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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 '14 at 2:27
BTW, easiest way to make popcorn -- Alton Brown's paper bag in microwave. – Sean Perry Apr 17 '14 at 15:52
up vote 6 down vote accepted

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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