Vacuum packing machines are fast becoming the best and most popular way to store your food products at home. Using Tupperware type products, cling film or foil to package your products before storing do not prevent your food products from spoiling because they do not prevent the access of organisms that cause spoilage.
Vacuum packing on the other hand, removes the air surrounding the food product which prevents the growth of organisms that would otherwise cause the product to spoil. As a result, vacuum packing can extend the shelf life of food by up to 6 times especially when stored in the freezer. This is particularly useful for storing fish, meat and dairy products that otherwise spoil very quickly. Using a vacuum packer thus helps to prevent unnecessary wastage of food and wasting money.
Using a vacuum packaging machine is also more environmentally friendly than other methods of food storage. By preventing food spoilage, vacuum packers prevent the amount of food that is thrown away. Vacuum sealed foods can also be resealed – meaning that you can take small amounts out of vacuum sealed bags or jars and reseal rather than risk wasting the excess. The vacuum packing bags, if you chose the right brand, are also often reusable unlike other storage methods such as cling film. In addition, they also reduce the amount of space needed to store foods.
When looking for the right vacuum packing machine for your home, there are a few things you should consider. Firstly, vacuum packaging machines can seem to be expensive but the better quality product you buy, the more likely you are to be able to store your products without spoilage for a longer period of time. In addition, once you factor in the amount of money saved from unnecessary spoilage of food products, a vacuum packing machine will no longer seem expensive.
Another consideration is the type of vacuum sealer machine. The chamber sealer is by far the most expensive type of vacuum packaging machine but comes with a hefty price. The price however, is worth it because unlike conventional vacuum sealers which suck the air out gradually, a chamber sealer pumps all of the air out at once which gains a better air seal around the product. As a result, they can give you a longer shelf life on your products. This, however, is not important if you don’t plan on using your vacuum packer for cooking or for very long term storage. If you are planning on regular use for your vacuum packing machine, to extend the shelf life by several days or so, then a regular (cheaper) vacuum packer is just as good.