One of the best ways that we have learned to save money is by learning how to store food properly to ensure the longest shelf-life.
Air is one of the biggest enemies to stored foods. Trapped air in your stored goods can cause degradation, altering the taste and quality of your stored foods.
Especially with frozen foods, air is the culprit behind freezer burn. Freezer burned food is unpalatable; it can cause a “leathery” texture, stale taste, and unsightly color in your food. The best way to avoid freezer burn is to eliminate the cause: excess air in the packaging.
Now of course, the easiest, most efficient way of doing this is to invest in a vacuum sealer. We found a great deal on a vacuum sealer at a thrift store for $10. We also purchase vacuum sealer bags in bulk from amazon (much cheaper than directly from the manufacturer)
Before we purchased our vacuum sealer, we learned this very neat trick! All you need is a plastic zip-top bag. In this situation we are using the zip-top trick to marinade some veggies (since there is less air, there is more contact with the marinade and you don’t need as much marinade to cover the food completely)
- Insert the food you want to seal into a zip-top bag. Try to flatten the bag as much as possible, eliminating as much air as you can in between pieces of food.
- Seal most of the bag, leaving just a small opening for air to escape.
- Slowly lower the bag, bottom first, into a sink full of water. The pressure from the water will close around the food, and the lighter-weight air will rise to the top of the bag and out the top.
- Continue lowering the bag into the water, flattening out and pushing up any air bubbles that you see in the bag that are under the water’s surface.
- Do not allow the bag to completely submerge, but just before the water reaches the top of the bag, complete the seal. Your food is now sealed!