Tips For Using A Vacuum Sealer
You will be able to get more value and save some money if you follow these tips. They mostly relate to vacuuming food items but remember you can use a vacuum sealer on other items are well. What other kinds of things around your home do you think you can vacuum seal? You may be surprised to find new uses for one once you have one in your home.
Freeze Liquids First
Vacuum sealing solids is a fairly simple process but when it comes to liquids you will need to take some extra steps. It is best for you to freeze liquids like soups or beverages before you seal them into a bag. Liquids have a tendency to expand when you freeze them and if this happens while they are in a vacuum bag it can compromise its structure (rip it). Freezing your liquids first means that you don’t run the risk your vacuum bag ripping if the liquid does expand when it freezes.
Leave A Few Inches
When you are vacuum sealing items you should not overfill the bag. Ideally you want to leave about three inches of empty space at the top of the plastic bag before you actually seal it. You can even leave a few more inches if you think that you may need to reseal the bag after opening it in the future. This will give you more usage out of each bag and save you some money as you won’t have to use a new bag each time.
No DIY Bags
It is best to use the bags that are made to be used with your specific model sealer. It may be tempting to use your own plastic bags but the truth is that in most cases they are just not very strong and made of inferior materials that do not seal very well. Using the correct bags will protect your food items a lot better so that you can keep them fresh for longer periods of time.
Avoid Sharp Edges
Vacuum bags are made of plastic and even though they are usually made of very strong material, they can still tear or get punctured if you have items with sharp edges inside them. Wrap items like these in a paper napkin before you vacuum seal the bag and you will avoid the possibility of a sharp edge coming into contact with the surface of the bag. You should also keep your vacuum bags away from external sharp edges like knives or table corners to extended their lifespan.
Get Rid Of Air
Ok yes it is true most vacuum sealers will get rid of the air before sealing a bag but it can’t hurt to take some extra measures to make sure that as much air as possible is removed. Any residual air that is left behind can actually end up causing food to go bad. To avoid spoilage consider adding a moisture absorber or oxygen absorber that is food safe to the bag before you seal it. I personally would sleep better at night knowing that there is an absorber getting rid of any residue air in my vacuum sealed bags.