Vacuum Sealer Bags
For Storing Dehydrated Food
You need vacuum sealer bags for sealing and storing your dehydrated food. They can be purchased in varying
sizes, and thicknesses ... so make sure you purchase ones that are at
least 3-mil thick.
For Vacuum Sealer Bags, Thicker Is Better
Any thinner and you may have some brittle foods puncturing your bags after the vacuuming! And we don't want that to happen.
The size I personally use are 6" x 10".
Look closely at your 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 ...
just a quick note about Mylar bags ...
Mylar Bags Are Smooth ...
So What? Read On!
This was brought to my attention by my Realtor-friend, Bev Miller,
who was trying so hard to vacuum her Mylar bags when she discovered
that it won't work because the Mylar bags' surface is SMOOTH! She's so
NOTE: We don’t VACUUM
the Mylar bags, but we DO use the sealing element of the Food Sealer
machine to seal the Mylar bags.
The Mylar bags are simply containers of
two, three, or four of our vacuum-sealed packages.
Please read more about Mylar bags HERE.
We Need The Texture!
You need the textured side on the food vacuum sealer bags to let the air through! You learn something new everyday! :-) The food vacuum sealer bags we use are ordered over the internet
and shipped right to our door (click on the photo at the top of this page); or you can purchase them in your local superstore.
The seller I use for my bags are DC Processing Equipment.
Now Back to the Vacuum Sealer Bags
This just in from Nancy in NC:
I get the 11 inch by 16 feet rolls and cut the material to make the size bag I want. I order directly from foodsaver.com and get the GAMESAVER rolls, individual rolls or the 6-pack. I asked the thickness and was told 4 mil, then I said they ought to include that bit of information in the item description. Right now, the bags are listed under "heavy duty". ALSO: See vacuum-sealer rolls
Fill Your Bags Easily With a Canning Funnel
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 below showing how best to grasp the bag onto the funnel base.
With a bit of practice you'll soon get the hang of it!
NOTE: After vacuuming our bags,
I pull out a 2ft length (approx.) of plastic wrap.
I then wrap the vacuum-sealed package in it!
optional plastic wrap guide here.
A Note from
This just in from Paul Bee, a regular visitor to our site. He'd written via the Facebook comments to say that he uses his vacuum food sealer to seal up his chips! I had to ask how he does that without crushing the chips?!
He said this "I don't actually
vacuum out the air, just use the seal-function-only of the food vacuum
sealer. After eating my chips, I cut the bag to just about half, eliminating as much of the air as possible. I then place the bag edge on
the heat seal and seal it up! My chips will stay fresh for up to 45
is one who can contain himself around potato chips. A bag wouldn't last
more than a few days in our household! LOL
Storing Dehydrated Food
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