Other types of plastic bottles typically do not provide an adequate moisture or oxygen barrier for us with oxygen absorbers. Do not use containers that were previously used to store nonfood items.
PETE bottles can also be used for shorter-term storage (up to 5 years) of other shelf stable dry foods such as white rice. Visit providentliving.org for specific product recommendations.
Moisture content of stored foods should be about 10 percent or less. When moist products are stored in reduced oxygen packaging, botulism poisoning may occur.
Packaging in PETE Bottles
- Use PETE bottles that have screw-on lids with plastic or rubber lid seals. You can verify the lid seal will not leak by placing a sealed empty bottle under water and pressing on it. If you see bubbles escape from the bottle, it will leak.
- Clean used bottles with dish soap, and rinse them thoroughly to remove any residue. Drain out the water, and allow the bottles to dry completely before you use them for packaging food products.
- Place an oxygen absorber in each bottle. The absorbers can be used with containers of up to one-gallon capacity (4 liters.) Additional instruction about using oxygen absorbers is available at providentliving.org.
- Fill bottles with wheat, dry corn or dry beans.
- Wipe top sealing edge of each bottle clean with a dry cloth and screw lid on tightly.
- Store the products in a cool, dry location, away from light.
- Protect the stored products from rodents.
- Use a new oxygen absorber each time you refill a bottle for storage.
Where to get oxygen absorber packets:
Oxygen absorber packets are available at home storage centers and Church Distribution Services, or they can be ordered online at ldscatalog.com. Unused oxygen absorbers can be stored in glass jars with metal lids that have gaskets.