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Jul 14, 2011 08:28 AM

Need vacuum sealer for Sous Vide Supreme

I bought a Sous Vide Supreme machine. Now I need to buy a vacuum sealer and the reviews for the one that goes with the Supreme get really awful reviews. I read a few reviews about Foodsaver, but couldn't find info on the safety of the bags.

Can anyone recommend what I should buy?


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  1. Well, if you want to be really cheap, go buy some double-seal Ziploc bags and get a big bowl of water. The external pressure of the water will force out most of the air around the contents of the Ziploc.

    Failing that, Foodsavers work okay for anything that doesn't have wet components (there are tricks around that) or that require hard compression. many people have been using that for SV for years.

    If you have a lot of money, you can get a VacMaster or a MiniPak chamber system (which can SV package liquids and do hard compression).

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Thanks for the reply. I don't have a lot of money, so I'm not in the market for the vacuum seals that are above $300.00. I found another place on this forum that linked me to The VacMaster Pro 130 which is on sale right now for about $189.00 with free shipping (always love the free shipping). Has anyone used one of these?

      Thanks for info.

      1. re: wattacetti

        Be careful with the Ziploc bags.

        Re: using Ziploc bags with Sous Vide cooking

        An SC Johnson (Makers of Ziploc bags) representative wrote me in response to an inquiry about using Ziploc bags in conjunction with Sous Vide cooking:

        Thanks for getting in touch with us.

        While we appreciate hearing new and innovative ways to use our Ziploc® Bags, we must be cautious that these new ideas follow label directions.

        Ziploc® Bags are not designed or approved to withstand extreme heat, and therefore should not be used to make any recipe that requires the bag to be boiled or cooked in hot water.

        Like all our products, Ziploc® Brand Bags can continue to be used with confidence when label directions are followed.

        Kind regards,


        Consumer Relationship Center
        SC Johnson, A Family Company

      2. I cook sous vide very frequently and did a good bit of research before I bought a sealer for home use. The food saver v2440 came highly recommended on several sites so thats what I went with and I have been extremely happy with it. It runs right about $200 as well.

        Looking at the vacmaster pro, I see it has all the features you would be looking for in a sealer for sous vide (as does the foodsaver), but I have not seen any reviews on the vacmaster. I have seen plenty for the foodsaver though and have no hesitations about recommending it.