Top Tips For Freezing Food With A Vacuum Sealer

You can save tonnes of money if you put your vacuum cleaner to good use. However, if you buy the machine and put it on your kitchen counter for no apparent reason, then you won’t neither see its important nor reap its benefits, but if you start to use it on a regular basis, it will ensure your food lasts for long: this means you can buy a lot of food and cook all of them at once. With this sealer, you can save not only money, but also a lot of time, that you would otherwise be spending doing other important things in your life.

In this guide, there are eight useful tips on how to use a vacuum sealer to freeze food. Continue to read on to find out more.

Pre-freezing your food

Have you ever wondered what happens when you place fresh berries in a cold bag and get rid of air? The fruits become squished. You can pre-freeze food items such as veggies, fruits, cookie sheets, as well as meatballs. In addition, you can pre-freeze food sauces such as pastas and soups in plastic containers. Before pre-freezing your food, pack it with a spatula or a spoon to remove traces of air bubbles. Once you freeze the food, remove them and seal them with the vacuum sealer.

Freezing cooked food and uncooked food

Some meals such as sauces and soups reheat decently. However, for other types of foods, you may have to collect them and freeze them with your vacuum cleaner without cooking. For instance, if you have 3-pound package ground turkey, you can mix three sets of raw meatballs. If you have meatballs on your menu, there isn’t much work to be done, but still, you will get a freshly prepared meal with less effort. Freeze foods are ideal because they save you a lot of time, especially when cooking dinners.

You should always label your packages

It won’t be easy to memorize all the food packages you have stored. For instance, can you remember the fifth package of tomato sauce that you prepared in January? A couple of months later, when you add your sauce over pasta, you discover you have just poured beans in chili. Therefore, it is always advisable to name your food packages. Write the name of the food and the date you prepared it. Use a permanent marker to write on the food containers because its ink does not fade away easily.

Not just for freezer

Notably, a vacuum sealer can help extend the life of dishes in your pantry or refrigerator. For instance, if you purchase a large amount of cheddar, you can use your vacuum sealer to freeze half of the stock until you finish the first chunk.  Consider, vacuum sealing to extend the life of dry goods. However, you should ensure there is a barrier between the sealer and powders. As an example, make sure flour remains in its initial packaging and then seal the entire package.

Double recipes, freeze the extra

From now henceforth, make sure that you double all your meals as freezing will keep them well. If you are not using any food any time soon, preserve them by freeing them with your vacuum sealer, it will preserve the dish at its top. Also, you can use disposable foil pans to store foods such as enchiladas. Get two trays of enchiladas, prepare one for supper and seal the other tray. When you want to eat your enchiladas, just defrost and heat your food in the oven.

Edgar Castrejon
Bags for your vacuum sealer

Consider purchasing a special bag for your vacuum sealer. The bags are specially made for the vacuum sealer machine, and there is so much you can do with them. You can use the bag to prevent moisture and air out of the seal. The bag also ensures the machine seals tight.

Portion your bags well

You can clean and reuse your bag, except those ones used on raw meats or contaminated ones. But it will save time to freeze your dishes in a bag. You can purchase your beef, put it into three even proportion and freeze them simultaneously.

You can be your own butcher

You will save a lot of money now that you are using your sealer on meat. You can purchase as much meat as you can from a warehouse store, place them into proportions and freeze them for later use.

Summary

Many people have vacuum sealers in their homes but have never thought of a creative way to use them. However, a vacuum sealer can save you a lot of time and money. In addition, it is a convenient machine. Buy your food, freeze them and store them for as long as you wish, without them becoming stale.

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Degustabox Review | World Cup Theme

Box sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

With the World Cup fast approaching, it is little wonder that the theme is everywhere.The Degustabox brand are no different, sending out a tasty box of treats to see what we thought of them. You can pick up your own box here for just £12.99, including delivery. This is a great price when you consider the items always far exceed them – so what did we get?

KitKat Bites White Chocolate – £1.59

I don’t need to tell you how popular these were in my household, they barely lasted five minutes. We do love KitKats!

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Caribbean Creamy Chicken Curry Seasoning Mix – £1

A tasty inclusion which we used with the soft tortilla wraps for a tasty dinner – we love seasoned chicken and this was a delicious mix that we will certainly pick up again.

WeMade Lemonade – £1.50

These non carbonated drinks contain no artificial flavours, additives, preservatives or refined sugar. This tasted absolutely delicious and very juicy.

Say Aloe Reduced Sugar – £1.49

Rich in vitamin C, this aloe drink was very popular with Steve. It contains real pieces of aloe vera and Steve really enjoyed the refreshing drink.

Lucozade Energy Official – £1.10

We do love Lucozade Energy drinks – I prefer the other flavours to this but this is also a tasty drink and a very welcome addition to the box.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Mini Coconut & Black Pepper Soft Tortillas – £1.50

These were very tasty and perfect with the Caribbean seasoning for a delicious midweek meal.

KitKat Senses Mix – £3.99

I have been seeing these in the supermarkets for a while now and kept meaning to pick one up so I was extremely happy to see them included in the box. The three flavours are absolutely delicious and these didn’t last very long at all.

The Good Cider – Strawberry & Dry Apple flavours

I love a good fruit cider and the strawberry one tastes absolutely delicious. Steve had the dry apple cider for himself and these were a lovely weekend evening treat.

Brioche Pasquier PITCH (Choc Chip brioche and Chocolate flavour brioche) – £1.39 each

These were a tasty addition to the box – we loved them as a delicious snack or a great addition to our breakfast.

All in all, I was very happy with this box – we enjoyed everything. Why not try a tasty food sub box for yourself?

 

Tips to make children like fruits and vegetables

There are many things that you can do to make your children like fruits and vegetables. Usually, they do not like these two kinds of food. Since these kinds of food are very good, making the children like fruits and vegetables is very important. Here are some tips that you can do.

  • Ask your children in choosing menus.

Give the options of fruits and vegetables in the list for them and discuss the pro and cons in choosing the menus.

  • Get your children involved in the process of the making and the preparation of the food.

Starting from choosing fruits and vegetables when you are shopping. This will be interesting for the children. Also, you can also tell them the benefits and advantages of eating the fruits or vegetables that they have chosen.

  • Start with a small portion.

If we want to introduce a certain fruit or vegetable to your children, start with a small portion. Give a small portion and let your children decide how many portions that they want to eat. Do not forget to give praise if the children eat the portion that they have made.

 Megan Hodges

  • Always give your children choices and let them choose by themselves.

Enrich the taste of fruits and vegetables to your children by introducing these two kinds of food.

  • Include the fruits and vegetables in the cooking process of food that the children like.

For example, if your children like stew, include carrot, potato and squash in the stew. This makes there is not only meat that is in the stew, but there are other choices in it. If your children like pizza, make fruit as its topping besides the topping that they like. Also, you can make snacks such as carrot cake or carrot muffin, squash bread, broccoli pancake or cream apple soup where fruits and vegetables are cooked so that they are not like the real shape.

These are some ways that you can do to make your children like fruits and vegetables. Those two kinds of food are very useful for their body. So, make sure that your children like those two kinds of food so that your children will get the substance that they need for their growth.

In short, do not make your children burdened and overwhelmed by the demand for eating fruits and vegetables. Try to change the negative stigma to the taste of those two kinds of food. Always ask your children to get involved in every process that you do. Do not force your children to eat a certain fruit or vegetable if they have tried it and they did not like it.

Finally, do not be disappointed or frustrated if your children just like some fruits or vegetables. There is still another way. You can give your children the additional vitamin, which contains fruits and vegetables that are very useful for their body. So, do not be worry, mommies.

About the Author: Carol James is a writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and writes articles, reviews on the different actual subjects. So, if you have any questions regarding the writing, feel free to ask her and visit her company’s page EssayLab.

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Degustabox | March

Box was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The March box seemed very Easter/Spring themed and we loved seeing what we had in the box – so what did we think of the items included in the March box?

As you can see, there were a variety of items for us to enjoy in the box this month – some for the kids and some for the adults. Here’s what we thought of them….

Smarties & Milkybar Mixed Mini Eggs – £3

These were delicious and popular with the whole family. So tasty and we would love them again – yum!

Shreddies Max Granola – £2.59

We always love to try new cereals and these are a tasty combination of oat clusters and Shreddies pieces. These have been great for starting the morning with.

Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl fruit drinks – £1.29

Jack is a big Roald Dahl fan so was excited to see these included in the box. Let me tell you, these didn’t last very long! They contain no GMOs, no gluten, no added sugars or artificial preservatives and my kids loved them.

Ribena Pineapple and Passionfruit – £2.49

This is a tasty refreshing drink for the warm days – this has been proved popular in our house and we have loved drinking it. It is a great new addition to the Ribena squash range. It contains less than 15 calories per 250ml serving.
Hapervoli Flapjack Limited Lebkuchen – £1.99

This was a delicious addition to the Degustabox. It was packed full of flavour, moist and crumbly.

Mr Lee’s Noodles – £2.99

We love noodle pots in our house so this was a welcome addition to the box and I ate it for lunch. It is gluten free, low in sugar and low in saturated fats and calories and tastes delicious.Tenzing Natural Energy – £1.19

I’ve got to admit that we weren’t keen on the flavour of this drink. Not for us, I’m afraid! These have 55 calories per can and have absolutely nothing artificial.

Encona Carolina Reaper Chilli Sauce – £1.49

I am no good with hot sauces and the kids obviously aren’t allowed it so this was all Steve’s and he loves it. It blends the world’s hottest chilli pepper, tomatoes and spices – apparently it is absolutely delicious!

 

Canny 100% Natural Chocolate Milk – £1.59

This was an extra gift for the subscribers who had answered the most monthly surveys. This is refined sugar free and gluten free and Jack really enjoyed it and wants us to get it again!

Cirio Pasta Sauce – £2

We love Cirio products and have had this before, we know it is delicious however we don’t use premade sauces anymore as we are on Slimming World so will be donating this to the local food bank.

We also received a full value voucher for a Cheestrings Snack Mix – worth £1. Jack loves these so he was very happy to see this included!

All in all, we were very happy with the box we received – so delicious and plenty of products we will be repurchasing! If you get the Degustabox, what was your favourite item?

My Sambazon Immunity Bowl

We were sent some Sambazon Acai packs for the creation of this post.

I was recently tasked with making a Sambazon Immunity bowl for myself. Now I don’t really tend to make those smoothie bowls you see dominating Instagram but I thought I would give it a go. I’m always looking for something new to try for breakfast.

These handy packs can be popped in the freezer and have a few packs inside of each so you can just pull out exactly the amount you need and leave the rest in the freezer. As someone who relies on my freezer, this is great for me!

We were sent these packs of Sambazon to help us create the immunity bowl – so what did I include in mine? Mine isn’t as pretty as all those Instagrammable ones you see and I didn’t want to overload mine too much with stuff as I know I wouldn’t eat it all. I wanted to make sure I was getting my protein, my calcium and my fruit in so here’s mine:

To make my Immunity Bowl you need:

1 Sambazon Original Superfruit Pack or Acai pack
1cup of milk of your choice (I use semi skimmed)
Handful of frozen fruit – I chose redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries and blackberries
1 Banana
Sprinkling of cinnamon

For the toppings, I opted for some more berries, some seeds and some pecan nuts for that bit of crunch.

How do you make it? Run your superfruit pack or acai pack until running water to melt it and break up a little, cut the top off and add into the blender with your milk and other ingredients. Blend – the less liquid you use, the thicker it is. Once it is a thick smooth goodness, put in the bowl and top with your chosen toppings.

Yum!

Jack couldn’t help but want to get in on the action so we made some smoothies for us all too – using our Acai packs and some delicious fruit. How delicious do these look?

We never usually use Acai but I can certainly see this being a staple of our smoothies and immunity bowls from now on. Now my bowl may not be as Instagrammable but it is tasty and good for me which is what matters most, right?