You might remember my post this fall about drying tomatoes instead of canning them… Well we ended up with quite a few dried tomatoes! So far we are enjoying them, they re-hydrate well for soups and to make sauces and they are very tasty and full of flavor for things like pizza.
I recently had the opportunity to try our a Foodsaver® Vacuum Sealing System and I decided that I would use them to further preserve those dried tomatoes I’d made this fall!
I previously had a vacuum sealing machine many years ago. I used it a few times but it was so labor intensive that I didn’t really get into it much. I had to push down very hard on the sealer to make sure that it would take all the air out of the bags and that it would seal properly. I don’t mind a little work but when your arms start to wear out after only a few bags it was a little tiring.
To try out the Foodsaver® I pulled out my bags of dried tomatoes which I’d just been storing in regular zippered storage bags until now. I pulled some of the pre-made food bags out of the starter kit and poured my tomatoes in the bags, leaving some space at the top of the sealing.
Here’s a video of me using the system.
As you can see, it’s very easy and not very hands on! All you need to do is place the bag in the machine, turn the side bar to operate, press Vaccum/Seal and it’s hands off! While one bag would be sealing I would be able to get the next bag ready. It was very easy to use and time efficient since I was able to do other things while my food was being sealed.
My tomatoes are now in much more manageable sized bags and fit much better in my small pantry space! Sealed foods last 3 to 5 times longer than conventionally stored foods so we hope to have these dried tomatoes last until next summer!
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Have you ever tried a food sealing system? What do you use it for?
This post has been sponsored by Foodsaver but any and all thoughts on the products are my own.