Food Savers/ Vacuum Sealers: Do you use them and are they worth the expense?
I'm really trying to be mindful of wasted food in our home, and have gotten to the point I cannot abide tossing unused items. Unfortunately, out lifestyle means dinner doesn't always get cooked as planned. So, I'm thinking of investing in a food saver to give me those extra days I sometimes need to get to use fresh produce and meat.
I'd love to hear from Hounders that use them, love them, and hate them. ;-)
Your perspective on these things is always so helpful!
I have a food saver. I used to do a lot of hunting and fishing, in a addition to shopping at Costco.
Bags cost about 50cents each.
Based on your posted needs, I recommend ziplock bags or storage containers. I don't see the economics of a food saver to give you those extra days.
They are great for longer storage, buying in bulk, but for a couple of weeks or less, I use zip locks or storage containers.
Mine paid for itself in the first year. Not only do I save money by being less wasteful it allows me to take advantage of family packs, stock up sales, etc. I break it down in serving for our family and it keeps for months. And the bags are washable/reusable
Also I buy less convenience foods like shredded cheese, bread crumbs, etc. I can buy big blocks of good quality cheese and shred it myself and freeze. Save breads to make my own crumbs.
Being a working mom it's a life saver too. I do a lot of batch cooking/feed the freezer on the weekends. During the week I can grab a bag of meatballs/sauce, beef stew, chili, whatever and throw it in the crock pot. When I get home the main part of dinner is done.
Foodsavers are great if you want to buy in bulk, portion and freeze for later use. For Christmas dinner this year I pulled a beef tenderloin roast that I had vacuum sealed and frozen last Christmas and it was still in excellent condition. It probably wouldn't be my first choice for short term storage, I'd probably just wrap in plastic wrap or use Ziploc bags for that.
Just sold my "like new" Foodsaver plus tons of extra bags on eBay. There was quite the bidding war since I thought I'd have to let it go cheap, but not so!
I discovered that Ziplocks were a lot easier and a lot cheaper. I kept the tubs for saving compostable items in my kitchen, so it wasn't a total loss.