How to Use a Vacuum Sealer

Vacuum sealers are beneficial for storing food and other items. They are also perfect for extending the shelf life of dry goods, especially dried fruit, herbs, spices, even sugar, and flour. There are so many reasons why you should have one. Owning and using it makes storage a child’s play. But before I discuss how it should be used, let me answer the question:

How does a vacuum sealer work?

Oxygen is one of the factors that spoils food. When food oxidizes, that means it’s combined with oxygen. A vacuum sealer, therefore, takes all the air out of a plastic bag so that the food won’t oxidize and it will last longer. After taking the air out, the vacuum sealer slightly melts the top edges of the plastic bag together to make sure the food is in an airtight environment.The bag can only be opened by cutting it. Chamber or internal type of vacuum sealerhave a vacuum pump instead of a vacuum channel as that in an external vacuum sealer. This type can seal a volume of liquid and uses a different type of sealing bag.Other vacuum sealers come with specialized canisters that can hold a vacuum and be sealed.

Let’s move on to the steps on how to use an external vacuum sealer
1. Place the bag roll inside the vacuum sealer.
The first thing you’ll do is find where the sealing bag roll gets in. Be sure that the roll is coming over the top.Make sure to pull it out until it reaches your desired bag size. Leave 2-4 inchesof clear space at the top of the sealer bag.
2. Cut the bag by using the cutter. If your vacuum sealer doesn’t have a built-in cutter, manually cut it to your desired size.
3. Turn the vacuum sealer on. This can be done with a press of a button.
4. Seal one of the ends of your bag by sliding it in the vacuum sealer. This is applicable only if you’re making your own bag.
5. Once the vacuum sealer detects the bag, a light will come on and you have to press the button so it won’t vacuum.
6. Choose the sealing option to seal the bag. Wait for it to finish sealing. An indicator will tell you once it’s done. Note that most vacuum sealers occupy 1 inch, so it’s really important to leave a couple of inches before cutting to make sure your food can fit into your custom-sized bag.
7. Place your food/item inside the sealing bag.
8. Insert the other end of the bag (unsealed) to the vacuum sealer. Some may find the inserting process a little tricky, but just be patient, maybe straighten it up even more and jiggle it untilthe vacuum sealer detects the bag.
9. Wait for it to vacuum and seal.

If you have a chamber/internal vacuum sealer, however, steps 3-6aren’t necessary. After cutting the bag, you just have to place the food inside your sealing bag. Then, place the whole bag inside the vacuum sealer while making sure that the edge that should be sealed is crossing over the sealing bar. Close the vacuum sealer and wait for it to seal. Voila! You’re done!

Tips to Remember

1. Freeze the food after sealing to preserve their flavor and quality.
2. Freeze liquids and dry, grainy foods like spices and powders before vacuum sealing so that they won’t get sucked into the machine and damage your vacuum sealer.
3. Don’t vacuum seal raw meat because they will spoil.
4. Never overfill the sealer bag.
5. Be sure that you’re using the appropriate sealer bag for the food you’re preserving and for the type of vacuum sealer you have.

The best thing to do is read the manual of your vacuum sealer. Other vacuum sealers work differently so it’s better to read and seal thanbseal and be sorry.

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