8 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 eight foods that can be easily preserved and placed in the pantry with your FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System
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 FoodSaver vacuum sealer machine. 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.
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. When it comes to spice storage (and your herbs, too) 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. After all, you wouldn’t want to add cilantro to your classic scampi sauce, would you?
6. Flour and Sugar
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.
Coffee can be expensive, and a great way of saving a little when you purchase it is to buy in bulk. But, of course, you don’t want all your whole bean coffee to go to waste. A great solution is to vacuum seal it and store it in your pantry. Set aside the amount that you think you will use over the upcoming weeks—a month at the most—and package up the rest. If you have bought different brands or types, don’t forget to label the packages. You can also do the same thing with pre-packaged coffee. Vacuum sealing an open pack is the best way to preserve the coffee’s freshness. When you re-open it, you’ll enjoy that fresh coffee aroma and flavor that you love so much.
Many dried beans come pre-packaged, but you can also purchase most types of beans from the bulk bins in most supermarkets. If you have ever stored beans “as-is” for too long, you know that no matter how long you soak them, they still end up being a little tough and crunchy once you cook them. Vacuum sealing your dried beans soon after purchase will help to prevent this from happening. You should be able to tell what kind of dry beans you have stored just by looking at the bag, so there’s no need to label the packages in that sense, however it is always advisable to include the date of sealing for reference.
Pro tip: Re-seal your snacks!
Nobody likes going back to a pack of chips or cookies only to find that they’ve gone stale. Make it a rule to vacuum seal your larger bags or packages of snacks in between snack attacks, so your fave is always fresh.