Posted on September 09 2017
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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