Vacuum Food Sealers

Vacuum Food Sealers

This month's notes: September 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples have started. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Ordering Vacuum Food Sealers, Food Savers

One of the best ways to preserve food is freezing.  Freezing keeps the flavor and texture better than any other method available to home cooks.  However, freezer burn, the dehydration of frozen foods causes a lot of waste.  The best way to prevent it and make your frozen foods last longer and taste better, is to remove as much air as possible, and to use thick plastic containers.  Vacuum food sealers, like the FoodSaver brand do this, and I've been using them for over 25 years.

Here are a variety of food sealers, at the best prices I could find. Scroll down this page for photos, descriptions, prices and ordering information. See this page for Canners (all types).

Everything can be shipped by a variety of methods, including overnight, if you have a canning emergency!

For more information, and NO obligation to buy, just click on the links in the Amazon boxes on the left!

 

Food Sealers for Home Freezing

FoodSaver V2244 Advanced Design Vacuum Sealer, Black

by FoodSaver
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

 

This model foodsaver is entry level, works great, but it is less automatic that the following models. 
FoodSaver V2244

 

FoodSaver V2840 Advanced Design

This one is the least expensive of the Food Saver models that has all the advamced features, like automatic bag detection and sealing, which makes it faster and easier to seal.  And yes, you can seal and freeze foods with liquids (just freeze the unsealed bag in the freezer overnight, THEN seal it!)

About $135
4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews 

Features

  • Home vacuum-packaging system vacuums, seals, and shuts off automatically
  • Upright vacuum-sealing appliance with SmartSeal technology keeps food fresh longer
  • Push-button operation; built-in roll storage and cutter; automatic liquid detection
  • Crush-free instant seal; 2 vacuum speeds; 2 seal levels; progress lights; integrated bag opener
  • Marinate and canister modes; includes 3 quart-size bags, 2 gallon-size bags, and a roll of bag material
  • Measures approximately 6 by 18-8/9 by 10-2/5 inches; 1-year limited warranty

FoodSaver FreshSaver FSFRSH0051 Handheld Vacuum Sealing System

FoodSaver FreshSaver FSFRSH0051 Handheld Vacuum Sealing System

This is their low-priced version.  Better suited toward re-usable storage, such as in the fridge, when you will be getting into the bag and resealing it. It's new and looks like it will be priced under $20.

Features

bulletRechargeable handheld vacuum appliance for use with specially designed zipper bags and deli tray bulletGreat for everyday use bulletOne-touch operation vacuums airtight with the press of a button bulletEasy clean nozzle catches overflow liquids and is dishwasher safe bulletHandheld device can be conveniently stored in a drawer for easy access, includes 2 medium zipper bags

 

FoodSaver FSFRBZ0026 1-Quart Zipper Bag, 34-Pack

SC Johnson #70055 Ziploc Vacuum Pump/Bags

Ziploc Vacuum Pump & Bags, For Vacuum Storage To Keep Frozen Food Fresh Longer & Prevent Freezer Burn, Bags Have Built-In Valve For Removing Air, Seal Food In Bag With Zipper, Place Pump Over Valve & Remove Excess Air With A Few Pumps, No Batteries, Contains One Pump & 3 Quart Vacuum Bags, Easy To Use, Dishwasher Safe.

Blake: I really like this one.  I use it for shirt term storage in both the fridge and freezer.  I put a half an avocado in 3 days ago, and the cut surface of the avocado is still bright green!  I still like my FoodSaver better for long term freezer storage, but this is perfect for short term because the bags are reuseable and resealable!

Ziploc Vacuum Pump Refill Bags, Quart Size, 12 Count

Ziploc Vacuum Pump Refill Bags, Quart Size, 12 Count

12 Count, Ziploc Quart Vacuum Refill Bags, Bags For Use With Ziploc Vacuum MFG #70055, Zipper Seal With Built-In Valve.

You can also get them a local big box type stores (including <gasp> the mart that sells walls!  But, this online price is even better! Reynolds food sealer vacuum handi vac

Reynolds Handi Vac Starter Kit

UPDATE: It appears as this one has been discontinued!

Contrasted with the FoodSaver models is the Reynolds Handi-Vac which is very inexpensive, usually under $20. I haven't tested it yet, but it gets rave reviews. (Click on the Amazon box at left for more information, to read the reviews, or to order). It works with ordinary zip-loc type bags.

 

FoodSaver V2460 Advanced Design Vacuum Food Sealer

  • Vacuum sealer with flat touchpad control panel keeps food fresh longer
  • Hands-free operation; built-in bag-roll storage with cutter; easy-lock latch
  • 2 speed settings; 2 sealing levels; CrushFree Instant Seal; accessory port
  • Includes 11-inch-wide bag roll, 3 quart-size bags, 2 gallon-size bags, and accessory hose
  • Measures approximately 13-4/5 by 18-2/7 by 6 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Keep Food Fresh up to Five Times Longer

About $129  (click links at left for current price or more information)

 


FoodSaver Rolls and Bags

FoodSaver Quick Marinator 2-1/4-Quart Square Canister (Colors will vary)

FoodSaver Quick Marinator Canister is the perfect shape and size for marinating fish, poultry, and vegetables. Vacuum packaging opens the pores of food, allowing marinades to penetrate deeper and more quickly, cutting the marinating time of your favorite recipes. FoodSaver Rectangular Canisters work with all FoodSaver appliances that have an Accessory Port.

Features

bullet2-1/4-quart square canister with vacuum-sealing lid bulletMade of durable polycarbonate plastic with clear sides bulletPerfect for storing leftovers, keeping desserts fresh, and marinating food bulletWorks with all FoodSaver appliances that have an accessory port bulletMeasures approximately 9-1/2 by 4 by 9-1/4 inches

 

 

Quart and gallon sized bags

Features


bullet5-Ply construction provides barrier to oxygen and moisture
bulletProven to help prevent freezer burn
bulletCan be used in the freezer or refrigerator
bulletMicrowavable, boilable and dishwasher safe

 

FoodSaver 3-Piece Canister Set

Features

Three storage canisters for FoodSaver machines with accessory port, such as:
Tilia 00-1400-01 FoodSaver Vac 550 Kit Vacuum Sealing System
Tilia 00-1700-00 FoodSaver Vac1050 Kit
Tilia 00-0312-01 FoodSaver Professional II Vacuum Sealing Kit
3/4-quart, 1-1/2-quart, and 2-1/2-quart plastic canisters

 

Canning Jars

Canning jars delivered to your doorstep and guaranteed! Any size you need. , From quarts on the left, pints in the middle, to 8 ounce jars on the right. Click on the links below

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Quilted Canning jars: 4 oz glass jars

 

 

 

8 oz canning jars shown below:

Quilted 4 oz jars below:

Books

Canning books

Canning & Preserving for Dummies
by Karen Ward
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The Ball Blue Book of Preserving

This is THE book on canning!  My grandmother used this book when I was a child.  It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc.  If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)

Click here for more information from Amazon.com about the
Ball Blue Book of Preserving

 


 

Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving

by United States Dept. of Agriculture

Practical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
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More Canning Supplies

       

Lids, Rings and Jars

 

 

 

Need lids, rings and replacement jars? 

Get them all here, delivered direct to your home,  at the best prices on the internet!  

Pectin, Pickle Mixes and Sauce/Salsa Mixes

Making Jam?  Need Pectin, but the local store is out?

Is your jam too runny? Pectin enables you to turn out perfectly set jam every time.  Made from natural apples, there are also low-sugar pectins that allow you  to reduce the sugar you add by almost half!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!

 

Pickling Mixes and Pickling Supplies

Pickles

Whether you want dills or sweet pickles; canning them or straight into the refrigerator; there is a mix for every taste and need here! Get them all here, delivered direct to your home,  at the best prices on the internet! Get everything you need to make pickles: mixes, salt, brine, etc. here!      

     

Sauce and Salsa Mixes

Get ready season mixes for tomato sauces and salsas here.  They make it simple to get it right every time!

 

 
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Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits

Features:

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!