My new vacuum sealer is great!
Because I cook three meals from scratch every day for a family of four, I rely on having really good kitchen equipment to make my life easier. I love finding great new kitchen gear at the store and unlike many wives I would be thrilled to receive a blender for my birthday, but, it better be a Vitamix or a Blend-Tec.
Although I love kitchen gear and equipment I don’t acquire it lightly, I am always conscious of my budget and the space limitations in my storage closet. I don’t buy an item unless I have thoroughly researched it and have satisfied myself that it can be of tangible help to me in the kitchen. I don’t want an automatic potato peeler that takes up a whole shelf, when a good quality handheld peeler fits in a corner of the utensil drawer and can do the same job plus peel anything else I choose.
One piece of kitchen equipment that I have had my eye on for a while now is a vacuum sealer. I like the idea of being able to securely store items in the freezer without the problems of freezer burn or funny tastes. There are some items that I buy in bulk when the price is right, and proper freezer storage protects the investment I have made in the purchase. I also like to cook double batches of certain dishes that freeze well so that I can have quick meals on hand for those busy nights when the lure of takeout food can be very tempting. There are also items that make more sense to cook in large batches and then freeze in recipe sized portions such as cookie dough, pie crusts, and beans, which taste infinitely better when home cooked than out of a can.
Once I compared prices and reviews on the various models of vacuum sealers, I made a choice and then let it slip to my husband that it would make a very good Christmas present. Dependable as clockwork, I found the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealer under our tree on Christmas morning and I have spent the past few weeks vacuum sealing anything that isn’t nailed down in the kitchen. When I saw how well the thing worked to seal and protect whatever was placed inside the bags, I went online to buy some of the accessories as well. I buy a variety of grains which I normally keep in mason jars in the pantry so I purchased the Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer. This device uses the regular, flat mason jar lids to create a vacuum seal that can be broken and resealed as many times as you need. I also bought the FreshSaver Deli Containers to store cheeses and the lunch meats that I routinely make at home from larger roasts. To make sure that I would have sufficient volume and variety of sealing bags, I also purchased the Replacement Rolls Combo Pack.
Although quite loud, the vacuuming cycle is quick and surprisingly powerful. It is obvious from the way the bag collapses in on itself around the food item that virtually every bit of air is being pulled out before the heat sealing cycle quietly and quickly finishes the process. The heat seal function can also be used separately to re-seal cereal or chip type bags in order to help keep the contents as fresh as possible.
So far, the vacuum sealer is proving itself to be worthy of shelf space in my kitchen although I have chosen to keep out on the counter because I find myself using it more than I even hoped. It may just be the novelty of packing food items so securely that they seem Space Shuttle ready, but I suspect that this device is going to be a solid kitchen performer for years to come.
This post is participating in the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #17.