Save the Season with FoodSaver
We’re on a mission to save the season with FoodSaver®!
There has been a whole ‘lotta stocking up around here since summer is practically over. Jason and I have been going to Farmer’s Markets so we can buy fresh and local produce so we can stock up and bring them out this winter to use. I always love going to Farmer’s Markets because I know I’m supporting local farmers and their families. I also love how fresh everything is. I don’t feel bad about what I’m putting in my body and I know exactly where my food is coming from.
We got a chance to talk to one of the farmers there at the vegetable stand after I bought zucchini and grape tomatoes from him. I asked him, “what are the benefits of buying local?” Here is what he said:
When you buy local, you end up feeling good about yourself because when you buy local, you can guarantee that you’re contributing to the local community and the local economy. It also helps diversify the products farmers produce because when there is demand for these certain products after you see them at a Farmer’s Market or have a local restaurant use them, then you’re helping farmers figure out what else to grow and put their efforts into. When you buy local, you’re supporting us. You’re supporting our family and future generations to come. And most importantly, buying local guarantees that you have a fresh and delicious produce. We put every ounce of love into our crops to ensure that the consumer is getting the freshest and most delicious product. It doesn’t need to travel far so therefore, it’s at the peak of ripeness when it’s delivered to you at the Farmer’s Market.
I honestly could not have said it better myself. With all the press trips I’ve been on to farms, I know a bit of background about farming and how buying local really does support the farming community and how it diversifies what we end up getting at the market.
With all this stocking up, it means buying in bulk. Jason and I love buying in bulk because it helps us save more money. However, the problem with buying in bulk is things can go bad…fast. There’s only two of us and we can both only eat so much at one time, there’s bound to be precious groceries being thrown out.
FoodSaver® offered Jason and I the chance to try out their newest vacuum system, the FoodSaver® 4800 Series 2-in-1 Vacuum System. We’re also doing a fun experiment with them! Since we went to the Farmer’s Market to buy local, fresh, and in-season produce and we vacuum sealed them and froze them! In November, we’ll be cooking with our fresh produce that we bought in SEPTEMBER. How cool is that?!
This vacuum system is seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever encountered. For the LONGEST time (and this is not a joke), I’ve always wanted a FoodSaver®. When I was young, I would always see them on infomercials and it just looked SO cool. The air being sucked out of the bag and being able to preserve your food for many more months. Very neat!
This FoodSaver® 2-in-1 vacuum seal machine is so easy to get started with. You literally take it out of the box, plug it in, put a roll of bag into the top compartment, and you can start sealing right away! The top compartment with the bag roll is really neat because you can cut your own size bag to whatever size you may need for your produce. If you don’t feel like doing that, you can also use their pre-made/pre-cut bags that they’ve included. They also have zipper bags that are super convenient! I decided to cut my own size bag when vacuum sealing the zucchini we got at the market. It was easy and actually really fun! You have to heat seal the end of it so your products don’t fall through the other end! I think I had way too much fun playing around with this machine. :)
I measured out the zucchini and the size bag that I would need and I cut it and heat sealed it – all with this machine!
This was the fun part – getting to see all the air being sucked out of the bag and watching it literally vacuum seal (just like what they have in stores!) your food!!
And we’re done with the zucchini! This only took me about 3 minutes to do from start to finish. Maybe even less. It really takes no time!
Okay, next up were the grape tomatoes. I was really nervous about these because I was afraid the pressure would burst all these babies and I’d be left with a bunch of tomato guts, haha
Here we go! Will they pop? Will they last the pressure and vacuum sealing??
So far, so good!
We’re still good! No signs of tomato guts!
And success!! One actually did pop (if you can see in the picture) but no biggie!! The bigger thing to focus on is the fact that you totally CAN vacuum seal a bunch of grape tomatoes and be successful!
I LOVE fresh peaches. I definitely wanted to save a few for this winter so I could make something peachy with them. Everyone will be so jealous of me and my fresh peaches :)
Since these peaches were pretty ripe, I was also really nervous that they would get bruised and squished…but so far, so good.
Yup, they were absolutely fine!
My good friend from work gave me three green tomatoes picked right from her own garden in her backyard! I decided to vacuum seal them too because I want to use them this winter for something delicious!
And into the freezer they went! I won’t see them again until November and I absolutely cannot wait to use them!
I LOVE this machine. I’ve been finding a bunch of random stuff to vacuum seal (flour, anyone?) and it just makes you realize what kind of stuff you can stretch your money with.
So, not only with vacuum sealing in the bags for freezer/long-term storage, this FoodSaver® 4800 Series 2-in-1 vacuum system has a retractable accessory adaptor that you can use zipper bags, canisters and containers for short-term food preservation. Yes, you can CAN (as in canning like what your grandmother did) with this machine! In addition, a handy marinate mode within that adaptor infuses food with flavor in minutes instead of hours. This will surely come in handy when we’re rushing home from work and wanting to get a delicious meal out on the table!
FoodSaver® system keeps food fresh up to five times longer, helps prevent freezer burn, and saves families up to $2,700 a year*.
*Based on buying in bulk and on sale and preventing waste
I hope you come back in November to see what I’ve come up to make with my fresh produce from the market! Oh, and how could I forget? A lucky Table for Two reader will have a chance to win one of these, too!!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FoodSaver. I’m being compensated for my time but opinions are 100% my own.
Posted on September 26, 2013