Letter from Chris B
I started using my Food Saver vacuum and about everything I bought was vacuumed! Longer storage or so I thought until someone on a blog mentioned the dangers of storing brown sugar and granola in a vacuum sealed state. I had my things in half-gallon canning jars. Panic set in. I found a few websites stating that same thing. So warn folks.
I wrote to the Food Saver folks, and their reply was that their storage in bags was only for short-term storage. They didn’t address the long-term use…or the brown sugar use.
I did wonder how anyone would know that brown sugar had bacteria…botulism in it in the first place. Did someone store it and then eat it and get sick? Anyway I thought better to error on the sae side. When the SHTF we will have enough to deal with without adding sickness.
“Word of caution, it’s considered unsafe to vacuum-seal brown sugar because it can develop bacteria growth. (Source for the following quote: http://www.yourfamilyark.org/food-storage/danger-of-botulism) “Granola, nuts, brown sugar, and dehydrated fruits and vegetables (unless they are dry enough to snap inside and out) should not be stored in reduced oxygen packaging (such as #10 cans or pouches with an oxygen absorber).”