FoodSaver {Giveaway}

Foodsaver-2Where was this machine when I was preparing to have a baby?! What a good way to safely freeze your food. I know I’m always a sucker for the ‘as seen on tv’ aisle at Target and I’m guessing the FoodSaver is just too big to go there and that’s why I didn’t get one until now. ;)

Seeing as though I tend to make a lot of extra breakfast foods on the weekends, I like to freeze them in individual bags for easy weekday breakfasts. So, the FoodSaver has really come in handy for that! It really is a great idea for people who have an extra freezer at their house. Wishing I was one of them!

So let’s talk about how it works.

The FoodSaver has a place inside the machine to store your roll of plastic (which is a special FoodSaver product) and cutter to measure just the right amount for your food. You cut a piece of the plastic bagging that is at least 4 inches longer than the food that you’ll put inside the bag. Using the seal button, seal one end of the bag, place the food in the bag and use seal and vacuum the other end of the bag. The buttons are pretty self explanatory, too.

Initially, I was concerned about the waste the bags would be if I could only use them once, but if you’re careful how you cut you can take what you need out of the bag after it’s been frozen and just re-vacuum and seal up the remaining food. You can also cut off of the sealed end and wash and air dry the bag and use it again. Sounds good to me!

Foodsaver

I wish I was all coupon-queen and stocking up on fresh meats and vegetables that I could store in the freezer for a rainy day, but I’m just not that good. However, I hope that some day we’ll have a large enough garden to where we can harvest enough food to freeze for the off season. And I guess we’ll have to invest in that extra freezer then too, eh? ;-) Oh, and with veggies, you may as well grab some of the FoodSavor Freeze ‘n Steam bags so that all you have to do is pop them in the microwave from the freezer, just like you do with the steam-in-bag frozen vegetables from the grocery store!

You can basically freeze anything, but here are some more things you can freeze:

I haven’t tried it yet, but another cool feature is the quick marinator accessory (that plastic container on the left) that marinates meats and vegetables in minutes rather than hours. Sweet!

Unfortunately, I don’t freeze food on a regular enough basis to give me an excuse to make the FoodSaver easily accessible to me since it is so big and heavy. I’m guessing it weighs at least 5 pounds and is at least 1 foot in length. I just don’t have the cabinet space to house it for regular use. For now, it has a lovely little home in my laundry closet until I make an exception to go FoodSaver-bag-crazy and stock up my freezer.

I will say, over my time as a married woman, I have thrown out too many pieces of freezer-burnt bread (yes, I freeze my bread. It lasts longer!). It would have been nice to not have to worry about that.

Like I said, I’m not sure if I would personally buy one since I don’t have an extra freezer and don’t tend to stock up when things go on sale. However, if I did want to take the extra time to coupon and look for sales (which I totally should do more than I already do), the FoodSaver would be a good investment.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the United States. Winner will be selected at random by rafflecopter using Random.org. All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 24 hours, another winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners’ address.  This giveaway has been sponsored by Food Saver. I received a FoodSaver system to review for this post.  All opinions stated are my own.

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66 comments

  1. I would freeze fresh veggies and fruit over the summer when they are fresher. I’d also use it to make meals in advance and freeze them.

  2. I love chicken, and when it’s on sale I want to buy all the bags, but if I had a food saver the first thing I would freeze would be chicken.

  3. We buy meats in bulk and always make double portions for leftovers. Also have a new baby!! Would love the foodsaver. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. The many herbs that we have growing (and doing great despite the outside weather) in my enclosed back porch. Then the Sky is the Limit.

  5. It would have to be leftovers for me! I am always making more than I can eat(this is what happens when you grow up in a house of 9 and now live on your own) and I hate to let anything go to waste

  6. I’d freeze meat that I buy in bulk at Costco, veggies from the garden in the summer and fresh berries/rhubarb, etc. I could put a foodsaver to good use. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  7. I would use it for meat, soup, homemade broth and stocks. Do you know if the vacuum is strong enough to smoosh bread or suck in the liquid from broth? I’ve always wondered if you can only use on somewhat solid foods…

  8. My husband loves my chicken enchiladas so I would make a really big batch and freeze them individually so he could have them whenever a craving strikes!

  9. I would freeze bread/rolls! And meat since I have four kids (three of them boys) I go through tons of meat and always purchase it in bulk.

  10. I buy 2-lb. blocks of cheddar at Costco, cut them into quarters, vacuum-seal and freeze three and put one in the fridge. Also blanched chard and kale from the garden in 2-cup amounts.

  11. I would definitely freeze meat first. Meat is so expensive and I hate when any of it goes to waste from sitting in the freezer too long. I would also love to freeze meals to have on hand when I don’t have much time to cook.

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