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Christening the Food Saver

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that my brother gave me his Food Saver vacuum seal machine. He no longer used it, and it was taking up space. I wanted one, but thought the price was pretty daunting. Today I christened it. On something simple. Like cranberries.

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Fresh cranberries bought at Catoctin Mountain Orchard yesterday. Boiled and drained. They will become part of a salsa later this year. I just wanted to test the sealing properties on a “moist” item. And, learn how to cut and seal bags. The finished bag.

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It did a great job of sealing them. I could really get to liking this thing. I am thinking of soups and stews, sealed, put away in the freezer, and then just boiled until warm. It is straightforward to use.

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Sealing area. Vacuum area. Easy instructions. Easy to use. I really do like it. Glad my brother thought of giving it to me. Here’s to fun at Larriland this spring and summer. I may never use canning jars if I can vacuum seal the tomato sauce.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I love my Foodsaver! I’ve had it for about 10 years and it’s still going strong. I like to still use plastic storage containers to freeze soups and such, then just pop them out and vacuum seal them. That way I still have the storage containers for everyday use but I have nice little “soup cubes” stacked away in the freezer too.

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  2. Very cool. Please continue to show us this throughout the year so that I can decide if Santa needs to bring one next year.

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  3. Oh what fun. I have had a VacuumSealer for over 10year. I used to use it a lot when I bought meat in the family packs at the grocery store. It sure saved a lot of meat from freezer burn. Since I buy all my meat local now, it comes wrapped and I just leave it that way. But I have just purchased the jar sealers to go with the vacuum sealer. Love Love Love them, If your vacuum sealer has the accessory port then you can use them too. Here is the post I just did this past weekend. I am making more room in the freezer by pulling stuff out that I can vacuum seal in jars.

    http://notdabblinginnormal.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/my-new-love-jar-sealers/

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