September 29, 2006


I bought myself a new toy this week with birthday money that my in-laws had given me months ago - I got a great deal on a Food Saver vacuum sealer that I couldn't pass up. I've been debating the merits of these things for years now and finally made the decision to do it.

I don't like the thought of all the plastic involved with this process, but the upside is that you are able to wash and reuse the bags as many times as you like. The fruit that I'd frozen just a couple of months ago was already badly freezer burned, so I'm hoping this will help prolong the freshness of my precious stores. My big plan is to get the jar sealer attachment, which allows you to seal things in Mason jars using regular canning lids. This will prevent bug infestations in the pantry, and I'm thinking I can just freeze loose berries, peas, beans, etc., in sealed jars instead of buying more bags.

Here are some of my raspberries, pesto cubes, and blueberries all tucked in and ready for winter.


The Unusually Unsual Farmchick said...

drooling....little homer simpson drooling noises followed the viewing of your vac sealed items.....
~unusual farmchick

Carla said...

Ooh..I've been contemplating one of those for years. Keep me posted as to how you like it. Ironically, it just came up in conversation again funny to open your blog and see it's on today's post. Must be in the air.

Cheryl said...

Farmchick - Isn't that funny, they have the same effect on me. It's nice to know I'm not the only one!

Carla - I'll be sure to let you know if it's a worthwhile investment.

Anonymous said...

I can never get them to seal properly. I try, really I do! of course mine is a generic, maybe I can talk someone into getting me the name brand one.

Nio said...

We have one but we don't use it that often. Mostly because we don't have much room to store stuff.

Someday we'll have a pantry.

Danielle said...

Aha! We're living parallel lives, that's it! ;)

I just got one, too, and *love* it!

Our's came with the mason jar sealer, but I haven't had time to try it out yet. My big plan with that is to premix a bunch of waffle/ pancake mix and seal it individual jars.

Cheryl said...

Danielle - Aren't they great?
The pancake mix idea sounds like a good one. I'd love to hear if you think the jar sealer is worthwhile. Keep me posted!


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