Food Storage With Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

One of the biggest obstacles we have to conquer as preppers is that of long term food storage and Best Long Term Food Storagepreservation.  While MREs and other long term food options that are purchased can be great, they can be expensive per serving and limiting in the options available.  A few years back I decided to research my options for Do It Yourself food storage and decided to purchase a Food Saver vacuum sealer and I have been very happy with the results and variety it has given me.

Why a Food Saver?

I decided on a Food Saver vacuum sealer because of all the good reviews and the quality of the best way to store foodproduct.  Air and water are the two main factors of why food goes bad.  Both of these can be greatly reduced when food is placed in a vacuum sealed bag.  Another reason I chose this method of food storage is because I wanted to be able to tailor my food options to what I like (DIY).  Sometimes MREs and other products like it, sit on the shelf until they go bad.  However, if you are able to create snacks and menus that you normally eat then you can use the sealed packages whenever you please.

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While shopping at the store one day I came across a deal on ribeye steaks, which are my favorite, so I bought more than I normally would.  The excess steaks I vacuumed sealed up, dated and placed in my deep freeze.  Over a year later I came back to take the last ribeye out and was amazed at how well the steak was preserved.  It looked and tasted like it had been put in the freezer just days before but it had been stored for over a year.

Not Just For Food

I have used the Food Saver to help preserve more than just Best way to store foodfood items.  I have placed entire boxes of ammunition into a bag for long term storage in order to decrease corrosion of the cartridges.  I have vacuumed sealed medical supplies.  The reason for this is that some supplies like bandages are wrapped in a paper like package that over time dry out and the packaging fails.  Once the packaging fails, the bandage is no longer sterile and can also become brittle.  Another great reason to use a vacuum sealer is that if the material that is in the bag is soft, the process of taking the air out of the bag will compress that item quite a bit.

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This can be a hug space saver.  I have taken entire bags of cotton balls and shrunk them down Best Prepper Food Storagetremendously in size.  Cotton balls have a wide variety of uses, most important to me is that they make great fire starters, which is why I choose to seal them up and have some in every pack that I own.  I have taken the cardboard centers out of toilet paper rolls and placed two rolls per bag, you don’t want to be stuck somewhere without toilet paper if you can help it!

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The Food Storage system that I use is the FoodSaver V2244 model which is a best seller on Amazon and can be picked up for around $75.  This model also has a side port which allows you to hook up a tube and vacuum seal hard containers.  I have not personally tried those containers but have heard good things about them.  I think the FoodSaver system is a great setup not only for food storage but the preservation of other materials and it can save you a ton of space when packing your bags for the trail.

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Written by Joel Jefferson

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6 thoughts on “Food Storage With Food Saver Vacuum Sealer”

  1. We have and sometimes use our vacuum sealer, though probably not as much as we should. Some of the reasons for this are that unless you have a bumper crop of veggies, then already commercially packaged and frozen veggies can be as cheap or cheaper than your home-made packages. The grasshoppers have been a plague the last two years around here; don't know why. The only non-poisonous method that has been effective is getting out at zero-dark-thirty and hand picking and squishing them; time consuming but satisfying! A main advantage of commercial foods is that you have a expiration date on them whereas your homemade packages require a educated (?) guess as to the longevity of the contents. My favorite use of the food sealer is making water-tight very-small bags for my BOB for items that you don't want to get wet such as your extra socks and unmentionables, even a emergency blanket! Other items that you don't want to spill (especially in your bag, camping or BOB) such as sugar, camp stove fuel, oil (veg. or lubricating), etc. Another great use of the sealer is for the contents of a cache (6-gallon buckets in my case) so you can squeeze as much as possible in a limited space! GLAHP!

  2. Tinderwolf anyone without a foodsaver and mason jar sealers regular and wide mouth IS CRAZY.
    seal dried beans and spices in canning jars keeps them fresh for years.

    Oxygen absorbers ( I posted on how to make your own ) long time back on the forum. Or you can buy them and vac seal dry stuff like Pemmican and all the other things Tinderwolf mentioned.
    Desiccants, VPI paper and other rust & corrosion protection enhances life span eliminates condensation this can work with mylar as well as double bagging, just remember to use acid free products when bagging / padding inedible items IMO.

  3. as an old machinist/ maint. mechanic, I used to make my own cosmoline .. sort of.. I used grease, thick oil or gear lube, vicks vapo rub, and trichlorothane all mixed together…slather it on the cast parts and let it sit to evaporate the trico…then seal it in vacuum sealbags…we would wrap everything in paper to allow the vacuum to draw out of the bag without taking the grease with it…worked great…that was 35 years ago and i'd bet as long as the bag was intact, the product was too.

  4. I have used a vacuum sealer for years. I would pre-make meals for hunting and camping trips and freeze them in the bag. This adds to the ice level in your cooler and adds to the length of time food will stay fresh. I would then take the bag and place it in boiling water. It can't burn and there is no cleanup.

    Liquid is the enemy of the vacuum sealer and can destroy the pump. A good way to seal items with a lot of moisture is to freeze them first and then seal the frozen item. This works well for soups, beans, stews, etc.

    The other way to deal with moisture is to use paper towels in the bag. Let's say I want to vacuum seal dove breasts. I will put the breasts in the vacuum bag and then put a rolled up piece of paper towel on top. The paper towel will absorb the moisture before it gets to the vacuum pump.

  5. I have a Zip-Loc saver! Just under $70.00 I did not go hog wild sealing everything in sight!
    But I did do money! I could lie and tell you how great it is to seal up 10,000 dollars in twenty's!
    But I have sealed up packs of 100 dollars in ones. Boy do they take up less space!!!
    If the self life that the manufacture says his product is good for is half! That still damn good!
    I have a small block of cheese in the meat draw that I sealed on Feb 2014! No green growth.
    Looks OK!! Maybe 2017 we will open it, Maybe!!!
    I have had poor luck with using other manufactures bags! Did not want to seal right! May just be me
    or my machine! When this one burns up, I will get another one! Maybe pay a little more too!!!

  6. I really enjoy reading the posts. Food sealers are a life saver when you live more than a hour away from major shopping, have a large garden, or raise animals for your freezer. I just wish you were on Facebook too. I don’t use Pinterest, but can understand that busy folk do not have time to post on multiple forums.


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