Anyone familiar with "Seal-a-Meal" or "Food Saver"?
Hello rawbies. I would like to buy one of these to vacuum seal & then freeze my own garden greens. Is anyone out there familiar with either of these two products and what is your experience with them? Many thanks for any help.
I love my Food Saver. It's great especially at this time of year...I use it alot for freezing fruits and vegetables. For instance, I wash blueberries and let them dry. Then I spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them. (This way they don't get all squashed together.) Once they're frozen, I pop them into a Food Saver bag and vacuum seal them. Then back in the freezer they go. I use them in my smoothies all winter...saves a ton of money. With them vacuum sealed, there's no "freezer burn" to worry about. I do this with berries, cherries, melons, tomatoes, corn, oranges, apples, etc., etc., etc. Works for me!! Happy vacuum sealing!!
Opted for the "Food Saver"
GoingtoRaw, thank you so much for taking time from your busy life to give me your experience with Seal-a-Meal. I'm glad you have found it so useful. But I opted for the "Food Saver" today, as it was reduced by $50 and was actually cheaper than the "Seal-a-Meal" If I don't like it I have 90 days in which to return it.
buffalogal I appreciate your listing all the foods you freeze by sealing them first with your "Food Saver" which I just bought as stated above. I hope it isn't too difficult to learn how to operate. I am feeling so overwhelmed these days with trying to "uncook" as well as get everything else done around my home. Yesterday I sure could have used this machine as I had tons of greens from my garden to wash, bag, suck the air out of as best I could with a straw, and then freeze. Now I have my "Food Saver" for my next batch of greens which should be ready in a week or two. Thanks so much, both of you rawbies, and have a great day.
[QUOTE=islesgirl;439467]GoingtoRaw, thank you so much for taking time from your busy life to give me your experience with Seal-a-Meal. I'm glad you have found it so useful. But I opted for the "Food Saver" today, as it was reduced by $50 and was actually cheaper than the "Seal-a-Meal" If I don't like it I have 90 days in which to return it.
Islegirl, I will be looking for the most economical machine believe me. When I bought the Seal-a-Meal that was wayyyyy back in the early '80's (don't mean to date myself-almost makes me want to cry), but that was a long time ago. I am not loyal to any machine - I just wanted you to know you can feel comfortable with the food savers. They are great time savers too!;)
Seal-a-Meal rave & What NOT to freeze questions
I LOVE it! Everything in my freezer is vacuum packed! I'll be out of town for a few days, so am cleaning up my perishables (read - cut, freeze, vac pack) that will not go into smoothies in the next couple days. Also, I keep my nuts, cacao powder, nibs, almond flour, in the freezer packaged this way. I just cut off a corner, shake out what I need, then seal it back up. I have also used this for pesto when I had 5# of fresh basil to play with. The seal just does not let any weird flavor in, not to mention freezer burn free food!
Any recommendations on what should NOT be frozen?
Great hint for liquid sealing
I have the food saver. I really love it.. To seal something with a lot of liquid I take a paper towel fold it to size and place it in the bag just under where I will be sealing the bag. When the machine starts sucking the air and liquid, the paper towel collects the liquid allowing the machine to seal the bag well. Works great .
I'm so glad someone told me how to foodsaver my avo's!! I never thought of freezing them first! NOW I will be doing this instead of letting them go bad!
I also use the foodsaver containers.....they are great for spinach and other salad greens, they keep for weeks, instead of days!!
Best of luck!
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