Find out how to preserve your fresh finds from the grocery store.
Vacuum food sealers are used to remove the air from packages and containers. That is very important for the preservation of food. When food is exposed to air, it begins to break down, and soon will start to go bad or get stale. If you freeze food in packages that are not vacuum sealed, you will very soon see ice crystals begin to form inside your package.
Everything keeps longer when it is vacuum sealed. Crackers, cookies, dried pasta, potato chips, snacks and everything else that you can think of.
There are many different types of vacuum food sealers. Here are some of the basics to consider, along with their storage options.
- Standard Units that usually offer one touch control
- Advanced units that offer variable speeds and on board roll storage with a built in roll cutter
- Units specifically for fish and game
- Professional Units
- Pre-Cut Bags for Quarts and Gallons
- Rolls – 8″ and 11″ wide – you determine the length and cut yourself
- Canisters – Huge variety of shapes and capacities
- Glass Mason or canning jars – they can take the pressure of the sealing
When you have opened your package of rice or dried beans, put the unused portion in a wide mouth glass mason jar, put the flat part of the lid on the jar and seal. This is a great way to keep your pantry bug-free.
Instead of standard canisters, store your dry goods like flour, sugar, coffee and baking goods in vacuum sealer canisters or mason jars. This keeps out moisture and bugs.
I think that you get the basics on storage, now let’s move on to cooking. When you prepare your meals, make extra portions and make your own “TV” dinners. Prepare your plate as you normally would, then slide the whole thing into a vacuum bag, seal, and put in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it, take it out of the bag and heat. If you are freezing soups or spaghetti sauce, just put it into a bag and seal. When you are ready to use it, just drop the bag in boiling water and heat through. No clean up! Just pour your soup into bowls or pour your sauce over your pasta.
There are many more uses for vacuum food sealers, but these cover the basics for the kitchen. If you use it just in that one room, just think how much money you will be able to save. In addition to saving money, you are able to serve fresh food that hasn’t started to go bad before its time.