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Product Review: Waring Pro Vacuum Sealer

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Food & Recipes, For Your Home | 5 comments

Long, cold, snowy winters like this are often followed by the best fruit and vegetable seasons. Last year was my second year with a CSA share and buying produce in bulk for canning. Taking my learnings from the year before, I did a much better job of storing the extra food.

Two years ago, berries I didn’t can were frozen for baking or smoothies, while the excess of vegetables were mostly frozen to cook with later in the year.

Waring Pro Pistol Vacuum SealerI froze everything the cheap way, by putting the food in freezer safe bags or containers, packing them tightly and removing air to prevent freezer burn. This worked well until I opened the bag or container, removed the first portion and closed it back up. Then I would do it again and again. Each time more air would get in and ice would eventually build up in the container.

I knew I needed a vacuum packer so, last year, I went shopping. I’ve been a fan of Waring Pro since I bought their immersion blender a few years ago. Frustrated with all the bad online reviews for immersion blenders (most are said to be cheap and break quickly) I searched for a company that makes kitchen products in the U.S., assuming they would be a better quality. That’s how I discovered Waring Pro. I’ve been very happy with the immersion blender, which is used constantly and works perfectly. So buying a Waring Pro Professional Vacuum Sealer was a no-brainer.

Waring Pro Vacuum Sealer Review

The price of the vacuum sealer ($66.99 on Amazonis comparable to other vacuum sealers but this one comes with some major advantages:

  1. It’s a professional model so it will withstand frequent, consistent use.
  2. It’s a pistol, which takes up less counter space than the more common countertop sealing systems.
  3. The bags are BPA free.
  4. The bags are reusable so you can open a bag, use a portion and reseal it. This is the best part because I don’t have to waste time sealing individual portions or be wasteful throwing away single use bags.

After my first year using the product, I’ve been thrilled with it.

Tips For Freezing Food

The taste of food that was frozen properly at peak flavor offers a little taste of summer in the dead of winter. Here are some tips for making the best quality frozen food with your vacuum sealer:

  1. Fruits and vegetables should be ripe.
  2. Food should be washed and dried.
  3. When freezing soup or other liquids, stand the bag up while sealing and store on a paper plate in the freezer in case there is a leak.
  4. For soft food, like raspberries, freeze them on a cookie sheet first so they don’t squish when you vacuum pack them.
  5. When you’re using a portion of the food, immediately reseal and place the bag back in the freezer.

Eating locally is rewarding, but it can be challenging. We hope this review and these freezing tips will help you get the most out of your garden, CSA share and farmer’s market this year.

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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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5 Comments

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  1. Tom

    Can you tell me how to use “Waring Pro Vacuum Sealer”?

    • Nicole

      First you seal the bag along the op, then you press the piston over the red seal in the upper right corner, and press the trigger to suck out all the air.

  2. Montanez

    My parents got us a Food Saver for Christmas last year and this is perhaps one of the best gifts we’ve received. I have been saving and freezing food items regularly now and it has helped with our food bill, budget, and stopping waste. Since it’s just the two of us sometimes it’s hard to keep food fresh. The Food Saver helps with all this.

  3. Marlene F. Mello

    very helpful blog. Thanks Nicole! I usually tend to save freezing food in my fridgeVery much appreciate those tips mentioned above

  4. jessicagopinko

    Great informations on vacuum sealer. I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for guide!

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