Reduce Food Waste with a Vacuum Sealer

by GettingFreedom on January 10, 2012

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of vacuum food sealers and wondered to yourself if they were actually worth their purchase price.  I wondered the very same thing.  After owning one now for almost a year–I have to say it is one of my favorite frugal kitchen gadgets. 

The Basics

Vacuum food sealers remove all of the air from their packaging to better preserve the contents.  This makes their shelf life much greater, as their is no oxygen breaking down your foods.  Using a vaccuum sealer allows you to stock up when there are great sales and buy in bulk without having to worry about using up your food before it spoils.  Therefore maximizing your grocery budget and immediately reducing your food waste!

They do require special rolls that can sometimes run a bit high.  But don’t let that discourage you!  Generally the generic bags work just as well. 

Vacuum Seal Canning Jars

If you aren’t wanting the added expense of the special rolls –you can purchase the attachment that will remove all the air from your canning jars.  Using glass jars for storage is a favorite of mine–but with this tool, their uses truly are endless!  Reducing your food waste has just gotten easier!

 Uses For Your Vacuum Sealer

 

 

Fresh Herbs

 Stored in canning jars in the fridge.

Preserve extra garden produce.

Lettuce/Fresh Veggies

Chop up and store in canning jars in the fridge.  It’ll maintain it’s freshness for weeks and be readily available for salads.

Dried Fruits

Catch a good deal that you just can’t pass up?  Put your dried fruits {raisins, too!} in mason jar–remove the air and store.  Your fruits will stay fresh for many months.

Keep Your Fresh Ground Flour Fresh

Rice and Other Grains

Preserve their freshness and prolong their shelf life.  You can either freeze them or store on the shelf once all air is removed.

Keep crackers from going stale {nuts and cereals, too!}

Leftovers

Dont’ throw them out!  Freeze them if you don’t think you’ll get to them before they spoil, and they’ll be ready the next time you’re caught without a meal.

Make convenient meal size portions to freeze.

Save your budget and resist the temptaion to eat out.  Homemade TV Dinners are the best!

Lunch Meat

Cheese

Meats

 Quick and Efficient Marinator

You can add your marinade to your meat and freeze right in the bag.  Or you can purchase the Quick Marinator {around $20} and marinate your meats in less than 30 minutes!  Marinating your meat not only adds additional flavor, but can sometimes tenderize it–allowing you to purchase cheaper cuts.  We use ours a lot during the summer months when impromtu barbeques are the norm.

Keep track of everything you stash in your freezer with this FREE Freezer Inventory Printable.

Pricing

Peronally, I’m only familiar with the FoodSaver Brand of vacuum sealer.   You can get FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers starting at around $80 with a Starter Kit and go all the way up to $200 for the Smart Seal.  The cost of the vacuum sealer bags vary greatly and there are often promotions or coupons available.  So while there is money out of pocket to utilize this great frugal kitchen gadget–there is potential to save hundreds more!

 

How has your vacuum sealer saved you money? 

This post is part of Frugal Friday.

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