A vacuum sealer is a fantastic tool to have in your kitchen, whether you work in a professional one or you simply produce meals at home. One of the main benefits of using a vacuum sealer is that it will save you money in a variety of different ways, and that’s something that everyone enjoys doing. But just how does it work? Here are some of the ways that a vacuum sealer can save you money; some of them might surprise you.
Buy In Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money. When you buy a lot of something, the price tends to go down – you might find that your local supermarket is offering a two for the price of one sale, or that you can negotiate with a supplier to lower the price if you’re buying a large quantity.
However, once you have all that food, what are you going to do with it? You can’t just keep it lying around, even in the fridge – at least some of it will go off by the time you get round to using it. That means freezing, but if you have a lot of something, do you have the room in your freezer? If you use a vacuum sealer you will have the room – you’ll be able to fit everything in that you need to and nothing will go to waste.
You can even batch cook and do the same, pulling out a bag of food to defrost and heat up when you need it.
Batch cooking is a fantastic way to save money and time, which in this busy world is always a bonus. Take a day when you do have spare time, and ensure you have already bought all the ingredients in bulk. Although you’ll need to spend the whole day prepping and cooking, when you have finished you might have a month’s worth of dishes ready to bag up, use your vacuum sealer on, and store in the freezer.
When you’re having a long, busy day, just grab a bag and cook it up ready to eat. It means the temptation for a takeaway, or going out to eat (both of which are expensive and are really once in a while treats rather than a regular occurrence) is removed and you’ll save money there too.
Save Your Leftovers
It always seems a shame to throw away what is really perfectly good food just because you cooked too much or you – or your family – just weren’t hungry enough to finish everything. However, that’s usually what happens; everything gets thrown in the bin, never to be seen again.
If you had a vacuum sealer, you could prevent this from happening. You could save your leftovers in a bag, keeping them fresh for longer so nothing goes to waste. You could save enough food for entire meals this way, and that, of course, will save you a lot of money in the long term.
Extend The Life Of Dry Goods
Not everything that you have in your cupboards is going to last forever; dry goods such as flour, sugar, pasta, rice, oatmeal, baking products such as baking soda, and coffee (as well as many other things, perhaps especially spices and herbs) will all lose their flavour and potency once they have been opened for a while.
Most of the time that means they get thrown out, and you need to buy new packets to replace them. They don’t have to be wasted, though; use your vacuum sealer and they will last a lot longer.
Eliminate Freezer Burn
We’ve all been in that situation when you go to pull something out of the freezer only to discover that freezer burn has made whatever it was you wanted to cook inedible – it has to be thrown away. What a waste.
With a vacuum sealer you can eliminate that problem and ensure that the food you put into your freezer remains just as fresh as ever, always able to be used when you need it.
Even if you don’t want to prepare entire meals in advance, you can do the prep work beforehand, saving you a lot of time. When you come to cook your food, all you need are the pre-prepared vacuum sealed bags of ingredients you already made, and you can create quick and easy dishes with very little effort.
The great thing about a vacuum sealer is that it keeps fresh items usable for days, and that even includes salads, vegetables, and herbs.