Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to Use Your FoodSaver: Plus 4 Great Tips

Have you ever had to throw away frozen food because of freezer burn. Or what about leftover items or bulk items that get stale. We have had a FoodSaver for several years & it saves us a boat load of money. Mr. Perky had purchased it for freezing up meats. It does a bang up job and really does extend the freezer life of various foods.
But, make sure you get the version that has the accessory tube/port for vacuum sealing. For me, this has been an invaluable tool for various types of food storage.
Vacuum sealing with the FoodSaver is actually very simple.

1) Add the item you are storing into the jar. TIP: I have found that the funnel that comes with canning utensils it extremely helpful particularly when working with dry ingredients.

2) Place a lid (without the ring) on the jar.

TIP: You may use "used" lids after canning for this purpose. But, I highly recommend only using the best used ones, without nicks. I have found that sometimes these lids will unseal because they can't create a tight permanent seal. 

3) Add FoodSaver attachment (both regular and wide mouth are available). The lid is dated with when I vacuum seal the item in the container.

4) Then attach the nozzle from the accessory port on the Food Saver.


5) Turn on your machine and hit the "accessory" button.

TIP: If you are having difficulties getting a seal, sometimes you may use two lids when sealing & only one will attach. Not sure why this works, but lots of people have to do this extra little step. Then, pop off the nozzle from the accessory tube. 
TIP: Also, I have found that older canning jars have a higher failure rate for vacuum sealing.

6) Take off the lid attachment.

There you have it. Everything from dehydrated blueberries, raspberries, mushrooms, crackers & Amish noodles, I simply store in glass jars now.

It really that easy to vacuum seal & store your food.


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  1. I like to dehydrate beans I have cooked in the slow cooker. these will keep a good long time and only need to be heated through to eat. great for when I haven't planned ahead and still want some homemade beans for dinner. I also pack rice, grits, etc. in canning jars with an oxygen absorber and store them in the pantry.