Kadee and I have used FoodSaver for years and years. It has become a must-have in our kitchen. It's perfect for preserving foods and helping to eliminate food waste. At first I only used it for when I bought my meat in bulk from whole sale stores (such a great deal) but over the years I've come to use it for so many other purposes and today I'm going to show you creative ideas! There are so many other uses out there! Please comment and tell me how YOU use your FoodSaver.
This post is sponsored by FoodSaver. All opinions are our own, and we really have been using these for several years! We love them.
WHAT IS A FOODSAVER?
A FoodSaver is a food vacuum sealing system. The one pictured in these photos is the FoodSaver FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System. When using the FoodSaver you are to suctioning out all the air from the bag/container so your food will stay fresh and protected from outside elements (like freezer burn) much longer than traditional storage product. FoodSaver also had zipper bags, canister and containers you can purchase.
HOW TO USE A FOODSAVER?
FoodSaver's have a special prepared roll of plastic you must use (when you buy a FoodSaver, a roll does come with it). I like to purchase refill rolls at my wholesale store! It's a great deal.
- Cut a section large enough to hold your food + extra room for sealing.
- Seal one side by inserting and pressing "seal button".
- Insert Food into bag.
- Seal/Vacuum the opposite side by inserting the opposite side of bag. It's THAT easy.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF FOOD TO SAVE?
My number one use? Definitely MEAT!
BUY MEAT IN BULK?
As meantioned before I LOVE to buy my raw meat at wholesale stores (Costco/Sam's). They are much better quality and price. However, I have to divide it up and store it. Using foil or other means to freeze my extra portions of meat would ALWAYS cause freezer burn, since using FoodSaver it no longer does!
I love to marinate my own roasts, pork loins, steaks etc! Because you are removing all air from the bag it causes the marinade to seep into every nook and cranny of the roasts/meat and truly marinate. The acids and flavors do can really do their job and you can create a tender, juicy bursting with flavor roast.
Whether you are cooking an entire chicken or buying a rotisserie chicken there is usually too much meat for my entire family to eat. But I don't want the leftovers to dry out and loose their flavor. Sometimes I buy a rotisserie chicken just to divide up for the week and meal-prep. For instance, in the photo below I divided 1 rotisserie chicken into two bags last week. I used one bag for a quick easy family lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, the second for enchiladas.
HOW TO USE A FOODSAVER FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES?
Another big help for our morning routine has to make freezer packs!! We add our favorite fruits to a sealed bag (especially fruits that are on their last leg, over ripe and we don't prefer to eat fresh-but they're totally still good). We add 3-4 varieties of fruit and seal them up. The morning of, cut the bag add protein powder and liquid and blend! It makes clean up a breeze!
OTHER FRUITS AND VEGGIES?
- AVOCADOS!! have an open avocado? Or half of one you want to save for another day? FoodSaver is the best for these because avocados turn brown from the oxygen. So suck all the oxygen out and stick your avocado in the refrigerator.
- Have veggies going bad? Chop them up into bite size pieces and throw them together. Vacuum seal the bag and throw in the freezer, save for when you need veggies for soup!
MORE INFORMATION ON FOODSAVER
If you have been wanting a FoodSaver and have been on the fence about grabbing one here are a few more facts to convince you of the quality of the company! Click this link here to check out more!