL ) and never had a problem.

    If you are inside and your home A/C is running then you are already dehumidifying the air in your home.

    My typical proceedure is to freeze the product in a chest freezer for 48 hrs, allow to warm to room temp for 24hrs (this allows condensation to leave) then into mylar bags with O2 absorbers and sealed inside a 5 gal bucket. Overkill? maybe, but an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Good luck
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