I have read at various places online that you can make your own oxygen absorbers using steel wool.
Now, I take everything I read with a grain of salt, in this case, a few table spoons.
I created a test to see if it will work.
I posted it to my blog http://mike.creuzer.com/2009/01/homemade-oxygen-absorbers-part-1.html
, but the short of it is here.
I put 4 canning jars together, with 4 variations of the steel wool in them, dry, salted dry, wet, and salted wet.
The proof will be if any of these will cause the jar to seal as indicated by the pop-up lid. In removing the oxygen, causing the steel wool to rust, it should create a partial vacuum.
Anybody else try this? Have you done it in a way that has demonstrable results? It's easy to put some steel wool in your mylar and call it good, but could this be a false sense of security?
I will report back on my findings when I get some. Hopefully as soon as tomorrow. If they are unchanged by next weekend, I will call this a failure.
Any thoughts on how to improve this little experiment?