Do I Really Need a Vacuum Sealer for Sous Vide Cooking?

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Q: For Christmas I got sous vide equipment. But I don’t have a “formal” sealer and am resistant to getting even more equipment. You imply that we can vacuum-seal with zip-top bags and a straw. Can I do that for sous vide cooking?

Sent by Cydney

Editor: I actually think you may need an actual vacuum sealer for sous vide cooking. You need all the air pressed out in order for even and consistent cooking in the water bath.

Readers, what do you think? Have you tried sous vide cooking without a vacuum sealer?