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Foods you Should Puree and Vacuum Seal

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You've likely started harvesting those garden veggies, and it's time to think up a few ways to use or preserve their freshness before any of that delicious flavor is lost. While lots of produce can be vacuum sealed and frozen after being plucked fresh from the vine, you might consider a new approach to preserving those veggies.

Here are a few items you should puree and vacuum seal with the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System to preserve all that impeccable taste. It will make preparing delicious dishes easier in the weeks and months ahead.

Fresh Garden Tomatoes 
What are you going to do with all those ripe, juicy tomatoes? There are only so many salads and sandwiches you can add them to. On the other hand, if you're a fan of tangy tomato soup in the winter or a light and flavorful spaghetti sauce, it'd be wise to puree some of your harvest. Toss those tomatoes into a food processor and preserve the mixture using a mason jar and a FoodSaver® Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer as a convenient short-cut for use later. Another easy method is to freeze the mixture first and vacuum seal it in a FoodSaver® Vacuum Container to keep in the refrigerator. Or, use a FoodSaver® Bag to keep in the freezer. This is the best way to protect the fresh tomato flavor from freezer burn and make mouth watering soup with fresh ingredients months later.

Hot Peppers for Chili
Jalapenos, habaneros, ancho chilies - they all spice up your meals with some heat. However, chopping and tossing the peppers in isn't the best way to fuse the intense flavor with the rest of the chili ingredients.

That's why pureeing hot pepper medleys for chili is so effective. The flavors fuse with the other ingredients more effectively, and you won't be unexpectedly overpowered by spice while biting down on a single chopped pepper. Pluck those fresh hot peppers, puree them and vacuum seal the mix to save for fresh chili throughout the year.

Homemade Pesto
Pine nuts, basil, garlic, parmesan and a little olive oil is all you need to make a superb homemade pesto, and the fresh sauce is sure to please your taste buds more than anything you could find at the store.

Fresh homemade pesto is a surefire crowd pleaser - if your ingredients are fresh! The only problem: Homemade pesto will oxidize and turn an unappealing dark color the same way avocado does in a short period of time. Oxygen is the enemy of flavor, so don't let that delicious homemade pesto go bad in just a day! You can use the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System to vacuum seal pesto in an air-free environment and keep it fresh and tasty for days or weeks.