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Uses for the FoodSaver® System and a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by FoodSaver® Brand and SheKnows.

Today, I’m sharing the many ways I use the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System. I am also hosting a giveaway for a $100 Visa gift card!

You might recall that a few months ago, I shared with you one of my most used kitchen tools, my FoodSaver® System. In that post, I covered a lot of kitchen uses with the FoodSaver® System, like keeping groceries fresh longer and saving space in my fridge. I also briefly mentioned that I had some non-kitchen uses for The FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System which led to quite a few people asking me to elaborate. So this time around, I wanted to share a few more ways I use The FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System.

Vacuum Pack Clothing to Save Space

photo of a suitcase with clothes sealed in a bag

Whether you need more space in your luggage or you are storing seasonal clothes in your closet, vacuum sealing your clothes is a great way to save space. Now that it is the holiday season, we’ll be doing a lot of traveling. Since I’m constantly cold, I tend to wear a lot of layers when I go visit my family and I always have trouble fitting all of my bulky sweaters and jackets into my suitcase. Enter, the FoodSaver® System.

photo collage showing one suitcase with folded clothes and another with the clothes in a bag showing how much room is saved

Here is a side-by-side comparison to show you how much space is saved. It’s almost unbelievable, isn’t it? I get such a thrill every time. I can’t believe how so many clothes can be shrunk down into a tiny little package.

Seal Travel Liquids to Prevent Leakage. 

photo collage showing toiletries and ones stored in a bag

We always have a small bag of travel liquids containing various items like contact solution, lotion, make-up remover, etc. I’ve had a hard time finding small liquid containers that are completely leak-proof. As a result, they usually do leak into the bag and sometimes that leads to them leaking out of the bag. However, when we seal the travel liquids, it prevents them from leaking out of the bag. No more needing to double/triple bag everything!

Reseal Chip Bags

photo collage showing an open chip bag and after it's been sealed closed

This is another one of my favorite uses. Most people think of  the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System as only being able to vacuum seal items, but you can actually just use the seal button by itself. When I shop for chips, I usually buy several flavors at once. And even though my parents raised me to finish one bag before starting another, now that I’m an adult I like to open all the bags at once. I’m just too impatient to wait to try another flavor. Completely resealing the chip bags allows you to store the chips much longer than if you were to simply clip them, so now my chips don’t go stale after I go on a happy tasting spree.

Waterproof Pouch for Electronics

photo of a cell phone sealed in a bag

If you’re going on a trip where your electronics might get wet, you can seal your electronics into a pouch with the FoodSaver® System. Here, I’ve sealed my husband’s phone and charger. We did a loose pouch, using only the seal function rather than vacuum sealing it because when you vacuum seal it, it will actually do such a good job that it seals the power and volume buttons down so you can’t turn the phone off. However, if you do a looser pouch, you can even use your phone while it’s within the pouch and you can even plug your charger into your phone as well.

Seal Coffee Beans for Longer Storage

photo of vacuum sealed coffee beans

We love coffee and are constantly buying roasts that we try and enjoy at various coffee shops. Unfortunately, we buy far more coffee than we can finish in the short amount of time coffee beans can last. However, you can extend the life of coffee beans by vacuum sealing them. Now we vacuum seal our beans right after we buy them so that we can enjoy them longer.

These are some of the other ways I use my FoodSaver® System that I didn’t previously share. The uses I spoke about last time included vacuum sealing foods to create extra space in my fridge, vacuum sealing meats before freezing them so they don’t get freezer burn and can be stored longer, portioning out foods like berries for my daily yogurt, sealing granola and other snacks to keep them fresh longer, sealing fresh fruit to keep them fresh longer, vacuum sealing grapes, avocados and pesto before storing them to keep them green (instead of them turning brown).

overhead photo of a food sealer with different sized bags

Depending on the item being sealed, we use different types of bags. The FoodSaver® System has many different bag options such as heat-seal customizable length rolls, pre-cut Quart and Gallon bags, Liquid Block bags, Expandable Rolls, Portion Pouch bags, and FoodSaver® FreshSaver® vacuum zipper bags. We usually purchase a variety pack at Costco or Amazon. They are also available on the FoodSaver® website. You can learn more about the FoodSaver® System here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube

Now onto the giveaway. I’ve shared nearly a dozen ways I use the Foodsaver® System, but I’m always curious for more. How do you use your FoodSaver® System to create, seal and share during the holidays? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

 

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114 comments on “Uses for the FoodSaver® System and a Giveaway”

  1. good ideas i would have used it only for cookies

  2. Since I don’t have one of these, I can’t say.  But I do think that I would use it for keeping bread fresh longer.  

  3. I tweeted here:  https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/682600953309192194

  4. I use my food saver for ground beef, chicken & steak #SweepstakesEntry

  5. IF I HAD ONE I’D USE IT FOR COOKIES AND LEFTOVER MEATS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  6. I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/682633703709884416 #SweepstakesEntry

  7. I use the foodsaver to seal up chips and candy that i’ll finish later.
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  8. I would use the Foodsaver for all my holiday sweet treats. I would also use it when freezing fruits and vegetables.

  9. i would seal baked goods and give them to people like the mailman and neighbors etc

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