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Saturday, February 9, 2013

How Do You Preserve Your Food?

Recently we were given the opportunity to try out the Foodsaver V3460.  In our house, we are totally new to the Foodsaver system, I've always wondered about them, but never invested.  We have friends who swear by their Foodsaver systems, so we were pretty excited to test our own.  

Given the amount of food that goes through our house in a given week, we are big on "stocking up".  Whether it be meat purchases or fruit when it is in season, we like to get good value for our money and keep a freezer full of good food choices.

I didn't do any research on the Foodsaver prior to using our new system.  I didn't want to be swayed by anyone else's opinions.  When the box arrived, we were surprised at its size.  It's not huge by any means, but it is a decent size, given what it can do for us.

I will admit that when we first opened her up to test her out, we were a little overwhelmed.  Not quite sure how it was all going to work, but we read through the instructions, did our first run "step by step"...and after that first run, we were all "hey, this is totally easy!"  My hubby got quite involved in the process and quickly set to work making our own bags.  It didn't take long to package up our chicken and pork for the freezer.  Easy breezy!

So now that we've given it a go (and have discovered how easy the process is) - I took a look online.  I learned a lot!  I found this great chart on storage comparisons, which I just love:

Food Storage Comparisons

FREEZEROrdinary StorageFoodSaver System
Beef, Game & Poultry6 months2-3 years
Fish6 months2 years
Soups & Stews3-6 months1-2 years
Coffee Beans6-9 months2-3 years
Vegetables8 months2-3 years
Bread6-12 months1-3 years
REFRIGERATOROrdinary StorageFoodSaver System
Cheese1-2 weeks4-8 months
Lettuce3-6 days2 weeks
Berries1-6 days1-2 weeks
PANTRYOrdinary StorageFoodSaver System
Flour & Sugar6 months1-2 years
Rice & Pasta6 months1-2 years
Cookies1-2 weeks3-6 weeks

I am particularly pleased with the difference in storage times for the freezer items and the berries.  While I don't expect any of our food products to remain in our freezer or fridge for the extended periods of time shown above, I am happy to know that the option is there should we need it!

The Foodsaver will be a welcome addition to our kitchen - especially for our bulk purchases and ensuring they last as long as we are needing them to!

If you want to learn more about the Foodsaver system, head on over to their website and Facebook page!

Disclosure - I received product in exchange for my honest opinion.  The views expressed in this post are solely my own.


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  2. I usually just freeze anything I want to keep, but I want to try a FoodSaver!! You have inspired me! :)

    Joy @ Yesterfood

  3. I use freezer trash bags to preserve my food. This sounds like a neat product. Thanks for the helpful food storage chart!

  4. I have the handheld one, but I would just love to get a big one, but I also need a freezer to put everything in, too!

  5. This is the first time that I heard of the Foodaver.. It looks like a nice thing to have. although we do buy our food weekly and we intend to comsume it as soon as possible.

  6. This looks like a great product to try! I always wondered what the refrigerator life was for berries- they never seem to last as long as they should, and now I know why! ;) thanks for sharing those charts!
    -Heather :)

  7. Looks like a promising product! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. I know I throw away quite a bit of food in my house. Great information.

  9. good to know... I throw a good amount of food away because it goes bad before we use it; I'll have to check this out. thanks for sharing.

  10. Love the handy chart = it really does increase the time you can keep your food.
    Great review.

  11. My husband and I have had three Foodsavers and we truly love the lastest one. It is easy to use and great for the budget minded individual. It is well worth the investment or in our case it was a great gift we received. Thank you for a great blog Dawn.


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