I’m always on the hunt for products that are easy to use and save me time and $$ and I recently found one that does of all that AND keeps my avocados from ending up in the garbage! I used my FoodSaver to vacuum seal the 2nd half of an avocado a week ago… and it’s still green! You can do a million things with this product, but I think I’m most excited about the avocados!
I shared a video on my Instagram showing how this machine removes all of the air from the around your food (it comes with different size bags) to keep them fresher for longer. So far I’ve used it for:
- Apple slices: we have toooons of apples on our trees so I’m saving some for the winter. I peeled and cored my apples, mixed with some lemon juice to prevent browning, and some cinnamon because YUM and vacuum sealed them.
- Chicken breasts: I divided my chicken breasts into 2 per bag, as it’s usually just John and I eating and this way I can buy in bulk, marinade, freeze and just defrost what we need.
- Shredded carrots & beets: I’m new to the FoodSaver but my aunt has been using hers for years and brought me over bags of garden fresh carrots and beets to preserve and freeze (I add these to breads and salads).
I always recommend my clients double their recipes on prep day (or when they get a burst of energy/motivation to cook) and freeze the extra. As much as we try to prepare, busy weeks happen! Cooking in bulk and freezing the extras is a great option so you always have back-up on hand.
The machine was super simple to use, no set-up required, just plug in and go. You just fill the bags with whatever you’re marinating/freezing/preserving and turn it on (note: it’s loud but it’s FAST and even my larger bags were done in seconds). The bags are thick and high quality (no freezer burn!) and there’s different speeds for more delicate items like baking (but I also used it for my avocados). The machines is pretty compact and I love that it doesn’t have multiple parts, so storage is easy.
I’ve been reading into what else I can do with it and am excited to try using it for space saving with dry goods (beans, dried fruit, etc.) and stews! The machine also has a marinade mode (done in 5-10 mins!) which I’ll try for my chicken souvlaki.
If you've used a FoodSaver and have any tips or ideas on what to preserve I'd love to hear them!