Penny-Wise Tip: Vacuum Sealing

I just finished vacuum sealing six heads of broccoli!

I love processing food as it makes me feel more in tune with the fare I consume. Our vacuum sealer is one of my favorite kitchen tools. Vacuum-sealed food stored in the freezer can last up to 2-3 years, while it will last 6-12 months in the freezer stored in other ways.

While researching this post, I discovered you could also vacuum seal fresh produce to extend its refrigerator life up to 1-2 weeks. Often, fresh produce loses its Om after only a few days in the refrigerator.

My husband bought our vacuum sealer in the clearance aisle at Walmart many years ago. I use it at least once a week as I tend to buy meat in bulk because bulk meat is budget-friendly. To preserve all that meat, I portion it into meal-size packages, seal them, then freeze them. For example, 20lbs of chicken at Walmart costs 61 cents per pound purchased this way.

A bonus Penny-Wise Tip is to shop garage sales. We purchased two “spare” vacuum sealers between $5-$10 apiece this way. Fortunately, for us frugal-minded people, many individuals don’t realize the value of a vacuum sealer, so people will sell them for next to nothing.

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