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How to Seal Foods with Different Shapes

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When it comes to properly preserving fruits, vegetables and meats, you'll want to ensure your foods retain their original quality and shape during the sealing process. Thankfully, there are a few tips to keep in mind that can help you preserve your larger or uniquely shaped items.

Your FoodSaver® Food Preservation System can make the process of saving these items a breeze, especially when you remember the following tips while you vacuum seal your foods.

Know When to Slice
Cutting larger, oddly-shaped foods before vacuum sealing and freezing may be a good idea, as this can prevent larger items from taking up too much storage space. While you can still vacuum seal foods with different structures, it's best to slice larger items, like squash or pumpkin. This way, you can ensure the foods are properly preserved without worrying about making space in your freezer.

Slicing foods before sealing is also a great way to portion ingredients for easy meal preparation. You won't have to worry about slicing, dicing or wasting foods when they've already been prepared and sealed.

Blanch Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can be vacuum sealed and frozen for future use, but they must be blanched beforehand. This is an important step that should not be skipped because cruciferous vegetables release gases that will expand the plastic seal.

To blanch your vegetables, bring a pot of water to a boil. Place your food in the water, allowing it to boil for three to five minutes, then immediately place the veggies in ice cold water. This process impedes enzymes in the vegetables from working, thus preventing gas from being released. Once the vegetables have been drained and completely dried, you can place them in your vacuum seal bag. It's important that the vegetables have zero moisture, as the water can also hinder the sealing process.

Seal Delicate Foods with Finesse
Some of your favorite foods are more delicate by nature. This means when the air is removed from the bag, they may become crushed or otherwise damaged. Use the PulseVac feature to keep your food perfectly shaped while sealing breads, herbs and other delicate foods.