Vacuum Packaging & Food Safety
Why Vacuum Sealing?
When food is left exposed to the air, this causes it to spoil quicker, and can result in staleness, mould, freezer burn, rancidity and the spread of bacteria in the kitchen. What the FoodSaver vacuum sealing system does is provide a reliable, air-tight vacuum seal, retaining the food’s freshness, flavour and texture by preventing the exposure of air.
Thanks to our comprehensive range of vacuum consumables and accessories, it’s possible to extend the vacuum storage capabilities of the FoodSaver system to every corner of your kitchen. Our vacuum sealers are scientifically proven to keep food fresh for up to 5x longer than standard kitchen storage practices — so you can waste less food and enjoy fresh, healthy meals every day.
What are vacuum packaging appliances or vacuum sealing systems?
The FoodSaver vacuum sealing system is an innovative appliance which, when used alongside our bags, rolls and food storage containers, removes the air from food, helping to retain its freshness, flavour and texture. Vacuum sealing in this way provides a superior method of food storage, as it removes the oxygen from the food, creating a reliable seal of freshness. While other bags and food containers claim to protect food from air, these just trap the air inside, whilst the FoodSaver system removes every bit of air before sealing — guaranteeing complete freshness for up to 5x longer.
What are the benefits of vacuum packaging?
There are many benefits to vacuum sealing food using the FoodSaver vacuum sealing system. We’ve listed a few of these below:
You save money — By vacuum sealing food, it lasts longer, so you waste less. This also gives you the freedom to buy bulk quantities (which costs less), before repackaging and sealing at home into individual portions. You’ll also be able to save leftover meals for a lot longer in the fridge or freezer, so you can get more value from every dish you cook.
You save time — With fewer trips to the supermarket and the ability to vacuum seal individual meals in advance, you can enjoy fresh, healthy meals every day that not only save you money, but time too.
Protect non-food items — It isn’t just food items that benefit from being vacuum sealed; the FoodSaver vacuum sealing system is also fully capable of protecting a range of non-food items, including important papers, silverware and bed linen. Providing an air-tight, watertight and stain-proof seal, the FoodSaver system is perfect for preserving a range of items around the home.
What storage temperatures are safe?
In order to preserve foods safely, it’s important that low temperatures are reliably maintained. The growth of micro-organisms is greatly inhibited at temperatures below 4°C, so make sure your fridge is set at this temperature or below to preserve perishable food items, even when they’re vacuum sealed.
Vacuum sealing is not a substitute for freezing or refrigeration, and any perishable food must be stored at a low temperature to retain its freshness. By vacuum packaging food, you are able to retain its quality and flavour for longer, but this will depend on the correct storage and temperature conditions. Any perishable or fresh food must still be stored in the fridge or freezer to achieve the best results from your FoodSaver appliance.
What does removing the air do?
By removing the air from food, it extends its life by reducing oxidation, which can impact on flavour, freshness, texture, quality and nutritional value. It will also prevent the growth of micro-organisms, which can become a problem in certain conditions.
We’ve listed some of the micro-organisms the FoodSaver vacuum sealing system protects against below:
Mould — mould cannot grow in low-oxygen environments, so vacuum sealing your food all but eliminates the risk of mould growth on perishable produce.
Yeast — yeast affects the smell and taste of some foods, and normally grows in certain conditions. Vacuum sealing food will slow the growth of yeast, whilst freezing and refrigeration will help this further.
Bacteria — bacteria causes an unpleasant odour, discolouration and a wet/slimy surface texture. While most bacteria need air to grow, some strains can survive even after vacuum sealing, though this is extremely rare.