Do you have a FoodSaver? I got one for Christmas and I have to say I am in love with it! I am going to have to rank it on my top 10 favorite gifts! If you are a stockpiler I highly recommend the foodsaver. My only regret is that I didn't get one sooner. We used it for the first time this past weekend and it was so easy to use!
Stockpiling 101 - FoodSaver and Stockpiling
There are a few tips that I want to share with you. When you are freezing an item it is best to "pre-freeze" it. Meaning that you want to lay it flat and freeze it until it is firm (2-3 hours). We simply weighed our hamburger into 1/2 lb portions and patted them and put them on a cookie sheet to "pre-freeze". After 3 hours we then simply placed them into the food saver bags and sealed them. Another tip is that if you want the food to be moist then you want to use the moist setting so for all meat you would use that setting.
Here you can see that we placed the meat into the package and sealed it. The thing I love is that you can thaw the meat directly from the freezer in the sealed package! It is simple to mark directly onto the package with a permanent marker the date you sealed it and according the manufacturer it adds 2 years to the life of the meat.
Here is the final product! As you can see hubby helped me use the food saver and is showing off our handy work! You can use the food saver to expand the life of so many foods that you stockpile. The foodsaver says that it extends the life of frozen items for up to 2 years! I use it for fruits and berries, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and marinara! By using the foodsaver you can really extend the shelf life of foods. It is an awesome way to build you stockpile and think outside of the box.
Items you can freeze include but are not limited to fruits, vegetables, raw meats, poultry fish, bread, buns, butter and much more!
Always be on the lookout for clearance and sales on the foodsaver and bags! You can often find great deals at FoodSaver.com I would love to hear what you think about the foodsaver. Do you love it as much as I do?
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