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I made some beef jerky, and I am wanting to mail some to family and friends. I don't have any of those silica gel packets to absorb moisture - is there anything else I can put in the baggie that will absorb any moisture as effectively as those silica gel packets?

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Air popped popcorn, else try uncooked rice. Salted popped popcorn may be available at grocery stores. –  Optionparty Dec 26 '13 at 23:39
    
Maybe put the uncooked rice/popcorn in cheese cloth, tied up, to keep it together. –  Dolan Antenucci Jan 1 at 2:27
    
BTW, easiest way to make popcorn -- Alton Brown's paper bag in microwave. goodeatsfanpage.com/Season2/Corn/CornTranscript.htm –  Sean Perry Apr 17 at 15:52
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There are several options:

  • wrap jerky in paper napkins/towels before putting in the baggie
  • put jerky in a paper bag and then in a plastic one
  • put some uncooked rice, as Optionparty has mentioned

The method you choose also depends on how long it takes the mail to be delivered. Rice is the most long-lasting way, but it will also add the most weight to the package. Paper bags and towels are equally effective, but they won't do for longer than a few days.

Whichever you do, make sure the baggie is well closed to prevent any moisture from outside getting in.

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Thank you for the information! –  Mike Marks Dec 27 '13 at 15:43
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