Friday, February 3, 2012

Vacuum Sealing

Hey everyone,
I know that some of you, Many of you, already do this (I've see it mentioned in posts and comments). But this is for those of you who have never tried it.
Wednesday, Terri and I went to the Commissary at Langley AFB and stocked up on all kinds of stuff! MY bill was for over $200.00! That may be low for some of you, But I only need to feed me, Daisy and Luke. And yes, I did not get all "What's Good for You " stuff.
But I did get MEAT! And I know that it's not the best I could have gotten. But I still need to find a locale place for Beef, Pork and Chicken. What I really need to do is RAISE IT MYSELF!

But here we go!:
Back when I was married, We got a "Food Saver" vacuum sealer and when we split, I got it! And I use it all the time!
Please excuse the pictures, Some of them are pretty bad! I need a new Camera!

This the Food Saver. It's a older model and I have had it for years. But it still works great and I will use it until it dies. And you can see the box in the back ground that the roll of bags (2) comes in, and yes it is a " Rival" Brand. They coast a lot less and do the job just fine!  The button to the left is the power button and the little window to the upper right is a green light that goes out when the bag is sealed.  
 The little hole under that is for sealing canning jars! Yep, you can do that too! Try it with a jar half full of Marshmallow's! It's pretty cool and the Kids will love it!!!
This is what it looks like with the lid opened. Right in front of the black gasket is the heat strip that seals the bags. And when you are ready to seal the bottom of the bags you place one opened end right up against the gasket, close the lid and hold it down. press the power button and the green light comes on. When the light goes out, it's sealed!

This is how I cut the bags. The blue painters tape is there so I can run the bag roll to the edge of the table to get the size bag I want

Slip the bag under the little ruler to the the edge of the table and then slide the orange cutting tab across the bag. Presto! A bag opened at both ends. So you seal one end of the bag as I described on the previous picture. You can see the area on the bag where you can write the date and food it is. I do this before I load the bag.

Two Chicken leg quarters per bag! Place the open end of the bag so that it crosses over the well inside the gasket (This is where the vacuum happens). Close the lid. There are two buttons, one on ether side, Push them until they click. Push the power button, the vacuum starts and the bag will collapse around the Chicken. The green light will come on (indicating the bag is being sealed). When the light goes out, your done!

10 bags of Chicken ready for the freezer!

Ground Beef was next!

After the bags are sealed, I punch down the Beef and flatten it out. It stacks in the freezer better!

Notice the label! I believe in simplicity!

8 bags of Ground Beef ready for the freezer!

And last, but not least, Bone-in Pork Chops!

They get Bagged too!

Every body in the freezer! Where they will stay for Days, Weeks or Months! With NO FREEZER BURN!!!

I think that the Vacuum Sealer has payed for itself many times, Because I do not throw out food because of FREEZER BURN!
And it can be used for soft foods too! Strawberries, Blueberries, Fish... The list goes on and on! All you have to do is place the soft food on a Parchment lined cookie sheet and place in it in the freezer, Let it freeze hard and place it in a bag, Vacuum Seal and put it back in the freezer! As Carolyn said (Karaso Acres), EASY - PEESY!


There you have it folks. I will now take off my teacher hat and go get a BEER!(Yep, Got some of that Wednesday too!!).
Nope, can't do that! Tonight is my first night back at work after a week off!
DAM and double DAM!! OH Well, maybe some Ice Coffee?

Who wants to come for Dinner?
TOM

6 comments:

  1. My neighbor has one of those gadgets and it sure looks like a great way to store stuff in the freezer. It's always a good idea to only shop once in a while for major stuff - you spend less money in the long run. So, what's cooking?

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    1. Susan,
      Tonight it was Chili with Corn Bread and a Salid.
      And I ate way to much! Want to come help finish off the left-overs?
      Tom

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my vacuum sealer! Funny thing is I've had it for like 10 years and just started using it this last summer. I can't believe how much I've missed out! No more freezer burn for us!
    What I'd really like to know tho is how you put pictures in your blog posts? I have absolutely no clue how to do that.

    God Bless <3

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    1. I hate "Freezer Burn"! But for the most part, It's a thing of the past!
      About adding Pictures to your posts.
      When you bring up the page for a new "Post", Along the top is a Tool Bar, place your Curser over the "Add Image" icon and "Left Click". Next page will allow you to click on "Browse" and that will take you to your Saved Photo's.
      Choose which ones you want on that post and click "Open". That will start the download of the picture (s) to the working page. When all photo's are Down Loaded, they all will have a blue border around them and if you click on "Add Selected", the program will load all of them to your post, in the order they were copied.
      If you want to only load one at a time, click on the others, they will lose the blue border. Then click on "Add Selected" and that photo will then be loaded to your post!
      Once all the Photo's are where you want them on the post, You can click on the bottom right of each photo and it will give you options, The "Add Caption", will allow you to comment on that photo.
      Then finish writing the post and send it out for all the world to see!
      You will get the hang of it! Hopes this helps!
      Tom

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  3. I'm commenting on my iPad so I won't try that tonight, but can't wait to try it tomorrow. You explained it very well. Thank you! :-)

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  4. This blog is very important for vacuum sealer.I have also help by this tips.Thanks for sharing awesome tips. I am Sue Sheriff from Idaho.

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