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Can You Reuse Food Saver Bags?

Posted on September 09 2017

Can you reuse food saver bags? How to reuse vacuum seal bags.


People who vacuum seal do it for many reasons, but two of the most common are to save money and to reduce waste. So, it’s no surprise that some people want to reuse their vacuum sealer bags.

Is this a good idea?

Sure, as long as you follow a few basic safety rules.


How To Reuse Food Saver Bags

First, never reuse bags that have been used to seal raw meat, fish, eggs, or cheese. Even if you have washed the bag thoroughly, bacteria from these foods could still remain. Read more from the USDA and FDA on Food Safety >

Second, avoid reusing bags that are oily, greasy, or otherwise just really messy. You may not be able to clean them thoroughly enough to ensure that they won’t taint new food. Be sure to wash the bag out well with hot water and soap, either by hand or in the dishwasher (plastic clothespins can hold the bag open).

Lastly, make sure that the bag you reuse has enough material left for a good seal. You certainly wouldn’t want to pull the bag out of your freezer 6 months from now to find that the seal broke! With your new food in the bag, you’ll probably want at least 1-1/2” of material left between the food and the open end of the bag.


If you follow the tips above, you can easily get more than one use out of your vacuum seal bags and rolls!

Reusing your FoodVacBags extends their already great value even further!

Do you reuse your bags? Have any tips for recycling other products? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Mike: November 27, 2018

    You can reuse all the bags. Cooked or raw, doesn’t matter as long as the meat has been in the freezer.
    Example: You have some meat, steak or fish in a vacuum sealed bag that has been frozen for a while. You open the bag, take out the meat, you can reuse that bag. Why would you waste the bag, creating more plastic waste?
    The company will love you for buying more of their bags, but absolutely no need.

    If you had raw food sitting at room temperature, then you shouldn’t be reusing the bag or even using the meat for fear of bacterial growth.

  • Guy Plourde: November 09, 2018

    You us to sell reusable bags with a small hole in the right corner and with a small article to extract the air and I can t any please help me thks

  • Carol W Dawkins: November 12, 2018

    I love my vacuum saver, but have grown to hate plastic. Are there plans for reusable vacuum seal bags?

  • Maria Afram: February 22, 2018

    But what if you put the raw meat in plastic wrap before you put it in the bag??

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