Uses of a Vacuum Sealer That May Surprise You
When it comes to keeping food fresh and crisp, air is the enemy. Foods exposed to air will quickly become soft, moldy, or stale, and with the high price of food today, this can add up to an enormous waste of money.
Vacuum-sealed bags or containers provide an airtight environment that extends the shelf life of food, allows leftovers to be packaged for future use, and makes it easier and more cost effective to store bulk items. Too often, leftovers are left in the refrigerator until they are finally thrown away. With the vacuum sealer, however, these can be placed in plastic trays or divided plates and sealed for future use.
Family members can retrieve their chosen homemade TV dinner from the freezer, reheat it in the microwave, and have an instant meal. Sauces and pasta can also be sealed in individual pouches and reheated either in boiling water or in the microwave. Bulk foods, such as large family packs of meat, can be sealed and frozen without succumbing to freezer burn, and oversized boxes of cereal and other dry foods can be divided into smaller packages. Vacuum sealers, such as the Caso Germany VC100 available at Frieling, can also be used for less obvious purposes.
One of the best ways to infuse flavor into meats before roasting or grilling is to use a marinade. The problem with this is that the meat needs to be placed into the marinade and allowed to soak up the flavors for several hours, or usually overnight. While this isn’t difficult, it is easy to forget about this important step until it is too late. Placing the meat inside a vacuum seal bag with the marinade and sealing it shut actually helps to infuse the meat with the flavorful sauce instantly as the air is pulled from the bag, and the liquid pulled through the meat, cutting the marinating time down to minutes.
While vacuum sealers do come with their own special bags, other plastic bags can also be resealed. Heavy-duty plastic packages such as chip, cookie or pretzel bags, can be resealed with the vacuum sealer to maintain freshness once they have been opened, coffee beans can be sealed in jars to retain freshness, taste, and aroma, and seldom used spices can be vacuum sealed in bags, in their jars, until needed.
Maybe you are the only one who drinks coffee in your home? Seal half of the bag to keep its freshness!
What many people have found is that vacuum sealers can also be used to secure or store much more than food. Camping items that must be kept dry, such as first aid gear, medications or matches, can be kept safe from moisture damage by sealing them in the bags, as can wallets, important papers, or phones.
Many campers find that they can use the larger bags to keep extra clothing dry as well. Bags can also be filled with water, sealed, frozen, and used in coolers to keep food cold, or for emergency ice packs. Silver items around the home can even be kept in these bags to prevent tarnishing. Virtually anything that must be kept safe from the elements, can be sealed in these airtight bags, making this a very economical and versatile appliance with an endless list of uses.
About the CASO Germany VC100
The CASO Germany Vacuum Sealer VC100 helps keep food fresh for up to five times longer. Once vacuum sealed, you can store, freeze, boil, or microwave the sealed package. The VC100 includes a starter set of bags. More bags and even canisters can be purchased separately. The vacuum sealer comes with a hose attachment that allows you to remove air from canisters.
The CASO vacuum system is fully automated with a simple push of a button. All you have to do is add the contents to the vacuum bad (which are able to be customized to the proper size, is tear resistant, BPA-free and FDA approved). Once you add the contents, lay the bag with the open end inside the vacuum sealer, secure the lid by pushing on both sides until you hear a click, and then pressing the “vacuum and seal button”. It is easy enough that my 11-year-old son was packaging all by himself!
I love how I can cook several meals all in one day, size everything by the correct portions for individual meals later, vacuum seal it, freeze it, and then have an assortment of meals to choose from for lunches!
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