Survival & Self Reliance Review: FoodSaver

by Kelsey Norwood

in Reviews

foodsaver

I have been wanting a FoodSaver for SO LONG, particularly for the jar sealer attachment capabilities. I chose the FoodSaver V2240 because it’s a basic model (I don’t need all the bells and whistles) and because it had the attachment port. It also has the following handy features:

  • Vacuum sealer with flat touchpad control panel keeps food fresh longer
  • Hands-free operation; easy-lock latch
  • 2 speed settings; 2 sealing levels; canister mode; CrushFree Instant Seal

It’s compact, stores easily, and is handy to get out when I need it.

foodsaver 2240

The canister sealing feature is SO EASY to use – plug the hose in, attach to the jar, and press the canister button. Depending on how large the jar is, the sealer takes just a few seconds to suck the air out and preserve what is inside. The seal is tight and you can lift up even a heavy jar by the lid.

I use the FoodSaver particularly to seal up fruit I’ve dried with my Excalibur Dehydrator. I have dried apples and tomatoes here, and they keep fresher and last longer in a sealed jar than in any other method of storage.

I love the jar sealer attachment and think that a FoodSaver is worth it just for that because all the storage supplies are endlessly reusable. I save my old canning lids to reuse with the jar sealer attachment. It feels so good to have a use for those lids – I hated throwing them away!

foodsaver jar sealer attachment

I seal up anything that we don’t use on a regular basis. Here I have dried applies, hazelnuts, barley, dried tomatoes, walnuts, whole wheat pastry flower, coconut, cocoa, and cranberries. I buy 1/2 gallon Mason jars to store things we use a lot of like cranberries, which we eat with our steel cut oatmeal EVERY MORNING. I have one jar that we ‘re using and another full one in the basement that is sealed up and ready to be used when the other is gone.

I used to lose so much money on bulk food items like these that I didn’t know how to store. I’d buy some to use for a specific recipe and then the rest would sit in my cupboard in a plastic baggie and go bad. Now I can seal everything up and know it is properly stored for at least a year.

My next Jar Sealing project is Meals-in-a-Jar. I bought a book about using dehydrated and dried foods to make ahead meals that are quick and easy to prepare on a busy night. You throw all the ingredients into a jar (or sometimes 2), slap the recipe on the front, and seal it up to use on a busy (or lazy) night. More on that next week…

Thanks to FoodSaver for sponsoring this review!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandy L January 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

I LOVE my Foodsaver! I use it a lot! The only criticism I have is that there is a lot of waste while using the bags. I haven’t used the hose to seal anything yet – so this post is very encouraging! Thank you.

2 Sandy L January 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

How do you seal the canning jars? I looked on the website, and they have a special top for Ball jars. In the photo – you have the regular cap on the Ball jars. Please help.

3 Missy January 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I LOVE my foodsaver! I need to get the attachment to seal jars though – we’ve been dehydrating up a storm and although I don’t mind sealing it in the bags, the jars would be just so handy.

4 Kelsey January 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You can borrow mine if you want!

5 Kathy Mc February 17, 2011 at 11:34 pm

LOVE my FoodSaver also. In fact, I wore out my first one so had to buy a replacement (was lost without it). Those canning jars and used lids come in very handy. Great storage and saves money in the end as don’t lose product or doesn’t spoil on you. I freeze all our summer berries using my FS using the FS rolls so I can cut the appropriate size (rather than buy quart-size bags).

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