While Zip-Loc bags work just fine for most sous-vide jobs, vacuum sealed bags are the preferred vehicle when cooking vegetables or large pieces of meat that require more than an hour or so in hot water. If you haven’t pulled the trigger on a vacuum sealer because of the cost, however, then here’s some good news: this $80 vacuum sealer is on sale for less than $30. And even if you don’t sous vide that often, you can still use this handy kitchen tool to prolong the shelf life of pretty much everything wasting away in your fridge.
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