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Ziploc Freezer Bags

Often people use "ziploc" as a catch-all term for sealable plastic bags, but for sous vide we ONLY recommend using Ziploc-brand Freezer Bags.

What We Like About the Ziploc Freezer Bags

The biggest benefit to using Ziploc Freezer Bags is the lack of any significant upfront expenditure. Instead of spending a few hundred dollars for a vacuum sealer, you can drop $10 and get started. They are also easy to use, and there's no machine to break down.

Ziploc Freezer Bags also have a few other benefits, such as the ability to easily seal liquids. You can also open up the bags in mid-cook if air has built up or if you want to test the doneness of the food. They also come in several sizes to pick from.

What We Don't Like About the Ziploc Freezer Bags

They don't pull a strong vacuum, but using the water displacement method works great and removes enough air for easy sous viding.

Sometimes they spring a leak during long (above 8 hours or so) or high temperature (above around 165°F (74°C)) cooks, but for shorter or lower temperature ones I've rarely run into issues. Some people double bag them to be on the safe side.

Why We Recommend the Ziploc Freezer Bags

I used Ziploc Freezer Bags for the first several years I was using sous vide. I've moved to using an edge-style sealer but will still use Ziplocs occasionally. They are a great option for people starting out with sous vide since you can test out the process without spending money on a sealing machine.

If it sounds right for you, buy one today!

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