Hacking Essentials: Vacuum Sealer Hack
Andy Anderson !
Like a lot of you, I have a food saver vacuum sealer system. I really do like how it prevents freezer burn, and if you use it to remove the air from things like hard cheeses, it can greatly extend their lives in the fridge.
What I do not like is the expense of the “special” vacuum bags… So, I came up with this hack that allows you to use regular Ziploc bags, and only one vacuum sealer bag that you will use over-and-over again.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
How to Make Hacking Essentials: Vacuum Sealer Hack
- Let’s start with the vacuum sealer unit. I have a large food saver system that I really like; however, just the other day I received a very inexpensive vacuum sealer to test out, (it was free to me, but you can pick these up for $23.00). I figure that if my hack will work with this unit; it will work for any dang unit.
Vacuum units are quite simple… You stick a bag (with food) into the unit, and it sucks all the air out of bag. Then it seals the bag. Easy/Peasy.
- You need a good vacuum sealer bag that is a bit bigger than any of the various size Ziploc bags you are going to use. For example, the largest size Ziploc bag is a gallon size, so your vacuum sealer bag needs to be big enough to hold that size. As to the smaller size Ziploc bags; they will easily fit into the same vacuum bag because… Well, because they are smaller.
- Ziploc bags come in regular bags, and freezer bags. In my testing, I discovered that the regular bags will not hold a seal… You need freezer bags. I have had two freezer bags (one in the fridge, and one in the freezer), and after several weeks they are still holding their seal.
In addition, you want the “double seal” bags that you press to seal.
You DO NOT want the bags that have the slider. That will become obvious when we work through the process.
- Finally, release the vacuum on the machine, remove the bag , and extract the sealed Ziploc bag from the vacuum sealer bag. You now have a nicely sealed (inexpensive) Ziploc bag of food, and you can use that single (expensive) vacuum bag over-and-over again.
In this example, I sealed some cheese, and my reading glasses :-)