Vacuum sealers or vac sealer is easy and fun to use.  Once you get used to operating one, you’ll be tempted to “seal up” the entire house.  The sealer usually come with a roll or several rolls of vacuum sealer bags in the  initial box.  The vac sealer bags may come in various widths but are one continuous open bag so you make different sizes according to your needs.

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Here are the Rules

1. Read the instructions that come with your vacuum sealer.   There may be a few difference according to brands.

2.  Cut the vac bag at least 3 to 4 inches longer than the food or item to be sealed.  (The depth of the food item will make a difference.)

3.  Place one end of the bag into the vac sealer and press the button.  This action will form a bag that is closed on three sides and on one end.

4.  After you have filled the vacuum sealer bag with food, place the open end into the sealer.  Press the button again, the excess air will be removed and the bag will be sealed by the heated metal bar.  Make sure you place the end of the bag into the vacuum sealer evenly so it will produce a good seal.

Food Safe Guards

1.  Liquid is hard to seal because it’s hard to control.  Often, the force of removing the air from the bag will cause some of the liquid to escape.  It’s best to freeze the liquid in the desired quantity you will be using and then place the frozen fluid into a bag and seal it up.

2.  Vegetables should be blanched before they are frozen. The advantage of using a Vac Sealer for your frozen veggies is that they can be heated in the microwave or placed in boiling water to thaw and cook.  Believe it or not… veggies that are vacuumed sealed have an extended life of 2 to 3 years.

3.  Fruit and berries can also be vac sealed which extends the life 2 to 3 years.  However, I freeze my berries and cut fruit before I vac seal them.  I lay waxed paper or plastic wrap on a cookie tray or sheet cake tray. I spread my berries, or fruit (peaches) on the tray and pop them into the freezer.

After they are frozen, I put them into the vacuum sealer bags and seal them up.  This way the fruit and berries stay separated and don’t mush together.

4.  Meats can be placed directly into the vac sealer bag.  Just make sure there’s not a lot of liquid with your meat because the force of removing the air will cause the liquid to escape.  If in doubt, dab the meat dry with a paper towel before sealing it.

5.  Powder Bulk Foods, such as powdered milk, spices, and powdered sugar are excellent candidates for the vacuum sealer.  Just remember to put them into another plastic bag with twist tie or zip lock before you place them into a sealer bag.  If you don’t you’ll be cleaning up loose powder in your kitchen for a long time.

I just love my vac sealer!

Happy Canning and Preserving

Kathy – Insightful Nana