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Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and am happy to have found a free site to meet other friends with the same interests and have a place to exchange ideas.
Last night I went on an Amazon shopping spree and got a Nesco Snackmaster dehydrator, vacuum sealer, and digital scale. I'm getting ready to live out of a retrofitted Nissan Pathfinder for 3 months before going home to Arkansas to through-hike the Ozark Highlands Trail and Buffalo National River Trail so dehydrated meals would be great for simple car food as well as on the trail.
My question is how do you package your vacuum sealed food to provide a good seal for backpacking so the food stays fresh? I have seen videos and posts where someone suggests wrapping parchment paper or uses paper bags. Some suggest a ziplock inside the vacuum seal to prevent sharp foods from breaking through. I thought to expand on the paper bag and parchment paper idea by replacing one or both with paper towels so I could simply open the meal, unwrap and use the dried food and conveniently have a paper towel available for use during and after the meal for cleanup. I have read that absorbent material makes a bad barrier because it could potentially soak up outside liquid though.
I would greatly appreciate hearing what you have learned and your method for making the most of the vacuum seal. Also, if anyone has experience or ideas regarding the thought to incorporate paper towels, I would like to hear about it.