You need vacuum sealer bags for sealing and storing your dehydrated food. We can purchase them in varying sizes, and thicknesses... so make sure you purchase ones that are at least 3-mil thick.
See two of the most-often used sizes of vacuum-sealer bags in the Amazon images below.
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Look closely at your vacuum-sealer bag: One side of the bag is smooth, and the other side is 'textured'. This is to enable the food-vacuum-sealer to draw the air out.
And no, it doesn't matter which side up they go on the vacuum sealer machine!
Make sure you select good vacuum sealer bags for storing your dehydrated food—SAFELY! Thin ones can puncture easily.
Any thinner than 3-mil ... you may get some brittle foods puncturing your bags after the vacuuming! And we don't want that to happen.
The size of vacuum-sealer bags I use are 6" x 10".
As mentioned earlier, we need the textured side of the food vacuum sealer bags to allow the air to be drawn out! :-) Without these tiny textured bumps, it's pretty much impossible to draw the air out.
When the bag has been vacuumed, it's still being held tightly inside the FoodSaver machine, so don't worry about air making its way back inside the bag. Any 'stray' oxygen still inside the bag will be drawn out with the oxygen absorber. DON'T forget to add your oxygen absorber in the bag prior to drawing the air out!
I order the food vacuum sealer bags we use over the internet and shipped right to our door—via Amazon.
Click on the images at the very top of this page; or you can purchase your bags in your local superstore.
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To aid in filling the bags, I use a canning funnel.
They are relatively inexpensive and come in very handy whether you are filling your plastic vacuum bags or the mason jars.
See the two side-by-side photos above, showing how best to grasp the bag onto the funnel base. With a bit of practice, you'll soon get the hang of it! It makes filling your jars and bags "a breeze."