Today, in the modern era in which we live, we have many options when it comes to choosing different ways to preserve food. From using plastic bags and saran wrap to the refrigerator and preserving jars, there is a lot of competition around what’s best for your pantry. A Vacuum Sealing machine might seem like an odd solution for this problem, but when you understand how they work, you’ll see why this tool has been so popular these past few years.
This article intends to teach people how a vacuum sealer works and why it’s such a good option for many home chefs looking to preserve their food ingredients better than ever before. These tools have been around for a long time and have been used by professional chefs for years, but today, they’re being used more and more by home kitchens.
Packaging the Food
Vacuum sealers work by vacuum putting a seal around the food that is being packaged. When you first start to use a vacuum sealer, it can be a little confusing as you first start to fill up the chamber with food. Your mind might say, “What’s going on? How am I going to get this food from here to there” Well, these containers have some anti-static technology, so they will shrink-wrap or shrink-seal around your food as it goes through the machine? The idea is that as the plate or bowl is filled with food, the plate or bowl gets smaller and smaller until it’s completely sealed off from any air inside of it.
Loading the Chamber Sealer
By now, you should be able to tell that a vacuum sealer works by sucking out all of the air from inside of the bag or around the food that you’re trying to conserve. This is done through a vacuum pump that pulls out all of the air inside the chamber. There are two ways to fill a chamber sealer:
a) Manually: The easiest way to fill a bag with food is by hand. You put your food into a ziplock bag and then open up your vacuum sealer and make sure that it’s set up correctly to be used. Then you can place your sealed ziplock bag into the chamber and press down on the “seal” button. The vacuum will pull the air out of the bag and make a seal around your food.
b) Automatic: This is a little bit easier for some people who may not be as comfortable with using the manual option. All you have to do is put your food in a ziplock bag and then set up your vacuum sealer. Make sure that it’s at the right setting, and then push down on the “seal” button, which will suck all of the air inside of the chamber and keep it sealed from any remaining air around your food.
In areas with higher humidity, moisture from stagnant air can seep into bags that can break down food items. A “vacuum” mode is activated before sealing a bag to allow a burst of air into the bag to counter this issue. If you live in an area with high humidity or moisture in the air, it may be best to use this feature. This will also ensure that the vacuum sealer doesn’t pull out any remaining moisture from inside the food package, resulting in freezer burns or other loss of flavor.
Activating the Vacuum Pump
This is where you get your first taste of what a vacuum sealer can do for your kitchen or pantry. The vacuum pump will start to pull out all of the air that is inside your chamber. When it has finished pulling air out of the chamber, you will hear a signal saying that it’s ready to be sealed.
Vacuum Pump Kicks On
When you hear the sound saying that your chamber is ready to be sealed, you will want to grab some food and put it into your chamber. You can put as much or as little food into the chamber as you like but make sure that it fits appropriately and isn’t too tight either. To seal it, you push down on the “seal” button and let the machine do all of the work for you.
Food Is Frozen Solid
A vacuum sealer will make a strong, airtight seal around food items. This is good for a few reasons:
a) It keeps the flavor inside of your food. However, be aware that foods with powerful flavors or odors can still get out. While the vacuum seal does a good job keeping out oxygen and other unwanted elements from outside your chamber, it doesn’t contain all smells and tastes from evaporating either. Vacuum-sealed foods will reflect their original taste and smell after being cooked or heated up in a microwave because they haven’t evaporated any of their flavors during the sealing process.
Vacuum Pump Stops; Sealer Is Now Sealed
Once the vacuum pump has finished kicking on and sucking out all of the air from inside of your chamber, the machine will beep to let you know that it’s time to close your bag.
Plastic Wrap Is Rolled Over the Food
Your food is frozen firmly in place and ready for storage or another session of sealing another batch of food. If you want to be able to get these bags out quickly, without ripping up your bags and making a mess, you can roll your plastic wrap over your bags and then once again seal them with the vacuum pump. This will not damage the plastic wrap you’re using either.
Plates/Bowls Are Filled With More Food to Be Sealed Next
Once you’ve got your food sealed so you can store it in your freezer, you can start to fill up your plates/glass containers with different types of food if you choose. Just remember to put the bags back into the chamber, plug in your vacuum sealer and press down on the “seal” button if you want to get another round of sealing out of it.
Vacuum sealers can do a lot of things for you. If you want to keep your foods fresh so you can use them at a later date, or if you want to take your foods with you on the go without worrying about them getting damaged or crushed, then vacuum sealers will help make this possible. You can store large amounts of food with a vacuum sealer as well as smaller amounts. They also come at different price points depending on what kind of model you decide to go with.