Looking for Vacuum Food Sealers in 2017? Scroll down this page and follow the links. And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles, see this page for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above.
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Notes for August 2017: Blueberries and peaches are going still in northern and cooler areas, but are mostly finished in the Deep South. Blackberries, figs, and raspberries are in season now. Tomatoes are going strong, although the crop is way diminished in rainy areas like the southeast. Strawberries are finished, except in the far north, and if the farm planted Day Neutral varieties. Early apples, like Gala, are about to start!
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One of the best ways to preserve food is freezing. Freezing keeps the flavor and texture better than any other method available to home cooks. However, freezer burn, the dehydration of frozen foods causes a lot of waste. The best way to prevent it and make your frozen foods last longer and taste better, is to remove as much air as possible, and to use thick plastic containers. Vacuum food sealers, like the FoodSaver brand do this, and I've been using them for over 25 years.
Here are a variety of food sealers, at the best prices I could find. Scroll down this page for photos, descriptions, prices and ordering information. See this page for Canners (all types).
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For more information, and NO obligation to buy, just click on the links in the Amazon boxes on the left!
This one is the least expensive of the Food Saver models that has all the advamced features, like automatic bag detection and sealing, which makes it faster and easier to seal. And yes, you can seal and freeze foods with liquids (just freeze the unsealed bag in the freezer overnight, THEN seal it!)
This is their low-priced version. Better suited toward re-usable storage, such as in the fridge, when you will be getting into the bag and resealing it. It's new and looks like it will be priced under $20.
Ziploc Vacuum Pump & Bags, For Vacuum Storage To Keep Frozen Food Fresh Longer & Prevent Freezer Burn, Bags Have Built-In Valve For Removing Air, Seal Food In Bag With Zipper, Place Pump Over Valve & Remove Excess Air With A Few Pumps, No Batteries, Contains One Pump & 3 Quart Vacuum Bags, Easy To Use, Dishwasher Safe.
Blake: I really like this one. I use it for shirt term storage in both the fridge and freezer. I put a half an avocado in 3 days ago, and the cut surface of the avocado is still bright green! I still like my FoodSaver better for long term freezer storage, but this is perfect for short term because the bags are reuseable and resealable!
UPDATE: It appears as this one has been discontinued!
Contrasted with the FoodSaver models is the Reynolds Handi-Vac which is very inexpensive, usually under $20. I haven't tested it yet, but it gets rave reviews. (Click on the Amazon box at left for more information, to read the reviews, or to order). It works with ordinary zip-loc type bags.
About $129 (click links at left for current price or more information)
FoodSaver Quick Marinator Canister is the perfect shape and size for marinating fish, poultry, and vegetables. Vacuum packaging opens the pores of food, allowing marinades to penetrate deeper and more quickly, cutting the marinating time of your favorite recipes. FoodSaver Rectangular Canisters work with all FoodSaver appliances that have an Accessory Port.
FeaturesThree storage canisters for FoodSaver machines with accessory port, such as:
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Canning & Preserving for Dummies
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This is THE book on canning! My grandmother used this book when I was a child. It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc. If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
by United States Dept. of AgriculturePractical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
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Is your jam too runny? Pectin enables you to turn out perfectly set jam every time. Made from natural apples, there are also low-sugar pectins that allow you to reduce the sugar you add by almost half!
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Whether you want dills or sweet pickles; canning them or straight into the refrigerator; there is a mix for every taste and need here! Get them all here, delivered direct to your home, at the best prices on the internet! Get everything you need to make pickles: mixes, salt, brine, etc. here!