How long does food last when vacuum sealed?

When you purchase food, you want to keep it fresh and safe to eat for as long as possible. You also want it to retain
its great taste for the maximum amount of time too. The length of time that food is stored can affect its taste and your
health. A great way to extend this amount of safe storage time is by vacuum sealing food.

Vacuum sealing safely stores food in airtight vacuum packs. This removal of air means that the growth of mould and
bacteria is inhibited which allows food to be stored for longer periods of time. This article will provide some
guidelines as to the time that certain food items can be stored once vacuum-packed.

Room Temperature Items

On average, dry food items that are vacuum sealed last 2-4 times as long as when stored conventionally. When you use a
vacuum food sealer to store pantry goods you can massively extend their freshness. This includes everyday pantry items
such as:

Normal Storage Vacuum Sealed
Bread 2 – 3 days 7 – 8 days
Raw rice/pasta 5 – 6 months 12 months
Cereal 2 – 3 months 6 – 12 months
Tea/coffee 2 – 3 months 12 months
Flour 6 – 8 months 1 – 2 years
Nuts 6 – 8 months 2 years

Refrigerator Items

Food products that are normally kept in the refrigerator can be stored for a lot longer if vacuum sealed. Many
food items can be vacuum sealed and stored in a refrigerator. This will extend these food items shelf-life
significantly as shown below:

 

Normal Storage Vacuum Sealed
Beef 3 – 4 days 30 – 40 days
Pork 4 – 7 days 40 – 60 days
Hard cheese 15 – 20 days 40 – 60 days
Soft cheese 5 – 7 days 13 – 15 days
Fruit 1 – 5 days 7 – 14 days
Vegetables 2 – 7 days 7 – 14 days
Roasted meat 2 – 3 days 8 – 12 days
Whole fish 1 – 3 days 4 – 5 days
Cooked foods 1 – 3 days 8 – 14 days

Freezer Items

Freezing food products extends their shelf-life. By first vacuum-sealing food items, you can prevent any freezer
burn and provide extra protection to your food. Vacuum sealed goods can be stored in a freezer for a long time,
as seen below:

Normal Storage Vacuum Sealed
Meat 6 months 2 – 3 years
Fish 6 months 2 – 3 years
Vegetables 8 – 10 months 2 – 3 years
Fruit 6 – 12 months 2 – 3 years
Vegetables 8 – 10 months 2 – 3 years
Poultry 6 months 2 – 3 years
Soups and sauces 2 – 4 months 1 – 2 years

Tips and Notes on Storing Vacuum-Sealed Foods

Using a vacuum sealer doesn’t eliminate all risk of food spoilage and contamination. Storage temperature and
hygienic vacuum sealing work together to keep your food fresh and safe. On average, a vacuum sealer can make
your food last 3 – 4 times longer than conventional storage, but these statistics are based on perfect use of
your vacuum sealer and perfect food preparation.

Remember to always wash your hands when handling food to reduce any bacteria transfer and cross-contamination as
you touch your food items and other surfaces in your kitchen. Always store and thaw foods at the required
temperature. If an item needs refrigeration, keep it cold before, during, and after vacuum sealing. Also, avoid
re-freezing any thawed raw foods.

Blanch your vegetables before vacuum-sealing. Most vegetables need to be boiled for 3-7 minutes. This is
essential for preserving the freshness, crispness, and flavour of vegetables. Blanching kills any harmful
bacteria that may be on the vegetables, as well as stops the enzymatic processes that ripens and ages plants.

A helpful tip is to also always label your vacuum-sealed packages before storing away. Write both what the item
is and what the date of vacuum sealing is so that you are able to accurately and safely store and identify the
food item.

Vacuum sealing is a highly effective way of storing food items. Vacuum sealing prevents oxidation, inhibits
enzymes, prevents contamination, and stops freezer burn from occurring. For these reasons, vacuum sealing is
able to extend the shelf-life of foods. This, in turn, can save you and your family lots of time and money. With
a vacuum sealer, you are able to buy in bulk, save on food wastage, and effectively meal-prep. We hope this
article has provided helpful information on the storage length of various foods once they are vacuum-sealed.

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