Saturday, April 28, 2012

Home Made Oxygen Absorbers

     Well lets just say its good to be back! First off I'd like to post a couple of links this week which were awesome finds- first up, home made O2 absorbers.

     Oxygen absorbers basically suck out the O2 from the packaging which helps create a bacteria un-friendly environment and also prevents oxidization. This is pretty important to the average prepper, and excellent for those who want to make food storage last as long as possible.

     I haven't actually got a chance to make these yet, but they are high on my list of to-do's. One day I was curious to see if there were any way to make your own and I did a search and what do you know. Tightwadery wins again! HERE is the link where I found it. So 6 grams of iron filings ( link to a source is provided in the aforementioned thread) and 6 grams of sea salt is all it takes and viola! you are in business on the cheap. 

     Being someone who dehydrates I would love to have all the neat toys that Tammy does at but I couldn't see spending so much money on things that will eventually get used up like O2 absorbers. So here is a solution that I'm satisfied with. I can know that the absorber is fresh and new and no chance of accidental breaches that produce ineffective products or shortened lifespan. I can also regulate how much I use if I have a larger or smaller container as well.  I hope this is helpful for those like me with limited funds. 

     My plan is to use some white tissue paper cut in 1.5" squares, about 2-4 layers thick and scotch taped around the edges. We'll. see, I'll update when I have the chance to try it out.  

     Next post will be soon and its all about a free yes I said FREE book download site to old-timey ways of doing a lot of things that preppers will find fascinating, useful and informative. Till then!



  1. I enjoy reading a lot and your stories are worth reading, nice blog, keep it up.

  2. I enjoy reading a lot and your stories are worth reading, nice blog, keep it up.

  3. This post was inspired by a long weekend I spent brewing your blog! So thanks for what you do, and thanks for your comments here.

  4. For the little sack, I found empty tea bags normally used for homemade tea online for real cheap. all sizes.