FoodSaver Deluxe Vacuum Sealing Kit
When I was a kid my mom did a lot of canning but I've never been one to get involved in the process. For one thing I find it time consuming and for another I've always been worried about the safety of the food I might can.
I like to make up a big batch of something such as stew or chili and then freeze it. Some time ago I realized that often the food got left in the back of the freezer and ended up with freezer burn so all my hard work and budget conscious cooking got thrown out. What a waste!
So when I saw the FoodSaver Deluxe Vacuum Sealing Kit I thought it might be something that would work for my family. Since I often buy cheese in bulk I thought I would try to seal some of it using the FoodSaver. Imagine my surprise when the cheese lasted for several weeks without any sign of mold.
FoodSaver V3240 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit
This vacuum sealing system will keep you foods fresh and prevent freezer burner. Your food will taste as fresh as the day you bought it even if it has been in storage for months. Now you can make pre-made dinners or store left over meats, cheese and more.This model has a wider seal area so it is perfect if you want to seal larger pieces. If you buy in bulk, having a food saver is going to be a life saver! I find that when I store meat in regular ziplock bags, I end of with freezer burn on the food. Not so when using a foodsaver.
The FoodSave Keeps Food Fresher Longer
Since I knew I couldn't freeze things like chili or stew in bags I had to find another solution and fortunately there are plastic containers you can get that work with the FoodSaver. It is the same process but you just have to attach a tube from the machine to the container and it removes all the air.
I still like to do a lot of batch cooking and having the FoodSaver has indeed been a saver of my cooking. The food doesn't get freezer burn anymore and it is as fresh and tastes as good as if I had just cooked it.
One of the other things I like about using the FoodSaver is that I can buy cheese in bulk when it is on sale. I just cut it up into smaller pieces and put each piece in its own bag. No more moldy cheese!
I've tried using it for all sorts of other food items such as cut up onions when I had too much left over from a recipe. Even food such as sliced cold cuts and meats such as pork chops and chicken pieces. Now I can buy in bulk and know that my food is not only safe, but it will last for as long as I store it in the fridge or freezer. How's that for being frugal!
How to Vacuum Seal Food
Let’s Look at What Makes a Good FoodSaver
It is important that the vacuum sealer gets all the air out of the bag or container. If it doesn’t work properly and leaves holes in the seal, you will be throwing away the food and your money.
Most vacuum sealers come with special bags or rolls of plastic that work specifically with the sealer. The sealer works by heating up the open sides of the bag and then pressing it together to seal the edges.
The end that is being sealed can get hot, so don’t pull on it when you take it out of the sealer. First of all you don’t want to burn your fingers, and secondly you don’t want to break the seal.
When using a vacuum sealer, make sure you use food that won’t get crushed when the air is removed. In this case you might want to use one of the various sized containers instead.
Most sealers have a button for using a dry or wet setting. This is particularly useful to keep the liquid from escaping while the sealer is sealing the bag. You don’t want to have to clean up that mess!
Are Vacuum Sealers Worth it?
As many variables as vacuum sealers can have, it is not worth investing the money unless you do some serious research first. You should be willing to give up some money to replace the Ziploc bags and plastic containers.
If you have the time and patience, you could try numerous ones out to see if the work well, but you can get the same results if you take the time to correctly package your foods.
In the end, it is eventually up to you whether you want to spend the money on a vacuum sealer.
I for one use mine every week and it helps stop freezer burn and keeps other foods fresher longer.