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Food stays fresh longer when it’s exposed to less oxygen, so naturally, it’s best to vacuum seal our food. But sometimes, we grow frustrated at how hopeless this task is without a machine–so we give up entirely. But don’t give up just yet, because the days of struggling to vacuum seal your food are finally over.

All you need to do is dunk your food-filled plastic bag into a tub of water. And that’s it. Sounds almost too easy, right?

First, seal the plastic baggie almost all the way, leaving a small space open (around an inch wide), and the air will shoot out as the bag is immersed in water–all thanks to water pressure. Finish sealing the plastic bag before you pull it out of the water, and voila, a perfect vacuum seal.

Check out this video to see vacuum sealing with water in action:

Can you just think of all the possibilities this could open up for us? Even if you aren’t into the whole dunk your bagged food into water kind of thing, there are so many other ways you could use vacuum sealing to your advantage. If you’re about to travel somewhere, why not vacuum seal a few bags stuffed with clothes to save space in your suitcase (you’ll have to use your bathtub for this one)? Just make sure the bag doesn’t have any holes in it. Or try it to make a waterproof pouch–especially if you’re heading to the beach and don’t want to leave your belongings behind during your swim. And imagine how much fun your little tots would have dunking the baggies into water. Oh yes, the list goes on.

All we have to say is: ‘how much does it cost?’ Oh, wait… it’s free. Gotta love water.