Freezing Food Without a Vacuum Sealer

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February 19, 2016

Freezing Food Without a Vacuum SealerVacuum 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.
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  3. Close the bag, but leave about one inch open.
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  5. Put the bag in a large bowl of water. Don't let water get into the bag!
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  7. The pressure of the water will start forcing the air out of the bag. Use your hands to push all the air out.
  8. Close the bag completely.
  9. Dry the bag thoroughly before putting in the freezer.
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October 19, 2016

To freeze and vacuum seal foods, try this no cost vacuum sealer. Zip package partway closed, leaving a small opening. Push out air. Slip baggy into a bowl of water until the opening is just above the surface of water.

Use Water to Vacuum Seal Foods

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July 15, 2016

Freezing things in plastic freezer bags is great, but vacuum sealing those bags is even better. Here's how this Granny does it without a pricey vacuum sealer: Use a straw!

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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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