Vacuum sealing food is a great way to keep food fresh longer, while ultimately helping you save a little cash. Whether you are buying chicken breasts in bulk when they are on sale at the grocery store or storing dry beans and coffee grounds in the pantry, vacuum sealing is a great way to store food and preserve freshness.
Vacuum sealing meats is extremely common. You might find chicken or pork on sale at the store and decide to buy in bulk. Use what you need for dinner that night then vacuum seal the rest. Either put it in the fridge if you are going to use it later that week, or throw it in the freezer to use at a later time.
Vacuum sealing is another great way to preserve seasonal vegetables. Do you have a vegetable garden but you just can’t seem to eat or cook all of the bounty? Vacuum seal your vegetables and use them later. You will want to wash then blanch the vegetables before vacuum sealing them and store them in the freezer until it’s time to use them. You definitely don’t want all of those delicious summer vegetables to go to waste.
While vacuum sealers are great for storing and preserving, they are also a great tool for meal prep. I made slow cooker stuffed mozzarella meatballs one night for dinner a few weeks ago but had plenty left over. I decided to vacuum seal the remaining meatballs. The next time I was craving a hearty meal, the meatballs were ready and waiting in the freezer. All I had to do is pop them in the slow cooker with some marinara sauce and let them heat through. Dinner was ready in no time. Who doesn’t appreciate convenience on a busy weeknight?
For those of you who appreciate a clean and organized space, vacuum sealers might become your new best friend. You’ve seen those large storage containers in people’s pantries before, right? Instead of filling them up halfway with dry beans, coffee grounds, or rice, why not vacuum seal your dry ingredients? Not only will they take up less space in your pantry, they will stay fresh longer too.
If you love cooking sous vide, or are interested in getting started, a vacuum sealer is a great place to start. Sous vide is a no-fail cooking method that uses a heated water bath to cook sealed food evenly and to desired temperature. Because you are submerging food into a water bath to cook, you must first seal your ingredients. While you can use a plastic bag, vacuum sealing the food is recommended for best results – that way you ensure that the food and seasoning will not leak out and water will not creep in during the cooking process. To learn more about the Hamilton Beach Professional® Sous Vide and 6 QT Slow Cooker, click here.
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