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Can You Boil the Food Saver Bags?

Posted on August 22 2017

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Many people who are new to vacuum sealing and sous vide cooking are hesitant to try boiling food sealed in food saver bags. They fear that the bag will leak some kind of chemical or harmful substance into their food. Improper sealing experiences and false stories reinforce their fear.

The reality is that boiling food in vacuum sealer bags that have been engineered for that purpose is not only an effective cooking method but 100% safe. Thousands of chefs in restaurants around the world have used this method for years. FoodVacBags are BPA free, phthalate free and are food safe.

Watch Brad from Bon Appetit make Sous Vide Steak >

As long as you use a FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bag and ensure that the cooking pot is large enough and has plenty of water, your food will turn out great!

Are you new to sous vide cooking? Check out this handy blog post: What is Sous Vide Cooking.

If you have a great sous vide recipe, please share with us in the comments below!

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10 comments

  • FoodVacBags: July 21, 2023

    Vacuum packing steak and cooking it in a water bath, also known as sous vide, can result in a tender and flavorful steak. However, it’s important to note that this method does not make the steak shelf-stable in the same way that canning or other preservation techniques do. Vacuum packing and sous vide cooking are primarily used to enhance the cooking process and texture of the meat, rather than for long-term preservation.

    While vacuum packing can help extend the shelf life of food by reducing exposure to air and preventing bacterial growth, it does not eliminate the need for proper refrigeration or freezing. Vacuum-sealed steak should still be stored in a refrigerator or freezer to maintain its freshness and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

    To answer the question directly, vacuum packing and cooking steak sous vide will not make it shelf-stable for an extended period. It is essential to store the cooked steak in the refrigerator and consume it within a few days. If you want to extend the shelf life further, you can freeze the cooked steak and consume it within a few months. Always follow safe food handling and storage guidelines to ensure food safety.

    Thanks,
    Amy

  • San: July 21, 2023

    If I vacuum pack steak and cook in a water bath will it be shelf stable for a while.

  • FoodVacBags: February 24, 2023

    Hi Chris,
    I’m sorry your turkey boil did not go as planned. Our vacuum seal products are made to withstand 212 degrees. Be careful not to let the plastic touch the bottom or sides of the pan, the bag may melt as the metal will be hotter than the water.

  • Chris: February 24, 2023

    Made turkey boil in a bag and froze them. Put them in water today and boiled for ten minutes. When I lifted them out of the boiling water they both came apart and everything slid in the water. Had to eat hotdogs. It was the factory seal that came apart, not where I sealed them.

  • FoodVacBags: November 29, 2022

    Hello Jasmine – yes, you can pour boiling water into FoodVacBags vacuum seal bags. CAUTION – BOILING WATER CAN CAUSE SEVERE BURNS. The bags cannot stand alone and become even more flexible when boiling water is added. We suggest putting the bag into a container and folding the opening of the bag over the lip of the container to give it some stability and give you something to hold onto while stirring or eating from the bag.

  • Jas: November 29, 2022

    Curious, these bags are safe to put into boiling water, if they are resealable, are they safe to dump boiling water into? I’m searching for sealable bags to store freeze dried food in, and use for camping, sort of like mountain house or other freeze dried camping brands. My goal is to find a bag that can seal and store the freeze dried food, and be able to have boiling water poured into and revealed to rehydrate food on backpacking trips. Please let me know.

  • FoodVacBags: November 30, 2021

    Hi Neal – This is a great question! All of our vacuum seal bags and rolls are safe to cook in at high temperatures (above 180 degrees) for about 20 minutes. Pasta typically takes about ½ of that. I would suggest using a pot large enough to make sure water can circulate properly.

  • Neal: November 30, 2021

    I was wondering if I can make my pasta in the same pot at the same time I’m boiling my frozen sauce. To save time and clean up?

  • FoodVacBags: December 01, 2020

    Hello Stephen – I’m so happy you found some good tips on our website. If there are ever any other questions you have, please feel free to reach out!

  • Stephen: December 01, 2020

    Thanks so much. I found you on google. I had my first food saver sealed meal to reheat, so I read your website, and saw that you could in fact boil it. I boiled it for ten minutes or so. When I took the bag out, the bag opened and dumped into the boiling water. Now I have no dinner,.

    Thanks so much.

    Stephen

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