6 Foods You Can Vacuum Seal and Keep in Your Pantry
Your FoodSaverⓇ Food Preservation System has already made freezing and storing meats and vegetables much easier, but did you know it’s just as useful for preserving dry foods? Keeping plenty of food stored in your pantry is important for being well-prepared should there be a power outage or emergency, or if you are batch-cooking.
Consider the following six foods that can be easily preserved and placed in the pantry with your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer.
1. Dehydrated Fruit
Dried fruits - like apples, mangos, raisins and cranberries - don't need to be stored in the fridge and are well-suited for vacuum sealing, according to USA Emergency Supplies. Since the moisture has already been stripped from these fruits, keeping them sealed airtight is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the fruit.
2. Trail Mix
Have a trail mix recipe you're waiting to try? When you do, make a batch, portion it into single servings and seal with your vacuum sealer. This way, you can easily grab a pack next time you're packing lunch, running out the door or going for a long weekend drive.
Instead of keeping rice and pasta in bulky boxes that take up a lot of space in your pantry, transfer them to large vacuum-sealed bags for easier, more sensible storage. It's important to keep plenty of these carbs on hand, as they can make a simple and filling meal in minutes.
Similar to rice and pasta packages, cereal boxes can occupy large areas of space. By storing cereal in resealable FoodSaverⓇVacuum Zipper Bags you can dig into a bowl of your favorite cereal without it going stale Then reseal with your handheld sealer!
5. Herbs and Spices
When herbs and spices are exposed to excess moisture, they can quickly wilt or spoil. Extend the shelf life of these products by storing them in a dry place in airtight packaging. It's best to label your herbs and spices when they’re in sealed bags so that it’s quick and easy for you to distinguish them from one another. For instance, you wouldn’t want to add cilantro to your classic scampi sauce, would you?
If you’re more of a holiday baker, you can vacuum seal your flour, sugar and other baking ingredients so they stay fresh for special occasion baking. Consider your most used recipes and portion out ingredients to the exact measurements you need so there’s less measuring, or preserve your dry ingredients all together to make prepping even faster. Be sure to label each bag with measures and items you’ve sealed together.