How do you plan on vacuum packaging your food? As a rule of thumb, if you're using a chamber vacuum sealer, you'll want chamber vacuum sealer bags. If you use an external vacuum sealer, you’ll want external vacuum packaging bags. Please note that just because a bag is manufactured by a different manufacturer, it doesn't mean it's not compatible with your machine. In most cases, the bags are cross-compatible.
Sometimes, you'll find a brand like Atmovac with bags that can be used for both chamber vacuum packagers and external vacuum packagers; so, if you need the versatility, they might be your best option. Alternatively, specialty vacuum sealers like the Waring pistol vacuum sealer require their own bags, and we offer these below.
Why are you vacuum packaging food? Do you plan on sous-vide cooking or freezing/storing your food? Some bags are only for storage and will not withstand high temperatures. This is an important distinction to make.
Do you want smooth or channelled vacuum packaging bags? Smooth vacuum packaging bags have two layers of smooth poly material and are more economical than channelled bags. Additionally, they are typically the preferred option for sous-vide cooking. Channelled vacuum sealing bags have one smooth layer and one special layer that allows air to be 100% extracted from the bag. These are a preferred option if you plan on vacuum sealing externally.
If you have any questions about vacuum sealing and what bag is right for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.