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?

SousVide Supreme Demi

I recently was able to try out the SousVide Supreme Demi. We were loaned it for about two weeks or so, and we tried several different meals in it.

Up until recently, I hadn’t heard of SousVide cooking before. It’s actually pretty cool. Instead of a hot flame (like you are use to cooking with), you are cooking with hot water! It is basically a water oven. It was super easy to use also — just vacuum seal food in the food grade cooking pouches and simmer in the water bath. Each kind of food you put in there has a temperature and a time frame it needs to cook. What kinds of food can you cook in there? Any kind — beef, lamb, game, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, and even vegetables! To be honest, this is foolproof to use.

We made vegetables, chicken, and beef with it. What did we think? It was great! The steaks we made were super yummy and tender. You could literally cut the steaks with a fork. The veggies were super soft too. The chicken in here just soaked up the seasonings we added in and was pretty awesome.

I have to admit that the SousVide is an amazing way to cook. I love that I could put dinner in the SousVide Sepreme Demi in the afternoon and have dinner ready with little to no work. Have you tried SousVide cooking before? What did you think?