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All You Need To Know About External & Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Vacuum Sealers & BagsIf you have a vacuum sealer, you are probably well aware of the fact that you need vacuum sealer bags (found here) to complete the process. These bags provide a barrier and make it possible to provide an oxygen-free environment for food and other packaged goods. One thing you may not know is that you need to use different bags for different machines. The two most common vacuum sealers used today use external and chamber designs. So which bags do you need for which machines?

Before I go into too many details regarding vacuum sealer bags, I would like to answer a few quick questions. One question I frequently get is, “Can I use chamber vacuum sealer bags with my external vacuum sealer?” The quick answer is no. Chamber vacuum sealer bags and external bags cannot be interchangeably used. External sealers cannot seal using the non-embossed bags and external bags are not designed to handle the low atmosphere process used in a chamber sealer.

Vacuum sealer bags come in different mil thicknesses (1 mil = 0.01″) and are designed to handle different temperature ratings. Not all vacuum sealer bags have a boilable barrier and not all can be used for Sous Vide cooking. Only chamber bags, designed for temperatures up to 212 Fahrenheit (100 Celsius) can be used for Sous Vide. You can read more about Sous Vide cooking here.

I would like to first cover the two most common types of vacuum sealer bags used today. One is an external vacuum sealer bag and the other is a chamber sealer bag.

3 Mil Cook-In Chamber Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags are the most common used with chamber sealers. They are BPA free (safe for food) and are suitable for use up to 149 degrees Fahrenheit (65 Celsius). The have an oxygen transmission rating (OTR) of 4.1 and are made using a 3-mil thick (75 microns) nylon and polyethylene coextrusion layer. They are available (upon request) with a tear notch, hang hole or zipper. These bags are extremely affordable and come in a wide variety of sizes.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3 Mil Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags

3.5 Mil Embossed External Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags are made using a 3.5 mil thick layer of polyamide and polyethylene. The layer features an embossed pattern, designed to help assist with the external vacuum sealing process. While these are designed to work with Minpack Cyclone machines, they work great with most external and non-chamber vacuum sealers.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3.5 Mil External Embossed Vacuum Sealer Bags

While those are our two most popular vacuum sealer bags, we also offer two other chamber sealer bags that you may wan to consider using. Here are some details on those other two bags:

3 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Bags with Boilable Barrier (found here) – These bags are BPA free and are microwaveable and boilable and are made with a 3-mil thick (0.8 mil nylon / 2.4 mil linear low density polyethylene) layer. They can be used for Sous Vide and have a maximum temperature rating of 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 Celsius). These bags have an oxygen transmission rating (OTR) of 3.3 and are available upon request with a tear notch, hang hole or zipper.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags w/ Boilable Barrier

4 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags use a 4-mil thick layer of Nylon and Poly Coex and feature a boilable barrier that can be used for Sous Vide cooking. Not only are these bags great for boiling, but they can also be used in extreme cold as well (-2 degrees up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. These bags are BPA free and food safe. Options include a tear notch, hang hole, zipper or gusseted.

Here are some detailed specifications:

4 Mil Sous Vide Boilable Vacuum Sealer Bags

With all these vacuum sealer bag options, we are sure to have something you can use. We try to keep our prices as competitive as possible and offer bulk-pricing discounts. These are some of the highest-quality chamber and external vacuum bags available. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with questions.

What Size Vacuum Sealer Bag Should You Use?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Chamber Vacuum Food SealersIf you’re vacuum sealing meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables and other products, you’re probably going to want to use the right size bag. If the bag is too small, you’re out of luck, and if it’s too big, your loosing money by purchasing oversize bags. Thanks to our friends over at Minipack, they have provided us with a guide that should help you determine the perfect size vacuum sealer bags.

You’re going to need a few tools to help determine the right size vacuum sealer bag. First off, you’ll need the product you’re packing in front of you. Second, you will need a measuring tape or ruler. Third, you will need either a calculator or a sheet of paper to write on.

This guide will help you determine the right size bags for standard-size materials and for round materials (chubs). This guide is in millimeters and in inches.

Vacuum Sealer Bag Sizes

Vacuum Bag Measurement Guide

Hopefully this helps you track down the right size vacuum sealer bags. At ABC office we offer vacuum sealer bags for external clamp vacuum sealers and for chamber vacuum sealers. You can find our external clamp vacuum sealer bags here and our chamber vacuum sealer bags here. You can find our vacuum sealers here.

Good luck and happy vacuum sealing! Feel free to call one of our vacuum sealing experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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