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Offline Aspiring Homesteader

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Sealing Mylar bags
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:31:21 AM »
I searched the forum for this question as I would have thought it would have been asked previously, if I missed it my apologies for the duplicate post.

I purchased some zip-top mylar bags a while back and I've never gotten around to using them. Last night I decided to dehydrate some of my canned sliced potatoes and put them in the mylar bags. This morning I filled a bag, put in a couple of O2 absorbers and then tried to seal the top of the bag with my vacuum sealer's "Seal" function. The bag would not seal at all. Is it common that mylar would not seal like that? Are there certain ones that are made to seal? Again, I am not trying to vacuum the air out, just melt/seal the bags.

I'm pretty sure my FoodSaver is still sealing well on regular bags, it did the last time I used it a couple of weeks ago. Though I will admit I didn't try to seal one this morning as I did this just before I had to head to work.

Thanks in advance for any advice, it will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Sealing Mylar bags
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2016, 09:53:01 AM »
Is it is possible the sealer isn't hot enough for Mylar?

I've used a regular clothing iron and a hobby iron with good results.
Just google hobby iron to see what I'm talking about.

I use a strip of wood to run the iron over so I don't mess up my counters.

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Re: Sealing Mylar bags
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 10:01:47 AM »
I think seal a meals are often not hot enough.

I went to the store and bought a hair straightening iron. Perfect for sealing mylar and very inexpensive.

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Re: Sealing Mylar bags
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 10:49:05 AM »
I think you may be correct, the FoodSaver isn't hot enough to melt/seal mylar. I've used a clothes iron in the past to seal 5 gallon bags. I may have to borrow my wife's flat iron the next time I seal up some food.  :)


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Re: Sealing Mylar bags
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 02:46:27 PM »
I have used my seal a meal on heavy duty and regular Mylar no problem