These days, reducing the amount of food we waste is a hot topic. Aside from the environmental factors, reducing our kitchen waste is also a great way to save pounds. A food vacuum sealer is an ideal solution, particularly if you’re not that great at planning weekly menus down to the last morsel. By vacuum sealing food you can keep it fresher up to 5 times longer, and you can do this for fresh ingredients as well as cooked food, whether that’s fruit, veg or meat.
The Andrew James Professional 5 in 1 Vacuum Sealer is full of handy features.
Vacuum sealing removes all the air from around your food. Without access to oxygen, the normal biological processes that cause your food to go ‘off’ is slowed down, and bacteria are prevented from rigorous growth. Because you’re slowing down the normal decay process you can keep your food fresh for longer. Try sealing your food straight after your main shop to make your money go further. Separate chicken breasts from the packet, portion up fresh pasta or prawns, even green beans can be sealed for a later day. You can even vacuum seal liquids using compatible vacuum sealer canisters.
*Top Tip – if you want to seal foods like chopped mushrooms, fresh meat or anything that has a higher moisture content, use kitchen roll to remove and surface water then tear of a clean piece of roll and wrap it around your food inside the bag as you vacuum to prevent any moisture being drawn up into the machine, which could be harmful. If you see a lot of water going up the channels in the bag, cancel the operation and dry your food out a little more, or pop in a compatible container.
Yes! Vacuum sealing foods before freezing is a great idea as the protective vacuum sealer bag can help to prevent freezer burn. Furthermore, taking items out of their original packaging and then freezing them can save you space in your freezer.
Foods sealed in Andrew James Vacuum Bags (or bags from rolls) can also be cooked or just reheated in a microwave. Brilliant if you want to take some food into the office for a warm lunch. Using vacuum sealing is a great way to benefit from cooking in bulk then freezing portions for later use.
Sous Vide cooking involves sealing food inside a bag then boiling in a hot water bath. This vacuum sealer machine is ideal if you want to do more sous vide cooking and you’ll end up with tasty, juicy and tender meats at the end of it.
There are some things that you just can’t seal in vacuum sealer bags, such as moisture rich or liquid foods, or delicate items like soft fruits. This is where vacuum canisters are great as you can suck out all the air leaving the fluid in place, and without crushing the food. They are great for marinating foods, storing the contents of opened soup cans or baked beans, even fresh fruits like strawberries or grapes. Why not use them to make up cereal or overnights oats then seal the canister and take it to work for lunch. They could also be used to keep a salad fresh in your lunch box. These containers are fridge and freezer safe so you can use them for longer term storage as well.
To use these vacuum food canisters you just need to connect the container and vacuum sealer machine using the airline included. This uses the suction power of the unit to pull the air from the canister and once the vacuum has been achieved you just have to turn the dial on the top of the lid to maintain it. When you’re ready to use the food inside, just turn the dial to release the vacuum and lift off the lid.
Cleaning the canisters is easy as they are dishwasher safe. Of course, you can also clean them in warm soapy water with a soft cloth and allow them to dry thoroughly before storage and reuse. Remember to clean your air hose as well on a regular basis. This can be done in hot water with a mild detergent or disinfectant followed by a rinse in clean water and it is important to make sure this part is dry before reuse.
|Product Dimensions||Vacuum Sealer : 23 x 12 x 45.5 cm|
|Package Dimensions||46.0L x 30.0W x 29.0H (cm)|
|Boxed Product Weight||4.38kg|
|Voltage||220 - 240v|
|Box Contains||Vacuum Sealer, 3 x Cannisters, 6m of Vacuum Roll & Manual|
You should use bags designed for use with vacuum sealers. These are slightly thicker than normal sandwich or freezer bags and will stick together when heated rather than melting. Vacuum sealer bags have small ‘ribs’ or channels on the surface that make it easier for the air to be sucked out. Because standard sandwich or zip lock bags don’t have these channels you won’t be able to create the desired vacuum.
You should only use a vacuum sealer with bags and rolls indicated as being compatible. These will usually have small channels or be embossed to allow the air to be sucked out of the bag. They are also slightly thicker than normal sandwich or freezer bags, so they seal when heated rather than melting. All of the bags and rolls sold by Andrew James are compatible.
The extended vacuum should be used when dealing with larger bags as it will provide enough time to suck all of the air out of the bag before sealing. The normal setting is fine for smaller items like single portions of veg or meat.