Are you wondering if a vacuum sealer if will use enough to justify the cost? Vacuum packaging removes substantially all air from packages and produces a vacuum inside. Today's vacuum sealers are affordable but only worth the cost if you will actually use it.
They can save you time
Vacuum seal individual portions of ingredients or meals and when it’s time to prepare the meal you have most of the prep work already done. You can vacuum seal individual portions of chopped onion, celery, peppers, or any other ingredient that you use often.
Vacuum Sealers also save money
It not only saves time, but also saves money. When you cook in small batches it’s not always possible to buy smaller size items and inevitable something gets wasted. Now you can take advantage of bulk buying and use your vacuum sealer to keep everything fresh. Buying meats on sale and dividing and vacuum sealing into meal-sized portions saves time and money and fits nicely into a preparedness plan.
Vacuum Sealers help to keep food fresher longer.
Vacuum sealers save money by keeping the food fresh longer and helps to protect against freezer burn. Proper vacuum sealing can extend the life of some foods 2 to 3 times longer than food stored in a plastic bag.
Extends the shelf life of food
Vacuum sealed frozen food lasts longer than food stored in other ways. Most vacuum sealed foods will last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, which is much longer than the typical 1-3 days food will last when stored conventionally in a refrigerator. Always throw out any food that has an unusual odor, or signs of mold or decay.
Efficient Food Organization
Vacuum sealing makes for efficient and organized packaging. Vacuum sealed food takes up less room in your refrigerator or freezer. Make sure to label with date and contents.
Vacuum seal any leftover food from your meal right away. This eliminates you having to throw out the food and gives you another easy meal for the future. Freeze the leftover portions and they can last for months. Pull it out a few weeks later for a meal that tastes fresh.
Vacuum sealing Tips
- Write the date and content on the bag after you vacuum seal it.
- Clean the vacuum sealer after each use to extend the life of sealer and to prevent bacteria growing
Some Disadvantages of Vacuum Sealers
Some models require special bags and they can be expensive. Before buying a sealer, check out what type of bags are used and where can you purchase the bags when needed.
Delicate foods that are soft and spongy usually be vacuum-sealed in bags.
According to the USDA some pathogenic bacteria, such as Clostridium botulinum which causes botulism poisoning, prefer low-oxygen environments and reproduce well in vacuum-packaged foods. Keep perishable foods in either the refrigerator at or below 40 °F, or in the freezer at 0 °F.