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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.


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


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.

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