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PostTue May 12, 2015 9:35 pm 
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mary janes farm offers a bulk option for their backcountry meals.  i would like to figure out something ultralight and non-carcinogenic to mix and store the dehydrated food and boiling water in for the 10 minutes it needs for cooking.
is there some sort of disposable wax lined bag i could use?
where could i purchase them?

thanks for giving this your consideration
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PostTue May 12, 2015 10:22 pm 
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Wax and polyethylene  are essentially  the same chemical  compound.  Wax is carbon chains a few hundred carbon atoms vs polyethylene  with several thousand.   

If you want to avoid such complications  the easiest  way is a "pot cozy"   basically a sleeping bag for your cook pot.   Andionized  aluminum  is good choice  for pot material.  Stainless steel is heavier, but considered  the safest material from a biological  point of view.
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PostTue May 12, 2015 11:00 pm 
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A lot of sous vide kitchens have started to switch from polyethylene to food-grade silicone cooking bags They're heavier than ziplocks and about 750 times as expensive. I suspect it's all a cynical plot to extract my money while they kill me slowly. An Article about sous vide and plastic

RH nailed it, (most waxed paper bags are made using paraffin derived from petrochemicals). Safer to re-hydrate in the pot but I'm too lazy to rinse out my JB pot after dinner. And can't stand the taste of spicy food in my morning coffee...

I usually let the boiling water cool down a little before I dump it in the ziplock full of food. Takes a bit longer to re-hydrate but I like to think the lower temp causes less petrochemical/estrogen/BSA to get released into my food. And gives me time to have a smoke before I eat. I'm boiling filtered water, of course.
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PostTue Jun 02, 2015 11:18 am 
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as you may recall, hollywood, we just use cottage cheese containers and dump into there. safe? who knows. does it matter? probably not. also, i'm sure none of the MJ foods takes 10 mins to cook. probably more like 10 seconds.

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PostThu Jun 04, 2015 2:19 pm 
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Thanks for asking this because I have thought about this too.
I found these sources for mylar food bags:

http://www.mylarbagsdirect.com/

https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/emergency-supplies/food-storage-equipment/mylar-bags-for-food-storage

I have also rinsed out and used the bags from Backpacker's Pantry, and other brands, but not for more than a few nights in a row and then the bags are pretty beat up and don't seal as well.

Those bubble wrap protective pouches for shipping work well as a food bag cooking cozy in cold weather. Just slide your meal in and wait.
My boots or a winter hat have also doubled as food bag cozies sometimes.

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