You can save a lot of money sealing your food with an off-the-shelf vacuum sealer. Limited only by your freezer space, you can buy and freeze a wide variety of foods. This allows you to buy in bulk or when there are sales at your local grocery store. Sealing and freezing allows you to get the lowest prices and still eat the kind of food you want to eat, when you want to eat it.
Many different kinds of food will freeze well when sealed with your vacuum sealer. Sealing limits or eliminates freezer burn, depending upon the quality of the seal, giving foods a longer freezer-life. You can freeze raw meat, cooked meats like pulled pork, all manner of sauces, soups, stews, and store-bought frozen foods. Experiment! You may be surprised by what freezes well.
When you freeze finished dishes, reheating is easy and reliable. Simply boil a small pot of water and put your finished frozen food – still in its bag – into the boiling water for about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the food and size of the package. You can also remove the food from the pouch and reheat it in the microwave, but the boiling method is recommended for most foods. Boiling heats your foods at a constant 212 degrees Fahrenheit; microwaves tend to cook unevenly.
When you want to freeze a liquid, you will need to freeze then seal. Shop for a container that is shaped in a way that will allow for convenient storage. Some square Ziplock or Glad containers will form liquid foods into a cube-like shape that is easy to stack in your freezer. Pour your liquid foods into these containers – the stews, soups and sauces mentioned above – in single-serve or family-serve portions. Then allow them to freeze for twenty-four hours in these containers. When you are ready to vacuum seal them, immerse the containers one at a time in warm water for a few seconds. You should then be able to whack the container upside down on a waiting paper towel or wax paper-covered surface, freeing the food from the container. This frozen cube can then be placed in a freezer bag and sealed.
Different foods will last in your freezer for varying amounts of time. Soups and stews will tend to last about six months from the time you seal them. Cooked meats last about three to six months. Raw meats can last up to a year.
Sealing your food with a vacuum sealer saves a lot of money. It is also nice to know that you can prepare dinner at a moment’s notice, using the wide variety of foods you have bought or cooked in bulk and sealed with your vacuum sealer. This makes vacuum sealing great for busy people. With vacuum sealers available for under one hundred dollars from sites like amazon.com, your investment will pay for itself in no time.