Freezing your food in a The Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer is a clever way to store foods for future use. You needn’t waste party left overs any more or any amount of fresh food that has not been consumed. By vacuuming, sealing and storing foods such as fresh cuts of bulk-bought meat and wild game you will be able to have a handy supply in the freezer that will last all winter. Operating a food vacuum sealer in your kitchen saves you time, energy and money.
How to Operate a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer.
This handy kitchen apparatus is easy to operate. Simply place the food that you wish to preserve in one of the bags that the vacuum sealer is packaged with, then place the end that you want sealed into the channel on the vacuum sealing apparatus. Now close the lid on your vacuum sealer and lock it. Finally, select either the Vac/Seal button or the Seal button and press it. The FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer will complete these tasks and then automatically shut itself off.
How the Vacuum Sealing Process Works.
When they are about to purchase a vacuum Sealer device, the question that most people ask is how long is food going to last using this method? The amount of time food will last for is connected to the way in which the vacuum sealing process works to keep food fresh in the long term. Of course, no foodstuff can remain fresh forever, but vacuum sealing extends the shelf-life of foodstuffs by creating a hermetic seal, in a process which is similar to canning. Vacuum sealing reduces the amount of oxygen in and around the foodstuff and this prevents aerobic fungi and bacteria from forming. This economical method of preserving foodstuffs also eliminates freezer burn, by protecting them from dry, cold air.
How Long Does Food Last in a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer?
By utilizing a food vacuum sealer in your kitchen instead of normal freezer bags, you will be able to keep foodstuffs in fresh condition for up to four times longer. Once you remove the food you have saved in a vacuum sealing device, you will notice that it is still fresh and deliciously edible in texture and appearance. What a convenience the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer is in a busy household.
Let’s look at some different types of foodstuffs and how long they last for in a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer bag compared to non-vacuum sealing freezer bags.
The statement from the FoodSaver maker says that foodstuffs can last up to four times as long if they are vacuum sealed and then frozen.
In general, fruits last for the shortest period of time after they have been picked. Berries, for instance, will last for up to 6 days when stored by the more conventional methods, usually freezer bags, foil, plastic wraps or containers. If they have been processed in a vacuum sealer bag and then frozen, these fruits will remain fresh for approximately 2 weeks. Fruits are fragile, so to be able to store them and then consume them as if they were still fresh from the grower, even after 2 weeks, is quite an improvement. Always remember to pre-freeze soft fruits before you vacuum seal them, because the juices in fresh fruits can interfere with the sealing process.
Beef, poultry, and other types of meat, such as venison and rabbit, are the products which last the longest after undergoing the vacuum sealing process. From a short period of 6 months, the storage time of meats will increase to 1 – 2 or even 3 years. This is very convenient for those who are staying in small-sized properties such as holiday cabins, or for people who are trekking in snow-bound wilderness areas. A female reviewer even claimed that she had discovered a vacuum sealer freezer bag containing bacon that had been in the fridge for four years. She said that it was just as crispy and tasty as it would have been while fresh, after she had taken it out of the vacuum sealer bag and then cooked it.
Fish such as salmon, tuna and trout can be preserved for 1 to 1.5 years after they have been processed in vacuum sealer bags. This is an increase of more than a year on their normal storage times. Bait can also be stored in vacuum sealed bags. Shrimp are fine to vacuum seal after you have broken off some of the sharpest barbs. The most recommended method is to wash them in fresh water, pour the shrimp and the water into a vacu-sealer bag and freeze as a whole. This should give you fresh shrimp the whole year ’round.
Vegetables also increase their storage time from 8 months to 2 – 3 years after they have been vacuum sealed and then frozen. This is an incredible improvement as vegetables can rot very quickly, even when stored in a normal vegetable crisper, if they become damp. Lettuce too can be vacuum sealed, for an increased shelf-life of 3 weeks, instead of 3 – 6 days.
Eggs can be vacuum sealed, after they have been boiled. It’s important to be careful during the vacuum process with eggs; click the Seal switch quickly, to stop the vacuum process, after you have vacuum sealed these easy-to-crack items for about 10 seconds. By doing this you’ll be able to store your uncracked eggs for up to nine months, especially if you have coated them with vegetable oil before placing them in the vacuum sealer bags to be processed.
Soups and Stews
There are many recipes for delicious soups and stews that can be processed in a vacuum sealer bag. A good tip is to freeze your tasty stew or soup in a flat container before you process it in the vacuum sealer bag. This will help the food to freeze more quickly and it also makes it easier to pack into a storage bag if you are on the road. Remember not to fill the vacuum sealer bag to its fullest, as most foods with liquids in them expand when they freeze. Stews and soups will stay fresh for so much longer after they have been vacuum sealed. The time frame for storage increases from 3 – 6 months to 1 – 2 years.
Cheese can easily be processed in a vacuum sealer bag; its storage period increases from 1 – 2 weeks to 4 – 8 months. That’s fantastic for cheese lovers who adore a slice of fresh double-cream Brie, but who cannot eat a whole wheel at once. What about yogurt? A great way to store yogurt is to make use of the long, thin-shaped vacuum sealer bags to create frozen yoghurt popsicles. Choose some healthy sugar free ingredients such as fruit, honey or coconut, mix them together and then pour carefully into the thin vacuum sealer bags. These will stay fresh for 1 – 2 months.
Bread is another foodstuff that takes well to the vacuum sealing process. The best way to store bread with a vacuum sealer is to first freeze the bread on a cookie sheet, or something similar, until it is firm. This way it will not be squashed out of shape by the vacuum process. Sliced bread can be processed in batches of four to six slices. Using this method, the shelf-life of bread will be increased from 6 – 12 months to 1 – 2 years.
Flour and Sugar
The best method of vacuum sealing powdery substances such as flour and sugar is to leave them in their original containers or bags and process them using one of two methods. Dry canning is a method in which you place the flour or sugar into a Mason jar and switch to the jar sealer option on the vacuum sealer apparatus. Or you can simply vacuum seal sugar and flour in their original packaging. By utilizing one of these methods you can increase the shelf life of flour or sugar from 6 months to 1 – 2 years, which is an excellent thing if you need to bulk-buy special types of flour such as besan or lentil flour, rice flour, chick pea flour or millet flour.
Rice and Pasta
These two are the staples of the pantry or kitchen shelf, because they make it easy to create filling meals in a hurry. The downside of keeping lots of these on hand is their bulky packaging. The packaging is not only bulky, but it is easily torn and this lets the pests in. A better way to store these two favourites is to use the large-sized vacuum sealer bags. This reduces the space that rice and pasta take up in the kitchen and keeps them sealed against insects and other pantry pests. It also increases their healthy shelf-life from 6 months to 1 – 2 years.
Everybody loves a cookie, especially a freshly oven-baked cookie – but cookies go stale so quickly. Try a smart way of keeping them fresh for more than the 1 -2 weeks they will last in a cookie jar. The best advice is to use a zip lock bag and maybe a hand-held vacuum sealer, as these are smaller and they will not put as much pressure on the cookies. Whichever type of vacuum sealer you use, remember to click on the stop button before the cookies are squashed in to crumbs by the pressure of the vacuum-sealer. This process will ensure that your cookies remain fresh for 3 – 6 weeks instead of a short 1 – 2 weeks. Cookie dough can be vacuum sealed as well.
This is a brief list of everyday foodstuffs and how their shelf-life is increased by the vacuum sealing process. There are many methods of vacuum sealing foods, just as there are many types of food that can be vacuum sealed. Now that you are aware of how the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer works, you can try to vacu-seal many different foodstuffs and you won’t see as much wasted food being thrown out of the kitchen. This clever apparatus can help you to economize as well, because you will be able to bulk buy more often and stick to a recipe rotation plan more often too. Your kids will be happy to get a home cooked meal out of the freezer, remove it from the vacuum sealer bag and eat something that tastes as fresh as when it was first cooked. Think how much time and trouble this will save for you, when you use a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer.