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Foods That Should Not Be Vacuum Sealed

Posted on July 19 2019

Foods That Should Not Be Vacuum Sealed


Have you ever wondered if there are foods you should not be vacuum sealing? There are many foods you can vacuum seal for extended freshness; unfortunately there are a handful that you should not preserve using this method. Some foods contain anaerobic bacteria, which can grow without the presence of air. Within a vacuum sealed pouch, with reduced oxygen, these bacteria will grow and may pose a risk to your health.

 Do not vacuum seal:

      • raw mushrooms
      • garlic
      • soft cheeses (blue cheese, brie, camembert, ricotta and other soft and unpasteurized cheeses)
      • freshly cooked or steamed vegetables (safe to vacuum seal after they are at room temperature)


          In addition, many common vegetables emit a gas when stored. If these vegetables - in the Cruciferae or Brassicaceae family - are kept in a vacuum sealed bag, this gas will cause them to spoil. To store these vegetables properly they should be blanched, dried, then vacuum sealed and frozen for storage.

           Blanch first:

              • arugula
              • bok choy
              • broccoli
              • brussels sprouts
              • cabbage
              • cauliflower
              • kale
              • radishes
              • turnips


              We hope this little guide has assisted you in identifying the few items that should not be vacuum sealed. You can use your vacuum sealer to safely store breads, meats, vegetables, potatoes and more. Most foods can be vacuum sealed to extend their overall life whilst saving you some money and time! 


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              • Nina: June 30, 2020

                Can you vacuum seal fermented vegetable produts, like sauerkraut?

              • FoodVacBags: June 25, 2020

                Hello Bob, You can vacuum seal homemade pasta sauce. If you don’t have a chamber sealer it is recommended to freeze the sauce first.
                1. Put your sauce into an ice cube tray.
                2. Put it into the freezer and wait until the sauce is frozen solid. Don’t wait too long though, you don’t want it to get freezer burn.
                3. Take it out of the freezer and place the sauce into a vacuum seal bag.
                4. Vacuum seal the bag the same way you would any other food item.

              • Tate: July 31, 2020

                Vaccum sealing uncooked white rice and beans, after being frozen do they need to unthaw and re-dry incase of moister from being frozen?

              • Bob Calay: June 25, 2020

                can i vacuum pack homemade pasta sauce , do i need to sterilize the vacuum bags.

              • Donna: July 15, 2020

                Can I vacuum seal and freeze mozzarella balls and if so do I need to add some water to the vacuum bag?

              • FoodVacBags: June 02, 2020

                Hello Brenda,
                Yes, you an vacuum seal fried foods with flour.

              • FoodVacBags: June 02, 2020

                Hello Karen,

                Cruciferous vegetables should be blanched before vacuum sealed; even if placed in the refrigerator.

              • Karen: June 02, 2020

                Can you vacuum seal fresh vegetables and store them in the fridge? ( not the freezer) Wasn’t sure if vacuum sealing fresh vegetables and storing them in the fridge would make them last longer or would vacuum sealing them make them deteriorate?

              • Brenda : June 02, 2020

                Can you vacuum seal foods fried with flour?

              • tj: July 31, 2020

                can i vacuum seal hydrated tomatoes?

              • Susan: August 03, 2020

                Can you vacuum seal vegan cheese? If, so how long will it last? Is it best stored in the fridge or freezer?

              • Johnna L Jones: July 31, 2020

                Is it safe to transfer the remainder of a large container of live culture yogurt to a mason jar and vacuum seal it to extend it’s freshness in the refrigerator?

              • Barbara: July 31, 2020

                I see it says that you can’t vacu seal Bleu cheese, however if you are freezing it can you then vacu seal it?

              • Terry: August 03, 2020

                Can you slice and vacuum seal fresh cucumbers?
                In the make your own size ir the zip lock and seal bafs?

              • iPatch: July 15, 2020

                I dehydrate a lot of veggies like carrots, celery, also fruits like apples . . . oranges, I dehydrate them at home in a dehydrator.
                If I use the food saver bags . . do I need to still refridgerate or freeze even though I have dehydrated them?

              • pat kelly: July 31, 2020

                What is the best way to defrost frozen vacuum sealed foods? Should I remove the food from the vacuumed package before defrosting? or Are some foods safe to defrost while in the vacuum sealed package? Where can I find information on this subject?

              • Customer Service: March 20, 2020

                Hi Donna,
                You can vacuum seal uncooked rice and dry beans. It’s not a must but it will prolong the life of your foods.


              • Donna: March 20, 2020

                Should you vacuum seal uncooked rice and uncooked beans

              • FoodVacBags: February 18, 2020

                Yes, you can absolutely vacuum seal raw bones (no need to cook first). Just be careful that they are not sharp and will puncture the bag.

              • Arjun: February 18, 2020

                Can you vacuum pack raw bones (to be used for broth) or do you need to cook them first

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