There are many reasons to get a vacuum sealer and one of the main ones is to reduce the amount of waste that you and your family produce. By using a vacuum sealer you can lessen your impact on the environment by making sure that as much as possible of the food that you buy is eaten rather than thrown away.
It’s estimated by the US government that over 40% of all the food produced in the U.S. ends up being uneaten and a large amount of this waste ends up polluting our environment. This is a massive amount of money – over $40 billion dollars a year! I’m sure that you will agree with me that this is a huge cost to the average family and an enormous amount of waste.
It’s not only a huge amount of food but is also a lot of cash wasted for the average family. If we could only save half of the amount of food that we currently put in the garbage then it would be like giving ourselves quite a nice salary raise.
Unfortunately, most of us are contributing towards this figure by throwing away lots of perishable food items each and every day. Most of this food could be saved by vacuum sealing it and putting it in the fridge or freezer for use later on.
There are many other ways in which you can use a vacuum sealer to save money and reduce the amount of food that you throw away.
Dealing with Leftovers
Nowadays, when I cook meals, if I end up with too much after I’ve dished up, then I seal up and freeze the extra. There are 2 benefits to doing this, I am saving cash by fully using all the food that I buy, and I also have an easy meal to prepare on another day when i might be pushed for time.
You’d be surprised how much the savings add up when you start to use your food leftovers in this way.
Buy in Bulk
Take advantage of food savings by buying meat and some fruits in quantity at times of the year when supplies are cheap. Then use your vacuum sealer to seal the food into portion sizes to exactly fit your recipes this ensures that when you prepare meals you only cook the right amount.
Cook Larger Quantities
If you cook recipes in bulk you can then use what you want to your meal and vacuum seal the leftovers to use on another day perhaps when you don’t have time to cook a meal from scratch. This not only saves in cooking time but also means that you can eat more home-cooked food and less shop bought ready meals which are not as good nutritionally for you anyway.
Home cooking is better for your health and less expensive than eating take-outs and ready meals and also save you money. Cooking in larger quantities and reheating later also means that you save on your fuel bills as you don’t need to have your cooker on for quite such a long time.
Hunting and Fishing
If we go on a hunting or fishing trip then when we get home all the meat and fish is cleaned and washed and afterwards divided into portion sizes for meals. We then spend an afternoon getting all the meat and fish vacuum sealed and stored away in the freezer. Dealing with an excess of produce like this results in us having fresh food available when we want it in the correct sized joints and fillet portions that I need so less waste again.
Leftover Vegetables and Bones
We use our meat and vegetable leftovers to make stock so that we can make delicious gravies and soup when we want. We do this by boiling up our bones and vegetable trimmings and then boil down this broth over the space of a few hours in a large stock-pot.
When the stock has cooled we pour it into portion-sized containers and put it in the freezer. Once frozen solid we put the frozen stock in a vacuum bag and vacuum seal it for using later.
I’m sure that you can think of several other ways that you can use your sealer to save money on food and to help your family eat better quality food all year round.