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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Machine

There’s no question that the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and I use it every single year to freeze Basil Pesto with Lemon or simply freeze fresh basil when garden season winds down!

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m years behind in spotlighting the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer machine (affiliate link) as one of my Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks, because this product is something I’ve owned for over 20 years and use all the time to freeze or store foods I buy in bulk. Interestingly, what has kept me from featuring the FoodSaver is also a good reason to recommend it, because the one I use is now so old it doesn’t look much like the newer models, so I didn’t want to take a photo of it.

After I’d had my original FoodSaver about 10 years it quit working (completely my fault, because I had sucked water into the machine when vacuum-packing Feta cheese). I called FoodSaver and for a very small fee they sent me a refurbished model that I’ve used ever since! (Just for the record and to keep the FTC happy, FoodSaver has no idea I’m featuring this product, and they have never given me samples or paid me in any way to promote their vacuum-packing systems.)

One of the main ways I use my FoodSaver is to store meat in serving-size packages in the freezer. I also use the FoodSaver for storing blocks of cheese, freezing herbs, and freezing pesto or other herb mixtures. The FoodSaver will preserve things for several years in the freezer, and I’ve kept cheese for many, many months in the fridge.

The FoodSaver works best with foods that are solid enough that they don’t collapse when they’re sealed in the bag, although some softer foods can be pre-frozen and then vacuum-packed. It’s also a great way to preserve fresh vegetables that are going to be frozen. I haven’t had much experience using it to preserve fresh vegetables or herbs in the fridge.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only food blogger or cook who’s discovered the joys of the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing machine! If you have a FoodSaver (or any other machine that helps you save food by vacuum packing) please share your thoughts or tips for using it in the comments.

MORE ABOUT FOODSAVER VACUUM SEALING MACHINES:

Food Saver Vacuum Sealing Machine (official company website)
Freezing Garden Produce with the Food Saver from In My Kitchen Garden
How to Freeze Zucchini with a Food Saver from Farmgirl Fare
Using a FoodSaver for Sous Vide from Ala Cuisine
FoodSaver Product Review (and good photos of how to use) from Food and Fire

ABOUT THE FOOD PRODUCTS FEATURED HERE

I purchased the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer myself and the company has no idea whatsoever that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I would happily buy over and over, and so readers know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me. You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen to feature at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.

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    62 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Machine”

  1. I appreciate being able to seal big things like steaks and corn on the cob, etc, but there are smaller items to seal too. All the sealers featured bags 8″ and larger. I’m looking for something able to seal smaller pouches, say 3″x3″ and 4″x4″ dimensions.

  2. Having a huge garden, the foodsaver is literally a LIFESAVER! In the past we just tried to give produce away, and it was well recieved, but our neighbours have resorted to accepting it out of politeness i think. But no more … it is amazing how simple technology can make life so much easier!

  3. It is nice to have this kind of machines,they can save you a lot of money in food expenses

  4. My wife bought a food saver last Christmas in exchange of me buying a new power tool for myself. I must say, I'm impressed by the amount of space we save in the fridge and the quality of meat after storage, too.

  5. I’ve been using a vacuum sealer for about 6 months now and they are a great gadget to have, saved me money and keeps my food fresh for longer!

  6. I have my vacuum sealer for yrs and love them though mine is losing it’s power. I have used it for countless things and love it.

  7. I was just wondering which Foodsaver you actually have. This is the most amazing idea!!! I love your website!!!!

  8. Wow nicely innovative blog & informative content.

    Thanks for sharing informative content on Vacuum Packaging Machine…!!!

  9. Donna, thanks for all the great tips. I hadn't thought of using it to seal herbs in the glass jars; great idea! I couldn't imagine cooking without the FoodSaver.

  10. I recently purchased a Foodsaver and I love it! I got the Mason Jar Lid attachments and have been storing brown sugar and other baking items that are not used daily. Lettuce (chopped up and ready to eat) and herbs keep beautifully for at least a week stored in the jars and kept in the refrigerator. The Foodsaver has enabled me to buy lots of lettuce, wash and chop it up all at once, and then have salad ingredients all ready to go throughout the week….and I'm not throwing away wilted lettuce anymore as we are using all of it! I've switched to using Mason jars alot instead of the old plastic storage containers. They're more attractive (in my opinion), come in several sizes, can be used over & over and are great for storing items that might be crushed in the vacuum bags..plus they're inexpensive. Haven't tried the off brand bags yet, but I'm going to look into it.

  11. Judy I recently bought the jar sealer attachment (which I think I had a threw away years ago!) I use it to seal lettuce in quart jars all cut and ready for salads. Love hearing how you're using it.

  12. I love sealing in mason jars.

    They can be frozen and a big plus is that they keep the insects out. I live in Hawaii and have to seal my rice and almost all other grains because of the bugs.

    I just opened up a jar of raisins that I had saved two years ago and they were still plump and fresh.
    You will need to get the jar attachment to use with the hose.

  13. Sometimes it's hard to tell if something is a well-meaning comment or someone who's trying to promote another product, but I'm going to err on the side of caution and not let people post links to other vacuum-seal products.

  14. I've never used the FoodSaver for sealing fresh fruit, but I honestly don't think it will help to keep the fruit from spoiling.

  15. I just received the upright model for Christmas, and I love it! What an improvement over previous models. The removable drip Ray alone was worth it, not to mention the gentle and wet cycles. I know I am very late to the party posting is comment, but I ran across this entry while doing a google search, and I thought you might have the answer I am looking for. I recently received a huge box of grapefruit, more than we can possibly go through before they go bad, but I cannot find any information anywhere about the best way to vacuum seal them. Just throw some in a bag and go for it? Do you have any experience vacuum sealing citrus fruits whole?

  16. Catherine, there are different models with different prices, but about $100-$200.

    I now have a new upright model that stores a roll of the bag material inside and I love it. It was $179, but I got it on sale for $99.

  17. How much does it cost?

  18. I don't think regular ziploc bags will work, the Foodsaver bags have a textured side that has to be facing down when you suck the air out of the bag. With a regular bag, the machine will seal, but it won't suck the air out. Sorry not to be more encouraging, but I'm quite sure regular bags won't work the way the machine is intended to.

    BTW, in reply to some earlier questions about wet foods, since I wrote this post I got a newer model upright FoodSaver, and it has a special setting for moist foods (prevents liquid from getting sucked into the machine.) It's a tremendous improvement; still love this product.

  19. I'm on a very tight budget. I can get a used foodsaver on ebay for $30 or so, but the "foodsaver bags/rolls of bag material" are cost prohibitive. Can I use regular ziploc bags?