I've owned a Foodsaver® Vacuum Sealer of one type or another for a couple of decades now, and I can't imagine my kitchen and pantry without a vacuum sealer. Okay – that's not really true. I can imagine it, and I don't like it. During harvest season, my vacuum sealer lives on the counter. It simply can't be beat for extending the freezer life of produce. (It works great for meat, too. We always get our bulk meat purchases vacuum sealed at the butcher.)
I can easily carry over food items for a year or more if needed, which is great if we have a bumper crop of something one year and a crop failure the next. Two year old vacuum sealed berries look like they were picked and frozen the day before. Try that with produce in a regular zipper bag, and you'll end up with a block of ice. Below is a comparison of two packages of broccoli, one vacuum sealed, one not. I thought I'd use the second package up quickly, so I didn't take the time to vacuum seal. Big mistake.
I put together a quick list of five uses for a vacuum sealer everyone should know, just to highlight some of the cool stuff that these sealers can do. We also have a review and giveaway of the new Foodsaver® FM2000 vacuum sealer, which reminds me of the original vacuum sealer I had for over 10 years, except it's black and the old one was white. [Read more…]