Welcome to the subtle art of vacuum sealing.
With a vacuum sealer, you are able to store food for much longer than you would otherwise. You can also minimize on time wasted by significantly minimizing the number of shopping sprees you take with a guaranteed preservation period of up to 3 years for perishable commodities.
Best vacuum sealer? something you need to know
Vacuum sealers that are suitable for domestic use go from anywhere between $25 and $800. Of course, commercial vacuum sealers will be much more expensive. Also, the more expensive the model, the faster the sealing speed, the stronger the vacuum strength, and the longer it serves you. If you happen to have bulky packaging needs and therefore want a long lasting vacuum sealer, the more expensive models are what you need. However, if you just need to preserve daily meal every once in a while, a cheaper option could serve you just fine.
This will depend largely on the size of packages you want to seal. It will also depend on the amount of space you have at your disposal and the number of packages you need to seal at a go. Another element to factor in when it comes to the size of your vacuum sealer includes power consumption; how much power are you willing to use on this single unit and is it worth your while?
If you need to make bulky packages, a large vacuum sealer such as the Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 could be a great fit. But if you need the odd single package once in a blue moon; the smaller hand-held sealers such as the Waring Pro PVS1000 might be a better fit.
How many packages do you need to seal in a day? If you need to seal just a few packages a day, if any at all, your needs would be sufficiently served by a simple counter-top vacuum sealer. A business enterprise sealing hundreds or even thousands of packages a day, will need a larger heavy-duty sealer; most preferably a chamber vacuum sealer.
Efficient and powerful motor at mid range price- Nesco VS-02
Apart from extending the lifespan of your perishables, the Nesco VS-02 vacuum sealer boasts of a vacuum sealing system that also prevents freezer burn. According to user reviews, this is also one of the few counter-top vacuum sealers that seem to work well with liquids and moist products without a glitch.
The Nesco VS-02 vacuum sealer is rectangular in shape and measures 17 inches in width, 9 inches in length, and 5 inches in height. It’s perfect for a kitchen countertop since it occupies very little space. This vacuum sealer has a powerful piston pump that draws all the air out of your packaging while the sealing gasket regulates the required vacuum.
The sealer also has a Seal Only Function that prevents the vacuum sealer form crushing delicate commodities. Additionally, the Nesco VS-02 comes with a built-in packaging roll compartment that lets you cut bags to any desired length.
The Nesco VS-02 vacuum sealer has a Teflon-coated heating element that prevents the packaging bags from sticking to the heating bar. The Nesco VS-02 has also been designed for extended seal time with the Seal Time Selection function, which guarantees a tight seal every time.
When packaging, cut the bag to the desired length at the built-in roll compartment and place your commodity inside. Open the machine’s lid and place the open end of the bag into the vacuum chamber. Close the lid and choose whatever type of sealing you require as well as the seal time by pressing the appropriate buttons. Once the indicator light goes off, the sealing is done and your package is ready to be stored away.
Types of Vacuum Sealers
There are three main types of vacuum sealers:
Chamber Vacuum Sealers, External Vacuum Sealers, and Handheld Vacuum Sealers.
From the popular opinion, external vacuum sealers are the best home vacuum sealers. They are typically rectangular in shape and fit perfectly on kitchen countertops without taking up too much space. External vacuum sealers work by clamping down on the bag, sucking the air out, then a heated bar melts the sealing bag shut, locking air and moisture out. However, note that some external vacuum sealers struggle with packaging liquids and certain food items like flour.
Handheld vacuum sealers are the most portable type of vacuum sealer. Handheld vacuum sealers offer a fine balance of functionality and convenience. If you have limited kitchen space, this might just be the sealer for you.
There are two distinct mechanisms in this category. The first is where the vacuum sealer makes a puncture in the sealing bag, sucks the air out of the puncture, and then seals the puncture shut. The second mechanism is where the vacuum sealer sucks the air out of a specially designed valve in the sealing bags that come with the device. You can always buy more bags, which are sold separately, if you need more.
Chamber vacuum sealers are mainly for commercial application and are typically more expensive and much larger than other types of vacuum sealers. However, more recently, chamber vacuum sealers have been seeing the inside of home kitchens. It really all depends on the needs of each individual. For example, if you pack large batches at a go, this might be a good fit for you.
Chamber vacuum sealers are fast and effective and their only downside apart from their exorbitant price is the amount of space they occupy. The vacuum sucks all the air out of the bag while simultaneously sealing the bag around whatever you’re packaging. The only limitation here may be the number of items you can fit inside the vacuum sealer, but then again your purchase will be subject to the number of items you intend to seal at time. A bigger chamber means more items sealed at a time.
Inexpensive and small – Seal-A-Meal Manual Vacuum Sealer
The best thing about this machine is that it’s relatively small and inexpensive. It’s best suited for people who have minimal packaging needs and it’s perfect your kitchen counter due to its compact size; just place it on the side like you do your toaster when you’re not using it.
This vacuum sealer uses a hold and release mechanism and has an LED indicator that tells you when the sealing has been completed. It also features removable drip trays, which like the FoodSaver 48840, makes it quite easy to clean and maintain.
Easy to use
Simply place your items into the packaging bag and place the open end of the bag in the open slot in the front of the machine until it can go no further.
Place your hands on both sides of the machine where hands have been drawn and press down. This will kick the machine into action and a hands-free light will come on indicating that you can let go now. Shortly after that, another light will come on to indicate that the process is complete. To release the bag, press the cancel button and the machine will pop open and that is it. Another great feature to take note of is that the Seal-A-Meal Manual vacuum sealer is also capable of canning.
Although the Seal-A-Meal Manual vacuum sealer is not as fancy looking as other vacuum sealers, it is extremely efficient in packaging just about anything except liquids, which have to be pre-frozen to be packaged by this sealer.
best for big family – Crenova VS100
The Crenova VS100 has an easy, compact, and stylish design, which makes it perfect for home appliance.Although this is an automatic vacuum sealer, it’s most prominent features is its Pulse Function feature that triggers the instant initiation of vacuum creation in the packaging bag and stops the process as soon as the button is released; making it the perfect counter-top vacuum sealer to use on both hardy and fragile products.
Crenova VS100 manufacturers claim that once you have used this machine properly to seal your food, it’s possible to preserve it in your freezer for up to three months, which is, according to manufacturers, 3-5 times longer than is with other vacuum sealers.
The Crenova VS100 is a great addition to your kitchen, whether at home or at your business premises. It has a polished new-age look with a silver exterior that compliments almost any kind of countertop. The Crenova VS100 is built at only 8 inches in width, 16 inches in length, and only 5 inches in height. However, don’t be fooled by this tightly packed exterior; it’s also quite heavy, weighing roughly four pounds. Most of its weight comes from the motor but whatever credibility it loses in the weight department, it makes up for in stability, which is important during the sealing process.
The Crenova VS100 vacuum sealer is fairly easy to use. Simply place your product into the packaging bag and place the open end of the bag into the machine and press the lid down until it clips shut. Once the lid is shut, choose between the moist and dry options in the control panel depending on what you’re packaging. This tells the machine how much vacuum is needed so as not to harm the product inside the bag.
With the Crenova VS100, packaging dry food is easy. All you need to do is press a button to initiate the process and the machine automatically begins to suck the air out and seal the bag shut. However, with moist products the process is trickier because it is recommended that you begin the sealing process manually to ensure that water is not sucked out of the bag along with the air.
An LED display indicates when the sealing is in progress as well as when it is over. The sealer leaves less than 0.05% of oxygen in the packaging bag when the sealing is done, which is a pretty tight seal. But in case you notice that your product is becoming a little too compressed, a cancel button allows you to stop the process and manually control it with the Pulse Function feature. This sealer is great at packaging all products except liquids and moist products which require a little manual intervention.
The Crenova VS100 comes with a set of medium and large packaging bags to help you decide which bags work best for you as you’re getting acquainted with vacuum sealing. However, you will have to purchase more bags after you have used up all the complimentary ones.
Easiest to use,full-featured but expensive – FoodSaver 4840
For a simple and compact machine, the FoodSaver 4840 demonstrates extraordinarily efficient performance.
The FoodSaver 4840 differentiates itself from other vacuum sealers with its 2-in-1 vacuum sealing system. This is an extra sealing strip that enables it to seal, not only packaging materials, boxes, containers, and Ziploc bags as well. The FoodSaver 4840 also has a smart heat seal feature that makes the packaging process even faster when it’s set in automatic mode.
The FoodSaver 4840 can be used for both long-term and short-term sealing. The main vacuum sealing system can be used for long term sealing of products you probably don’t expect to use anytime soon. Short-term packaging, mainly for cheese, milk, and other regularly used materials, can be done by the handheld sealer that comes with the machine. The hand-held sealer is retractable and simply tucks into the side of the machine when not in use.
The FoodSaver 4840 uses what is known as Fully Automated Sealing Technology, which is to say that the machine requires minimal manual participation in the packaging process. All you have to do is insert the open end of the packaging bag into the machine and it handles the rest, automatically stopping when the sealing is complete. This sealer also has LED indicators that show you when the sealing process is complete as well as when the dripping tray is full.
Another amazing feature of the FoodSaver 4840 vacuum sealer is its Rapid Marinate Mode, which saves you the hassle of having to marinate your chicken, beef, veggies etc. for hours. Simply pack it with the FoodSaver V4840 in marinating mode and you should be able to cook your meal in minutes.
The FoodSaver 4840 is easy to maintain, especially because of the LED indicators that tell you whenever the drip tray is full. You can then simply unload the tray and place it in your dish washer or manually give it a scrub. The machine itself can be cleaned using a damp sponge or cloth, but always remember to unplug it before cleaning.
Waring Pro PVS1000 – Pistol style save a lot space, cordless operation, suitable for small kitchen
Its main selling point is that the Waring Pro PVS1000 Pistol is cordless and compact, making it perfect for a small kitchen and convenient for people with minimal packaging needs.
The PVS100 combines a solid design, precision, function, and ease of use. The only downside to this portable device is that the battery is not removable, which makes it difficult to address technical issues.
The Pro PVS1000 Pistol gets its name from its pistols like shape and the fact that you have to actually hold it like one. The sealer has two distinct parts, the front part that houses the vacuum sealer and the stand section that is the handle. The handle also houses the charging mechanism.
The Waring Pro PVS1000 vacuum sealer is especially easy to use. All you have to do is place your bag on the mouth of the pistol and pull the trigger and it sucks the air out of the bag and once you are comfortable with the amount of air you have drawn out, release the trigger and you’re through. Charging the device is just as easy. If the power is running low all you have to do is place the sealer on the charging stand and it will be fully charged in no time.
For large amount foods – Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300
What makes this vacuum sealer unique is its ability to seal multiple packages at a go. The Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 can seal over 30 packages at a time and requires no cool-down period due to its in-built motor fan. This machine is therefore perfect for a business premises to increase efficiency and decrease labor.
Due to its capacity for bulky packaging, the Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 can be used both at home and commercially. This sealer has an oversized design and a shiny metallic exterior that makes it look intimidating while still managing to be a great accessory for any spacious countertop. The sealer is built at 23 inches in width, 15 inches in length, and 9 inches in height. It has a clear acrylic lid that makes it easy to properly align packaging bags and therefore ensuring the tightest seals possible.
There Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 has a user-friendly control panel that provides users with both automatic and manual control sealing. The automatic function allows users to complete tasks with the single push of a button while the manual setting allows users to select the sealing time and vacuum pressure to get the desired seal.
The Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 vacuum seal has three control buttons, which make the process quite easy; the start button, the manual button, and the seal button. This sealer also features four LED indicators that indicate the current state of the sealing process from start to finish.
This vacuum sealer can package just about anything and is said to keep food fresh up to six times longer than other vacuum sealers
Tips When Using Vacuum Sealer
When you’re vacuum sealing products, it’s easy to assume that you will remember what is in each bag. But six months down the line, you just might find yourself pouring chili on your spaghetti instead of tomato sauce. Our memories are not as reliable as we like to believe and you’d rather be sure of what every product is instead of gambling, don’t you think?
Vacuum Sealers also Extend Shelf Product Lifespans
Don’t just assume that vacuum sealers work on those products that you normally put in the freezer; they also extend the life of products you’ll normally find in your pantry or refrigerator.
Did you buy a big box of biscuits? Do you have a block of cheese? Take the pieces you need and vacuum seal the rest. Vacuum sealers also extend the life of shelf products.
Tip: When vacuum sealing flour, find a large packaging bag and seal in its original package.
Don’t Vacuum Seal Food Crumbs and Liquids
This is for the same reason you should always vacuum seal flour in its original packaging.
Remember vacuum sealers draw all the air out of the packaging bag? Well, similarly, if tiny crumbs or excess liquid is in the packaging bag, it will be sucked out. And yes, you guessed it; this will eventually damage your machine. To prevent this, freeze moist products (e.g. meat) and liquids before you seal them even when your machine is said to be liquid-friendly.
Freeze Fruits before Freezing
Vacuum sealers are quite powerful. Your model may be an automatic one and will stop on its own upon detecting air pressure but as a precautionary measure, freeze fragile fruits to prevent them from undergoing damage as the packaging wraps tight around them during the sealing process.
I’m sure you want you want grapes, not mush.
Don’t Overwork It
Note: this tip is entirely defendant on the kind of vacuum sealer you have. Some like the Weston Vacuum Sealer 65-0201 Pro-2300 have an inbuilt motor fan that prevents them from overheating. So read your user’s manual carefully to make sure that you’re not overworking your machine. Some machines need a cool down period between each seal.
Don’t Overfill your Packaging Bag
Leave ample space at the top. Preferably, you should leave about three inches at the top of the packaging bag before you seal it. This is especially useful if you intend to reuse your bag. It also saves you money because you won’t have to get a new bag each time you want to package something else.
Avoid Sharp Edges
Although vacuum sealer packaging bags are made of strong material, they are still plastic and can still puncture or rip. Because of this, file down sharp edges in the product you are packaging or position the products in such a way that they won’t puncture the bag. Remember, puncturing the packaging bag will let in air and beat the whole purpose of vacuum sealing, which is to minimize the oxygen content and slow down decaying.
All of the vacuum sealers in the list are unique in their own way. It’s up to you to decide which features best suit your needs and how much you are willing to pay for your machine. Whatever choice you make, any of these vacuum sealers will definitely increase the life-span of food in your household and/or benefit you in your business premises.
Don’t forget, no matter how effective refrigerators are, without proper sealing, food can only be preserved for so long. Vacuum sealing your food does not only prolong your foods lifespan, but also saves you a lot of space that would have been taken up by containers. Vacuum sealing also saves you money by persevering the products you already have while allowing you to purchase items at a cheaper whole sale price knowing they you will be able to preserve them.
There’s all the reason in the world to get one of these awesome machine. So make a decision today!