How To Vacuum Seal Fruits And Vegetables?

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Vacuum sealing food in specially designed plastic bags or pouches before storing them in the fridge or the pantry can increase their shelf life dramatically, or so goes the consumerist saying. But, in reality, a badly prepared vacuum package is no better than a normal package. In fact, you could be inviting more problems than solving a few if you are not careful. That said, here is a look at tips on how you should really go about vacuum sealing fresh produce.

The Problem With Vacuum Sealing Whole Fruits And Vegetables

Ideologically, vacuum sealing whole fruits and veggies and storing them in the refrigerator would seem like a sensible enough concept. But, it’s all right if you plan to consume them within 8-12 days. However, the same vegetables when stored in an oxygen reduced atmosphere (read vacuum sealed bag) and kept at low temperatures, release certain gases which interfere with the integrity of the bag’s seal thus making it porous.

An even more serious concern is the presence and slow growth of anaerobic bacteria in these foods when they are vacuum sealed and stored in the fridge without prior preparations. These bacteria can be found in the soil and therefore be transferred on to fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, when these same veggies are vacuum sealed, it only allows more room for these bacteria to grow and flourish.

Preparing Fruits And Veggies Before Vacuum Sealing

Start by skinning or peeling larger fruits and vegetables and cut into smaller portions while smaller produce like berries, plums etc can be left whole. Then clean them thoroughly under running water. Additionally for veggies, they’ll need to be ‘quick’ blanched and placed in a bowl of ice water immediately after.

This method of blanching will require you place the vegetable pieces in boiling water for a very short time (1-4 minutes). The high temperature will kill any surviving surface bacteria and stop the ripening process in them whereas the short time period will ensure they retain their natural rigidity. Immediately putting them in ice water will kill any ensuing cooking process that might be taking place within the vegetables.

But before you can vacuum seal the cut fruits and veggies, drain the water from them by wrapping in blotting paper. Soon after, vacuum seal the vegetables in separate batches. Here, it’s advisable to store similar veggies in a pack e.g. cruciferous vegetables in one, carrots, beets etc in another and so on.

Flash Freezing Vegetables And Fruits

If you are planning to store vegetables for an even longer period ( 2 years or more), then consider flash freezing them before following up with the vacuum sealing process. Contrary to normal process of freezing, all the juices and nutrients are locked inside the food in the form of minute ice crystals with flash freezing. So, upon rehydration, they taste very much like the original product.

As a scientific process, flash freezing or drying is carried out in laboratories using expensive equipments and super cooled gases. But, with some improvisations, you too can reproduce the same effect to a large extent in the comfort of your home.

Basically, what you do is spread the prepared bits of veggies or fruits evenly on a large cookie sheet to form a single layer where none of the pieces are sticking together. This tray then goes into the freezer and left in there for a certain period of time. An even better approach is to cover the fruit or veggie bits with ice and then put in the freezer, which further evens out the freezing process. If you are unsure about the progress, then pick out a piece from the tray and thaw it to check if it rehydrates with the right consistency.

Vacuum sealed, flash dried fruits and veggies can last for several years without losing their flavor or nutrients. When you are ready to reuse them, simply remove the constituents from the bag, and reheat them in a microwave or steamer with some water. In fact, they will taste much like they did when they were freshly plucked!

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Mar 29, 2014 by Bobur

i would like to know if i could stor peach apricot cherry or grape or any kind fruits and how long they could stay sealed and if the tip of all these fruits doesnt burn or get black and stay fresh please let me know as soon as possible could you send me more information to my e-mail address shipping information to Uzbekistan Tashkent thank you


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Feb 22, 2014 by Mukesh Raghav

I would like to know that vegetables can be vacuum packed without hot water treatment as you mentioned above.If yes how will be the life in frozen condition.
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13 Responses to “How To Vacuum Seal Fruits And Vegetables?”

  1. Le_Zeke says:

    Le Digest should just eat the food.. who needs to store food for two or more years???

    • Lex says:

      Maybe not 2 years, but grow season to season. Soups, casseroles, etc taste much better if the ingredients are fresh. Therefore freezing tomatoes, corn, peas, green beans, etc., make great soups in the winter when fresh veggies are not available.

    • Debra says:

      We should plan ahead for hard times, for they will be upon us oneday and cold packed foods and vacuum foods will be a blessing

  2. Gustavo says:

    If i vacuum the vegetables and boil them afterwards, already inside the pack, will it kill the microraganisms?

  3. saji joseph says:

    want to vacuum dry jack fruit bulbs both raw as well as ripe , would like to know more about this

  4. Angela Nicolson says:

    Can you vacum seal peaches in Mason jars

  5. Deborah says:

    Can I vacuum seal Squash? I tried and when it is defrosted it is juicy.

  6. Mr Ike says:

    we grow a lot of Brocolli, how do I vacuum seal my produce for onward transportation to the city ( transportation can take 24hours).
    pls send me email.

  7. catherine says:

    People ask really good questions on this site…how come there is no one to answer them??

  8. Jon says:

    what is the best way to store berries ( strawberries, blueberries…) in mason jars? I can find them, sometimes, at really great prices but can not always eat them before they go bad. My kiddos also eat them all the time, so freezing them isn’t I am looking for. I do freeze the ones that are starting to turn so I can use them in smoothies.

    Thanks!!

  9. Samir patel says:

    I want to know about vaccum packing veg& fruts in deatial for industrial purpose

  10. John says:

    Crazysales vacuum sealers also come as a smaller hand held device, which can be quite handy if you have limited counter space in your kitchen to place a conventional sized vacuum packaging machine. However, the hand-held sealer only works for smaller items such as soup, leftovers, and perhaps, one or two slices of poultry. Also you can use it to vacuum pack items like flour, baking powder, rice, or sugar and this will remain preserved within the damages of humidity without becoming dry.

  11. Barb says:

    I like to buy Romaine lettuce clean & washed in large vacuum sealed bags; the problem is once the bag is opened the lettuce becomes spoiled in just a few days. Can I transfer to a vacuum sealed processor each time I use the lettuce?

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