The dehydration process minimally affects the nutritional content of food and removes moisture from the food so that bacteria, yeast and mould cannot grow. Therefore, the end result is nutrient packed food that can be stored long term.
General storage suggestions:
- Store the bread in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight.
- Use a paper bag inside larger plastic bags to shield dried foods from sunlight. Don’t use paper bags outside the plastic bags – this way it would provide a nesting place for bugs or spiders.
- Store the bread in a food-quality, plastic bag, then put in a tin or an airtight glass or metal container.
- You can also store the bread in freezer bags (especially zip-lock freezer bags) – if you choose this storage option remove all air from the bag before sealing
- Store in small batches to maintain freshness, and to minimize the risk for contamination
- To preserve freshness, store opened packets in the refrigerator or freezer
- Store the bread separately from other products – this should be done to avoid mixing flavours and possible cross-contamination should moulds or spoilage occur.
- Maintain the bread in the original packaging (if unopened) for as long as possible. The packaging is designed for the bread and will remain in good condition for its’ given shelf-life in the absence of temperature and humidity abuse.
- If the original packaging is not practical for you (or if you’ve already opened it), maintain the bread in airtight containers to keep out contaminants. Since oxygen is another major threat to the quality of food, moisture-proof packaging is best as it is normally also airtight.