FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer

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I recently got the opportunity to review the FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer. The FoodSaver® Brand is the market leader in the vacuum packaging category with their full line of FoodSaver® appliances, bags, rolls and accessories. The FoodSaver® system keeps food fresh up to 5x longer than ordinary storage methods like zipper bags, foil, plastic wrap, and uses specially-designed bags and canisters to lock out air and moisture to prevent freezer burn. I got to review it for myself at home and I’ll be having Foodsaver party also. (Like a Tupperware party but you don’t have to buy anything! LOL)

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I love purchasing food in bulk. However, up till now, it was hard to keep that food fresh. This is all the meat we bought at the grocery store. They had a great deal on the ribs (it was buy a package and get the second one free. You can’t go wrong on a deal like that!). All the other meat also was on sale. However, that is why too much for my little family of 4 to eat in a week. That’s where the Foodsaver comes in.

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It is super easy to vacuum seal your stuff. The hardest party is putting the bag into the Foodsaver just right so it kicks on. The rest of it is pretty simple.

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We used both the premade bags you can get and also made a few of our own! All this meat was a great test for the FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer!

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We were then able to stick them right in the freezer. Next year, we will have a garden and I’m super excited to know we can use this on mason jars so we can can some of our left over vegetables! My MIL made a ton of homemade spaghetti sauce that I’m dying to make myself! We are even thinking of getting a Costco membership since we now can take advantage of buying things in bulk!! I’m even going to make some bread and vacuum seal it. I love that you can buy all sorts of sizes and kinds of bags. I love that I can use it on meat and snacks alike. I love that I can use to for canning. I love that it easily fits right on my counter, so it’s easy to use.

As you can see, I am super excited with our FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer! What would you like to be able to vacuum seal at your house?

Cooking Planit

I am always on the lookout for things that make my life easier. Even with a cooking blog, I don’t always know what I am making for dinner. (That happens more than I’d like to admit. LOL). That being said, I have found a great site that makes meal planning as easy as pie. (literally!)

Instead of most of the other cooking/recipe sites out there that give you single recipes (you are only getting the main course or a side dish or a vegetable), Cooking Planit does something I have never seen. First, it gives you three recipes for everything you need for a full meal. Main entree. Check. Side. Check. Veggie. Check. Since the site just launched, they haven’t been able to add all the bells and whistles. However, they will be adding desserts at some point! Next, it gives you a full grocery shopping list that you can modify. You don’t have to sit here and write everything down that you need. Most of the ingredients you need for the majority of recipes and things you are going to have in your home or can easily be found at the grocery store. That is something that is very important to me. It even tells you what kitchen equipment and appliances you are going to need! I also love that the direction for all three recipes are listed on once page! It just makes cooking dinner easy! A few more features in the works are the ability to add your own recipes to the site and calorie counts. You can also easily modify the recipe for how many people you have by a click. Life is sweet! Cooking PlanIt will also show you how to make everything, so it is all done at the same time (which I can never do on my own!):

Now, if you don’t like Kale, you can easily change what you want for your veggies. You can also save your “meal” to your cookbook, so you can make it another night too!

Cooking PlanIt is so easy to use and will make your life easier. I recommend checking it out!!  Best of all, you can use it either on the computer or your mobile device!

The Pull Out Kitchen Appliance Caddy

If you are like me and lack a lot of counter space, then the Pull Out Kitchen Appliance Caddy is for you! It allows you to optimize your counter space and easily fits under your kitchen cabinets. You just put your appliance on it and slide it forward for easy access to your coffee maker, blender, food processor, etc. You can then push it back out of the way again. The Pull Out Kitchen Appliance Caddy features the patented Loc-A-Ball secures the caddy when pulled out, but does not extend it over the counter edge. It is also made out of solid bamboo for easy cleaning.

I have been using this for my Sodastream, and it works great. It also looks nice on your counter. I love that I don’t have to worry about scratching up my counters with this either! There is no assembly required and it is 12″ x 9″ x 1.5″.

If you don’t want to keep your appliances on the very front of your counters, the Pull Out Kitchen Appliance Caddy is a must get.  It makes your appliances reachable and usable and allows you to tuck them out of the way when you aren’t using them!