Vacuum packing is a method of keeping your food fresh for longer periods by preserving it in an airless environment. I am sure you have seen food sold in supermarkets which are packed in special vacuum bags. With a portable home vacuum sealer machine, you can now do the same at home as well.
At under $20, the portable vacuum sealer from Moer Sky is a great and no-brainer addition to any kitchen. It measures about 14 inches long, 2 inches wide and high, and weighs just 1.6 pounds. You can easily store it in a drawer when not in use. Operating it is really easy as well. Just open the cover, put in the sealer bag, close it and press the single button. That’s it. The vacuum sealer automatically sucks out all the air and then seals the bag using high heat. You can also use it for sealing bags without activating the vacuum function. This is great for sealing opened bags of chips for example.
How does vacuum packing food make it last longer? The main reason that food goes bad is because of mold and bacteria. In a vacuum environment, there is no oxygen and therefore, mold and bacteria cannot grow.
Typical food lasts about 1-3 days when stored in the refrigerator. With vacuum sealing, it can last between 1-2 weeks. In the freezer, it can last an average of 2-3 years compared to just 6-12 months without vacuum sealing.
The other advantage of using a vacuum sealer is that it prevents freezer burns when storing in the freezer. Freezer burn is when water crystals form on your food. Preventing freezer burn lets you enjoy food that tastes fresh even after storing it for months.
Another great use of a vacuum sealer is to buy your meat in bulk. You then divide it into meal-sized portions and seal each portion in a vacuum bag. This leads to incredible savings while allowing you to enjoy fresh tasting meat at every meal.
For those who are into the sous vide method of cooking, the vacuum sealer is a great companion to your sous vide machine. Previously, most people resort to using the immersion method to seal their bags as vacuum sealers are expensive and bulky. With the portable vacuum sealer at just under $20, you have no excuse to continue using the immersion method.