Vacuum Sealers 2 -
Vacuum Bag Placement Photos
Where to Place the Bag for
Proper Vacuum Sealing
This photo shows you WHERE TO PLACE the CUT EDGE of your
vacuum sealer bag.
The edge of the bag goes right in the center of the
black oval vacuum channel.
Hold the bag in place with your hands away from the area, then
close the lid.
Press the lever down that's on the right side of the
machine. This holds the bag in place (see photo to follow).
Smooth Out the Bag's Contents
Smooth Out the
While the bag is clamped, I smooth out the contents of the bag,
making it pretty flat.
This makes it much easier to store in the Mylar bags later on.
Now, simply press the dark "vacuum and seal" button. You'll now
experience the air being drawn out of the bag, and this lasts about 6-10
Machine Will Auto-Switch to Seal Mode
When the vacuuming is finished, you'll see the machine switch over to
the "seal" mode — and the seal button will light up in red as shown in
Let the machine seal the bag and be patient! This takes about 6 seconds.
When you see the light go off, you can now raise the handle which
locks the lid in place, and lift the lid and retrieve the vacuumed and
Simply place the edge of your Mylar bag beyond the first dark
strip (as shown in the first photo on this page) — about an inch is good.
NEXT UP - Important:
For Mylar Bags Only!
NOTE: There are times when we do not want to use the vacuum feature –
such as when we are simply sealing our Mylar bags.
NEXT UP - Important:
For Mylar Bags
There are times when we do not
want to use the vacuum feature –
such as when we are simply
sealing our Mylar bags.
Click Image For
For Larger View
Take a look at the 'open wide' photo and you'll see the dark rectangular strip on the bottom, just in front of the oval
vacuum-sealer channel. This strip works in conjunction with the upper bar.
The lower strip will be flush against the bag's bottom when the lid is closed. Just press the SEAL button this time, and your bag will be sealed without any vacuuming taking place!
As the top bar heats up when the lid is down, the heated bar works to seal the bag.
When you're vacuuming and sealing a few bags,
please wait 20
seconds between each sealing
to allow the strip to cool down before
When you're vacuuming
and sealing a few bags,
please wait 20
between each sealing
to allow the strip to
cool down before
Write On Bag's Contents and Add The Date Too!
Write On Bag's Contents
and Add The Date Too!
I use a black felt-tipped pen and spend this 'waiting time'
writing the bag's contents and the date on the very top of the bag
(above the seal) that I've just vacuumed.
Yes, I know you can see through the bag, but sometimes green beans can be mistaken for peas! :-)
I'd like to add this that our visitor, Paul, sent in recently. I echo his words.
I've vacuum-sealed a bag, I seal it again by moving the bag slightly –
and seal again above the first seal – in effect sealing it twice as a
Sometimes bags puncture during storage, or the seal may
Remember to rotate your stock and check for any 'soft' bags."
– Thanks for writing in Paul!
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Vacuum Sealers – Part 2
Mar 24, 17 08:09 AM
Michelle has mushy cat food! Ugh. Nesco or Excalibur dehydrators can fix it to get rid of excess moisture. Check them out!
Mar 14, 17 10:27 AM
Skye, in Australia, wants to know if you have to use Mylar bags for long-term food storage. Read more here.
Feb 15, 17 03:58 PM
Find out just how long I think long-term is and why another alternative isn't such a bad idea! See page 32 FAQ.
Feb 15, 17 03:56 PM
JJ wants to know if Mylar bags can be used for stowing food instead of Mason jars - also can she use reusable canning lids - read more here on page 32 FAQ.
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