Eco-Friendly Ways to Use Your FoodSaver Product
As well as being hugely convenient and preserving the freshness of your favourite foods and meals, FoodSaver products have the added benefit of reducing food waste and being more environmentally friendly. Even the most Earth conscious of us would likely be surprised by the sheer amount of food and money that gets thrown out each year, so doing your part to help decrease waste and reduce your carbon footprint, however small, can still be massively beneficial.
If you're looking to make more of a commitment to becoming more conscious of your food waste, you're in the right place. Here, we'll go into some of the eco-friendly ways you can use FoodSaver products in the future.
Buying and preparing food in bulk
Since food waste can be harmful to the environment, vacuum-sealing is a superb way to introduce yourself to bulk buying and preparing. Even changing a few habits in terms of spending and preparation can have positive effects on the environment. Consider the following for example:
- Buying in large quantities to vacuum seal later minimises the packaging, transport energy and cost of buying food when compared the usual single or small portion quantities you'd make repeat trips for.
- Foods that are prone to going off quickly are preserved for much longer. Take, for instance, the plastic bag of salad, a perennial fridge favourite that often wilts long before anyone attempts to use it. That's money and food gone to waste, and another trip to the shops on the cards. Vacuum-sealing your salad ingredients before they turn bad saves money, waste and the effort of repeat buys.
- Making large quantities of food, vacuum-sealing the portions and then freezing them for multiple meals through the week (or beyond) helps to ensure you use all the food you buy or harvest. This process is far less wasteful than preparing single-serving meals whose packaging can make more waste and produce a larger carbon footprint.
Cleaning and re-using sealing bags
One of the best things about FoodSaver's sealing bags is that they can be used again and again, which is a great way to reduce waste. It does, however, depend on the previous contents of the bag; bags that contained raw meat, fish, eggs or un-pasteurised cheese should be discarded because they may contain invisible bacteria that remain even after washing. Similarly, bags that contained greasy or oily foods should also be discarded, as they may be difficult to clean.
Bags that contained anything else can be washed by hand or placed in the top rack of the dishwasher and cleaned that way. Use a wooden clothespin or a clip to hold the bags in place while in the dishwasher. After this, ensure they're completely dry; at this point, they'll be free to be re-vacuumed. Of course, FoodSaver bags can be re-sealed too; simply cut off the existing seal, take out as much food as you need, then reseal the package. Just be sure to wipe off any food or grease residue inside the bag near the seal area. Note that if you're planning on re-using your sealer bags, then just remember that because you need to cut off the existing seal, the bag will get smaller as a result; it's a good idea to start with a bigger bag since you'll be trimming them down.
Using vacuum-sealing containers
FoodSaver's vacuum-sealing containers are another great way to store food. They're particularly good for boosting your eco-friendly storage habits since they're environmentally benign, and can be washed and reused indefinitely. That means nothing needs to be wasted or thrown out, and since they only need to be stored on a shelf, they save on the energy that's required for freezing.
They're particularly good at sealing soups, sauces and other liquids, and can be easily served up too. Liquid contents can be a bit unwieldy at times, so containers are a super convenient, no-mess way to serve up your food through the week.
Recycle your bags
If you need to throw out your bags because of a defect or they've become damaged through overuse, then remember that FoodSaver food bags can be recycled under the 'other' category. Just be sure to follow the recycling guidelines and requirements where you'd usually recycle your rubbish.
We hope you've found this article as enjoyable and informative. For more information about our innovative vacuum sealers, including how they can help to save you money and reduce food waste, visit our homepage.