Freezing Food Without a Vacuum Sealer

Category Freezing
A vacuum sealer is a great way to seal food before freezing but if you don't have one there are alternatives. This is a page about freezing food without a vacuum sealer.


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Vacuum sealers and their bags are really expensive. Here is how to seal food without one. Not only do you save money by not buying a sealer, but this method pushes out all the air, which eliminates freezer burn, and lets you store frozen goods longer.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Source: Youtube


  • large bowl of water
  • freezer bags (zipper or slider)


  1. Put your food in the bag.
  2. Close the bag, but leave about one inch open.
  3. Put the bag in a large bowl of water. Don't let water get into the bag!
  4. The pressure of the water will start forcing the air out of the bag. Use your hands to push all the air out.
  5. Close the bag completely.
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  7. Dry the bag thoroughly before putting in the freezer.
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To freeze and vacuum seal foods, try this no cost vacuum sealer.

Get a large enough bowl of water that will fit what you want to freeze. Zip package partway closed, leaving a small opening. Push out air. Slip baggy into the bowl of water until the opening is just above the surface of water.


Gently squeeze out remaining air. Zip close. Dry with towel, place in freezer. Wala, a protection from air for your hard earned food!

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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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I use a straw. Zip up too the very end, suck the air out, then '''simultaneously''' pull the straw out, and zip shut. It should be ''air tight'', or do it till you get it right, lol. Pretty easy.

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September 1, 2004

You can seal any plastic bag by placing a piece of aluminum foil over the end to be sealed and running a hot iron over the foil. Make sure you have foil on both sides of the plastic to be sealed so it doesn't stick to the ironing surface.


No expensive sealing gadget required. By Lisa Trudeau

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February 4, 2002

Don't spend $10, $20, or more on one of those fancy air evacuators. Instead, put your food to be stored into a Ziploc type baggy, zip it almost all the way closed, insert a straw in the small opening, suck out the air through a straw.

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