Vacuum sealers may preserve food up to 5 times longer than zipper baggies or containers, basically depending on the type of food.
Most people refer to these as a ‘FoodSaver’ vacuum sealer because they were first with market share. Today there are lots of brands to choose from. But the principles are the same for each: Remove the air for longer shelf life, no oxidation damage, and a better tasting result!
It’s a great ‘survival kitchen’ tool with all sorts of multiple uses and applications beyond just sealing food.
Lets get your input regarding the various things that you can do with a ‘FoodSaver’ vacuum sealing system as it may apply to preps & preparedness.
Cool Things to Vacuum Seal with FoodSaver
Obviously, it’s primarily designed to seal foods for the fridge or freezer (longer lasting shelf life). So it’s unnecessary to list all sorts of foods here.
Vacuum Seal Meat
But I will say this one thing regarding food and vacuum sealers: It really helps with preserving meat. Generally, meat is not cheap. So if you got a great sale price on some nice steaks (for example), individually wrap them first (e.g. Saran Wrap), vacuum seal, write date on package, and deep freeze. Boy will they still taste good when you thaw them out and fire up the bbq later on!
Home dried Dehydrated Foods
We have also used the jar sealer attachment for various purposes. It works great for home-dried dehydrated foods which we pack into canning jars.
The Food Saver (through an external tube and the lid attachment) sucks out the air from the jar while using an ordinary canning jar lid. To open the jar, I gently pry one edge of the lid (using a blunt object like the edge of a butter knife) forcefully enough until you hear the whooshing sound of the vacuum seal being released. It takes some force since the vacuum sealer really does a good job removing the air. The lids can be reused indefinitely (for this purpose) unless you bend or damage the rubber gasket beyond the ability to re-seal.
Continue reading: Home-made Dehydrated Chicken Strips
Herbs & Spices
Spices are a LOT cheaper if you buy them in bulk. You may receive them already vacuum sealed. But if not, you can do it yourself! It really helps to preserve flavor over time.
Seal Fire-starter & Fire-making Supplies
Ordinarily I keep my mini firestarter kits in a Ziploc bag. But you might choose to use a vacuum seal bag for a kit on a boat or environment that you know will be wet.
A few words of caution though: When in a cold environment risk, keep a means of starting a fire on your person (not sealed in a bag!) for quick access should you need it.
Vacuum Seal Clothing for Get Home Bag
It compresses well. Nice to have dry socks and other basic clothe neccesities in a GHB or other related kit.
Emergency Food Snacks
Vacuum sealing some candy bars or other emergency snacks will increase the shelf life. This is great for a survival kit, since it may be sitting around for awhile.
Toilet Paper for your Emergency Kit
Take a roll of TP and vacuum seal it in a bag. It will shrink a good bit. Use a vacuum seal bag larger than the roll so you can reuse it afterwards to store what’s left.
Canoe | Kayak | Boat Supplies
Whatever you really want to be sure and stay dry, vacuum seal it!
Although paper money can withstand some harsh wet conditions (ask me how I know… i.e. the washing machine), for long term storage of your ‘loot’, vacuum seal your stacks…
Long term Firearm storage
How about vacuum sealing a handgun for long term cache stash? I think I’ve read about that in a novel or two… Properly oil first, wrap with oil damp rag, then vacuum seal.
Alrighty then. Do you have more ideas of using a ‘FoodSaver’ vacuum sealer for prepping & preparedness?
The most popular by far, on Amzn:
NutriChef Vacuum Sealer