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We’re on a mission to save the season with FoodSaver®!

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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!

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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. :)

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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!foodsaver-tablefortwoblog-6

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!!

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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!

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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

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Here we go! Will they pop? Will they last the pressure and vacuum sealing??
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So far, so good!foodsaver-tablefortwoblog-13

We’re still good! No signs of tomato guts!foodsaver-tablefortwoblog-14

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!

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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 :)

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Since these peaches were pretty ripe, I was also really nervous that they would get bruised and squished…but so far, so good.

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Yup, they were absolutely fine!foodsaver-tablefortwoblog-18

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!

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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.

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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.

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Posted on September 26, 2013

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  1. Emily K
    09/26/2013 at 8:38 am

    I’m saving up to buy one of these.

  2. 09/26/2013 at 9:08 am

    Great review! I’ve always wanted one of these as well—they are so wonderful for a variety of uses (not just for freezing), like marinating meats and fish (it can do it so much faster!) and if you want to try any sort of sous vide techniques at home.

    Can I ask how much the bag rolls are?

  3. 09/26/2013 at 10:03 am

    my boyfriend got me one of these a while back and its been sitting collecting dust. thanks for the reminder i could totally do something like this :)

  4. 09/26/2013 at 10:16 am

    Julie – I love that you used this for cherry tomatoes! Food Savers are amazing and so helpful in the kitchen!!!

  5. 09/26/2013 at 10:44 am

    With all our harvest every single year I tell myself to buy one but I never do – next year maybe! It would save me so much time!

  6. 09/26/2013 at 11:45 am

    My mom SWEARS by her food saver and seriously vacuum packs anything she can! I know it is such a valuable tool and love the perspective of preserving the season :)

  7. 09/26/2013 at 12:47 pm

    I LOVE MY FOOD SAVER! It’s saved me a TON of money! I’ve always hated throwing food away because it went bad before I could get to it! Seriously probably the most worth while product to own if you use it!

  8. 09/26/2013 at 1:02 pm

    How have I never heard of this before? Awesome!

  9. Linda
    09/26/2013 at 2:05 pm

    My dad has one and has always done this with meat. I never considered fruits and vegetables. I definitely may look onto getting one for my place. :-)

  10. 09/26/2013 at 2:45 pm

    Total awesomeness for the kitchen! And, a nifty gadget I could really use. Thank you for a terrific review, Julie!

  11. Pam
    09/26/2013 at 3:12 pm

    I have one of these, and I love it – although yours appears to be a bit fancier than mine! You can also use it to marinate (or so I’ve read, I’ve never actually done it, but the instruction manual said it can be done).

  12. 09/26/2013 at 5:39 pm

    I love your part about going local. It’s so important, but it’s hard sometimes when you’re busy and just want to stop at the grocery store. I’ve found that the effort of going to the farmer’s market is totally worth it!

    • 09/26/2013 at 7:32 pm

      Definitely is worth the effort! I agree!

  13. 09/26/2013 at 6:17 pm

    i love my foodsaver and use it all the time! one of my favorite things i like doing is buying meat in bulk and then making a few different marinades for them and portioning it out for dinner servings. then i foodsave each serving and throw it in the freezer…whatever we’re in the mood for that night we just take it out in the morning and let it defrost while we are at work! its a great time saver as well as money saver! :)

    • 09/26/2013 at 7:33 pm

      That’s such a smart way to prep dinner, Taryn! I need to try doing that for sure!

  14. 09/27/2013 at 9:09 am

    Oh I would so make room in my tiny kitchen for this baby!

  15. 09/27/2013 at 9:48 am

    These things are so handy, aren’t they?? I just love mine!

  16. 09/27/2013 at 9:49 am

    Too cool Julie! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to give this a try! Great post!

  17. 09/27/2013 at 9:55 am

    WHAAATTTT! November!??? That is crazy. If this works, I am completely sold. I flush with embarrassment at how much food we throw away.

    • Mrs. Lucky
      09/27/2013 at 12:25 pm

      Me too! I am so ashamed of myself for tossing food I have let go bad. Decided to go to the market every other day now. I live a pretty town so do not need to drive far. Wish I could ride a bike, but that is not possible – darn. I really need to take better advantage of my Foodsaver!

      • Mrs. Lucky
        09/27/2013 at 12:26 pm

        Pretty small town I meant to say. Although it is pretty too!

  18. 09/27/2013 at 10:34 am

    We love our FoodSaver!

  19. 09/27/2013 at 11:09 am

    Such a great thing to have!!!

  20. 09/27/2013 at 1:35 pm

    How interesting! I would love one of those things! And a big freezer to store it all. LOL

  21. 09/27/2013 at 7:41 pm

    Sounds great! Does the vacuum seal help food stay fresher for longer in the fridge, too? I’m looking for a way to preserve my fruits and veggies without having to freeze them so I can still eat them fresh.

    • 09/28/2013 at 11:52 am

      Hi Carol! Yup, it makes the food stay fresher longer in the fridge too since it sucks out all the air! I vacuum seal my onions since most of the time, I don’t use the whole onion and it works great until I have to use it the next time! You’re going to love using this for everything :)

  22. 09/28/2013 at 9:49 pm

    Love this! Thanks for the great tips!

  23. 09/30/2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hmm… never thought about vacuum sealing the food I freeze, but it totally makes sense! I think I’ll stick to canning my tomatoes though… not sure I have ever had frozen tomatoes (at least knowingly).

  24. Stephanie
    11/17/2013 at 10:14 pm

    I just bought a foodsaver – this same one pictured and I am curious how you have used the items you have “saved”

    • 11/18/2013 at 8:14 am

      Hi Stephanie! I have a blog post coming up next week on how I used the items I saved! :)

  25. CC
    01/26/2014 at 6:36 pm

    Love your blog and all the great recipes you share! I was just looking back at this post and was wondering if you ever posted about how you used your saved food after freezing it. Did I miss it? I just registered for a food saver and wanted to see if you had success with cooking the saved food after freezing them. Thanks!

  26. Betty Lamoreau
    03/24/2014 at 9:54 am

    I grew up “knowing” that vegetables needed to be blanched prior to freezing. Are you really skipping the boiling water dip altogether? And the veggies turn out right? Great!

    • Julie
      03/24/2014 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Betty, I never knew that about vegetables prior to freezing so I definitely skipped the boiling water dip part and the veggies turned out fine!

  27. Jean McRae
    07/25/2015 at 10:41 pm

    I love your blog and all tip you share. Thank you

  28. 10/26/2015 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for this wonderful post and tips . I think Vacuum Sealer is the most important tool at the kitchen . I have Foodsaver and I love use it . Had an old food saver for years and finally completely wore it out. Purchased this one and am amazed at the improvements. Easy to use, easy to clean. Seals and marinades fantastic. Definately worth every penny.

  29. 01/13/2016 at 4:25 am

    The Foodsaver really can do so much, wow, thanks for showing how it works. I would love to have one for when we buy stuff in bulk that needs to be put into individual storage. Foodsaver would be perfect for that.

  30. 03/07/2016 at 11:21 pm

    I love my Food saver. I bought my son one because it’s so great. I’m interested in how you used the zucchini after it was frozen. Can it be sliced and fried or can it only be shredded for baking?

    • Julie
      03/08/2016 at 8:56 pm

      I used it as if I just brought it home from the store! It’s great!

  31. 04/01/2016 at 12:51 am

    Buying local you will be sure about where your food is coming from and of course, they are always fresh and delicious. Thanks Julie for sharing the information about Vacuum sealers.

  32. Marc Mayhew
    04/06/2016 at 11:27 am

    I’m anxious to hear if your experiment to seal the local produce in Sept. and use it in November worked?

  33. 05/04/2016 at 3:30 am

    A vacuum food sealer extends the life of your food by about 5 times by vacuuming out the oxygen, and sealing the food in safely. Oxygen is what causes spoiling of the food, so by blocking it out you protect your food from spoiling. I have FoodSaver V4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System . I have had this machine for a couple weeks now. It came with some starter bags and a roll. I have ordered no-name brand rolls but they haven’t arrived yet but the foodsaver brand stuff they sent me seals really well. Even my skeptical husband is now impressed. I bought the can sealing attachment which also works great. My morning smoothies are so much better with out frost bite, and I can buy my spinach and kale in bulk when it’s on sale. Bought bacon in bulk when it was on sale and portioned it out, I’ve never seen my husband so happy.

  34. Linda
    07/25/2016 at 7:57 pm

    You stated that “Yes, you can CAN(as in canning like what your grandmother did)with this machine.” Sorry, but no you CAN’T. In the foodsaver guidelines it states “It is important to note that vacuum sealing is NOT a substitute for canning…..” Also you mentioned sealing onions. The guidelines say “Due to the risk of anaerobic bacteria, fresh mushrooms, onions and garlic should never be vacuum sealed.”

  35. Caron Foster
    07/31/2017 at 6:02 pm

    I love my vacuum sealer machine very much. We buy by the bulk & save a lot of food & money. I’m glad I bought this machine. Best thing I ever did!!!!!!!!!

  36. Caron
    08/21/2017 at 7:51 pm

    I did the zuccani & other things & it came out great. I LOVE MY MACHINE I have no complaints yet !!!!!! GREAT INVESTMENT !!!!!!!!

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