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    Posted: May 22 2006 at 11:08am
Hope it's okay to start this thread here.  Since there is one on canning, I thought a thread on vacuum sealing would be great.
 
I just bought a FoodSaver yesterday.  I really like it, but would like more ideas on how you are using foodsavers in prepping.
 
For example.  If I buy a box of Cheerios off the shelf at the grocery store and it has an expiration date of November 2006, will vacuuming the product make it last BEYOND it's stated date?
 
And for something like cereal, would you just vacuum the whole box, or what?  I saw a thread on 1/2 gallon jars...how do you vacuum pack with those?
 
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Hi netti4263!I have had a foodsaver for years now.The best way to preserve cereals is in jars.Any jars that have the pop up button.Just make sure when you open one of these jars is not to crimp the sides.I also suggest that you save jars such as pasta sauce etc.Sanatize them for later use.Yes vacuum sealing cereals will extend the shelf life.Do you have a jar sealer?That is most helpful.There is also something called a univeral jar sealer.It is not made by the Tilia company but some very clever guy.Very inexpensive and works like a charm.I'd also like to suggest that you check out a yahoo group called foodsaver.They have many helpful suggestions and links to inexpensive bag materials and so forth.Its' a very active group and I find that subscribing to the digest cuts down on email.I'll post a link to universal jar sealer.I can't praise it enough. By the way I am in no way with the inventor of the jar sealer, just a very satisfied customer.Hope this helps.
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netti4263: Hers is the link to that sealer.www.universaljarsealer.com I forgot to mention that they use pump n' seal check valves.That pump n' seal would useful to have in your preps as well. I own one as well as my food saver.

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Grace your are welcome.Glad to be of help!
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anon54,
 
That's terrific! I just ordered the gift pack.
 
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Originally posted by anon54 anon54 wrote:

<FONT style=": #222222">netti4263: Hers is the link to that sealer.www.universaljarsealer.com I forgot to mention that they use pump n' seal check valves.That pump n' seal would useful to have in your preps as well. I own one as well as my food saver.


    
Thank you for that tip and link!
I have the jar sealing attachments for regular mouth and wide mouth jars, but they don't work on anything but canning jars. I love using jars instead of bags for many things and just ordered one of these.
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Food savers also work great for items you need to put in your "bug-out" or "go-bags."  Ideal to water proof and prevent spills or leakage with anything that might "spill or leak."  Also a good place to put your "important" copies of your documents, money ... just remember to make a little "V" cut right up next to the seal so you can easily open the bag. 
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Nettie4263, a vacuum sealer will extend shelf life by a factor of three to five since it completely removes oxygen. I really like the idea of pre-preparing rice dishes that I can boil. Much less mess later when water will most likely be scarce.
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Where is the cheapest place to buy the bags (or containers)? I've seen them at Walmart, and wondered if that's the cheapest or if anyone has another place they get them.



    
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Ordering the universal jar sealer...thanks!
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I've read here that the Wal-Mart bags are the cheapest, but I have found some Black & Decker bags at my Wal-Mart that were a better buy.
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Hi,
 
My local Walmart only carries the quart bags (22 bags for $9.27) however, I really like the pint size bags which Target carries (32 bags for $9.xx)  The pint bags are 6" x  9" and I use them to vac seal individual chicken breasts / fish fillets etc. 
 
Using the food saver is great.  It extends cheese life (in the fridge) 3 to 6x longer.  Before vac. packing, shredded cheese would go bad in a month.  Now I can hold a package for 6 months without a problem. 
 
I'm also vac. Packing 5 lb sacks of flour and sugar to keep moisture and bugs out over the summer.  If your tilia came with the canning adapter, you can pack cereal in glass canning jars and vac seal them.  It works great.
 
Enjoy your new toy!
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DOES ANYONE WHO HAS THE UNIVERSAL JAR SEALER KNOW IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR OWN APPLESAUCE AND THEN PUT IT IN WASHED/STERILIZED JARS FROM GROCERY APPLESAUCE?  I SAVE ALL MY JARS AND WAS WONDERING IF THIS WOULD WORK.  IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERYONE IS PUTTING MOSTLY DRY ITEMS INTO THE JARS. 
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packrat/mama,as long as you don't crimp the sides of the lid I dont see why it wouldn't work.Just keep it in the fridge.I think its a great idea.Mind sharing your recipe?I love applesauce,I have a great recipe fron cooking with pressure,I think thats' the title.The book was written by Lorna J. Sass.
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anon54 - Wow - that was my grandmother's name , "Anon".  I don't have an applesauce recipe - I'm one of those " wing-it" cooks, for the most part.
I got rid of my victorio strainer years ago, when we moved into town, thinking I'd never use it again.  Last summer bought all the canning supplies and decided to GO BACK TO BASICS , before I even heard of BF. 
Planning to purchase a pressure cooker, managed to snag a used range that hubby's co-worker was getting rid of for basement use.  Stocking meats in freezer, planning to can those.  Thanks for advice on Jar Sealer - think I may invest in one. 
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I would be lost without my FoodSaver! I love that thing. We buy in bulk alot since we're feeding a mini basketball team .  I buy the double pack bags at WalMart, they are cheaper and you get more than buying the FoodSaver brand. They work just like the FoodSaver brand also. I think they are $6 and change for the two pack of the gallon size bags compared to almost $9 and change for one roll of the FoodSaver ones. I also use them to marinate beef jerky in, since it basically "fast" marinates the meat when you vac seal it. I just put the meat in the pre portioned cut bag, add my marinade, vac seal, put in fridge for about a couple hours then take out and slap it in the dehydrator. Saves time and actually we think it adds more flavor to the meat since it gets sucked into the grain with the vac sealing process. We've started making jerky to add to our food supply as an alternative meat source in case the power goes, etc. Can't ever go wrong with good ole beef jerky LOL
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I wondered who would start this thread. I'm glad someone did :)
 
We've had a unit for years, but have never used it. Mom got it as a gift, but there was manual...or at least not one that she can find now. I've looked on the net, but have been unlucky. So, anyone with a Kenmore Saver willing to tell me how to even turn this thing on?
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Originally posted by FictionWriter FictionWriter wrote:

So, anyone with a Kenmore Saver willing to tell me how to even turn this thing on?
 
There's a good chance that it is a FoodSaver with a Kenmore label. Go here to search for a suitable manual: http://foodsaver.jardendirect.com/productmanuals.ad2 .
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Does anyone know if you need to add an oxygen absorber when vac sealing dry stuff....like rice, beans, etc.???
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Originally posted by TxCowboy TxCowboy wrote:

Does anyone know if you need to add an oxygen absorber when vac sealing dry stuff....like rice, beans, etc.???
 
I haven't and don't plan to. I do freeze for three days prior to vac packing.
 
 
ETA FictionWriter, did you have any luck in finding a manual?
 
 
 
 
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