I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, and used it to partially pay for a mini Instant Pot. The Pot broke upon second use, and I sent it back to Amazon for a refund. Instead of getting a replacement, I decided to buy a FoodSaver instead (the small $59.00 model).
I've been tired of throwing out freezer-burned food, especially leftovers and frozen vegetables. It pains me to waste food, and I want to reduce the occurrence. Freezer bags, plastic wrap, and storage bowls, even giving my best effort to remove the air, isn't working.
I've been hoping to find a way to use fresh out-of-season produce year-round.
I've been wanting to get away from tomatoes in aluminum cans.
I've been wanting to save money by buying in bulk, but only cooking for one makes this problematic. Vacuum-sealing will allow me to portion properly, so I'm not overeating out of guilt.
Proper portioning will help me lose weight (something I still need to do).
Because I really dislike eating the same thing over and over, being able to portion and freeze meals will give me the variety that I prefer.
The bags are BPA-free plastic and far less waste than throwing out plastic bowls. (Let's face it, nobody wants to hand-wash those slimy bowls. They never truly get clean enough, and they smell and stain. I always throw them out.)
I will no longer have to buy multiple bowls and bags in different sizes, and be stuck using products that are often way too big for what I'm trying to freeze. I will be cutting my own custom-sized bags.
I can finally store spices and fresh herbs in the freezer to prevent early expiration. I tried this last year, and even my herbs went bad from freezer burn. It was frustrating!
FoodSaver claims that food lasts 1 to 3 years in the freezer with their system. I will be testing that!
I will have the option of sealing important belongings during a hurricane, if I choose.
Owning a vacuum-sealer should resolve all of the above. Ultimately, food saved is money saved, and it will eventually pay for itself. Hypothetically, if I previously threw out $8.00 worth of food per month, it is paid for in a year, including the cost of bags, with no food waste.
What I've done so far:
Yesterday, I vacuumed-sealed a quart of root vegetables, a pint of stir-fry peppers and onions, a tiny roast, and a large beef stew prep that will go straight into the crock pot when I'm ready.
Today, I'll experiment with cooked food. I'm slow-cooking chicken for future tamales. I also plan to prep sweet potatoes for Parmesan fries and will seal them in small batches for cooking later.
It may not sound like minimalism to have another appliance on the counter, but looking at the big picture, it absolutely is. Waste and plastics are reduced; space and money are gained.
I'll keep you posted on how this goes!