Are you tired of freezer-burned food? Do you buy your produce and meat in bulk? Or do you freeze produce from your vegetable garden? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need a home vacuum sealer for food. Home vacuum sealers are great for reducing freezer burn and increasing the freezer life of your food. Place food in the bag, place the bag in the vacuum sealer and the vacuum sealer pulls all the air out and then seals the bag. Home Vacuum sealers for food will keep not only frozen food but food in the refrigerator or your cupboard last longer.
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Questions You Need to ask Yourself
There are many different brands on the market and the cost varies as well. No need to buy one way out of your budget. You do need to remember that you will need to buy extra bags depending on how often you plan to use the vacuum sealer. Most come with a few bags but more bags may be necessary. There are generic bags on the market but you need to make sure they are compatible with the model you are looking at. Bags can be costly but spoiled or freezer-burned food can be costlier.
Manual VS Automatic
If you will be sealing delicate/soft foods such as muffins or breads make sure the model has a manual or pulse setting. You want to get as much air as possible out but not where you are crushing the food. With the pulse setting, you can push the button in small increments until you are satisfied that you have enough air out but not crushing the food. Some models have a timer where you can adjust how long to run to pull air out. Whereas an automatic vacuum sealer runs until all the air is out and then seals the bag.
How well the model seals. Many models have one sealing bar but there are some that have two sealing bars where it will seal the bag twice. If one seal comes loose then you still have one seal in place.
Ease of Use
How easy is the vacuum sealer to use? Most are pretty easy to use. Usually with just a push of a button. If it has lots of extra features it might get a little confusing. Do you need one with all the bells and whistles?
Do you need a vacuum sealer that Is able to seal moist food as well as dry? Make sure that it has 2 sealing modes: Dry and Moist.
This is pretty well self-explanatory. Pretty much comes down to if the vacuum sealer is made of plastic or metal/steel. This will depend on how much you plan to use it. One made with steel/metal is going to last longer than one made with plastic.
5 vacuum Sealers for Food To Consider
NutriChef Vacuum Sealer 12″, Silver
2 sealing modes Dry and Moist. Fully automatic. Very light weighs 2.72 pounds. Compact design at 5.91 x 14.18 x 3. Great if you need to move it. Comes with a starter kit which includes a wine stopper cork, 5 medium bags (78 x 118in), 1 extra long vacuum bag roll (78 x790in), which is great. That will get you started with preserving without having to buy extra.
FoodSaver V4400 2 in 1 Vacuum Sealer
Automatic bag detection and automatic moisture detection. Removable drip tray for overflow liquid. Built-in roll storage and cutter to easily make custom bags. This machine is heavier weighing 10 pounds and dimensions are 11 x 20 x 12 inches which may make it a little harder to move but not impossible. Has retractable handheld sealer. Starter kit included.
Geryon Automatic Vacuum Sealer
Built-in cutter bar. Fully automatic. compact size at 2.62 pounds and is 14.6×5.67×3.3in. 2 sealing modes-dry and moist. You can use bags up to 12 inches. Soft-touch digital buttons. It is very easy to clean as the upper lid can be removed from the lower base. Includes a starter kit that consists of 5 medium bags (78X118in), 1 extra long vacuum roll(78X790in), and a wine stopper cork
This is just a small sample. There are many models and types of vacuum sealers for food on the market to choose from. Shop around and compare prices.
If you buy in bulk then you need a vacuum sealer for food. It is cost-efficient, with no throwing out freezer-burned food and it will extend the life of your food. I have blackberry bushes in my back yard and I use my vacuum sealer to freeze them. I also have a vegetable garden and I plan on freezing produce such as green beans, onions, and green peppers.
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