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The Lowdown on Vacuum Sealer Bags

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You’ll need to keep a good supply of vacuum sealer bags on hand for storing all that great food you’ve got. So, here are the best rated brands, and a secret tip for what to do if you run out of bags.
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FoodSaver 8" x 20' Vacuum Seal Roll with BPA-Free Multilayer Construction for Food Preservation, 3-Pack
  • FRESHNESS THAT LASTS FOR WEEKS, NOT DAYS: BPA-free multilayer design is constructed of durable yet pliable material that creates an airtight barrier around foods, extending freshness and locking in flavors
  • CUSTOMIZE LENGTH TO FIT ANY FOOD YOU STORE: Having the option to cut the roll to whatever length you need means no more wasted material or precarious "doesn't quite fit" scenarios
  • IDEAL FOR USE WITH FOODSAVER VACUUM SEALING SYSTEMS: The sealing strip in FoodSaver vacuum sealers heats to a precise temperature that works specifically with FoodSaver bag material, ensuring you get a secure airtight seal
  • 1 BAG, MULTIPLE USES: Use it when buying in bulk or on sale and storing the extra for later; portioning out meals throughout the week; camping and picnics; hunting and fishing; pantry storage; storing leftovers; sous vide cooking; and more
  • BPA-FREE MATERIAL: Safe for storing raw and cooked foods, it's also freezer, refrigerator, microwave, and boil safe

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Save Money Buying In Bulk

Vacuum sealer bags can be as expensive as $1 a bag if you buy premium pre-cut ones, or as cheap as 15 cents per bag if you buy rolls of uncut bags. These come in lengths as long as 100 feet for $15. With uncut rolls, you’ll spend about the same as you would for standard commercial freezer bags if you bought them in bulk.

Buy Reusable bags

The better-made sealer bags are reusable, and almost all kinds of vacuum sealer bags can be resealed. Many people leave an extra 3-4 inches at the end of bags they know they’re going to want to open and re-seal several times.

Use Multiple Bags

Bags come in 8 inch and 11 inch widths. Some of the larger vacuum sealers are wide enough to accommodate two 8 inch bags at a time. If your sealer has powerful enough suction for two bags at a time, its a great way to cut how long it will take to seal, say, 50 elk steaks in half. Make sure you get some practice first, and double-timing can lead to making twice as many mistakes.

The Best Bags – In Our Opinion

The Foodsaver 8 inch or 11 inch by 22 foot long continuous bag gets the best reviews of all sealer bags on Amazon.com. These bags have a nylon outside covering and 5 layers of plastic on the inside to keep them from tearing. Depending on your skill and the model of vacuum sealer you bought you may also find that the generic sealer bags work just as well. If that’s the case, then you’ll be able to save a few dollars by skipping the FoodSaver brand bags.

How To Save Even More Money

If you sign up for Amazon’s prime shipping (at $79 a year) you’ll get free 2nd day shipping on these bags and anything else you order. While the upfront cost of $79 stings a bit, you’ll then have access to thousands of products that can be at your door for free in usually about 48 hours. Not only does it save on shipping, but it can also seriously reduce how many errands you have to run, and how much you spend on gas running those errands.

Our Customers Also Want to Know

WHY DOES MY VACUUM SEALER NOT SEAL PROPERLY?

A poor seal is usually caused by having too much liquid or awkwardly shaped food in bag. If its a liquid, you should , freeze before vacuuming or if its solid try and chop it up as small as possible. Also, check for food debris around the seal area and always make sure the gasket is well cleaned and intact.

CAN YOU VACUUM SEAL WET FOODS?

Leave moist food such as raw meat for 1-2 hours before vacuum packaging, or place a folded paper towel between the food and the end of the bag to absorb excess liquid. Just be sure to leave at least 3 inches between the paper towel and end of bag so that bag seals properly.

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