The importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks


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    Meat Hacks: The importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks.

    Learn about the importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    The importance of properly packaging your Snack Sticks
    When made correctly Snack Sticks can be a near shelf stable product. One important factor in how long your snack sticks will keep is making sure they are dry when they get packaged. Any moisture that is trapped inside the bags can cause mold to grow which will destroy your product, so make sure that your snack sticks have been dried before you package them.

    Another thing you want to make sure of before packaging your snack sticks is that they are cool, a warm snack stick, even if the outside is dry, will cause moisture to build up on the inside of the bag which will end up causing the same issue as packaging a wet snack stick.

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