If you just bought a vacuum sealer, chances are you’re looking to buy the best Vacuum Sealer Bags for your vacuum sealing operations. Some people think they can use any type of vacuum sealable bag on the market for vacuum sealing their food or other household products However, not all vacuum sealer bags are compatible with all sealing machines. You need to make sure the bags you buy are compatible with your brand of vacuum sealer. Vacuum sealers fall in one of three categories based upon their mode of vacuum sealing:
- Chamber vacuum sealer
- Out of chamber vacuum sealer
- Nozzle vacuum sealer
Different Types of Sealer Bags
Many companies manufacture different types of sealer bags that are compatible with different vacuum sealer machines. Let’s take a look at three different types of sealer bags and which machines they work with.
These bags are the most commonly available bags on the market and come pre-cut or in rolls. These bags are generally known as pouches. They are designed in a standard square shape with three sealed sides and an opening. They come in different sizes and various thicknesses.
These types of bags are generally used for vacuum sealing food. The tops of these bags come with a tear notch to make opening the sealed pouch easier and without the need for scissors or a sharp tool. When you want to open the pouch, just tear the bag from the opening. These bags generally come with thickness of 3 mils.
These bags are compatible with chamber and nozzle sealers. They are designed just like normal vacuum sealing bags but come with a zip lock top. These types of bags are commonly used for packaging food, medicines and other products which require repeated opening and closing. They are generally designed with a thickness of 3 Mil and are FDA approved.
These bags were specifically designed to withstand high temperatures and the intense pressure that comes with cooking foods Sous Vide style. Sous Vide is a cooking method that involves partially cooking a food and then vacuum sealing and then chilling it. Generally, Sous Vide cooking requires submersing the sealed food in hot water for a time period ranging from half an hour to two days. These bags are manufactured using high-grade plastic and have a maximum heat bearing capacity of 212°F and are able to sustain submersion in hot water for long periods of time.
If you need different sizes of bags for sealing but do not want to buy bags of different sizes, then you should opt for vacuum sealer bag rolls. These bags come in a tube design that allows you to cut the appropriate length of the bag from the roll as you need it. Once cut, you just seal one side using the seal function of the vacuum sealer, fill the bag, and vacuum and seal the other end. These rolls come in lengths of 50 feet and widths ranging from 8” to 20”.
These types of bags are specifically designed for long-term food storage. Their innovative design includes a special texture that is embossed on the open side of the bag, creating channels for more air to be suctioned out of the bag. This type of bags is generally used with out of chamber vacuum sealing devices.
In this article, we went through the wide selection of vacuum sealer bags available on the market to help you find the best one for your day-to-day vacuum sealing needs. Always make sure to opt for the right type of vacuum sealer bag that is compatible with your machine; otherwise, you will find yourself with bags that don’t seal and a sealer that can’t work.