Top 4 Reasons to Get a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
A lot of people wonder why they should get a vacuum sealer, whether a FoodSaver or another kind, so I thought I'd put together a list of the top 4 reasons to get a vacuum sealer of your own.
Keeping Food Fresh by Vacuum Sealing
OK, maybe this is an obvious use but some people don't realize how fresh vacuum sealers like the FoodSaver can really keep food. Using the vacuum bags or vacuum canisters you can vacuum seal just about any perishable good. We've used our FoodSaver to keep farmer's market and garden produce fresh for weeks. We also use the vacuum canisters to keep our good coffee beans fresh, as well as cookies, dinner rolls, bagels and cereal.
Vacuum Seal Individual Portions for Freezing
One way our family saves money is by buying larger quantities of meat at a time, especially when they have deals going on. We then take this meat home and split it up into portions that are large enough for individual meals. We vacuum seal the meals using our trusty FoodSaver and put the portions in the freezer. When we need the meat for a meal we just pull out one of the vacuum sealed portions and defrost them overnight in the refrigerator and they're ready to use.
Vacuum sealing and freezing individual portions can also save you a lot of time. When we make cookies at home, we'll often double or triple the recipe then vacuum seal and freeze portions of it for later use. This also works with soups, tomato sauce, chili and any other meals you can make in large batches!
Faster Marinating with Vacuum Sealing
One benefit of vacuum sealing I had heard about was how it would speed up the time it takes to marinate meat and fish but I really didn't believe it. Then when I got my FoodSaver and tried it I was shocked. Vacuum sealing the food really reduces the marination time. FoodSaver claims it goes from overnight marination to just 20 minutes and I've found that's true for most things, though I'll often leave it marinating for a few hours if I have the extra time.
Apparently the vacuum pressure opens the pores in the meat allowing the marinade to penetrate the meat more easily. Then when the vacuum seal is released the meat will suck in the marinade that is around it. Pretty cool stuff!
There is a specific vacuum marinade container but you can also use bags if you put a paper towel in the top of the back to prevent the liquid from coming out.
Vacuum Sealing in Sous Vide Cooking
Sous vide is the hottest new culinary technique and it relies on vacuum sealed food! You first vacuum seal the food and then cook it in water that is at very low temperatures. It can take longer than using the oven or a pan but it is supposed to produce really great food. For more information about sous vide you can check out the Cooking Sous Vide
That's just a few of the ways you can use your FoodSaver vacuum sealer to make your life easier and to save money!
What are your favorite uses?