Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Favorite Kitchen Tool for Meal Prepping

I am not a huge kitchen gadget gal, but there are a few useful tools that I love keeping handy. There's one tool that comes to mind that is super useful. Not only that, it helps me save money on food by preventing unnecessary waste! To be exact, it keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale, and preventing waste.

This is why I am crazy about my new FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System
This super tool features:
  • 2-in-1 Sealing System
  • Built-in retractable handheld sealer seals zipper bags, canisters, containers and marinates food in minutes
  • Fully-automatic operation
  • Moist/Dry food settings for optimal sealing
  • PulseVac™ button allows you to seal delicate foods without crushing them
  • Convenient roll storage and bag cutter
  • Pull-out drip tray drawer with patented, removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray
  • Extra-wide sealing strip creates a secure air-tight seal
  • One-touch marinate and accessory modes
  • 5-year Limited Warranty
I decided to put it to the test using my favorite food that tends to spoil rather quickly: AVOCADOS! 

Instead of having to mash the avocado and freeze in an air tight plastic container, I was able to seal the avocados to fit perfectly in my freezer. Not only that, the avocados stayed fresh and green, unlike the plastic containers which were bulky, took up too much space, and still resulted in frosty avocados. You can literally seal ANY food you want-even leftovers!

Learning how to use the FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System was quite simple actually and it came with a variety of different bags to use for sealing your food as well as a jar sealer and even a bottle stopper. 

The first step in using the sealer was to make a bag from the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll. To do this, I cut the bag to the appropriate size and then sealed one end of the bag.  
The machine uses heat the seal the end. The lights on the machine will let you know when it's done sealing!
The second step is to place your food items into your newly made bag, ensuring at least 4 inches of space between the food and the top of the bag so that it seals properly. 
The third step is to prepare to vacuum seal your food by using two hands to slowly insert the open end of the bag into the vacuum channel. 
The fourth step requires you to keep holding the bag until the vacuum pump starts. The lights on the machine will show you the progress. 
When the light turns red, your product has finished sealing! Check out my avocados! They're perfectly sealed and ready to be stored inside of my freezer until I find a good use for them.. I'm thinking, homemade guacamole for my chipotle chicken bowls! 
After using the FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System, I do not see myself going back to using plastic containers for leftovers anytime soon! The easy and durable sealing made even my weekly meal prepping a breeze. It cuts down on time and money which is most important to me, as a mother. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the FoodSaver® Brand through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer System, all opinions are my own.

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