I have a Ziploc vacuum storage pump and a vacuum food storage machine and use them for everything imaginable! To tell the truth the kitchen is the place they're used the least! Here are some examples of what I use them for. In some of these (with the vacuum machine bags), I have to create larger bags by cutting the roll to the length that I need, then cutting one or two more lengths, cutting them open lengthwise, and sealing them together, then sealing across the bottom. Then when it's full, sealing it across the top normally.
I use the vacuum bags and pump here because the bags are able to be opened, some removed, and resealed/vacuumed. I buy meats and veggies in bulk, cut them into individual serving size, vacuum seal and pop them in the freezer (dating the bags of course). Things stay good much longer this way.
I also use it in the fridge. It keeps leftovers, fruits, all sorts of things lots longer than putting it in a storage container. I've had lettuce (you know how fast that goes bad) last and stay crisp for up to 2 weeks!
I also prepare my own TV dinners, and vacuum seal them to go in the freezer, Not only healthier and tastier, but last much longer than the store-bought ones too.
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
I love my vacuum sealer too. I do freeze bread. I buy at the outlet and freeze 6 or 7 vacuum sealed bags at a time. It is just like fresh when I thaw it. The secret is to freeze the bread in its own bag before you vacuum seal it.. I put it in the freezer overnight, and then seal it right away and put it back into the freezer. When you are ready to use it, let it thaw in the bag and then open it and enjoy. You wont know it was ever frozen.
Thanks cricketnc, all those years, I put various things besides food into vacuum bags, cut to size, now I know how to make the bags bigger. I got one heck of a good deal at a thrift store for 6 big rolls that fit my vacuum, and I think it was $3 for all, so, I have a LOT of those rolls, and those things can cost a lot normally. So, why do I hardly use it for some time now? I'll start using that more now, you are right, those space bags don't last very long, but, those made to size bags will be great.
I also used food in them in boiling water, to heat them up from the freezer, and less pots and pans getting dirty, it really is a very good gadget to have.
I also use my sealer but not to vaccum seal when the chip or cereal or anything that come in those type of bags (I live alone). I use it to seal them back back up so as not to go stale. It works great.
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