Vacuum pouches are a vital part of sous vide cooking, but there are a couple of different types on offer, each with their own uses.
The three types of vacuum bag that we currently offer are:
We’re going to take a quick look at the uses of each to help you determine which is right for you.
The most important thing to be aware of is that not all vacuum bags are compatible with all sealers, so make sure you know whether you’re using a domestic/external sealer or a chamber one.
At home, the chances are that you’ll be using an external sealer, where the sealer will suck the air out of the bag from the outside, while chamber sealers are usually used in commercial kitchens, which create a low-pressure environment for the pouch.
It’s essential to remember the importance of using BPA-free vacuum pouches and bags and all of the products which we sell are guaranteed to not contain Bisphenol-A. When shopping for vacuum bags to use in sous vide cooking, don’t be tempted to purchase the cheaper readily available vacuum bags on the market that are for storage. When cooking in a storage bag that isn’t BPA-free, the plastic starts to break down and loses its integrity, meaning the cooked food contains plastic.
Whilst specialist sous vide bags may seem slightly more expensive, the products on offer are fully fit for purpose and are designed to be heated.
These vacuum bags are embossed and to be used with normal domestic/external suction sealers.
Perfect for use up to temperatures of 110˚C, the way that these bags are embossed allows air to be extracted from the bag by the sealer.
They’re also guaranteed to be free from Bisphenol-A (BPA) making them totally safe to use.
Our range of embossed vacuum sealer bags come either as rolls (20cm x 6m or 28cm x 6m) or as vacuum sealer bags in sizes from 150 x 250mm to 400 x 500mm, so you’re sure to find one for you.
On the other hand, these pouches are to be used with chamber vacuum packing machines, where the bag is actually placed inside the machine to be sealed.
Just like the embossed version though, they’re suitable for use up to 110˚C and can withstand cooks of up to 100 hours too.
And again, just like all of our vacuum pouches, they’re guaranteed to be free from BPA and totally safe to use for sous vide cooking.
They are available in twelve different sizes, ranging from 110 x 150mm to 400 x 400mm and are sold in packs of 200.
Finally, the zipper vacuum sealer bags are a fantastic range of high-quality vacuum bags which can comfortably withstand very high temperatures.
Their strength means that as well as being able to be used in sous vide cooking, they can be steam cooked, microwaved or boiled too and are ideal for storing frequently used food items.
They’re available in boxes of 50 and in small (200 x 300mm) and large (300 x 400mm) sizes.
These products allow you to seal without using a vacuum sealer and are also great for using liquids when you only have access to a domestic vacuum sealer.
The main thing you need to consider is whether a vacuum pouch is compatible with your sealer.
However, other things you’ll want to consider when choosing a vacuum bag include the thickness of the bag itself, whether it’s transparent and the size of the bag.
For example, if you’re going to be placing liquid in the bag, you’ll want something thicker, or if you’re going to be storing the food in the freezer, the bag will need to be freezer-proof.
Click here to check out our full range of sous vide vacuum bags.