GB, I have read (at least the most recent guide with my new foodsaver) not to reuse bags that have had raw meat stored in them. I understand why they make this statement, but at the same time, I am a person that likes to get the most out of my money. So I do reuse them with careful cleaning. I will say that I do this at my own risk.
is from the Tilia site:
Can FoodSaver® Bags be washed?
Yes, but it depends on the previous contents of the bag.
Bags that previously contained fruits, vegetables, breads and dry goods can be washed and reused.
Bags that contained raw meats, fish, eggs or un-pasteurized cheese should be discarded after use because they may contain invisible bacteria that will remain after washing.
Bags that contained greasy or oily foods should also be discarded, as they may be difficult to clean.
FoodSaver® Bags can be washed by hand, or in the top rack of the dishwasher. Use a wooden clothespin or a clip to hold the bags in place. Dry completely. They can then be re-vacuumed.
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