Chambered Vacuum Sealers
Chambered Vacuum sealers are used to increase the efficiency and speed of packing food items.
With this type of sealer, the bag is sealed like a standard vacuum sealer, but then a piston compresses air from the chamber, creating a tight and protective package for your food.
Since there is no need to suck air from the bag, these machines can do up to five bags in one minute without any difficulty. This saves quite a bit of time when packing large quantities of food into several different bags due to its decreased size. In addition, it reduces waste by minimizing adjustments that have to be made when sealing compartmentalized packages or plumping packages firmly shut. These machines are generally preferred by restaurants and caterers who use vacuum sealing machines to store food. With a chamber vacuum sealer, you can seal liquids without worrying about them leaking from the bag.
Non-chambered Vacuum Sealers
Non-Chambered Vacuum Sealers are often considered more versatile since they have the same features as chamber models but do not have a piston inserted into the machine.
This makes it easier to process varied-sized food packages and gives more flexibility regarding how the machine is used. Since this type of sealer does not have to be opened up to insert the piston, it is also easier to clean, and the bags it uses are less expensive than those used in chambers.
Since foods such as oils or liquids cannot be contained within a chamber, you must use a non-chambered vacuum sealer to seal them. With this type of machine, you can also use multiple bags at once and remove only one bag as opposed to a chambered sealer where only one bag is used at a time, and it is obliterated from the machine.
What Vacuum Do Pouches Work With Chamber Vacuum Sealers?
A common misconception is that vacuum pouches will not work with chamber vacuum sealers. However, this is false. You can use any pouch you would like to seal food with. This includes the standard size 0.75-1 inch wide X 0.75-1 inch long bags many home cooks use, as well as standard bags for meats or cheeses that are wider in size. If you would like, you can even cut the bags to the extent you need.
The only restriction is that if using a chamber machine, you will need to make sure your bags are extra thick to be adequately sealed. Some models may not be able to seal them properly if they are not wide enough.
If you are looking for specialty pouches to go with your chamber vacuum sealer, look for specifically designed ones to work with this type of machine.
What Vacuum Do Pouches Work With Non-chamber Vacuum Sealers?
Just like with chamber machines, you can use any vacuum pouch you would like. However, there are a few more restrictions on how thick your bags should be. You should have no issues using standard pouches 1/2-1 inch wide X 1/2-1 inch long for average-sized food pieces. These include things like meat, cheese, or other smaller food packages.
Non-chambered vacuum sealers tend to have no problems sealing thinner bags since they have less pressure to apply to the bag after it is sealed. However, the bags still need to be thick enough to give the vacuum sealer enough weight to hold it down.
If you are looking for specialty pouches that will work out perfectly with your non-chamber vacuum sealer, look for those specially designed to be used with this type of machine or machines similar in size and performance.
How Does a Chamber Vacuum Sealer Work?
Putting it simply, the process of sealing food by using a chamber vacuum sealer relies on two major things. The first is packing the bag first. This part involves using the machine’s roller to roll the bag along an inner vacuum tube smoothly. This leaves you with a neatly packaged bag that can be easily placed in your freezer or refrigerator.
Once this is done, the second part of how it works begins. At this point, you must activate or launch your new sealed product into its designated storage space. A primary chamber machine will usually come with blowers to help you do this without too much stress on your hands. At the same time, some models offer automatic activation functions for even better efficiency and speed of sealing bags.
How a Non-chamber Vacuum Sealer Works
Non-chamber vacuum sealers work in a very similar way, but they do not have a chamber. This means you will have to lay out your bag flat and roll it, which can be an inconvenience if you are trying to pack large quantities in too large bags for the machine to handle. Many of these models come with special rollers that can handle larger loads more efficiently to overcome this issue.
If you want to process many different pieces of food, this type of sealer might be better suited for you due to its higher versatility.
The steps are the same, but instead of using a chamber to seal your food, you will have to roll out your bag simply. After this is done, it will still be time to activate or launch your product into its designated storage space. This process may be slightly slower than the one used in chamber vacuum sealers because you do not have a chamber.
The Basic Types of Vacuum Sealers
1. Chamber Vacuum Sealers
Chamber vacuum sealers, as their name implies, use chambers inside the vacuum sealer to process food.
2. Retractable Nozzle, Vacuum Sealers
This is the most common type of sealer used today by chefs and home cooks alike. The retractable nozzle uses a simple rolling motion on bags to create the vacuum effect of packaging foods.
Due to this motion, these machines will not work with liquid-rich foods or crispy foods since they will be pressed against the inside of the bag after sealing it.
These machines are ideal for household use because they are very affordable and can handle all of your sealing needs for food and non-food items, such as storage bins or cleaning supplies.
3. Edge Vacuum Sealers (Also Knowns as an External Clamp)
These types of sealers will require you to roll the bag along the edge on a roller bar on these machines. The operation of these machines is essentially the same as a retraction nozzle, but they use a different type of attachment mechanism on them, so they will not work with bags thicker than 0.75-1 inch wide X 0.75-1 inch long.
Purchasing a vacuum sealer can be very beneficial to keeping food fresh while stored in the freezer. It also takes up less space in the refrigerator because foods are stored efficiently. Chambered vacuum sealers will keep food fresh for more extended periods, while non-chambered vacuum sealers will freeze foods in bulk without the worry of freezer burn.