Retort Pouch are a non BPA canning bag. Instead of the traditional jar or can these new bags are used for canning food storage. This process was first developed for the military for MRE food supplies. Retort canning is fast becoming an industry standard for commercial 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.
Homeowners and small businesses can take advantage of the light weight, smaller packaging and superior flexibility of canning with retort bags.
The Vacuum-Sealed pouch must be pressure canned according to all canning instructions with a plus time of 20% as instructed by the FDA when using glass jars or tin cans. There are no FDA guidelines for canning with retort pouches for home canners only for commercial applications. An autoclave, and FDA regulations guidelines are required for retail sales of retort canned foods. The flexible retort packages are easier to store as they are non-breakable, unlike glass, they are much smaller to store and easier by weight and size to ship. These bags 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 our VacUpack Visaal a Sammic or Minipack brand as the best choice for chamber units and successful retort canning.
Non-commercial retort canning: Can at your own risk! There are no FDA guidelines for canning in retort bags for home owners.