Vacuum Sealers Can Save You Money

June 5, 2012 4 Comments

Food Saver Vacum Food Sealer

Why it is important to have a  Vacuum Sealer in your kitchen?

Step Right Up!

Are you looking to save money by buying food in bulk? Do you want to marinate foods in minutes instead of hours? Are you looking for a low-fat, healthy way to cook and seal in nutrients?

You might be interested in a Vacuum Sealer.

I know I sound like a commercial; I can’t help it. What might seem like a Ron Popeil infomercial kitchen gadget fad is actually a method of long-term storage and low-heat cooking that is used by many of the top chefs around the country.

I’ve been skeptical about buying one of these small appliances for years but after years of frustration due to freezer burn so I thought I would give one a try and have not looked back. I love this device. It has saved me a ton of money especially with the cheese I buy.

How does a vacuum sealer work?

You put the food to be vacuum-sealed in one of the special vacuum sealer bags, and the vacuum sealer removes all the air from the bag and seals it with an airtight heat seal. It doesn’t sound that incredible until you realize that most food spoil because they come into contact with air. Sealing the air out greatly increases shelf life.

Consider these uses:

arrow Vacuum seal whole bean or ground coffee for long term storage without fear of oxidation

arrow Store nuts and seeds for longer at room temperature without them turning rancid

arrow Seal leftovers and freeze for later use

arrow Make large amounts of soups or stew, portion and freeze in FoodSaver storage bags

What They Do

Vacuum sealers perform three major tasks.

No surprise, one task is to remove oxygen. In removing oxygen, mold and bacterial growth is slowed down, and foods can be safely stored for longer periods of time.

The second job of a vacuum sealer is to create a moisture barrier. This does two things. Not only does it keep moisture in your foods, it also keeps excess moisture out. No more slimy meat.

Lastly, the vacuum sealer creates a flavor barrier, keeping the entire flavor in and keeping unwanted flavors out. Vacuum sealed foods taste just as fresh and vibrant after a month in the freezer as they did when they were made.

How To Buy A Vacuum Sealer

What vacuum sealer you buy depends on what you are using it for, how often will you be using it and how much you want to spend. There are many great models out there and I suggest you take a look at some of these models and then decide.

Some have one-touch button design while others are good for sealing wet foods like marinated meats. there are portable models and some with hoses and containers that can be vacuum sealed.

So my advice is to think of how you would use your vacuum sealer and then look at these to start and go from there.

 Buying Meat In Bulk

One of the uses that I am particularly excited about is being to buy meat in bulk at Costco and then vacuum sealing and freezing it for later use.

Before using a vacuum sealer, I would have to throw away a certain portion of frozen foods due to freezer burn. Freezer burn happens when the surface of the food comes in contact with air and dries out over time.

Vacuum sealing eliminates the air, so now my meats don’t get freezer burn. I save money because I’m not wasting food.

Marinating Foods

Another great use for a vacuum is in marinating. As the vacuum sealer removes the air from the bag, it also opens the pores of the food, allowing marinades to penetrate deeply in as little at 20 minutes.

No more marinating for hours. I just put pre-portioned meat and/or vegetables in a vacuum sealer bag along with my marinade, vacuum seal, and I’m ready to grill in under half an hour.

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Sous Vide Cooking

Perhaps one of the most intriguing uses for vacuum sealers is in “sous vide” cooking. Sous vide is French for “under vacuum.”

Many world-class chefs, including Thomas Keller and Charlie Trotter, use the sous vide cooking method to yield moist and flavorful dishes with no loss of nutrients or flavors – remember, vacuum sealing seals in moisture and flavor.

The procedure is relatively straightforward: place the food to be cooked into a vacuum bag and seal. Submerge in water that is the temperature you want your finished dish to be. For example, if you are cooking a chicken breast, have the water at 165 degrees, F. For fish, keep the water at 140 degrees, F.

Check out my posts about sous vide: Sous Vide Posts & Articles

 

Here are some other great uses for the FoodSaver vacuum sealer that have nothing to do with food.

arrow Keep matches dry when fishing or camping

arrow Vacuum seal important papers to prevent possible water damage or mildew should your pipes burst

arrow Keep first aid items, such as bandages and gauze, fresh, clean and ready to use

arrow Vacuum pack clothing for storing in small spaces

arrow Vacuum seal and freeze water for instant ice packs. When the ice melts, you can re-freeze or drink the water

arrow Vacuum pack a change of clothes in case you take an “accidental” spill in the lake.

At the end of the day, a vacuum sealer will pay for itself by drastically cutting down on your kitchen waste. Get in the habit of portioning and vacuum sealing meals or snacks for your family, and never have to throw away a gray, leathery, freezer-burned steak again.


 

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  1. Fiona says:

    I use vacuum sealer to store my harvest. It’s a great investment, indeed.

  2. Rita Moore says:

    I love my Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer. I use both the bags (mostly for freezer storage) and the mason jar attachments. Did you know they now have..I think it is 1/2 or 1 gallon mason jars. I put my excess flour (after it has spend time in the refrigerator) and sugar in them.

  3. Margaret B.Olson says:

    I have been thinking about purchasing a food saver and finally broke down and bought it. Have used it a couple of times and it is very easy to use. I do, however, like using the bags vs the rolls. Really got tired of tossing out food due to spoilage/freezer burn.

  4. Vakumirač says:

    Vacuum sealer is really important.

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