Vacuum sealing food works by preserving food, preventing the growth of bacteria, and in turn mould. The act of preserving food this way means that food can last much longer than if it was just wrapped up and stored.
But what is the best vacuum sealer for prolonging the life of your food? We delve in to the different types of sealers to help you decide which one would best suit your needs.
- The Benefits of Vacuum Sealing
- How Does Vacuum Sealing Work?
- How To Use A Vacuum Sealer
- Different Types of Vacuum Sealers
- What Else Do I Need?
- How To Look After A Vacuum Sealer
- Vacuum Sealer Reviews
- WAOAW Portable Vacuum Sealer Machine
- FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System
The Benefits of Vacuum Sealing
- Economical – Food lasts longer resulting in less waste.
- Storage – Vacuum sealing takes up less space than other forms of food storage.
- Taste & Texture – Food will taste fresh and tasty, exactly like it did when it was vacuum packed. There is no chance of your food getting ‘burnt’ in the freezer as it cannot make contact with the outside air or moisture.
- Shelf Life – Vacuum sealing enables your food to last between 3 and 5 times as long as food stored by other methods. For example, chicken stored in a normal container or bag in the freezer will last between 6 and 12 months. If it has been vacuum sealed it’s shelf life is extended to between 2 and 3 years.
- Sous Vide – Vacuum sealers can be used in sous vide cooking.
How Does Vacuum Sealing Work?
Bacteria needs oxygen. By removing the oxygen, any mould or fungus is prevented from growing. Vacuum sealing is essentially preserving your food.
You do however have to store your vacuum sealed food in the correct temperatures. It must never be left out at room temperature, but be stored in a fridge or freezer.
How To Use A Vacuum Sealer
- Wash and clean food well before sealing it. If you are sealing more than one food make sure you clean down work tops as well as any utensils to prevent any potential cross contamination.
- The sooner you seal a food after buying/picking it, the longer it will last once sealed. This is particularly so for meat. If you can remove any sharp bones do so to prevent them from ripping the bag, or if you can’t, cover them with a little bit of paper towel.
- Follow your vacuum sealer instructions to seal food correctly.
- Store in fridge, freezer or store cupboard, depending on food type.
Different Types of Vacuum Sealers
At the time of writing there are essentially two types of vacuum sealers available for home use. The type that is likely better suited for you will depend on what and how frequently you are likely to be sealing food.
These are popular for people that are more likely to be storing smaller foods that they require frequent and quick access to. Handheld sealers tend to be small and economical.
Countertop sealers are for people who like to seal larger items, ideal for bulk buying. The investment for a countertop sealer is more than a handheld, and naturally they take up more space. They can however work out more economical in the long run as you are able to store more food.
What Else Do I Need?
If you will be storing meat and vegetables, you need to ensure that you have adequate space in a freezer or fridge. You will also need vacuum bags. Many sealers come with a starter pack to get you started but you might want to stock up on some when they are on sale.
How To Look After A Vacuum Sealer
Make sure you keep it clean by washing it in warm water and with soap. This needs to be done after every use to make sure that no bacteria forms and compromises the ability of your vacuum sealer to keep your food fresh.
Vacuum Sealer Reviews
FoodSaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit
The FoodSaver is a convenient all in one unit without the need for any additional attachments. It is solidly made, with durability and quality in mind.
This model is the kind of vacuum sealer you are quite happy to have out on your countertop owing to it’s stylish appearance. However, having said that, it is quite large, so make sure you have the space to accommodate it.
The roll bags are stored inside the unit and offers automatic bag detection and vacuum sealing, making the whole process really quick to perform.
Features At A Glance
Seals zipper bags, canisters and containers
Moist and dry food settings
Drip tray drawer that can me removed to wash (dishwasher safe)
Built in roll storage with bag cutter
Starter kit includes zipper bags
What We Like: Quieter than other models, intuitive all in one unit, performs well
What We Don’t Like: Takes up more space than other models
WAOAW Portable Vacuum Sealer Machine
If you are looking for a more compact machine, the WAOAW Portable Vacuum sealer might be more suitable for your needs.
This machine is particularly lightweight, weighing in at only 600g.
Features At A Glance
One touch sealer operation
15 Heat-Seal bags included
Weight – 600g
Dimensions – 36cm by 5.4cm by 5cm
What We Like: Compact for smaller kitchens, budget buy.
What We Don’t Like: Not as well made as other models
FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System
This great looking stainless steel vacuum sealer from FoodSaver is a compact model, enabling you to easily store it in a cupboard when not in use.
Using this vacuum sealer is the ideal way to dramatically reduce food waste as well as save money by buying food in bulk and storing for future use.
Features At A Glance
Stainless steel body
Dimensions of 18.4 x 6.5 x 11 inches
5 year warranty
Bags are sous vide friendly
Settings for moist and dry foods
Built in seal and vacuum chamber
Roll storage and cutter
One handed operation
Pulse button for more delicate produce
What We Like
Complete control over the vacuum sealing process. Really simple to use.
What We Don’t Like
We couldn’t find anything we didn’t like!