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Mar 04, 2021 Vacuum sealed storage is useful because it reduces the size of clothing, blankets, quilts, towels etc. And enables them to be stacked evenly. If you cannot find, or afford, the real deal, here is how to make an equally good substitute of your own. Aug 15, 2016 It's that simple. Just dip the bag into the water and watch as the air leaves the bag and your food becomes vacuum tight against the plastic. All you need to do is seal the bag just before the last.
With over 400,000 views, YouTube channel SeriousEats teaches us how to DIY vacuum seal a bag in under one minute with no fancy equipment.
As their YouTube page says, SeriousEats focuses on “celebrating and sharing food enthusiasm through blogs and online community.” Of course, one way to celebrate food is to cut down on food waste by increasing how long you can keep your food fresh. Vacuum sealing your food can keep it tasting great for much longer than a plastic bag full of air.
This video details a surprisingly easy method that will leave you wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It eliminates any of the bacteria you would leave behind if you were to do the other trick of sucking air out from the bag.
Basically, all you will need is a Ziploc bag full of whatever it is you’re trying to preserve and a tub of water. Of course, this method won’t be completely air-free, but it’s perfect in a pinch. It’s an accessible life hack for those who do not want to invest in a vacuum sealer. You could even use it on articles of clothing you’re storing and want to keep tidy and moth-free.
Vacuum Seal Bags for Daily Rations
For long section hikes involving mail drops, packing daily rations in vacuum seal bags protects my food supply in the boxes that I mail ahead as well as in my backpack when I load up. I carry between four and six days worth of food, stopping at trail towns to pick up mail drops for the next four to six days. Whenever possible, I send boxes to hostels instead of post offices, because post offices can be closed when I get to town.
- Protects food from moisture which could cause mold growth.
- Removes oxygen which preserves the nutritional quality and appearance of dried food by limiting oxidation.
- Slows down rodents.
- Compresses food so it takes up less space.
- Keeps daily rations easily accessible and the remaining days undisturbed.
If heading out for only a few days and not doing resupplies, packing daily rations in gallon-size Ziploc bags is sufficient for most conditions and will still keep you organized. Canoe and kayak campers can see the advantages of vacuum sealing food for trips of any duration.
Meal & Snack Assembly
- If you will pack your dried food within a couple of weeks, store individual dried foods in ziplock bags or jars with tight-fitting lids until you’re ready to assemble the meals.
- If it's going to be more than a month before you vacuum seal the meals, store dried meat in the freezer. Storing the meat that goes into the freezer in vacuum seal bags will save space and prevent freezer burn. Shown above.
- An efficient and low cost alternative to storing dried food in vacuum seal bags is to use a FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer to seal the food in mason jars.
- Allow any container of dried food that you take out of the freezer to return to room temperature before opening; otherwise condensation may form on the food. If this happens, dry the food in the dehydrator for a little while.
Recommended Bag Sizes:
- 4 X 6 or sandwich-size for meals and desserts
- 3 X 5 or snack-size for sides and snacks
- 2 X 3 or modified snack-size bags for milk and cheese powders.
Bagettes brand plastic zip bags can be purchased at most craft stores in 2 X 3, 3 X 5 and 4 X 6 sizes, but they are not FDA approved for food storage. I have used these and I’m still alive, but it’s a better idea to go with food grade.
Single serving meals fit in 4 X 6 or sandwich-size bags, but if you are packing double portions for two people then quart-size bags work best.
Tip: Glad brand snack-size bags can be cut into two 2 x 3 inch bags for packing milk and cheese powders. Cut the bag in two places two inches from each side. Reseal the cut sides with tape.
Ziploc and Glad brands are good quality bags to pack meals and snacks in. Wal-mart Great Value brand plastic bags are too thin and puncture easily. Dehydrated food may have sharp parts, so using thin plastic bags may cause the outer vacuum seal bag to fail.
Assemble Meals & Desserts
Pack Sides & Snacks
Now it’s time to fill your plastic bags with all that healthy goodness you have dried or purchased.
Write down each day’s menu on a paper towel and pull the items needed from the piles around the kitchen – it will look like an assembly line. Remember to allow anything that was in the freezer to return to room temperature before opening.
Refer back to your recipes and load up the bags with the ingredients. (1/2 cup of this, 1/4 cup of that, etc.)
Tip: A clean anti-freeze funnel (has a wider opening than an oil funnel) can make it easier to add ingredients to the small bags.
Photo: Mexican Beef & Rice packed in a sandwich size bag. Seasonings packed in 2 X 3 bags.
All Packed and Ready for Vacuum Sealing
Leave bags unsealed. Put a small slip of paper between the seals of the bags to keep them from sealing all the way. When you vacuum seal the outer bag, the air will get squeezed out of the small bags inside. Exception: Close the 2 x 3 bags containing powders since the powders will have displaced the air already and you don’t want any powder to get sucked into your vacuum sealer.
Daily Rations go into Vacuum Seal Bags
- Cut the continuous eleven-inch wide rolls twelve inches long or longer if needed. The vacuum sealer that I use has a sliding cutter that makes it easy to cut bags.
- Seal one end of the bag.
- Fill the bag with your food for the day.
- Enclose a paper towel with your menu written on it. Enclosing a second paper towel below the food can help reduce the chance of sharp dried food piercing the delicate lining of the vacuum seal bags. The paper towels come in handy for clean-up and for toilet paper.
Results are not perfect. In my experience, the seals fail about 25% of the time. This is usually the result of sharp food. If a seal fails, you will know it within 24 hours and you can see that the contents of the bag are no longer scrunched up.
Each day’s rations weigh about a pound and a half.
The inside of my FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer
A. Compartment for continuous vacuum seal bags
B. Sliding bag cutter
C. Vacuum channel where you place the open end of the bag
D. Sealing strip
E. Knob locks lid and holds bag in place while sealing
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Can You Vacuum Seal Any Bag
Store Dried Food in Vacuum Sealed Mason Jars and Save Money on Vacuum Seal Bags
For under $10, a great accessory to use with your vacuum sealer is the FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer. Your vacuum sealer needs to have a canister tube port in order to use one. The jar sealer attachment slides down over the top of the jar and sucks out the air which seals the lid tightly to the jar. Fly screen mesh. It's not hard to pry off the lid, use some of the food you need, and then reseal the jar. No need to waste vacuum seal bags.
Vacuum Seal Bags For Food
Vacuum seal bags make great camp water bags.
The Backpacking Chef Menu Planning & Food Drying Workbook helps you estimate how much food to purchase and dry for your next adventure.
Diy Vacuum Seal Bags Recipes
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