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18 Feb Wise Food Storage – Vacuum Sealing Food

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How to vacuum seal food for wise food storage:

Did you know that when you vacuum seal food, it stays fresh 5 times longer than other conventional storage methods? Because vacuum sealing removes the air from the container (reducing oxidation), foods such as beef, poultry, fish and even vegetables can have an extended freezer life– up to 3 years! I've laid out a quick explanation of how to go about using your vacuum sealer to safely and quickly store your food. Let's get started!

Supplies you need to vacuum seal your food:

  • vacuum sealer (I use the Foodsaver)
  • vacuum sealing bags
  • vacuum sealing roll - (to make my own bags)
  • scissors
  • food for storage
 

Step 1:

I'm going to use my vacuum sealer to store my chocolate chia survival bars as well as some beef jerky I made recently. The chocolate chia survivor bars are small, so I'm going to use one of the small vacuum sealing bags.
The vacuum seal bags are smaller, so I'm going use these for the chia survival bars.

The vacuum seal bags are smaller, so I'm going use these for the chia survival bars.

   

Step 2:

Make sure you have your vacuum sealer plugged in. Grab your bag of food and place the open end so the edge of the bag is lies in between the two foam sealing pads. This is where the suction happens so don't push the edge of the bag all the way into the machine.
Put the bars in the bag so they lie flat.

Put the bars in the bag so they lie flat.

Place the open end in the vacuum sealer.

Place the open end in the vacuum sealer.

Close the lid.

Close the lid.

 

Step 3:

Lock it down! Press the tab on the right down until it clicks. For the FoodSaver I'm using, you'll have to press fairly hard. wise-food-storage-vacuum-sealing-food05
Lock the lid. Press the lever down all the way until it clicks.

Lock the lid. Press the lever down all the way until it clicks.

It should be this far down when it's completely locked.

It should be this far down when it's completely locked.

Press the Vacuum Seal button.

Press the Vacuum Seal button.

It will start vacuuming out all of the air.

It will start vacuuming out all of the air.

Step 4:

Pull the tab up to unlock your bag and check the seal to make sure there aren't any wrinkles or holes.
When it's done, pull the lock lever all the way up to open the lid.

When it's done, pull the lock lever all the way up to open the lid.

Remove the bag and marvel at your sealed bag of goodness.

Remove the bag and marvel at your sealed bag of goodness.

Be sure to label your storage bag.

Be sure to label your storage bag with a name and date.

 

Now I'm going to use the roll to make a custom sized bag for the beef jerky.

Step 1:

Lay the roll out along side the beef jerky to measure how long your bag will be. You will want to leave 3 inches from the end of the jerky to the edge of the bag.
Use the vacuum seal roll to create a custom size bag for over sized items.

Use the vacuum seal roll to create a custom size bag for over sized items.

Lay the roll out along side the jerky to cut to the right size.

Lay the roll out along side the jerky to cut to the right size.

The roll I have is marked every 3 inches. This is super helpful in eyeballing the extra space you need around the food to get it sealed properly.

The roll I have is marked every 3 inches. This is super helpful in eyeballing the extra space you need around the food to get it sealed properly.

Use your scissors to cut the size you need.

Use your scissors to cut the size you need.

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Step 2:

You now have two open ends, so before you put anything inside, you'll want to seal one end.
Place one end just as you did before - make sure the edge sits in the opening created by the two foam seals.

Place one end just as you did before - make sure the edge sits in the opening created by the two foam seals.

Close the lid.

Close the lid.

Lock the lid. Press the lever down all the way until it clicks.

Lock the lid. Press the lever down all the way until it clicks.

This time, press the "Seal" button.

This time, press the "Seal" button.

Release the lever to the "open" position.

Release the lever to the "open" position.

Check your seal.

Check your seal.

 

Step 3:

Place the beef jerky inside the bag you just made. Get ready to vacuum seal it!
Label the bag with the name and date.

Label the bag with the name and date.

Place the open end in the vacuum sealer.

Place the open end in the vacuum sealer.

Lock the lid.

Lock the lid.

Press the vacuum seal button.

Press the vacuum seal button.

Looking good!

Looking good!

Check the seal for air pockets and wrinkles.

Check the seal for air pockets and wrinkles.

Vacuum sealed chocolate chia bars and beef jerky! A great way to store food, safely.

Vacuum sealed chocolate chia bars and beef jerky! A great way to store food, safely.

Some helpful hints:

  • Avoid overfilling the bags in order to ensure a suction and seal.
  • If you are sealing items with sharp edges, wrap the food/item in a cloth first (paper towels work too), then seal.
  • If  you are wanting to store fruits and vegetables, you'll need to pre-freeze the fruits and blanch the vegetables before you vacuum seal.

Want to make homemade survival bars like ours? Try these:

Chocolate Chia Homemade Survival Bars | Recipe Homemade Survival Bars | Recipe | Instructions

Want to make homemade beef jerky?

How to Make Beef Jerky | Recipe | Instructions    

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