I had been wanting a vacuum sealer for a long time.
I employ two techniques whenever I want to buy something.
- If it has recently been reviewed by Choice Magazine, I buy whatever they recommend; or
- I research and research the item until I dwindle all the possibilities down to one which clearly is a cut above the rest.
As vacuum sealers hadn’t been reviewed by Choice Magazine, I was left with the second option. I read everything I possibly could online, but to no avail. Everyone, it seemed, loved the one they had. No one wished they had bought another brand. Even people who bought a cheapie on eBay, thought it was great.
I asked my neighbour, Renate, about her vacuum sealer. She said that she loved hers and used it every day. It is her favourite thing in her kitchen (and she has everything in her kitchen, even a meat slicer). She has a Foodsaver.
I watched YouTube video after YouTube video of some guy in the US who was selling one which could suck up fluid. I decided that was the one I wanted. I emailed him to see if he had a 200+ volt machine he could sell me. He did. I emailed him back saying I wanted one but I never heard from him again.
I started researching, again, confident that the one I was destined to have would appear to me. But it never did.
What was I to do? I really wanted a vacuum sealer. I only had one option. I had to make a decision all by myself. So I did. I bought an Orved. Why? No reason in particular – Master Butchers Limited (MBL) sell the bags and Orved sealers come in three domestic models (I quite like having a choice). I bought the mid-range one.
And I love it!
It is fantastic. I seal so many things with it. Now I can buy things cheaply, break them up into smaller quantities and store them, knowing no bug will get into them nor will they go mouldy.
It is great for sealing meat which will last at least three times as long in the fridge or freezer once it is sealed and, if frozen, won’t get freezer burn.
It is great for cheese. We now have lots of different types in the fridge. After using a portion, we just reseal the bag. Sealed cheese keeps for months.
It is great for smallgoods and sliced meats. I buy ham, salami, mortadella, etc, and put a few slices in each bag so we have a choice for lunch.
It is great for freezing prepared food. I make hummus and pate and put them in small containers, sufficient for two, vacuum seal and freeze them. They defrost perfectly.
It is great for grains. No more weevils.
It is great for glaced fruit. No more mould or crystalisation. It is also great for dried fruit.
It is great for nuts. I can now buy a kilo really cheaply and then put them into smaller bags, confident they won’t go rancid.
It is not so great for fresh vegies. I got carried away at first and had some real disasters – just don’t do it.
We label the bag with the contents, weight and date.
The bags are reusable. You can buy them at various shops, including Master Butchers (MBL) and online.
If you have ever thought you may want one, I seriously recommend them.
PS: Sorry, everyone, about the previous incomplete post that went out. I pressed Tab and it published. I won’t do that again:(