By Heather Bilyeu of Fueling a Southern Soul
Here is the deal. My husband and I have been shopping at Costco and in bulk since we were very first married. Actually, even before that. When we were dating we would go grocery shopping together, buy in bulk, and then split it between the two of us.
Buying in bulk or stocking up when items are on sale is something I have always done to save money and make meal planning easier. We have a deep freeze in our garage is that stocked at all times.
Outside of using my vacuum sealer for sous vide cooking, I use it a ton for items that are getting stored in the freezer.
Before I had a vacuum sealer, no matter how many times I wrapped food in plastic wrap, freezer-safe zip-top bags, etc., my food would be freezer burned - so frustrating!
When you vacuum seal an item it can last 3-5 times longer in the freezer than if you didn’t! You can have frozen chicken in your deep freeze for 2 years and it be totally fine!
The problem with freezing things and preventing freezer burn is keeping air from getting to the food in any way. No matter how hard you try, we can’t get anything completely sealed off from air without a vacuum sealer. But with Vesta Precision Chamber Vacuum System or Vac ‘n Seal Elite, there is no question those items will be airtight - bless!
Here is a list of just some of the things we keep in our freezer on a regular basis.
What Foods You Can Use Your Vacuum Sealer to Stock Your FreezerMeats (all can be marinated ready to cook or not)
Dairy (Not all cheese freeze the same. Hard or semi-hard cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella tend to do better than softer ones.)
- Cookies - baked and cookie dough
- Cake layers or decorated cake slices
- Citrus juice - frozen in ice cubes or not
- Chicken stock
- Pizza dough - baked or not
- Leftover breakfast items - pancakes, waffles, biscuits, etc.
- Soups & Chili
- Coffee Beans
And this isn’t everything! The options are limitless for how you can stock your freezer. Even if it’s just you and your spouse or a big family with lots of hungry kiddos, using a vacuum sealer for stocking your freezer will be a game-changer for you!