Using inexpensive smooth (non-ribbed) food storage bags with a vacuum sealer.

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After much trial and failure, we developed a way to use inexpensive non-ribbed food storage bags with a vacuum sealer.
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I am forever organizing my prepper’s pantry. Today I am assessing and reassessing some vertical space I would like to use. Shelves would make the most sense …
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43 Responses to “Using inexpensive smooth (non-ribbed) food storage bags with a vacuum sealer.”

  1. OffGridGeeks
  2. DailySelfReliance

    I wonder what would happen if you used a plastic straw down inside the bag.?

  3. falcon207

    Where do you get your vacuum bags from??

  4. rbirdrose

    Thank you so very very much!!!!

  5. Erv Erickson

    Love it!!! Thank you so much, I am sharing this with everyone :)!

  6. Jacob Spiegel

    It worked holy cow, I get Mylar electrostatic bags from work by the box and
    I have been trying to figure out how to seal them for months. You are the
    Bomb. thanks a million.

  7. kizziecat

    I use a straw. Once the air is out I pinch the straw as close to the
    machine as I can, then cut the top of the straw off and do another seal. I
    stop the machine from sealing so long so the bag does not melt. πŸ™‚

  8. kizziecat

    You get the freezer bags from any supermarket or dollar store.

  9. CragScrambler

    Thanks a lot from the uk

  10. sharon chrisco

    could you please tell me where to get those bags πŸ™‚

  11. sharon chrisco

    where do you get the nickel bags

  12. Pat Gupton

    Where do you get the bags for the nickel a bag?

  13. Lawrence Meier

    It works! I have $200 of VacMaster bags I can now use with my Foodsaver and
    $300 of Foodsaver bags I don’t have to buy! I wish I could buy you a beer.

  14. James Pua Keaweehu

    I have to try that. Thanks for the video!

  15. CheapGeek

    That was awesome! Great tip! Thanks for showing!

  16. loveof bean

    I have had rice and oatmeal seal very nicly in foodsaver bags I do use the
    heavy 5 mil bags but I also can use any bags with my food saver. when using
    the regular bags not the heavy duty 5 mil bags I do have to reseal them
    sometimes but not always.

  17. MakinLifeEasier1

    I have been saving the top portion of foodsaver bags that I cut off to open
    the bag for when I start using this method. Thanks

  18. katzcradul

    I’m surprised you’re able to seal rice in these bags. I’d check them a
    month or so after you seal them to be sure they stay sealed. I’ve had rice
    puncture bags so many time. I just store it in mylar lined buckets now.
    Great idea for how to make non-channel bags usable.

  19. HealthyPrepper

    I swear I changed the battery πŸ˜‰

  20. silverexplosion

    the Parrot is copying a smoke detector

  21. HealthyPrepper

    LOl, that’s my parrot πŸ˜‰

  22. jthornton64

    Change the battery in the smoke alarm

  23. HealthyPrepper

    You are the voice of logic and reason πŸ™‚ I will show your comment to my
    hubby prepper to see if I can work this into the deal πŸ™‚

  24. Qponlover

    Yw hun good luck !!! Thanks for your videos πŸ™‚

  25. Lawborn

    You are able to adapt. That’s a good attitude and skill. Real prepper work
    that there is!

  26. Trace O'Liberty

    You are really getting stocked up. My husband does not like to spend a lot
    of time on hammer and nails stuff either. Word of advice, from the wife of
    an engineer. If you keep going north, you are going to want to attach some
    of it to the wall. You don’t want to have your preps crash on you. Very
    impressive stuff. Thank you for sharing.

  27. foodandfashioncents

    Love your videos with tons of info! I absolutely love hammer and nail jobs
    and have a collection of Dewalt power tools πŸ™‚ Side note – I love your
    wall color, I just did a Outfit of the Day video wearing a similar color
    pants. Happy Easter

  28. HealthyPrepper

    Space vanishes fast, doesn’t it? Some of the cubes were clearance priced to
    $4.99 last week but they are up to $9.99 in my Target again this week. One
    perk for the cubes is that if we had to bug out fast we could grab the
    loaded cubes and shove them in the truck and go if need be. Carry on soul
    sista! πŸ™‚

  29. HealthyPrepper

    Yep, I do need to anchor, dang it πŸ˜‰ LOL

  30. HealthyPrepper

    You are more than welcome πŸ™‚ And thanks for watching πŸ™‚

  31. Cdngardengirl

    You might want to think about the weight within those cubes sitting on top
    of the grey shelf. That one cross piece might not be able to take a lot of
    cubes with their total weight. I’ve asked my hubby to build me a bookcase
    for my birthday so I can organize (and find) all my prepping and gardening
    books. Maybe you could ask for a prep shelf unit for yours.

  32. HealthyPrepper

    Great idea Liz! I love how this community helps us share helpful info πŸ™‚

  33. Brownssugar2550

    Love it

  34. HealthyPrepper

    Barter some of my stockpile to a handyman and have him build me some
    shelving!! I love that idea!!!! That is brilliant! Thanks Qponlover!

  35. HealthyPrepper

    Thanks! Yes orange says happy to me πŸ™‚ It may be a crazy color for a
    prepping pantry but it darn near perks me up every time I go in there πŸ™‚
    Maybe its time I wear some orange too – will check out your vid! πŸ™‚

  36. Qponlover

    Here an idea, you should barter some of you stock pile to a handyman and
    have him make you a bunch of shelves. Good luck!!

  37. HealthyPrepper

    Thank you, it’s an ever evolving project πŸ™‚

  38. HealthyPrepper

    Thanks Itsme me πŸ™‚ Its great to hear what others are doing too πŸ™‚

  39. HealthyPrepper

    Now that is a spankin good idea! I never thought of negotiating it into a
    birthday request….hmmmm…..and my birthday is only a couple of months
    away too! I could even ask for these in a public forum like in front of
    friends and family and then with all that pressure he is sure to cave ..
    um, I mean agree πŸ˜‰

  40. Liz King

    Looking good…tyfs..if cannot locate the clamps some plastic tie wraps
    will work to hold them together tight. Can get some cheap at dollar tree if
    none in your prep storage. Agree with comment below if go higher north may
    want to secure that unit to wall so it will not tip over.

  41. grandma lynda

    put a strip of 2×2 on each side down the wall and brace the cubes to it.
    You may find one morning that all the cubes are on the floor. It is a good
    idea but to be safe brace them. The higher you go the lighter the items
    should be as well.

  42. Itsme me

    Good tip about the larger canning jars and not canning with them. I use
    mine for pickles only..and for storing oats, rice and other dry goods.

  43. Lawborn

    Thank you! I’ve been spending more time on Zippcast and Upload Society.
    Decided to cruise through to see your vids. They are always upbeat.