As many of you know, I’m a last minute girl when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. It isn’t unheard of for me to rush out to the grocery store while in the middle of preparing a meal. I wanted to make sure the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System was tested to the max, so I went to the Dip Diva for her advice! Selena Bruni Eprile is the Dip Diva dishing on food and the fabulous things that inspire her. Passionate about culinary adventures and crafting recipes with fresh ingredients that are local and in season. You can find more about her latest adventures and most recent recipes at The Dip Diva Dishes. I hope you enjoy this guest post!
Introducing the FoodSaver
Saving Time and Space
The folks at FoodSaver asked me to test out their product. I feel like FoodSaver came into my life at just the right time, saving me from losing my mind anticipating the back to school dilemma of packing lunches and making snacks. With my fridge and pantry filled to the brim, I was overflowing with supplies and groceries feeling like I was fighting a storage battle. You must know the pain of having three bags of oatmeal all open at the same time and not one of them getting finished before they go stale and need to be chucked out. Or an open bag of nuts fall over and spill from the pantry onto the floor. I think you know my struggle.
Keep Food Fresher #5XLonger
I couldn’t wait to get the FoodSaver out of the box and set up. I had big plans and a pantry cupboard that was in a desperate state. I started by taking all the half-opened bags and torn cartons out of the pantry and choosing the right storage option. I had a selection of FoodSaver Resealable Bags and FoodSaver Fresh Containers to work with. Getting right to work, I started filling the bags with oats, then one for flour and one for cornmeal, and so forth. The FoodSaver Resealable bags are a nice strong plastic with a flat bottom so they were easy to fill and stand up tall. The FoodSaver 4800 Series 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System comes with a retractable handheld sealer that you can place over the grey circle and remove the air from the bag, BRILLIANT. No more stale oats and the bag shrinks down to a nice compact size that fits perfectly back into the pantry.
I often buy nuts in bulk to save money, but if I end spilling them or having them go stale before I can use them – the deal is a waste. I was really excited to try the FoodSaver Fresh Containers for this job! I loved that they are clear and have deep lids so you can fill the bowl right to the top. Once the lid was on I used the retractable sealing tool and attached it to the valve on the lid to remove the extra air from the container making an airtight seal. Problem solved, no waste and they will be fresh the next time I use them for a recipe.
I can now gaze lovingly at my well organized pantry and have peace of mind that everything will stay fresh. Now, I just have to keep little hands out of the cupboard!
Portions Sealed To Perfection
Just as I was finishing with the pantry and feeling pretty darn good about myself, I remembered that I had one more job for the FoodSaver! I had recently read a blog post about alternative lunch options and they mentioned portioning out pasta and freezing it to make a grab and go hot lunch. For this job, I used the FoodSaver Portion Pouches and cut them to length, filling them with one cup of pasta then sealing them for freezing. If this is the only thing I vow to keep doing all year long this system will be well worth the money.
I made quick work of four packages of pasta and felt pretty darn accomplished, as these pouches will last a good while safe from freezer burn. Lunches are now prepped and ready to grab and boil in the morning before school, add a little sauce and toss into lunch bags for the kids to be on their way.
My new FoodSaver has been given a place of honour on my counter. I feel very confident that it will come in handy as we harvest our vegetables and store them for the winter. Check back soon to find out what tasks I have planned for the FoodSaver to save time and money in the kitchen. For more information, please visit www.foodsaver.ca. #Upto5XLonger