Desiccant sachets for food?

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Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by MLS » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:40 pm

I'm having to fly back to the UK quite a bit right now, and making the most of the generous 70 kilos baggage allowance I might as well pad out my cases with biscuits and shedloads of other stuff from Blighty that I can’t get here (or's silly money). So I'm trying to find food-safe desiccant sachets to keep said items fresh and crispy once opened. I’ve mooched around Makro, with no joy, and wondering if I’ve missed anywhere else in Hua Hin where I can buy them? Happy to exchange HobNobs or any other UK delicacies for some intel!

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by mwbrown » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:47 pm

I found some dessicant packets at Daiso in the basement of Market Village and BluPort. It will take some hunting to find them, but they're there.

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by Homer » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:20 am

Lazada has dessicants, didn't check if they're food safe. Given the products were most likely made in China, the manufacturer may not have checked either. Searching 'silica gel' there returns packets of the size found in food and meds.

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:08 am

The Daiso ones do a very poor job of recharging IMO.

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by J.J.B. » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:01 pm

The easiest solution would be to use rice; dried, of course! I first came across it being used in this way in the Caribbean, in a salt cellar to kept the salt from clumping together in the high humidity. It’s also used to dry out phones and suchlike that have been immersed in water. You half fill a plastic box with rice, put the device in, seal the top and leave it for a day or so. The rice absorbs all the water in the air and very effectively dries out the device.

Every dessicant sachet I’ve seen clearly states “do not eat” and while I wouldn’t necessarily eat the rice used to dry something out, it won’t harm you. You could put some rice in a sock and tie the end and it should be just what you need.

The only problem being, where to find rice in Hua Hin...?!

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by Kumiankka » Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:47 pm

I use Dog/Cat "sand" made of silica gel. Just stuff it in cloth bags (read unused socks).

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by MLS » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:49 pm

Thank you mwbrown, got them in Daiso today and they’re exactly what I was after. I've used these ones before and found that a couple of them tucked in a lock'n'seal box definitely helped to keep biscuits or crackers from going soft for the couple of weeks or so until I finished the packet. 😊

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Re: Desiccant sachets for food?

Post by mwbrown » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:19 pm

MLS wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Thank you mwbrown, got them in Daiso today and they’re exactly what I was after. I've used these ones before and found that a couple of them tucked in a lock'n'seal box definitely helped to keep biscuits or crackers from going soft for the couple of weeks or so until I finished the packet. 😊
Awesome, glad they worked out. I use them to keep my 3D printer filament spools dry, so they're quite versatile!

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