Anytime you go shopping at the supermarket these days you will come across certain foods, usually meat, that have been vacuumed sealed. It’s actually a nice way to select the food because it has that hygienic, fresh look about it. There seems to be a change in food presentation with many more items like vegetables and fruits that are also being sealed, airtight, in bags.
This idea of vacuum sealing has some benefits with the obvious one being that the food won’t go bad as quickly as those goods that are not sealed the same way. When manufacturers transport food, it’s more than likely it will be vacuum sealed, this is done for both security and to maintain freshness. Keeping food fresh is, at times, difficult in the home. Refrigerators and bread boxes working together with plastic containers are all used to keep your fruit, vegetables, leftovers and meat as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
Did you know that there are particular ways and proper places in your fridge to put individual items? The freezer holds your meat and frozen foods like ice cream, your crispers hold your fruit and vegetables and the door shelves are for drinks like milk, juices and lemonades. You have separate compartments for the cheese and the butter. Then you use plastic containers to hold leftovers and other sundry items that have been already opened but not entirely used.
Have you ever thought of taking that next step in food preservation, such as we are talking about in this article? Vacuum sealing. Most people believe that the purchase of a vacuum sealer is a bit ‘over the top’ as a way to keep your food fresh but then don’t think twice about wrapping anything and everything in two to three layers of plastic wrapping. Food that is plastic wrapped will not last as long as food that is vacuum sealed.
The cost of a vacuum sealer is surprisingly affordable. It’s not as if you are buying one for commercial use, it’s just to seal stuff you want to keep from going bad in your own home. Take a look at this article that reviews costs and types of vacuum sealers. It will give you lots of information and will help you make an informed decision.
Another not so widely known use of vacuum sealing is that you can actually cook food that is sealed in a bag. Drop the item, still in its bag, into water and boil away. The flavour and nutrients have nowhere to go but to stay in the food. There is a microwaveable chicken available from supermarkets and they are vacuum sealed in a special bag for use in a microwave oven.
We have so many gadgets and appliances in the kitchen already and this one will definitely save you money. How? You can keep leftovers for a lot longer. You can keep fruit and vegetables a lot longer. Less waste means less buying means significant savings as food makes up a big part of the household budget.