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Vacuum-sealed steak using water displacement method.

How to Vacuum Seal Foods Without a Vacuum Sealer (+VIDEO)

Here is a complete guide with video showing you how to vacuum seal food at home without a vacuum sealer. Whether you need to vacuum seal your food for better storage or prepare it for sous vide cooking, this DIY technique called water displacement method is an easy and inexpensive option. All you need is a zip-top bag and a pot of water! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword vacuum seal without a vacuum sealer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author izzycooking


  • Food to be vacuum sealed
  • A large pot of water
  • zip-top bag


  • Add water to a large pot or container.
  • Place the food in a zip-lock bag, and arrange it in an single layer.
  • Press out as much air as possible and seal all but one corner of the bag.
  • Slowly place the bag into the water, and make sure everything below the zip-line is covered by water.
  • Then seal the rest of the bag. The food is now vacuum-sealed for storage or sous vide cooking.