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How effective is vacuum sealing?

How effective is vacuum sealing?

Vacuum sealing is a process which is used to prevent most of the food items from breaking down when exposed to air. This storage method works well with the dry food items, frozen foods and even refrigerated food. Some even use it to store other items like jewelry, especially the one made out of silver, since the vacuum would prevent any sort of tarnishing to occur while they are stored away in our closets. However, it is to note that this process should in no way replace the conventional heat locking system used for cans or the refrigeration or freezing of food items. How effective is vacuum sealing? It is one of the most economical and effective methods used to increase the life of the items we intend to store. Especially, if it food then this method helps retain the texture and the taste of the items being stored. Some of the other benefits that the method poses ...

How To Use A Vacuum Sealer For Applications Other Than Food Storage?

How To Use A Vacuum Sealer For Applications Other Than Food Storage?

The aspect of a vacuum sealer being an efficient food packaging solution is what primarily drives home users towards purchasing the appliance. But, did you know that the same vacuum sealing machine could be used for a number of other applications? If not, then here are a few examples to spur your imagination in the right direction! Metal Items The problem with items made from copper, bronze or silver is that they tarnish over time. For those who know what it is, you probably also understand the kind of effort it takes to remove the tarnish and restore the affected cutlery to their original best. Those who don’t, this is a type of corrosion that forms on the surface of metal items brought about by constant contact with air. As such, a more effective way to protect such items from corrosion or tarnish is to vacuum-seal them in strong vac-bags before storing ...

How To Use An External Vacuum Sealer Properly?

How To Use An External Vacuum Sealer Properly?

Just like any other house-hold appliance, external vacuum sealers too need to be operated properly to get the desired result. A large number of complaints regarding the functioning and usefulness of this product are actually a result of poor operational practice. If you are someone who has recently purchased a suction type vacuum sealer, then the topics covered in this article should help your learning curve immensely. The Inside Of A Suction Type Vacuum Sealer Explained If you ignore the usual bells and whistles that accompany your external suction type vacuum sealer and only focus on its basic construction, then you’ll notice that it will pertain to one of the two designs explained in this section. In the most traditional designs, employing an outer lid and depending on the machine’s orientation, the lid will swing open accordingly. For flat models, the ...

How To Use Your Chamber Vacuum Sealer For Soft Air Packaging?

How To Use Your Chamber Vacuum Sealer For Soft Air Packaging?

Home storage connoisseurs and small business owners both prefer the chamber styled vacuum sealer over the external suction type machines simply because of the high quality and volume of packaging offered by the former. But, while these machines remove 99.9% of oxygen from the bag, they also leave it in a shriveled state. This article describes how you could program your machine to suck out all the air without crushing products inside. Soft Air Packaging In conjunction with sustained packing volumes, chamber sealers can also be tuned for another application i.e. soft air packaging. This refers to a method of flushing the bag with an inert gas like nitrogen soon after the oxygen evacuation process and just before the sealing process. There can be many reasons why you’d like to have an ‘alternate atmosphere’ in the package. For starters, soft air packaging is done to ...

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer For Quick Marination?

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer For Quick Marination?

Marination not only tenderizes the surface of the meat and vegetables to be cooked but also infuses more flavor into them. The latter is especially true when marinating thin cuts of meat or small pieces of vegetables. But, this can be a time consuming process requiring anywhere from 12-18 hours of refrigeration time. Here, vacuum sealing comes through as an alternative method that immediately opens up the surface pores of the food to accept the marinade mixture thereby fast-tracking the process. This article describes two ways of using your vacuum sealer to achieve that perfect marination in 30 minutes or less! Marination Using Vacuum-able Bags For this, you’ll need some good quality vacuum-able bags, marinade solution and a vacuum sealing machine. Start by preparing the marinade mixture. Depending on whether you know the recipe, you can make the marinade at ...

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer For Sous Vide Cooking?

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer For Sous Vide Cooking?

A form of cooking that’s fast gaining popularity among home users is ‘Sous Vide’. Pronounced ‘soo veed’, this French term directly translates to ‘under vacuum’. So, it goes without saying that vacuum sealing figure as an integral element of this modernist culinary approach. Read on to find out more about sous vide and the role your vacuum sealer can play in the entire process. Sous Vide – An Introduction Fundamentally, sous vide refers to cooking vacuum packaged food. It’s different from traditional cooking since the food is cooked while it is inside the plastic package, and that too in a water bath! For those who are still unconvinced, here’s a much simpler example to understand the concept – an egg. Yes, the contents of an egg already come pre-packed inside a shell. The simple fact here is that if you can ensure the right temperature of water (using a ...

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer To Seal Jars?

How To Use Your Vacuum Sealer To Seal Jars?

Nowadays, you can find lots of vacuum sealer models in the market that can be set up to work with a large variety of containers such as mason jars, glass canisters, plastic deli and marinade boxes, thus making them more versatile than their bag-only counterparts. In this article, we focus on how these machines can be used to seal glass jars. Mason Jar Sealing Feature? Only those vacuum sealers featuring a specialized vacuum outlet port can be used for pressure-sealing jars. Even so, you’ll need to connect a few extra attachments to get the job done. Normally, these attachments come bundled with the vac-sealer, but if they aren’t, nothing to worry as you can always purchase them separately. First off, you will require an air extraction tube. This is a narrow plastic hose that connects to the vacuum outlet of your machine. The other end of the hose connects to ...

How To Vacuum Pack Meat, Poultry And Sea Food Properly?

How To Vacuum Pack Meat, Poultry And Sea Food Properly?

The term preservation with regards to vacuum sealed meat, poultry or sea food encompasses many other quality defining attributes such as safety, ageing, tenderness and flavor. Therefore proper vacuum-sealing of such foods will have to hinge on extra factors like freshness of the meat or fish during the purchase; proper storage considerations and even the aspect of how you go about reusing the food soon after removing it from the pack. In this article, we have tried to offer a rough guide on all such factors connected to proper vacuum sealing of meat, poultry and sea food. Pre Seal Considerations Irrespective of the type of meat you’re vacuum packing, it’s important to consider their quality at the time of purchase. In other words, the fresher the meat or seafood, the longer it will stay in the freezer when vacuum packed. In that respect, fresh meat from your ...

How To Vacuum Seal Fruits And Vegetables?

How To Vacuum Seal Fruits And Vegetables?

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 ...

Food Waste Grows By 50 Percent in The Last 40 Years

Food Waste Grows By 50 Percent in The Last 40 Years

Go Green, from electronics to automobiles, everything everywhere now incorporates technology to reduce consumption of natural resources and maximize efficiency with a view to maintain sustainable development. Unfortunately, an average American household continues to waste around $2,200 annually in just food. This is anything but green. In a recent report it was found that Americans throw away a total of $165 billion in food each year, which is alarming considering the fact that 80 percent of third world countries starve daily. The problem lies in the fact that Americans have increased their average daily consumption over the past 40 years. To be exact, food waste has grown by 50 percent and the money spent in growing, cultivating this quantity of food is going nowhere. It’s the food that is not being eaten and the problem starts from the common American household. ...

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