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Get Started: Using A Foodsaver for Freezing

My love affair with my Foodsaver started over five years ago. My parents upgraded and gave me their first Foodsaver. It had a few cracks in it and was a little worn, but worked just great. Then last year I decided to splurge and buy a new model because having a big game hunter husband and being a new contributor to Once A Month Mom, I just knew I would use it!

And use it I do!!

I have the Foodsaver V3835. I bought it at Costco, because it was about $50 cheaper than Bed Bath and Beyond even with my 20% off discount coupon! This model does it all. It has two vacuum speeds, a marinade mode, a marinating canister, a moist mode for wet items like sauces and soups, and a gentle mode for baked goods.

Here are some of the most frequent questions I get asked about my Foodsaver:

What types of foods can you freeze with the Foodsaver?

A good rule of thumb is anything you can freeze in a freezer bag can be frozen with your Foodsaver and last longer! Repackaging store bought meats is key to lasting longer as we’ve mentioned in our Get Started Series. And while those are great tips, the Foodsaver can take some of those meats a step further by removing all extra air and creating a solid seal to prevent freezer burn. You can also freeze: full meals, soups, stews, fish, coffee beans, pantry items, vegetables, fruits, and baked goods.

Does the Foodsaver help make food last longer?

YES! They have a wonderful chart on their website showing you ordinary storage vs the Foodsaver storage. And as you can see it’s a large difference. I typically use our Foodsaver on items I know I won’t be using within a few weeks. However I packaged my husband’s 75 pounds of elk meat this year with no problems because I know we’ll be stretching that meat out over the next year. The Foodsaver bag rolls are available at Costco for reasonable prices and you can find them online. I’ve also had great luck with a few of the off brand rolls such as Cabela’s.

Are the bags pre-size or can I make my own size?

BOTH! You can buy already sized bags or the rolls to make your own. I prefer the rolls because I never know just how much space I will really need.

Are the bags reusable?

Not necessarily but yes. I like to reuse the bags I have for my fruits, vegetables and baked goods.  I leave the bags a little longer so I can re-seal a few times before I have to throw them out.

Can you use the Foodsaver for a Once A Month Mom cooking day?

YES! I like to use my Foodsaver on my big cooking days for the baked goods, smaller portioned items or my slow cooker recipes. I will go through the recipe cards and see what I can do and then I’ll pre-cut and seal a few bags and write the meal on the bag and use them throughout the cooking day or at the end when I’m ready to do my big label and store assembly line.

While you do not have to run out and buy a Foodsaver today in order to do a Once A Month Mom cooking day, it certainly couldn’t hurt to have on your wish list. I believe this system saves me money on freezing containers, money on wasted or freezer burnt food, and especially time!

Do you have a Foodsaver? What is your favorite feature?

Disclosure: Foodsaver did not provide me with any products or compensation for this post. The system is mine personally and I was not solicited to do a review. All the opinions in this post are mine, want to know more about how I facilitate reviews, view my full disclosure policy!

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21 Responses to “Get Started: Using A Foodsaver for Freezing”

  1. May says:

    I love the fact that the food stays fresh. I’ve browned ground turkey and portioned them out and when I reheated it, it wasn’t dry or dull! Just make sure to pre-freeze liquid items though lol. I didn’t realize this when I first got it (even with fresh meat) and made a mess! Reading directions/watching youtube tutorials really does help lol.

  2. Rose says:

    I have had a Foodsaver for many years and I love it. One of my tricks is when I buy the box of rolls at Costco, I cut the roll down to the size of the quart or gallon bag and close one end. I have a drawer I stack them in so they are all ready to go when I cook.
    I also had a hard time filling the bags because it seemed like it took to many hands, so I made a device with dowels and binder clips to hold the bags up and I use a canning funnel to fill the bags. It works perfectly.

  3. Trish says:

    I’ve had a Foodsaver for probably over 10 years & love them (like your parents, I upgraded & passed on my original). I’m not yet a big meal freezer (working up to it) but like to make large batches of soup, freeze in single-serving sizes, pop out & vacuum seal each separately. Great for packing for lunch @ work! :-)

  4. Emily says:

    How to you keep from getting the moisture vac’d out so that the bag doesn’t seal? I am getting frustrated. I freeze fiddleheads and am using a salad spinner and drying them with a paper towel and am still getting some bags that don’t seal! Argh! Any ideas besides freezing the fiddleheads first?

    • Tricia says:

      The only other suggestion might be a Foodsaver. We have a couple picked out in our OAMM Amazon store that we like. http://astore.amazon.com/oamm-n-kitchen-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=1

    • Jessica says:

      I had the same issue with some carrots last month. I bought a 5 lb bag of carrots & had to slice, blanch, & freeze them. I Sliced & blanched, drained as best as I could, put in FoodSaver bags, and tried to seal one. It just KEPT vacuuming liquid out. So I stopped it, folded up a paper towel lengthwise a few times, & inserted the paper towel between the carrots & the sealer. It absorbed the liquid that the vacuum extracted, giving the sealer time to work. It looks funny, but it works.

    • Angela says:

      You have to freeze the items first, then vacuum & seal them. You can freeze them in the unsealed bags.

      • Sarah says:

        If the juice from raw carrots is an issue, how do you freeze soup raw meats? I know you said you should freeze some foods first, but this prevents you from laying them flat to freeze so you can conserve space.

    • Patti says:

      The newer model Foodsavers have a setting for sealing items that contain liquids. It works great. If its just minor juice then I use the paper towel trick or put the bag over the edge of counter so it takes longer for those liquids to come up giving time for the bag to seal.

      If its soups/stews with lots of liquid, then I use a tupperware storage container, put the bag inside flip the top of bag over the sides of container, fill it and then freeze it unsealed. Once it is frozen, its easy to remove bag from the container and seal. works great! Any plastic medium height container that your bag will fit it will work.

  5. Jessica says:

    Are the bags reusable? Now they are! Well, at least some. They make zip top FoodSaver bags. You have to have an adapter to use them with your countertop FoodSaver, but I think it’s only like $7. My new countertop model came with the adapter for the containers. It might work with the bags but I haven’t been able to try it yet. The bags, adapter, & a hand-held vacuum are available through their website. Last I checked WalMart carries the hand-held unit also.

    Might want to add a note though- DO NOT reuse bags that have held raw meat. Only re-use bags that have held non-greasy cooked items, fruits, or veggies. And reusing bags that have held strongly flavored items, while not dangerous, might not work out to well. I’ve noticed they can absorb smells…

    Also- I HIGHLY recommend the FoodSaver containers. They work great for quick marinades and storing lunch meat.

  6. Jes says:

    I am also a fan of using food saver. Although, I splurged and got a Vacupak after many problems with my FoodSaver brand. I keep it on the counter and use if for everything. One thing I love is that if you leave extra space in the bag you can use it for things like cheese – and just keep cutting and resealing the bag. Honestly, I use it for just about everything. I almost never use zip top bags anymore. Amazon has some good prices on vacuum sealer bags. If your sealer allows trying different brands. I’ve noticed a big difference in the quality and price of the different brands of bags (some higher quality ones are actually a lower price!).

    • Patti says:

      Check online or ebay for generic food saver bags. I purchased 2 large boxes a few years ago and still using them. It was so much cheaper than buying them at the store.

  7. Diana says:

    I’ve had a FoodSaver for about 10 years and find it works well for a number of items. I like the “attachment” that allows you to seal canning jars. Note: Do not attempt to vacuum seal marshmallows in a jar. LOL.

  8. Amber says:

    You said you use food saver for baked goodies, small portions, etc… What do you not use it for and why? I’m new to freezer cooking, so I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row.

    • Kelly says:

      I use it for a ton of things. I make my own “ziploc freezer bags” for the bigger portions even. There’s not much I don’t use it for unless it’s something I’m getting in and out of a lot. Mostly because I don’t like to have my foodsaver on the counter taking up space I don’t want to reseal all the time :)

  9. Janet says:

    Can you talk more about your Food Saver Model? What do you hate about it now? Would you still buy it?

    I had one previously and need to replace but have found different models are better than others and don’t want to buy the wrong one. I am leary about the autosensor that starts the sealing process on your model.

    Thanks for the help.

  10. I have been doing once a month meals just for a little while, and have had some difficulty trying to get the air out of zip bags while at the same getting them to lay flat for freezing…does the food saver help with this?

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