Choosing a foodsaver or vacuum sealer can be tricky, so I’m going to make it easy for you! I have done the research already and can recommend three very quality, cost-effective models.
Buying a foodsaver was by far my best kitchen purchase after buying a standalone chest freezer. I have saved so much money and time, and wasted so much LESS food by:
- Buying meat and vegetables in bulk
- Learning freezer-friendly recipes
- Preparing meals en-masse each Sunday for the week
- Vacuum sealing those meals with my foodsaver and freezing
- Organizing my chest freezer for easy access during the week
Obviously a key part of this food strategy is to own a foodsaver, and more importantly: to USE it!
Why a Foodsaver Pays For Itself
- Vacuum sealed foods last longer than all other storage methods, except for canning (but who wants to do that?)
- Plastic wrap, foil, and ziploc bags all allow some oxygen to enter and make contact with food, contributing to shorter shelf lives.
- Mold and bacteria are unable to grow in vacuum sealed food, as all oxygen has been removed.
My Top 3 Recommended Foodsaver Systems:
What I really like about this model is that it has Wet and Dry settings, depending on the type of food you are vacuum sealing. Also, it comes with an assortment of bags, has a pull-out drip drawer that you can just toss in your dishwasher to clean, and has a very effective bag cutter built-in.
Here you can see it on Amazon (this is an affiliate link to help me pay for hosting this blog):
This is a more basic foodsaver system without a lot of bells and whistles but it does exactly what you need: seals food in bags with zero oxygen inside, and without making a mess in the process. What else could you really want? This is a great starter foodsaver if you don’t need all the high-tech features and light-up buttons to make it look pretty!
This is Amazon’s Choice for foodsavers, and for obvious reasons: you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you’re looking for just a basic, solid foodsaver without a lot of special extra features but you want it to last a long time and not be frustrating to use: this is it. Nesco makes a very functional and user-friendly system, and this model includes an assortment of bags to get started. This is a great option if you don’t foresee vacuum sealing a ton of food every week, but are just planning meals for your small family: