Thursday, April 11, 2013

Vacuum Seal Bags

Return to product information     I like using the Reynolds vacuum seal bags to quick seal food for in home storage.  I am sorry to say, the reason the Reynolds Vacuum sealer with three sample bags are available at Big Lots, for $3   is, they have been discontinued.  Not tragic, there is good news.
     The Debbie Meyer GeniusVac Bag, licensed from Reynolds,  is exactly the same as the Reynolds Handi-Vac system.  Still, it is battery operated and works like a charm.  If you order direct from .  The machine is free if you pay shipping and handling and they offer a large lot of replacement bags for a reasonable price.

     This vacuum sealer (to the right) is priced at $14.99 and includes 10 gallon bags and 10 quart bags.  They are refillable and reusable till you break them and cannot make a seal.  At this website you are offered free shipping at checkout and they also sell more bags.   Other sites are selling just the twenty bags for $12.99, so check this out and seal everything!  

     I use flour seasonally more in the fall and winter and use vacuum seal bags to save the flour till I need it when I don't use it as often.  It saves a lot of money and I don't worry about humidity or bugs.  

      Also, when packing up prep goods, vacuum sealing salt in bags and stacking it without the cardboard box makes for a lighter weight moisture proof solution.  The bags stack and pack better without as much dead space in the storage container as stacking in a cylindrical box.  Other spices also store well this way.  

     Consider a few boxes of pepper which are square-ish and several boxes of salt, with five or six round but not perfectly cylindrical containers of sage, ground chili or cinnamon and you put it all in a round bucket.  There is a lot of dead space in there.  There is a lot of wasted space in those corners inside the round bucket.  Best tip ever:  Don't forget to mark the bags even if you and an acid free card stock label inside the bag.

     I have seen some bloggers using Zippered bags to vacuum seal their food for the freezer to prevent freezer burn.  It has ever been the directions when using Zip-Loc bags that you close the bag most of the way then press out as much air as possible before sealing the bag shut.  I have seen the use of straws to suck out air, the use of microwave cooking for a half a minute before closing the bag.  There are some using bike pumps to remove air.  Okay, people! calm down.  press out the air with your hands and seal before freezing then date the bag and don't leave it in the freezer for years.  

Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Freezer System
     I have used zippered bags in the Seal-A-Meal machine when I ran out of vacuum bags, but I used them to seal salt and drink mixes that were going into a food grade bucket with an oxygen absorber.   Now, Zip-Loc bags provide a vacuum spot on a freezer bag.  You put the pump, either hand pump or battery pump, on the spot and withdraw air.  The starter kit is $14.99 and bags are available.  


Paul Son said...

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Margaret Brown said...

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Cooking a meal is fairly easy, but saving leftovers presents a problem without a handy food container accessories. Plus, you can save more if you buy large amounts, huge savings. Invest in vacuum food accessories to store batters, soup ingredients or salads. These are available in a variety of sizes, and many new containers even feature non slip feet. Purchase a collection of vacuum food containers with at the very least three varying sizes so you will have plenty of containers as well as the proper sizes for whatever.

Having the right selection of kitchen utensils is necessary for effective daily preparing projects. It is easy to stock your freezer, fridge and pantry to ensure the perfect condition to suit your needs. Keep your cooking area supplied with a selection of vacuum food containers, vacuum sealer accessories as well as many other accessories. The proper kitchen utensils is essential fulfill those needs today said...

I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your vacuum seal bags site in, it looks fine.

Helen said...

This vacuum will be very handy. I will defenitely buy one.

Rock said...

Hi there! You just use flour seasonally more in the fall and winter and use vacuum seal bags to save the flour till I need it when I don't use it as often.Looking is amazing.