Do you really need a vacuum sealer? Well quite frankly, if you own a kitchen then you probably need one more than you actually realise.
A vacuum sealer machine is proving to be a necessity especially if you’re not one for throwing away food because it’s gone bad—prematurely. Besides, why waste food when you can do something about it? But let’s quickly point out that food preservation—though its primary purpose—isn’t its sole aim.
We’ll discuss its other uses before we delve deeper into the matter.
How Does a Vacuum Sealer Work?
The “enemy” you’re trying to deal with here by vacuum sealing is air. Though crucial for obvious reasons, air contains particles that are likely to contaminate food if it’s left exposed. A vacuum sealer basically works by eliminating oxygen from the equation thereby increasing the shelf life.
Four Major Reasons You Should Get a Vacuum Sealing Machine?
For Tasty Vegetables
Are you a fan of eating vegetables? You might be but your kids might beg to differ. Their perception—and taste buds—are likely to change for the better if you serve them vacuum sealer treated vegetables. But how, exactly?
We highly recommend you use a vacuum sealer when cooking sous vide vegetables. Earlier on we alluded to the fact about how air can interfere with your food quality. Here’s a practical example:
- When preparing a sous vide too much oxygen isn’t ideal. If not cooked in a vacuum sealed bag, the additional air in the bag will cause it to float. This will unfortunately result in uneven cooking.
- If not that, overheating occurs: The air might expand and steam out. Neither scenarios are ideal as they ultimately affect the way your food is cooked.
- Thirdly, vacuum sealing compresses the cells inside the vegetables. Final result? Crunchier, colourful and above all tastier vegetables.
- Finally, vacuum sealed veggies are fully pasteurised. What does this mean? You can store them in your fridge for weeks without having to worry about any form of freeze burn.
Makes for Easier Batch Cooking
Are you the kind of chef that likes planning their meals ahead of schedule? Then a vacuum sealer will help you do just that. You can vacuum seal individually portioned meat—or veggies—and cook them with Joule and simply place them in the freezer. And yes, in the very same bag you used to cook them in.
Here’s a useful secret: Vacuum sealed frozen meat will last for an incredibly long time. Here we’re talking even years. Impressive, right? In a refrigerator it’ll probably last you up to two weeks.
A vacuum sealer can transform the logistics of your grocery shopping.
Is Vacuum Sealed Food Safer?
Absolutely! Truth be told: To a certain extent unhygienic handling of food can be the reason behind that upset tummy. With that said, vacuum sealing allows for improved hygiene in the kitchen. When foods are vacuum sealed, they’re basically protected from unnecessary contact with either you or other foods. Cross contamination is not a myth, it’s very real. So take the safer route.
Did you know: Bacteria such as listeria is likely to thrive in instances where vacuum sealed meat is refrigerated after packaging. For that reason:
- Taking note of the storage temperatures is critical to avoid this: It must always be below 41°.
- Aim for 36° if you’re going to store it for more than a couple of days.
- Above all, always ensure you keep the meat frozen.
Of course in a restaurant set up, health officials will also be there to ensure you’re adhering to the set rules where temperature is concerned. But the above are crucial guidelines to take note for the health and safety of your family members.
The above list isn’t entirely exhaustive as there are still other uses of a vacuum machine as we mentioned earlier. We list them below:
- You can vacuum seal important papers to prevent possible water damage in case your pipes burst.
- First aid items such as bandages can be vacuum sealed to keep them clean and sterile.
- Own an expensive set of stainless steel spoons? Cutlery can be vacuum sealed to avoid rusting etc.
- You can even vacuum pack your change of clothes to avoid any accidental spillages ruining them during a trip.
Types of Vacuum Sealing Machines
Before you pick one you need to know the types available to you:
- External vacuum sealers: Pick this one and you’re guaranteed of one thing: Saving your counter space because of its compact nature. With this type you have to place the open end of the bag into the machine and the machine draws out the oxygen & and seals it.
- Chamber vacuum sealers: You’ll have to be prepared to spend a bit more on this type because it’s more expensive. Also, since it’s relatively larger it’ll be taking up more of your counter space. However maybe its performance is the reason you’ll be willing to overlook the price and space issue. It features a powerful vacuum pump and a large chamber. Both of these are designed to effectively—and quickly—seal not one but multiple bags simultaneously. Needless to say it’s the ideal type to use for large scale operations.
As you can see, a vacuum sealer is quite convenient. Still sceptical about owning one? Answer this: Are you willing to throw away food or save it? You have an easy solution now. Enjoy!