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As you know by now, my life has been colored by freezer cooking for over 16 years now. I was very pregnant with our first child when I read the grandmother of all freezer cooking books and set out to fill my freezer. It became an addiction of sorts, this bulk cooking thing. Not only did I have a variety of meals to choose from, but I could also relax a bit at suppertime, knowing that most of the work was done for me.
Over the years, I’ve used a variety of freezer packaging, mostly ziptop freezer bags, aluminum foil, plastic containers with lids, and glass baking dishes with or without nice lids. I’d never had any experience with a food vacuum sealer, but I’d eyed them at Cabela’s years ago. Earlier this summer, FoodSaver contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing the new FoodSaver G3H Vacuum Sealer.
I’ve always been skeptical of these vacuum sealing machines. I’d heard complaints about liquids getting in the seal and plastic overuse. I wasn’t convinced that it would be that useful.
Consider the conversation I had with a friend yesterday:
Friend: You’ve never tried the FoodSaver before? My husband bought me one many years ago, but I don’t use it very often. I love it, but it’s hard to do liquids.Me: Well, this one has a drip tray to catch any juices that seem through.
Friend: Oh, mine doesn’t have that.
Me: Yeah, and there are these bags with a liquid barrier cloth, like what they put at the bottom of a package of meat at the store. It catches the juices before they get to the seal.
Friend: Oh, they didn’t have that when I got it.
Me: I really like the ziptop bags. I can put food in them, suck the air out with the machine, and then open the bag and continue using it for food storage if I haven’t used up all the food inside.
Friend: Oh, that must be new.
Clearly, FoodSaver has been listening to folks’ wants and desires and has worked to upgrade the product over the years since my friend first got her machine. Any objections she might have had with her older model are pretty much put to rest by this new baby.
I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated by the package when it first arrived. Thanks to my resident techies, hubs and FishBoy12, it was up and running in no time, even though I was up to my arms in freezer cooking the day we took it out of the box. The three of us had a great time exploring the different packaging and which foods would work best with what wrappers.
Here’s just a bit of what I did this week with the latest model FoodSaver:
- marinated chicken breast in the Liquid Block quart bags
- packaged grilled chicken breast for hubs’ lunches in portion pouches
- divided bulk packages of shredded cheese and turkey breast into vacuum zipper bags
- packaged meatballs and hamburger patties in gallon bags
I’m most pleasantly surprised with the G3H Vacuum Sealer. The literature that came with it goes into great detail about the best ways to package things and how to watch out for food safety. I really appreciate that.
Honestly? I love this machine. Not only does it seal the food airtight to help prevent freezer burn, it packs food more tightly than I could so that I save space in the freezer.
Obviously, I’m using this machine for freezer cooking, but it can also be used to help store food longer in the refrigerator. I really like this since we try to use ingredients with few preservatives. If I can package it well for refrigeration, like that turkey breast, it will last longer. It’s a nitrate-free roasted turkey breast that is a great price at Costco, but I’ve often tossed the ends of it because it just loses its fresh color and smell.
The FoodSaver literature explains also how you can save money by not wasting food. While I haven’t tested it myself, I can totally see this.
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