It is estimated that of the food that we buy over one third of it is thrown out because it has passed it best or gone off. This is not only a waste of food but also of time, money and the effort involved in getting the food in the first place. Many of us have the same arguments as to why we throw food out such as ‘it doesn’t cost much’ which is true for an individual piece of food but when added up it actually does cost a great deal. Another argument is that storage containers take up too much room in the freezer or refrigerator, that is true the plastic storage containers that we use can take up a great deal of wasted space , much of their contents is just fresh air.
An easy way to overcome the wasted space while still storing your food is to vacuum pack it. When food is vacuum packed the only space it takes up is the volume of the actual food, no wasted space. Not only will this save space it will increase the time that your food stays fresh by up to 6 times what it would otherwise be – including frozen foods. Virtually any food can be vacuum packed, including soft leaf salad foods.
A very popular vacuum sealer, in fact the best selling vacuum sealer on Amazon, is the FoodSaver V2244. FoodSaver are very well known in the world of vacuum sealers and the V2244 is their lead in model. It is small and compact measuring only 5.9 x 10.6 x 17.7 inches and weigh only 1 lb. so it is small enough to find a space even in the most overcrowded kitchen.
It can seal either readymade bags or rolls of material can be bought allowing users to make their own custom sized bags. With the recommended preparation there is not much that this small machine cannot vacuum seal.
- Starter kit includes; 11"x10" Heat Seal Roll, Quart Heat Seal Bags (3), Gallon Heat Seal Bags (2), Accessory Hose
- Compact size with manual operation,Patented, removable, dishwasher-safe, drip tray
Our FoodSaver V2244 Review
When you first receive the FoodSaver V2244 the temptation is to and try and vacuum seal something straight off. After all it looks obvious that all you do is place a bag on the sealing strip and press the automatic seal button. This is one case where a few minutes reading the instruction will make sure that you get the best of your FoodSaver V2244. User may notice that when they receive the FoodSaver V2244 the jaws are in the open position.
It is best if you can to always store it in this way as it saves the gaskets from getting damaged and leaking during operation. The gaskets are a wearing part and will eventually need to be replaced. It is a simple job, just pull the old ones out and slot in the new. The gaskets are readily available and quite inexpensive. Sealing dry foods with the FoodSaver V2244 is quite straightforward and easy. Simply place the food in the bag, place the open end in the sealing section, making sure that the bag is flat, and press the button. For delicate foods like leafy salad vegetables the vacuum can be stopped when needed to stop crushing the leaves and then sealed.
In common with all sealers of this type, juices in food, such as raw meat for example, can cause problems when vacuum sealing as it tends to get drawn out of the bag with the air. If there is a small amount of juice on the food. The FoodSaver V2244 has a patented drip tray which will cope with small amounts of juice. If the food that you want to seal is high in juice like a stew or casserole, it is recommended that the food is placed in the freezer first to either make the juice thicker or even completely frozen. Then it can be easily vacuum sealed without any problems. Sometimes larger, awkward foods can take a little practice in being able to achieve a perfect seal every time.
It is often better to use a little more of the bag than seems necessary as this help have a flatter surface allowing for an easier seal to be made. Although this is a small vacuum sealer in size but with its wide sealing width and the ability to make your own bags from the roll (a roll is included with the FoodSaver V2244) it will tackle even items like a full rack of ribs. Also included with the FoodSaver V2244 is an accessory port and hose. This is to enable the vacuum sealing of jars or FoodSaver storage containers which can be bought separately. When it comes time to use the vacuum sealed food, it can be either heated through or cooked using the sous vide method whilst still in the bag.
This is a very easy to use vacuum sealer, as long as the instructions are read first, and is ideal for both someone who is new to vacuum sealing or a more experienced person looking for a good value replacement sealer.
FoodSaver V2244 Pros & Cons
FoodSaver V2244 Best Features
- Automatic operation – operating the FoodSaver V2244 is both simple and straightforward to use. It also has a manual override button to cut the vacuum off and start sealing for when delicate foods, such as lettuce, are being sealed.
- Small and lightweight – measuring only 5.9 x 10.6 x 17.7 inches and weighs only 1 lb.
- Extra wide sealing with a double seal – allows large sized foods to be vacuum sealed when used with the roll of bag material
Integral accessory port – the FoodSaver V2244 comes with a port that allows the hose (included in pack) to be used for the vacuum sealing of jars or FoodSaver vacuum storage boxes
- Drip tray – The FoodSaver V2244 comes with a patented, removable drip tray for catching overflow liquids when vacuum sealing food with juices. The drip tray can be washed in a dishwasher for easy cleaning.
- Bags included – the FoodSaver V2244 comes complete with a selection of bags and a roll of bag material to allow you to make your own size custom bags.
- Non-vacuum sealing option – the FoodSaver V2244 is able to seal bags without having to vacuum the air out first.
FoodSaver V2244 Conclusion
FoodSaver are a very well-known brand in the field of vacuum sealing and the FoodSaver V2244 is a very good example of a cleverly designed, inexpensive vacuum sealer. That it is inexpensive does not mean that the quality is lacking. Its small size and light weight mean that it will fit easily in to any kitchen. The cost of the FoodSaver V2244 will easily be recouped over a very short period of time due to the reduction in food is wasted.
For food that has already been cooked, the contents can be reheated while still in the vacuum bag save time and effort in washing separate heating dishes. The vacuum sealed bags are also ideal for sous vide cooking (a method of cooking vacuum packed food for long periods at lower temperatures). The FoodSaver V2244 is ideal either for someone who is new to vacuum sealing or a more experienced person who is looking for a good value replacement model.
The FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System has been the bestselling vacuum sealer on Amazon for some time and looks to remain so. The FoodSaver V2244 vacuum sealer is highly recommended for its price, quality and the results that it produces in operation.