3 Big Benefits From 1 Food Storage Secret
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to freeze your food or store up lots of dried goods. You might like to prepare lots of meals ahead of time or keep individual ingredients separate. Either way, there’s a simple, inexpensive change you could make that will keep your food fresh for longer and help to preserve its nutritional content.
That means less hassle rotating through your food stores…
Less worry about whether or not your food reserves will be tasty and nutritious when you break into them…
And less waste, which means more of your hard-earned money stays in your pocket.
So what is this simple trick?
I’m talking about vacuum sealing.
One Big Food-Storage Advantage
When you vacuum seal your food, it helps to keep “spoilage” bacteria from growing. These kinds of bacteria produce noticeable changes in your food — bad smells, slimy textures, and mold, for example.
When spoilage bacteria can’t grow, your food stays at a higher level of quality for longer.
Vacuum sealing does not provide an alternative to cold storage. If a food needs to be refrigerated or frozen, you still need to refrigerate or freeze it after it has been vacuum-sealed. The difference is that your vacuum-sealed foods will last longer in cold storage.
Vacuum sealing dried goods like flour, rice, beans, nuts, and dried fruit can also extend their storage life.
How much storage time do you gain when you vacuum-seal foods? Most vacuum-sealed foods will last three to five times as long as conventionally stored foods without any loss of quality.
The only downside of vacuum sealing is that it does not protect foods from dangerous bacteria like botulism and listeria.
This means when you vacuum-seal foods, you need to store them at a proper temperatures and you need to take extra care to clean your hands and your workspace before storing foods. Also, thaw frozen vacuum-packed foods in your fridge.
Vacuum-packing your food removes a lot of the hassle from developing a well-stocked food reserve. It eases some of the pressure to rotate your food stores, reduces waste, and helps preserve food quality and nutrition.
It also makes it easier to buy foods in bulk at better prices, because you can store them for a longer time.
Best of all, vacuum packing food at home is easy.
You’ll need a vacuum-sealer and vacuum-sealing bags. You can also get a jar attachment for your vacuum-sealer and seal foods in mason jars.
Bags are excellent for storing cuts of meat or cheese, hearty vegetables, nuts, flour, rice, beans, seeds, or dried fruit.
To use the bags:
- Measure out the food your going to seal
- Allow for five extra inches on your bag
- Place the open end of the bag in the vacuum sealer and seal it up
- Then store it either in the freezer, the fridge, or in your pantry, depending on the food
To seal foods like chocolate chips, cookies, crackers, or anything that you don’t want squashed, use a jar.
To use jars:
- Sterilize the jar in boiling water or in your dishwasher
- Allow it to dry completely
- Add the food
- Place a canning lid on the top of the jar. Don’t use the lid ring
- Place the jar lid extension from your vacuum seal over the lid and seal it up
It’s a bit trickier to store liquids, because some of the liquid can get pulled into the vacuum mechanism.
Pro Tip: A good way to get around this is to place the liquid in your vacuum-sealing bag, roll the end, clip it closed, and pop it in your freezer. When the liquid has frozen completely, you can then proceed with the bag method for sealing.
Don’t forget to date the vacuum-sealed items you intend to use in your food storage. Most frozen items will keep, vacuum-packed, for about two years. Dry goods will keep for much longer.
Another nice thing about vacuum sealing is that you can pop the seal, take what you need from the bag or jar, and then reseal it.
Vacuum sealers of every make and model are available through Amazon.com. If you want to save a few bucks, check out the options on eBay. Or, garage-sale season is about to start— keep your eyes peeled for a bargain at your local yard sales.
When you vacuum-seal your food, you take advantage of one of the best ways to augment your food storage system.
P.S. – Vacuum-sealing is the gold standard of a good food storage system. That’s why I didn’t settle for anything less when I designed my ready-made, 2000+ calories-per-day long-shelf-life comfort food system.
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