When buying food, buy bulk if possible. I splurged a little this weekend and bought a Foodsaver. It sucks the air out and seals my food so it will last longer. Then I went out and bought a lot of meat and divided it up into meals and sealed it. According to the package the meat should keep for the next 3-4 years and it is much cheaper buying meat or any food in bulk. I also buy my other stuff, toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, etc., in bulk. The savings buying is bulk is good plus I don't spend the gas going back and forth to get the stuff. I go shopping once a month.
By Debradj from Illinois
I guarantee you the food saver is the best investment you could of made. I bought my 1st 1 in the mid-80s war it out and I went approximately a year before I replaced it, it was a mistake, I lost so much food due to freezer burn. Key to the food saver is use it, never put anything in the freezer unless it's vacuum-sealed, get in the habit a vacuuming everything I do complete dinners on my dinner plates, soups and stews, I freeze them in the bowl and then vacuum seal. Yes, the freezing time is incredible; I have had things last over 5 years. If you freeze seafood in water before vacuuming it last even longer.
I'd also buy in bulk and I'm a single person so the food saver has paid for itself over and over again. I hope you get as much use out yours as I have mine.
You will never regret this purchase. One hint...Freeze meat before sealing it. That way it retains a lot of moisture. You do not have to solid freeze them just enough to make them semi-solid. Cheese is wonderful. You can make the bags a little longer then cut what you need and re-seal. I leave mine on the counter and use it daily. It will even do muffins, cakes etc. Just stop the process before all air is gone. good luck
I love mine. I cook up a big pot of anything like chilli soups etc and then cut off my roll to small bag size (you just seal as many sides as needed) fill them and seal that last end. Toss them in the freezer and anytime I want some its there. I pick 2 or 3 saturdays a month to cook up a few pots of dishes and do that.
Also use your sealer to reseal bags like chips cereal etc. Great investment you cannot go wrong.
I have never had one or seen one used. I just wondered how expensive the special bags are and where do I buy the machine? Are they available in stores or only on infomercials? I would imagine they are on ebay as well.
I agree that it's a great investment. I've had mine about 4 years and love it. It keeps food from going to waste and keeps it fresh. I bought the marinade bowl and love it. It really pulls the flavor into the meat. The one suggestion I do have is invest in the top of the line one. I got the next one down and wished I had got the one with the cutter on it.
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