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By packaging a head of lettuce, which is pricey in my area of the country during the winter, in a vacuum canister I can preserve it for more than two weeks. All the while it looks as green as the day I brought it home.
I've even sealed leftover steak rolls in a canister and used them eight days later without noticing a difference in their freshness.
Plastic bags in cereal packages are very sturdy. I use them with my vacuum heat sealer for frozen items and keeping other dry items together. They are very handy in my quilting and sewing area. The sealer also reseals most plastic bags such as chips. Be careful not to use the suction feature or they will be crushed!
By Kathy from Florence, CO
Since this is a Waste Nothing Group, for those who have Food Saver vacuum sealers or similar brand, and have the attachment to vacuum seal in canning jars, the lids can be reused over and over again. Just pop the lid open by using a table knife blade placed in the top groove of the jar lid threads. Give the knife a slight twist and the lid pops off - no dents in the lid. If you don't own a vacuum sealer, get one and it will become your "best new friend" and a real money saver. No more freezer burned meats!
Note: Not recommended for actual canning/processing, use only new lids.
Syd's 2 Cents
By Syd from Dunkirk, MD
Wrap gooshy stuff, like salmon steaks, in plastic wrap before packing with a vacuum sealer. No more non-sealing bags or vacuum-sealers full of juice! Eliminating waste is well worth the use of the plastic wrap.
By Stephanie from Anchorage, AK
I like to purchase or prepare items in bulk and then use my vacuum sealer to either divide into smaller portions or just make them last longer in the freezer. I've found that bread tends to get frosty and stale if left in the original packaging. If you freeze the bread first and then put it in the vacuum bag and seal it, it doesn't squash the bread and it stays fresh and useable for months.
This also works for items (soup or entree's that include liquid) so they can be vacuum packed for storage.
By Marie from Olathe, KS
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Can I use my vacuum sealer for my jars of fresh tomatoes?
By G Hay
NO, NO, NO. Tomatoes MUST be processed; bacteria can grow in a sealed jar that isn't heat processed correctly. Vacuum sealing them without heat processing them is literally taking your life into your own hands. You will get food poisoning and could possibly die. DO NOT try it!
I am using a food storage machine. When using the vacuum what setting do I use, dry or liquid?
You have a fifty-fifty choice here. I vote for liquid as lasagna is definitely wettish.
I have had a good crop of capsicums, how would I prepare the capsicums for freezing?
I want to buy a vacuum storage machine for food. I was wondering if I would need to buy the special food vacuum bags that seem to be advertised with the machines? If so, has anyone got any tips on the best machine to purchase? Thanks.
By Irish Eyes