Frequently Asked Questions for Vacuum and Chamber Sealer Bags

Frequently Asked Questions for Vacuum and Chamber Sealer Bags

January 01, 2019

Do EcoVac bags work with all vacuum and chamber sealer machines?
Yes, EcoVac bags are designed to work with all types of vacuum sealer and chamber sealer machines such as Cabela's, FoodSaver, Seal-A-Meal, Regal, VacMaster, Weston, Cabela's, and many more brand name machines.

    Are EcoVac bags BPA Free? 
    All our bags are 100% BPA free to ensure EcoVac bags are safe for all intended uses. 

      Are EcoVac bags US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved?
      Yes again! EcoVac takes pride in providing products that are safe for you and your family. All our bags are FDA approved.

      What is the difference between chamber sealer machines and vacuum sealer machines? 
      A chambered vacuum sealer is a vacuum sealer where the whole bag is placed inside of the vacuum sealer and when the lid is closed the vacuum removes the air from inside the machine and seals the bag shut. 

      A non-chambered vacuum sealer is a vacuum sealer where only the end of the bag is placed inside the vacuum sealer. Once the vacuum process begins, air is sucked out of the bag by embossed channels in the bag.

      Is it safe to microwave or boil EcoVac bags?
      Yes, our bags can go right from the refrigerator or the freezer to cooking directly in the bag. No need to thaw! All EcoVac bags are safe to be used for sous vide cooking, boiling, or in the microwave to reheat or steam when the bag is punctured.

      Can EcoVac bags go in the freezer?
      EcoVac bags are freezer safe and made to withstand cold temperatures for long periods of time. Vacuum sealing is ideal for freezing food, perishable items, and other products because it removes the oxygen that causes freezer burn. Your goods last longer.

      Why are some of my bags filling back up with air after sealing?
      The most common problem that results in air seeping back into a bag is that the bag's seal was not complete or the seal became compromised. When sealing a bag, a wrinkle along the seal can cause leakage and create a gap for air to seep back in right away or slowly over time. Additionally, moisture or food material (such as juices, grease, powders, crumbs, etc.) could have prevented the bag from completely sealing. Either instance can be remedied by cutting the compromised seal, cleaning the area and resealing the bag. 

      Another culprit are punctures, which can arise if you are vacuum packaging sharp items, like food with bones. In this case, simply discard the punctured bag and try again with a new bag. 

        What kind of foods can you vacuum seal?
        You can vacuum seal almost all types of fruits vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, nuts, soups, flours, sugars and more. Foods can be raw or cooked, just be sure not to mix raw and cooked foods in the same bag.

        Some vegetable produce, like radishes, can't be vacuum sealed because they give off natural gases unless frozen to prevent the natural gases from being produced. 

        How do you vacuum seal soft or delicate foods?
        Vacuum and chamber sealer machines can be used to vacuum seal delicate foods like berries, baked goods, and soft foods. Simply place food on a cookie sheet or other container in the freezer until frozen. Once frozen, you can transfer the delicate items to the vacuum bag for packaging.

        Can you vacuum seal soups, liquids, and powders? 
        For vacuum sealer machines, you must freeze the soup first. If you try to package soup while it is a liquid in a vacuum sealer machine, the liquid may get sucked up inside the vacuum sealer, which will cause a lot of mess and may damage the machine.

        Chamber sealer machines by design have a huge advantage over external sealers when it comes to packaging liquids and powders. Unlike external sealers, chamber sealers remove air from the entire chamber, rather than directly from the bag. As a result, the possibility of liquid actually getting sucked into the pump is extremely remote.

        How long can vacuum sealed food last?
        Vacuum sealing foods can last significantly longer. So much longer that we have a whole post dedicated just to that so please check it out.

         Now you know about our bags and their versatility, browse our selection of vacuum sealer bags and chamber sealer bags