Wondering how a vacuum sealer works and if it's right for you?

We know: All About Vacuum Sealers

What's a vacuum sealer?

Vacuum sealers are appliances that enable you to freeze food in a plastic wrap that is vacuum sealed to remove surrounding air.

What's the purpose of vacuum sealing?

Vacuum sealing allows food to stay fresh in the freezer up to 5 times longer than more conventional means of storage, such as zip lock freezer bags or freezer containers.

Do vacuum sealers work?

For the most part, yes. Especially for foods like meat and fish, which often fall victim to freezer burn if left too long in a zip lock bag or container.

Who would benefit from a vacuum sealer?

People who buy food in bulk and then divvy it up in smaller sizes for long-term freezer storage would benefit. This includes people who buy in large quantities to save money, or who make rare trips to the store. Also, people who hunt, fish, garden, or cook in large quantities and have leftovers should consider a vacuum sealer.

Can a vacuum sealer be used for things other than food?

Yes. Vacuum sealing can be used to protect items you want to store anywhere (not just in a freezer) from moisture and corrosion. If you're a camper, you can vacuum seal many of your supplies to keep them dry. They're also a good way to seal a first aid kit for storage in a boat, or to protect it in case of flooding or contamination.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of vacuum sealers?


  • Practical: If you have large quantities of food that need to be stored over long periods, vacuum sealers can keep the food fresh and usable.
  • Cost Effective: If you buy in bulk and have the freezer capacity, a vacuum sealer can save you money.
  • Convenient: If you can't get to a grocery store often, or don't want to go, vacuum sealers can save you time and hassle.


  • Expense: Vacuum sealers cost between $75 and $300. The plastic used to wrap and vacuum seal the food can cost many times what the same size zip lock bag would cost. Unless you have large quantities of food to store, it may not save you money.
  • Work: Although the machines are designed to minimize hassle, they still require you to divide up the food you're storing into usable quantities. Make sure you want to take on that commitment.

Name some of the brands of vacuum sealers.

Food Saver, Deni Magic, Kenmore, Black and Decker, and Rival.

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