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2 Mil Freezer Bags?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by washxc, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. washxc

    washxc Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey All,

    My local bulk foods store has 8 in x 4 in x 18 in poly freezer bags that are 2 Mil thick for 10 cents each. I believe the dimensions are the same as the bags that Murray McMurray sells for $14.95 (50 total). The folks at the bulk store said that these are the bags they use with their own chickens.

    Does anyone know how thick the Murray McMurray bags are? Is 2 Mil thick enough to protect our hard work for a year in the freezer? If they're the same bag, the bulk store is significantly cheaper.

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I would call MM and ask
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 2 mil bag will not offer much protection in the freezer. I use a 3 mil for chickens that aren't going to freezer camp, and a 4 mil bag for the ones that are. You could double bag, but then you're looking at 20 cents per chicken.
     
  4. pepper48_98

    pepper48_98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. washxc

    washxc Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all, thanks for your replies. I called Murray McMurray this morning and the freezer bags they sell are 2 Mil. It sounds like some of you on the board think that 2 Mil might not do the job on protecting birds from freezer burn. So now I'm in a quandary... Anybody have any experience with 2 Mil freezer bags from McMurray?
     
  6. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the shrink bags from cornerstone.com and they seem to be pretty thick. When I don't process my own birds, I use a local business and they use bags much thicker than 2 mil. I would say their bags are closer in thickness to 6 mil plastic sheathing.

    I wouldn't trust 2 mil bags with all of the hard work that goes into my birds.
     
  7. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vaccum pack all of my meat - have one of those vaccum machines - the meat will last for years -
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not how thick the plastic is. It is how air tight you can get it. Any air leakage and you'll get freezer burn.
     

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