Saturday, 12 May 2012
If you are like me and have a small kitchen you will probably have a small freezer too and meat and fish comes in stupid packaging and takes up more space which in turn reduces the amount of items you can store.
One day my partner, (who I think is sad because he loves watching QVC) ordered the Foodsaver V420. When he took it out of the package I thought what a complete waste of money. Oh, how I had to eat my words, as it's one of the best kitchen gadgets in our house!
It allows you to vacuum pack almost any food to put in your freezer. It helps stop freezer burn because it takes out all of the air and the (specialist) plastic bags are very durable and don't spilt, which also helps the food last even longer. As it takes out all the air, it reduces the amount of space the food (or rather the packaging) takes up in the freezer.
Look at the salmon, chicken and sardines pictures below to see how well it helps to reduce space.
There is one little downside in that if your meat has bones sticking out it can put a hole in the bag and so wont vacuum. The machine will still seal the bag though and stop the food from getting freezer burn. The bags can also be put in the dishwasher and reused.
The Foodsaver is also very easy to use- just put the food into the bag and then place the end of the bag into the Foodsaver. Push the sealing bar down and in less than 30 seconds the food is vacuum packed and sealed.
Unfortunately they don't make this model any more, but you can still purchase foodsavers, which I recommend. They are not cheap, but well worth the expense. I have a couple listed in my online shop, under Kitchen Utilities. They are not the same model, but they are made by the same company. As I said they are not cheap, but you can also Google the models to see if you can buy cheaper ones.