It has been a couple of weeks since I announced I was taking the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System challenge. I have had a great time giving this little gadget a work out and have used it for all sorts of things already. Here’s a quick video explaining some of the ways I’ve already used it.
I mentioned that I portion my meat in food saver bags in the video. I do this because the way the store packages it is not the right amount for my family. A great way to use the Food Saver system to save money is to buy bulk meat packages or meat markdowns (if you are lucky enough to find them) and seal them into portions that you will use for one family meal. Of course, zip sealing bags will work too, but the advantage of using the Food Saver is that they claim that the products frozen in their Food Saver bags will last longer in the freezer than they would in other zip sealed bags. I also think an advantage to the Food Saver bags are that they are truly sealed and thus you can submerge them in water to quick thaw meats on days when you are in a hurry and you forgot to thaw the chicken!
I also like that I was able to seal a lot of products in there very own bags. The FoodSaver bags are a little pricey, but I haven’t had to use a lot because I’m able to seal chips, pasta, cereal, etc. in the bags that I bought them in.
I can’t wait to use this system when fresh produce becomes available again at my local farmer’s markets! This will be great to portion out blueberries, strawberries, and peaches into a cup or two (whatever my recipes call for) for pancakes, homemade fruit syrups, muffins, etc. It will be a great way to preserve fresh, local produce so that we can buy it cheap and enjoy it a little longer!
How about you? Do you have a FoodSaver? How do you use it?