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Some Tips For Using A Vacuum Sealer


Once you make the decision to purchase a vacuum sealer you want to make every effort you can to get the most out of it.  Some people think these products are just for preserving food. But they can be used for much more.  A vacuum saver can be a money saver, time saver and all-around life preserver. This is a machine that can last for years and do wonders for household thriftiness.  Making sure you take good care of your product is the key to having a long-lasting machine. You have to make sure you know how to use it properly.  Once you’ve mastered that skill then the fun can begin with your machine. Here are some great tips and tricks for using a vacuum saver and getting your money’s worth.

Vacuum Sealer Tips

  1. Always make sure to clean your machine after you are done using it.  There is always a chance that a spill will leak something onto you machine. Most models have an easy to open lid with a removable drip tray.  Take out the tray frequently and wash with care. Wipe clean any parts that are exposed to spills.
  2. Prior to sealing up soups or fresh fruit, it is recommended that you pre freeze these items.  This will help keep spills down to a minimum. Fresh fruit will not get squashed in the sealing process.
  3. While you are in the sealing process, try to keep the bags are smooth as possible. It is always possible that a small wrinkle can lead to a small air pocket.  This in turn can lead to food spoilage.
  4. If a bag did not seal properly the first time it can be redone. Just remember to not open the bag. All you have to do is reseal the bag just a little closer to the food. About a quarter inch of space is all you need.
  5. Never over stuff a bag. Always leave about 3 inches at the top for sealing. If you want to reuse a bag you may want to leave an additional inch or two at the top to allow for another bag reuse and reseal.
  6. While a vacuum seal bag is strong it cannot withstand sharp edges.  Always be sure to pre wrap any item that has sharp edges or that can puncture open a bag during the vacuum sealing process.  Using a paper towel or even a cushiony product can make a difference.
  7. To make sure your food lasts longer always store it properly after it has been vacuum sealed.  Dry food products should be stored in a cabinet or pantry. Any meat or fresh fruit or vegetable should be stored in a refrigerator or freezer.
  8. When sealing up any food product that may be powdery or crumbly be sure to use a filter between the food and the vacuum pump. This will make sure that no crumb can damage the machine during the sealing process.
  9. Never try to make your own bags. Some machines have bags that are specifically designed to work with that model only. Using alternative bags may mean not getting a good seal or vacuum suction process.
  10. Most machines do an excellent job of pulling out air. However you can add in a moisture absorber or oxygen absorber to assist with the air suction process.
  11. To save money on vacuum sealer bags, shop around first. Never purchase the bags or other bag rolls from the manufacturer. The costs will be higher directly from the manufacturer. You can get the same items online for a lower cost.
  12. While most machines will seal up a bag with a moist food product in it you need to make sure the area for sealing is dry.  Any drop of liquid no matter how small can create an issue with the sealer and air pockets can get in a bag.

Besides vacuum sealing food for freshness and longevity, vacuum sealers can do other things as well.  Here are a few additional tips and tricks for using a vacuum food sealer. Well they are a bit unconventional, but they are good to know. You can vacuum seal just about anything. Your only limit is your imagination.

  1. Use a vacuum sealer to protect important papers like a passport or birth certificate or photographs.  Sealing up old photographs helps preserve the original coloring of the picture and it won’t fade over time.
  2. Jewelry can be saved from tarnish or damage by being vacuum sealed. You won’t have to worry about precious stones falling loose from any ring or necklace.
  3. You can seal up hand guns and ammunition. This keeps them from getting into the wrong hands.
  4. Sealing up a bag of water is great for using later as an ice pack. Once the ice melts you can just refreeze it for another use.
  5. Small pieces of clothing can be sealed in a bag for easy storage in luggage.
  6. You can keep a first aid kit fresh by sealing it in a vacuum sealed bag. You can also take a large kit and break it down into smaller kits for back packers. This way everyone has their own kit to use if separated.
  7. Vacuum sealing is great for travelers. You can seal up items like creams or shampoos. This way there will be no chance of leakage in your luggage.
  8. When planning a camping or fishing trip you don’t want some items such as matches to get wait in the event of rain. So sealing them up is ideal for prolonging their use.
  9. A food saver doesn’t have to just stay in the kitchen. Many models are small enough to be portable. So you can take it with you on camping, fishing or hunting trips. This helps tremendously if you are a big game hunter and want to seal up and store your catch while its still fresh.
  10. Vacuum seal emergency food packs.  In the event of an emergency you will have prepacked foods to eat. The food can be saved a long time and its guaranteed fresh when you need it.

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