Retort Pouch bags are a new way used for canning food for storage in the commercial industry. This process was first developed for the military for MRE food supplies. Retort canning is fast becoming an industry standard for food preparations.
Packaging and sealing meats, fruits, vegetables, pasta, beans any food desired even water, for long-term shelf stable storage is no longer for just commercial applications.
Can at your own risk as there are no FDA guidelines for home users. However many home-owners and small businesses can take advantage of the light weight, smaller packaging and superior flexibility of canning with retort bags.
Businesses need to find the HACCP regulations for canning in an autoclave stated by the FDA
The Vacuum-Sealed pouch must be pressure canned according to all FDA canning instructions. The flexible retort packages are easier to store as they are non-breakable, unlike glass and they are BPA Free unlike cans.
Retort canning bags work best when vacuum sealed in a chamber unit. The removal of the air in the bag is needed when placing the bag under pressure in a canner. We suggest both Sammic or Minipack brands and our new VacUpack Visaal as the best choice for chamber units and successful retort canning.
Home-owners who choose to try their hand at retort canning follow all sanitary and temperature guidelines relating to canning and vacuum sealing. Our experience not to be taken as FDA approved has been to extend the cooking time by at least 20% over home canning recommendations.
There are no FDA approved methods of canning with retorts in the home. Can at your own risk!