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Vacuum Sealer Uses

Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,383
edited 4:54AM in EggHead Forum
Wondering what all of you use your Foodsavers (or whatever) for. Fresh vegetables for instance. I always seem to throw out lettuce, romaine, celery, peppers, lemons, limes, even carrots because they rot before I eat all of them. I suppose it would be a pain to open and reseal every time I wanted a salad, but I'm getting tired of wasting this stuff. Do any of you use the FS for this? Does it make a difference?

What else do you use it for, besides fresh meat of course. Thanks.
Michael 
Central Connecticut 

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  • I have a FoodSaver but a few months ago I picked up one of the Zip Lock vacuum kits.

    Great for short term stuff because you can re-seal the with no problem. We use it for stuff like the bagels we don't eat every day.
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  • Fresh meat, as you mentioned, lettuce and salad mix is another biggie, it helps tremendously there. I also use it to freeze cooked foods i.e. the leftover pulled pork from the Butts I did is gonna be frozen in 1lb packages. I also use mine to package opened crackers, like saltines. Not that they are expensive by any means, but why waste it? I cut a bag big enough to cut the top off of and reseal again a couple times.

    Another thing it is cool for is tailgating and even skiing or fishing. I keep my trout stamps in a sealed bag, and if I am going into the water I even can put my id and stuff in a sealed bag. Shouldn't need it til I am done fishing anyways, but required to have it at all times on the river.

    Basically anything you want to store in dry packaging, even not foods, it works great for!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,383
    Thanks guys. I have a cheapo vac sealer, but it never occurred to me to use it with veggies. Will give it a try. Still trying to justify buying a GOOD one. :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • My wife has recent "fetish" for fancy soaps from a store called Lush. Last night she divided up her soaps and foodsaver-ed them so they stayed fresh.
    Freezing or not...we're still trying to figure out.
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  • I initially bought mine to freeze speckled trout and redfish filets and wore one Foodsaver out on fish filets. I don't v-pack fresh meats. I don't have any fresh meat in the freezer. It's real handy for pulled pork, brisket, pulled beef, buckboard bacon, and the like. I have occasionally used it on onion tops, bell pepper, lemons, etc. but not too often. When I do use it on veggies, I make the bag a little bigger than required so I can pull a little out of the bag and then reseal.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,383
    Oh my. Somehow, I don't think I'll be doing that. :)
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,383
    Thanks. I have never frozen fresh fish. Always figured if it wasn't truly fresh, it wouldn't be, well, fresh. I assume that the fish you freeze is fish you just caught. Are you saying that I could buy fish at the fish market or the grocery store and then freeze it in a vacuum pouch? Or am I pushing my luck with that?

    I often buy fresh meat in packages that contain far more than I will eat before it rots, so freezing is a must. And I gotta start freezing my bean soup.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • The only fish I freeze are ones I caught. B)

    Like these :)
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    Before :)
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    After :)
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    Haven't been fishing since last March though :(
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