Last month, I was on an 8-day business trip. My husband and I bought a FoodSaver to pack my dehydrated food (blueberry pancakes & mexi-patties, all germinated nuts, grains & fruit) and take with me on the plane trip.
Well, we were not sure if vaccuum packing was a good idea… or if it even keeps the food fresh… so, we we found ourselves asking lots of questions!
We do know vaccuum packing is not a substitute for the refrigerator, so I kept things iced. (Ice, from one of the food shops in the airport, passed security.) We do not want bacteria to start growing. The food is less likely to be oxidized (of course), but I still wonder if it is “safe” to eat. It may be more safe to eat dehydrated food that is vaccuum packed… but I do not know that it is safe to eat germinated nuts, grains, seeds (non-dehydrated) vaccuum packed when they should be stored in water! Any ideas on this? Is it safe to vaccuum pack? When is it not safe to vaccuum pack?
Not to mention… does the X-ray at airport security do anything to the food?