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    If you prepackage your own bulk chemicals, keep the chemicals separate even if pre-measured. Without adding sequestering agents, metol will be very problematic to dissolve. However, if you keep the ingredients separate you can mix the metol in first and then the other ingredients (Metol dissolves with great difficulty into a solution of sodium sulfite, and there is a lot of sulfite in many developers.)
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    You could probably develop sheet film 1 sheet at a time or two sheets back to back in zip-lock bags if you're in the dark. I haven't tried it, and would suggest some experiments in the light to set up a procedure for putting first some developer in the bag while holding it open with one hand, inserting the film, and zipping up the bag. At worst, you can make fun of my idea. At best, you can have fun trying it.
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    P.S.: If you are looking for a way to minimize carrying space for developer, try 1/8 teaspoon Metol powder, 1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder, and 1 teaspoon sodium carbonate such as pH-Plus in a liter of water. Developing times will be about the same as D-76: 8 minutes at 20 C. The quality will surprise you.
    As you see, small containers of Metol, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and sodium carbonate will do many sheets or rolls of film.
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