I own a vacuum sealer that I use all the time to seal up chicken, ground beef, steaks, and all sorts of food. Unfortunately I don't have much counter space so whenever I have to use my sealer, I have to drag it out of the cupboard. I know it's not a huge hassle to do so, but sometimes I'm lazy. I was happy to come across this video for a DIY way to vacuum seal food. Justin Chapple from the Food and Wine Test Kitchen demonstrates an easy way to seal your food using a plastic zip bag and a large bowl of water. This is great if you don't want to fork up the cash on one of those expensive food sealers, or if you only need to seal food from time to time. Check out the Food and Wine website for more of their Mad Genius Tips.
Whether it's storing this year's crop of strawberries fresh from the garden or saving last night's stroganoff to use for another meal, vacuum sealers can be a great tool. Vacuum sealers work by removing the air within the storage bag, then sealing the bag before any air can get back in. This significantly reduces the chance of aerobic bacteria--bacteria the require oxygen to survive--surviving in the food, as well as decreasing oxidation. When coupled with refrigeration or freezing, vacuum sealed foods can store safely for quite a long time.
Selecting the right vacuum sealer can be challenging, however. There are many different brands to choose from, and often many different models within each brand. This article will not attempt to evaluate the different brands and models, but will give you a basic idea what features to look for and how to determine which set of features are right for you.
Some models support the ability to produce multiple sealed pouches in a continuous row. For example, a user could seal pasta, meatballs, and sauce in three separate pouches, but leave all three still linked together as a single package. Most models only allow for one seal per pouch, but some make it possible to seal one pouch after another without cutting between each pouch. This can be a handy feature, but may be less important to some users
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Spot the meat, produce or dry thing you wish to vacuum seal into a zip-close style sack. Seal across the top leaving about an inch for the air to get away from the sack. Dunk the sack into the water, permit the pressing factor of the water to press the air out of the pack until the highest point of the pack is almost lowered (yet don't lower it!) Finish fixing the sack.
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