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Vacuum sealers are an underutilized small appliance that can be incredibly useful for any home. Although plastic freezer bags will get the job done, you’re far more likely to end up with freezer burned food when using them and they take up more space in your freezer.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer V2244 System available on Amazon
If your freezer is anything like mine, there is a serious game of Tetris happening and every bit of space is precious. These sealers are an excellent solution for anything from meat to soup to leftovers you know you won’t get to for a while.
When looking for a vacuum sealer, I wanted something that wouldn’t take up too much space in my kitchen, powerful, easy to clean, and durable. My fiancé and I typically work long hours, so the time I save preparing food means more time we can spend enjoying it!
I found that the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System works perfectly for our needs.
In this review, we’ll be covering:
- Size and Appearance
- More than your Freezer
- Other Considerations
- Overall Rating
Size and Appearance
Although there are some super vacuum sealers out there, I can’t quite justify the storage space I’d have to give up to own one. The FoodSaver V2244 measures in at 5.9 x 10.6 x 17.7 inches and just one pound, making it a dream to store.
It works well with quart, gallon, and 11-inch roll size bags, giving you plenty of variation when it comes to what you need to store. Most of the time, you’ll likely find yourself reaching for the precut bags, but the rolls come in handy for food items with unique shapes, like racks of ribs.
The vacuum sealer is available in both black and white and each feature a sleek design that will blend seamlessly into nearly any kitchen.
I absolutely love how simple the FoodSaver V2244 is to operate. There are three options: seal, vacuum seal, and off. I use the seal option for more delicate foods, like bread, that I don’t want to crush.
The vacuum seal setting is what you’ll use for all your meat products and other foods that are tough enough to keep their shape. If you’ve got something that falls somewhere in between, just set the appliance to “vacuum seal” and turn it off when you can see that it’s done its job.
The FoodSaver V2244 has a strong motor that operates quickly and quietly. Many older or cheaper models have very loud motors that can make operating them unpleasant, but this one will still let you listen to some music while you work!
In addition to the sealer, which alone is an invaluable tool, FoodSaver V2244 includes an accessory port and hose. You can use this to suck all the air from FoodSaver containers, of which you can find many varieties, such as deli, large canisters for dried goods like cereal, and jars. You can even get an attachment that allows you to suck the air out of standard wide mouth mason jars.
It’s also an excellent tool for achieving the same effect as marinating meat or veggies for several hours in just a few minutes as shown in the video above! You can do this with the FoodSaver Quick Marinator , an accessory sold separately.
More than your Freezer
Although we typically think of using vacuum sealers for food items we plan to throw in the freezer, the FoodSaver V2244 can also significantly extend the life of food stored in your refrigerator or pantry.
For example, cheese typically only lasts one or two weeks in the fridge, but when vacuum-sealed, it can last four to eight months.
I know when I got to a farmer’s market, my eyes always end up being a little bit bigger than my stomach. A device such as this will keep berries fresh for up to two weeks instead of the standard few days.
I like to buy dry food goods in bulk when they go on sale. Although many of these items have a long shelf life all on their own, the FoodSaver V2244 system can quadruple it.
Flour and sugar will typically stay good for up to six months, but when sealed, they’ll last for up to two years. The same goes for rice. It’s also works wonderfully to make baked goods last for as long as possible without freezing them.
Cookies will last three to six weeks, out of the fridge or freezer, when sealed! This is a great way to stock up for long camping trips or to help you plan far in advance.
The FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System comes with a one-year warranty, so you’ve got some time to figure out if this is the right small appliance for you.
Keep in mind that when properly using one of these devices with the intent of freezing your food, it’s always a good idea to pre-freeze the food to make sure the machine works properly, especially when working with food that contains a lot of liquid. Although this can feel inconvenient, it’s fairly standard to do this when working with any vacuum sealer. Watch the video below to see how it is done.
If you accidentally make a mess with liquid-heavy food items, don’t fear! This machine is easy to clean. There’s a removable drip tray in the machine that’s dishwasher safe or easy to clean by hand. To clean the outside of the machine, just wipe it down with a warm, wet washcloth.
Make sure you let the machine cool for a bit if it gets warm after several uses. If not, it won’t properly make a seal on the bags, leading to freezer burn or poorly stored food.
All in all, I love this small appliancee for its simplicity, reliability, and the accessories available. It’s perfect for storing the mass amounts of fresh elk and tuna I get from my dad as well as keeping all the squash I like to puree at home nice and fresh.
It also comes in handy for individual meals I like to prep ahead of time for my fiancé and I on those nights when I just don’t want to turn on the oven. We’ve saved a lot of money by buying in bulk and having a way to save leftovers for a long period of time without having to throw food out. It’s been a great purchase. Check out some customer reviews on Amazon!
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About Chelsea Miller
Chelsea Miller, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon where she discovered both her love of football and cooking great food. She's the founder of the food blog "A Duck's Oven" and began writing for Foodal in 2014.