Vacuum food storage

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Lefty

Vacuum food storage

Hello all, can a fellow member recommend good quality but affordable vacuum food storage containers.

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Jan Buckley

Vacuum Food Storage

I live in Sydney Australia and purchased a Sunbeam Food Saver so as i could use my huge new deep freezer to full advantage.

My experience is that this machine is a great investment and will allow you to store for extended periods.

Should you be near a Costco store they sell the Food Savers at a good price.

A tip is when you use this machine allow it to cool down during use if you are bagging lots of food and keep the black rubber very clean and dry whilst using.

You need to free freeze the food before bagging and sealing for the best result.

Hope this assists you.

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Tompeters

Vacuum food storage

Jan, that's interesting about free-freezing first. I don't know the Sunbeam but I have a European vac machine that needs embossed bags (I buy it on rolls) rather than the professional kind of machine. I've always frozen in the bag (I don't know why, but I suppose it just seemed the right thing to do?) and the problem is with food that has a lot of liquid (e.g. juicy steak). The juice comes out along the ribbing, preventing a seal and making a mess. So I pre-wrap in cling-film and/or place a tampon formed from rolled kitchen towel to absorb the juice before it gets to the seal. That works well though the towel doesn't look attractive in the freezer, not a health or quality issue, though.

Do you happen to know the rationale behind free-freezing first, or is it recommended with that model, perhaps? I would be worried that sharp edges might puncture the bag and any voids cause local freezer burn?

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Jan Buckley

Vacuum Food Storage

Thank you for your posting.
Over the years I have always used the free freeze method.

You need to place the food on a tray and put into the freezer for just a coupe of hours until frozen (I leave mine overnight). Then take it out and put into your bags. It takes care of the juices from meat etc.
I do this with cake as well, slicing it into serving slices then placing it into the bags.If you wish to keep the cake whole this method is also excellent.

Always make sure the items are cooled before freezing. I must say that freezing sauces. eg. sugo I still use plastic containers with a sheet of Gladwrap over the top of the sauce.

Vegetables & fruit that go out of season is another one of my favorite things to free free and store. Hope this works for you.

Sounds like your machine is just like mine. I will be happy to help with any other questions. Have a great day.

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Tompeters

Vacuum freezine

Jan, thank you for that. Makes a lot of sense and I'll try it. Sorry not to have replied sooner but I'd overlooked your post.

 
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