Our most money-saving appliance in our home is a FoodSaver Vacuum sealer. We use it to vacuum seal fruits, vegetables, meats, homemade stir-fry meals, casseroles, as well as single serving size leftovers.
Which kind of Food Sealer is best?
The jury is still out on this one, but I’m partial to FoodSaver vacuum sealing system. In the last 15 years, I’ve purchased 5. I don’t know how many years they are supposed to last, but generally speaking, mine seem to peter out at about 3 years. Even at around $150-250, it’s a great investment that can save you thousands.
Generally speaking, I prefer to purchase our meat on a monthly basis, when we can find good deals. I realize that this particular method can be difficult for families that are living week to week on a paycheck or who have been laid off and working on a limited fixed income, Which is why we’ve offered our series on $50 weekly menus. It is still possible to find great deals on a week by week basis and stock your freezer.
Here’s how we prepare our Meals for the Freezer:
|Start by dividing the packages of meat up into “meals”. These package sizes will vary depending on the size of your family. When the kids were younger, 2 chicken breasts were plenty, now we use 3, etc. It also depends on what you intend to use the meat for, are you going to grill it, put it in a casserole, etc. You won’t need as much meat for a stir-fry or casserole.
|Fold the top of the bag down before placing the meat into them, this prevents the top from getting wet (& yucky)!
|I usually wait to seal them until I have all of the packages filled.
|See how the top is folded . . .
|Next- if you’d like, you can take a few paper towels, split them into quarters and fold them (like a paper fan). I use these to insert in the very tops of the bags to prevent the juice from the meat from being sucked into the well of the sealer.
| I realize that the latest design in foodsavers has a deeper well for juice, but I’ve found that not doing this results in a very messy cleanup.
Don’t forget to write the date on the bag!