Use Hygrolid with wide mouth canning jars for curing, storing, and monitoring your dried goods. Hygrolid fits on any standard wide mouth mason jar and secures with the metal ring that comes with your mason jar. Once in place, the Hygrolid will tell you the Relative Humidity (RH) inside the jar. You can use the RH reading to decide if it is safe to put your dry goods up for short or long-term storage.
The RH inside the jar is determined by the Moisture Content of your dried goods. The wetter the goods, the higher the RH. When dried goods are first placed in a sealed jar they quickly begin to affect the RH and within an hour you can determine the relative dryness of your good.
To safely store dry goods for long periods of time the relative humidity of your sealed container for storage should be below %70 RH. This will help prevent the risk of molding without having to risk overdrying.
To calibrate, simply use a small standard head screwdriver to turn the screw on the backside of the hygrometer and set the pointer on the face of Hygrolid to a known Relative Humidity (RH). Use slight inward pressure with the screwdriver when calibrating. If the face of the hygrometer spins when attempting to calibrate, apply light pressure to the face of the hygrometer and simultaneously press the screwdriver inward more firmly and turn to release the pointer.
There are a few of simple methods to determine the RH for calibration.
1. Place Hygrolid next to another hygrometer which is properly calibrated and wait a while (Waiting times will vary. It may take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours or overnight depending on conditions). Set the Hygrolid to match the RH% of the other hygrometer. Digital hygrometers are fine for this method. Recheck the calibration a couple times if you have any doubts.
2. SALT and WATER. RH 75%. Place a tablespoon of salt and a teaspoon of water into a small wide-mouth canning jar. The salt should be wet but not dissolved or watery. Use the ring that came with the jar, lightly screw the Hygrolid onto the jar and wait for the hygrometer to adjust (Waiting times will vary. It may take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours or overnight depending on conditions). Set the pointer to 75%. Recheck to see that your calibration is accurate.
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