Vacuume Bags Reuse or Throw Away?

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by jc1947, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    How do you clean used bags or do you just throw them into the trash? Why?

  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    turn them inside out and wash w/ dawn with bleach. Turn them back and let air dry.

     If you reheat food in vac bags by submerging in boiling water i would not reuse the bags.
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I reuse the bigger ones..

    Wash em out and let em dry!!

    Wipe with a disinfecting sheet and there ya have it!!

  4. dewetha

    dewetha Smoking Fanatic

    I only use BPA free bags when i have to, but never reuse them just out of fear of the new bogey man, BPA's, leaching into my meat. consuming plastic can't be good good for you and really negates the effort I put into getting Organic foods and butcher fresh meats.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I get them when they are on a real good sale, and never re-use them.

    Might be chicken, but I don't think it's worth it. IMO

  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't recall seeing any BPA info on any plastic bags...

    I did some reading about BPAs last year and found that it mainly affects very young children.

    And the highest concentrations of BPA come from the thermal receipt at the grocery store..

    Free BPA is found in high concentration in thermal paper and carbonless copy paper, which would be expected to be more available for exposure than BPA bound into resin or plastic. Popular uses of thermal paper include receipts, event and cinema tickets, labels, and airline tickets. A Swiss study found that 11 of 13 thermal printing papers contained 8 – 17 g/kg Bisphenol A (BPA). Upon dry finger contact with a thermal paper receipt, roughly 1 μg BPA (0.2 – 6 μg) was transferred to the forefinger and the middle finger. For wet or greasy fingers approximately 10 times more was transferred.

      Have a great day!!

  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have been reusing them for many years. We intentionally make the bags big and wash them real good in soapy water and rinse them real good then air dry. We dont heat food in them so I have never experienced an issue - except this twitch I get every once in a while  
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I reuse mine.  Wash, air dry, and store in the freezer just in case anything was missed.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the tip!

    I would be interested in the next sale info.

  10. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    Ok call me a newbe, but why not reuse bag that were submerg in boiling water?
  11. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    Before my foodsaver took a poop, I never reused my bags. My grandmother in law reuses everything, but I don't think she has a foodsaver. (The woman will wash a paper plate for crying out loud) I used to get my bags at sams and I actually just got the rolls and made my own bags with them. Saves a little moeny that way. I always worried about them getting a small hole and bacteria getting in or stuff leaking.

  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have never even thought about reusing them.

    I guess I'm wasting a lot of bags.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I got a whole mess of rolls last time. I think I ended up paying about $5 or $6 per roll.

    However I'm interested in finding out more about these other bags/rolls from another company mentioned on this forum.

    With my Foodsaver bags, I have been getting some bags that lose their vacuum, and I want to find out if that doesn't happen with the "other" bags.

    It happens with both of my units & my Son's, so I figure it must be the bags.

  14. I tried saving and re-using, got tired of bags loosing their seal, having to sort thru them and not finding the right size, worrying about cross-contamination, etc.

    Looked for a cheaper alternative to foodsaver brand bags, I got some of these to try out recently, have worked well so far.

  15. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I got the premium bags from this place and they were less expensive and work much better..

    I think a bunch of folks here got them and are happy with them.

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Craig, That's the ones I was thinking about trying.

    Do you ever have any of these that when you go to get it out of the freezer, it is no longer sucked tight, because air got in?

  17. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the cheaper sealameal machine.

    No more sealing or staying sealed probs..

    These bags are a great product.

  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Craig!

    I was eying up the premium rolls----12 rolls 8" and 12 rolls 11" for total of $129. Could be my next order.

  19. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you order, do it by phone.  Tell them you are an SMF member to get a 10% discount.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's right, now that you said that, I remember reading that before.

    Thanks for the reminder, Merv!!!


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