A vacuum sealer is fast becoming a necessity for anyone who owns a freezer.
Freezers have, over the decades, proved to be great money and time savers...
This is mostly because they allow you to buy in bulk and to stock up on items that are on sale. And, if you are big on batch cooking, you have probably experienced the benefits of investing in a freezer for yourself.
Now imagine if you could dramatically increase the self-life of your food! Just how much more money and time would you save?
Well, a vacuum sealer enables you to do just that?
First, it sucks the air out of the freezer bag or roll. That way, it removes air (especially oxygen) that is responsible for making food go bad.
Second, it creates a vacuum around the food. In doing so, it blocks air (which is bad from the standpoint of food preservation) from coming into contact with your food.
Third, by locking out air, it prolongs the shelf life of your food, sometimes by up to 6 times longer than ordinary freezer bags.
There are 2 types of vacuum seals: valve or heat seals.
With the valve vacuum seal, you place the food in a very thick plastic bag, zip it closed and then you suck the air out through a valve on the bag.
The main advantages of valve sealers are that they are much cheaper, smaller and quieter than the heat seal models.
However, because the plastic bags used are quite thick, it difficult to close and keep these bags closed. So creating an airtight seal isn’t always possible.
The only one worth checking out is the FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealing System. It’s cheap (costs under $ 17.00), compact—so it’s portable, and is easy to use.
This sealer is designed to work with these FoodSaver vacuum zipper bags so be sure to have some handy when the sealer arrives.
Heat sealers work by sucking the air out of the freezer bag where you’ve placed your food. They then heat the plastic layers until they melting into one, creating an airtight seal.
This prevents the air from having direct contact with the food and spoiling it. So heat sealed food holds up much better than valve sealed food.
These are recommended for home use because, compared to commercial sealers, their suction is not very strong.
Plus, the motor is not heavy duty so they cannot withstand constant use such as that required in a commercial setting.
There are 2 main brands to consider for home use...
FoodSaver is by far the runaway favorite brand, scooping 4 of the 5 topselling spots for vacuum sealers on Amazon.
So what makes them tick?
You can read more about these hot cakes in the vacuum sealing world here.
If you are looking for a tried and tested sealer that is cheaper than the FoodSaver sealers, it’s a good idea to check out the Seal-a-Meal ones.
You can read more about the Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 sealer, which is the second most popular in this competitive segment, here.
The commercial vacuum sealers are more heavy duty. They have stronger suction and sturdier motors that keep sealing for hours on end without buckling.
The leading names in this field are Weston and VacMaster.
And the models that lead the pack?
Well, there are 2 of them, actually and here they are:
The Weston 65-0201 Pro-2300 vacuum sealing system is regarded as the best in class.
It’s a tried and true model that’s proven to keep food fresh for up to 6 times longer than ordinary sealers.
But that’s not all.
You can read more about this sought-after commercial appliance here.
The VacMaster VP210 chamber vacuum sealing system occupies the coveted No. 2 spot in the commercial vacuum sealing world.
Its standout features?
A maintenance-free motor. Hoe cool is that?
It can also create a double seal that helps to ensure a complete seal that keeps food fresh for up to 5 times longer than if you use an ordinary model.
And, it’s ideal for packaging liquids such as soups, stews and marinades. How many other sealers can lay claim to this?
You can read more about it here.