If you are like me, you have always seen these vacuum seal products, claiming to keep your food fresher longer. It always felt like background noise. I would hear it, but not listen to it. Well, I did not know I needed one, until I talked with my Aunt, while we were celebrating Thanksgiving in Arkansas.
My Aunt is truly one of the best and strongest people I know. Unfortunately, I did not visit my extended family as often as I would have liked, so I did not really get a chance to interact with my Aunt a lot. Thankfully, I have gotten a couple of visits in this year, and with Ian and I’s move to Knoxville, we are much closer to extended family, which allows us to visit more!
During thanksgiving, my Aunt was telling me about her FoodSaver. She explained how she used it to freeze some blackberries, and when she pulled the berries out several months later, there was no freezer burn and they tasted just like the would at the time of purchase. It was mind blowing. Then, she told me all the ways she uses her FoodSaver, and how much money she has saved with less food spoiling.
Well, this made Ian and I highly consider investing in this vacuum sealing system. We were still living in Dallas at the time, and after Thanksgiving we were going to drive over to Knoxville to close on our house. Ian and I decided when we moved, we were going to commit to eating preservative free, 100 % whole grain, and cook all of our meals from scratch. We knew were going to have many leftovers that would have a much more limited shelf life than store bought meals. So, Black Friday morning came, and sure enough we purchased a FoodSaver. Plus, it gave us some extra motivation to follow through on our preservative free food quest because we were already invested in it with this FoodSaver.
So here are some highlights on why I think a FoodSaver is worth the investment!
- Food stays fresher longer.
- This is just fact. Because Ian and I are only a 2-person household, we have so many leftovers, or meat bought in bulk, that we need some way to freeze everything without fear of freezer burn. Plus, it allows us to stock up on quick easy meals for those nights where we are too exhausted to cook.
- Even in the refrigerator our food lasts much longer. We have cheese in our deli drawer of our refrigerator we have not used in 3 months. I pulled it out, and it still tastes as fresh as day 1 when we bought it! And, guess what? No more moldy cheese! Which is fabulous for us because somehow we have a scary amount of cheese on hand…. I mean look at that? I’m kind of in shock with how much cheese I pulled out of our deli drawer. I wonder if Ian and I single handedly keep the dairy industry in business. I also recommend labeling all the food you seal with the date!
- Easy to Use.
- This is my favorite. I was kind of intimated by our Food Saver when we first bought it, but I was determined to use it. It is so simple, and I have no idea why I was even worried in the first place! All you do is pull out your needed amount off the Food Saver Vacuum Seal roll, use the nifty slider to cut the roll, press the seal button to seal one end, place your food inside, then determine if your food is dry or wet, press the corresponding button, and press seal once again, and all the air is sucked right out of the bag. Then, you can rest easy knowing your food will stay fresh!
- A variety of seal saving container options.
- While the only downside to the FoodSaver is you have to use their rolls, zipper bags, or containers, the containers are reusable, and you can purchase bulk!
- Our FoodSaver, not all, has an accessory attachment which is used for the zip bags and plastic containers. And let me tell you, it works fabulously. Ian and I made guacamole and placed it in one of the vacuum seal containers, and the guacamole stayed green for a week! Of course, it was gone after a week, so I can’t tell you if it lasts longer than that or not. 😉 But, it was mind blowing to see how long our guac went without falling victim to oxidization.
- Less waste and more money in our pockets.
- We do not waste nearly as much food due to spoilage or freezer burn! If our cheese is any example (which cheese can be very expensive) Ian and I do not have to worry as much about wasting a great deal of food we prepare. I used to hate freezing food because it never tasted quite the same if it was not frozen, but our FoodSaver prevents that worry.
- I also have a nifty trick for the vacuum seal rolls. I pull out much more than I need before I cut the roll. I vacuum seal like I normally would, but I have a much longer bag than needed for the food I vacuumed. So, when I use the sealed food, I cut a straight line as close to the top seal as possible, use the amount of food I need, then seal it again in the same bag. I have resealed some bags up to 4 times. So, I also save money on the vacuum seal rolls because I am able to make many uses out of one.
Ian and I love our FoodSaver! I cannot thank my Aunt enough for sharing her experience because I never would have purchased one otherwise. This is one item I feel everyone should consider having in their kitchen. Plus, it is nice to not have to worry about having as many Tupperware containers, which are difficult to organize and keep neat. Now, bask in all of our perfectly sealed cheese.
My next post is some of my favorite tips on saving time grocery shopping! It is difficult to get everything you need without a little bit of organizing and planning. But, for now, I hope you enjoy your weekend!
Have you heard of a Food Saver? Would you invest in one?