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If you are thinking of buying a FoodSaver vacuum sealer you have come to the right place. We offer a great collection of reviews, recommendations and in depth articles on the information you need to know before choosing a vacuum sealer.

If you already own a FoodSaver, we offer a growing collection of articles and recipes to help you get the most out of your vacuum sealer. We hope to build the website into a vibrant community of FoodSaver fanatic’s. The website will be place to share your tips, recipes, experiences, and get help with your vacuum sealer.

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Update:  We expect to have our FoodSaver Community Forum and Post Your Favorite FoodSaver Recipes and Tips, website features up by the end of July.

Why Buy a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer?

 Save Money by Buying and Storing Food in Bulk.

 Save Money by Wasting Less Food.

 Vacuum Sealed Foods Taste Better

 Foods Can Last Upto 5 Times Longer

 

A FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Extends the Shelf Life of Your Food.

By removing most of the air from stored food, many of the chemical reactions and bacteria that cause food to decay are greatly reduced or prevented.  As a result food stored with a good vacuum sealer can last up to 5 times longer than it would otherwise.  Resulting in:

The Major Benefits of Using a Vacuum Sealer.

  • Your family will waste much less food.
  • Big potential savings in your food budget. Some estimates put this at up to $2700 a year.
  • Vacuum sealed foods taste better longer.
  • Longer long term storage in your freezer and pantry.
  • Longer short term storage of food stored in your refrigerator and used frequently.
  • Time saved by fewer trips to the grocery.
  • Time saved by cooking in larger batches and storing for future meals.
  • More efficient use of your storage and freezer space.
  • Less cleaning of pots and pans, sealer bags can be microwaved and boiled.
  • Products are well designed; easy to use and store.
  • The bags are BPA free, safe and environmentally friendly.

How Does a Vacuum Sealer Improve the Taste of Food?

By greatly slowing down food decay your food will:

  • Be more flavorful and taste fresher long after it would otherwise.
  • Have almost no freezer burn when stored in your freezer, even after long periods of time.
  • Higher levels of the original nutritional value retained while storedW32.

Our Current FoodSaver Model Recommendations

How to Decide Which FoodSaver Model is the Right One for You?
FoodSaver models come with a variety of features and range in price from $20 to $200 or more. Let’s consider which factors are the most important to think about when deciding which model is the right one for you.

I primarily want to buy foods in large quantities and store them for long periods in my freezer or pantry.

A great way to save money is to purchase food in bulk at stores like Costco.  Then when you get home you can use your vacuum sealer to seal it in smaller portions for long term storage. In this situation you will most likely be sealing a large number of bags one after the other. It is important to realize that the vast majority of vacuum sealers can only seal so many bags at time before they have to cool down for 30 minutes of so.  Most FoodSavers are rated at 10 – 12 seals before having to be cooled down. However FoodSaver does make a heavy duty model rated at 30 – 40 seals before it needs to be cooled down.  It also has the added advantage of being the only model that comes with a Lifetime warranty.  So if bulk sealing is what really matters to you need to read our Review of FoodSaver GameSaver Bronze.

I primarily want to extend the shelf life of foods I keep in my refrigerator and/or use fairly quickly.

Many of us use our FoodSaver to extend the life and flavors of foods that we store short term. Foods like salads, lunch meats, cheese, coffee beans etc..  Items that we would normally store in a refrigerator or on a counter top and eat in a few days.  A FoodSaver can often extend the usable life of food from a couple of days to up to a week or more.  By using vacuum seal zipper lock bags or FoodSavers reusable storage containers or fantastic mason jar sealer accessory it’s easy to seal, use and reseal foods multiple times.

Any model FoodSaver can be used for this purpose so it really comes down to price and other desired features. The least expensive FreshSaver Handheld is designed for FoodSaver’s reusable zipper bags and won’t work with other accessories, but it is small, inexpensive and convenient.

 

The FoodSaver v2840 is the next most expensive model we recommend and is solid, customer favorite that can do just about anything you it too.

Lastly read our review of the v3860 if you would like to consider FoodSaver’s current state of the art machine.

Im curious about vacuum sealing but I don’t want to spend a lot of money trying it out.

There are two models we recommend for the budget conscience but curious.  The FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld can be purchased for under $20 and with a box of its companion reusable zipper bags will let you get a feel for the short term storage and flavor improving aspects of vacuum sealing foods very inexpensively.

For under one hundred dollars the The FoodSaver v2840 will buy you a vacuum sealer that will let you do just about anything a vacuum sealer can do.

We don’t recommend any units in between these two because there are simply to many customer complaints concerning with quality issues.

I want to be able to a little bit of everything you can use a FoodSaver for but don’t need to own the best model.

Read our review of the FoodSaver v2840.  It is probably the model for you.

I want to do everything a FoodSaver can do and I want the latest and the greatest.

The current state of the art FoodSaver’s that come with every bell, whistle and design improvement are the v3880 and v3860.  They are basically the same unit with slightly different control layouts and finishes. We recommend the v3860 for its lower price and more consistently higher customer experience reviews.

 

FoodSaver Food Storage Options

One of the best things about owning a FoodSaver are their versatility. The company offers a number of different containers to store food. Note: Most of the below need to be purchased separately and many need an Accessory hose that your unit may or may not include.

Rolls

Probably the oldest method for storing vacuum sealed food is in plastic pouches that are made from a continuous roll of plastic bag material, usually stored inside the sealer.  These rolls come in different widths and can be as long as you need them to be depending on what you are sealing.

FoodSaver’s rolls are among the best available, made up of multiple layer for strength and seal maintenance. Notably they are BPA free. Rolls and bags are used most often for long term storage in a freezer or pantry.

 

Bags

Bags are standard sized sealing pouches made of the same material as the rolls.  They are a little more convenient to use but more expensive than rolls. Click here for more information on foodsaver bags.

 

Containers

FoodSaver makes a line of reusable plastic containers that can be used primarily for short term refrigerator or panty storage. They don’t hold their vacuum seal as long as bags or rolls but they are convenient and save money by being reusable.

 

Canisters

Plastic canisters useful cookies and other foods that dont need to be refrigerated and are consumed fairly quickly.

 

 

Mason Jars

FoodSaver has two fantastic accessories that allow you to vacuum seal mason jars.  Since mason jars are durable, inert, glass and come in sizes up to 2 quarts they are very useful, cost effective and environmentally friendly.  Read our review of them.

 

Vacuum Zipper Bags

These are FoodSaver’s supercharged answer to ziplock bags.  They are great for short term storage.  They are easy to use, seal and reseal.

Quick Marinator

If you own a FoodSaver that allows you to marinate (all of our recommended units do except for the FreshSaver) you can use this a container for very fast marinating. Tip: you can also marinate in a mason jar. See below.

 

WineSaver Wine bottle stoppers

Handy cork replacements that help maintain the flavor of open bottles of wine by vacuum sealing them.

 

 

Vacuum Sealing Safety Basics

  • Perishable foods stay perishable after they are vacuum packed. Anything you would normally refrigerate or freeze still needs to be.
  • Its not a replacement for canning.
  • The process does NOT reverse food deterioration but it does slows down changes in food quality

For additional information we suggest reading:

 

We need your help!

We want our site to be as comprehensive as possible and as you can see this is just a start. What are we missing? Is there a particular product you like? What do you use your vacuum sealer for? How about recipes or tips? We want to know! Please leave a comment below.

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Marcy Oberbreckling March 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Your website says that the bags are Environmentally friendly, but can you explain more about that? I’m writing up a blog about my love affair with my food saver, but this is one thing I was concerned about. Can you tell me more?

admin April 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hi Marcy

In my opinion FoodSaver bags are environmentally friendly for 2 reasons. 1) They are so well made that they can be washed and reused. 2) They can be recycled with other plastics. Both of these practices saves fossil fuel energy burned to make them and that the plastics are actually made of. Of course reusing them also saves you money. Everybody wins. You can clean them by hand as you would anything made out of plastic or you can put them in your dishwaser after turning them inside out and rinsing them off if need. Hope this answers your question.

Bob

Michael Sachs May 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Is it safe to put money that in a special plastic bill holder made to keep money safe and put it in the air tight bags for long long time storage with out doing any damage to the money. Now I know it will have no air and nothing to damage the money but when the bag is opened what will the new air up to 50 years old do to the money when the bag is opened.
V/r
Mike

admin May 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

I don’t know. But as a guess I would say nothing. Vacuum sealers only create partial vacuums. There is still air in a vacuum sealed container. Plus I doubt any consumer vacuum sealing packaging can hold even its partial vacuum for more than a few years.

chuck barton May 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

My wife came home and told me she had to freeze some steaks before they were sealed for long storage. I told her that did not have to happen but she insisted saying that the juices would leak if she tried to seal them before freezing. I don’t want to do them myself as she suggested but I would like to go back to her and tell her that she was wrong (which would only make the 3rd time in her life). Yes or no? Thank you.

admin May 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Chuck you are both right. :) Juices being sucked up into the machine is not an uncommon problem and can be a little messy to clean up. The two most common ways people deal with it is to partially freeze the meat ahead of time or to stick a paper towel in the bag to absorb the juices. Sometimes with the latter method you still might need to leave a longer section of the roll (if you aren’t using pre-cut bags) between the meat and machine. You just need to experiment a little with your particular machine to get the right combination. Here is a youtube video of someone using the paper towel method. Its a Weston machine but the principle is the same. Its about 2:50 into the video. http://youtu.be/SF-VgrgnwD0. Hope this helps.

Bob