How to Vacuum Seal Containers

Air is a universal spoiler, leeching away the moisture from food and causing spoilage.
Vacuum seal your food in containers to provide preservation for extended storage.Vacuum seal your food in containers to provide preservation for extended storage.
While vacuum sealing foods within containers won’t make them last forever, it does increase preservation times, keeping your foods tasty and safe for longer periods of time. The vacuum-sealing process is a simple one, but it does require a vacuum sealer as well as specially manufactured containers that can maintain the seal once you’ve removed the air. There’s no special storage process after sealing though; just stack the containers normally and enjoy the benefits.

Step 1

Fill a vacuum-sealing container with the food you wish to preserve and then tightly close the lid onto the container until it makes a slight clicking sound.

Step 2

Place the end of the accessory hose into the hose port of your vacuum sealer. Push the hose in as far as it will go then wiggle it slightly to ensure that it’s in securely and won’t come out during the sealing process. Place the other end of the hose into the small hole in the lid of your vacuum-sealing container.

Step 3

Turn on the vacuum sealer and press the accessory vacuum button on the unit. Hold the lid of the container down tightly onto the container body while the vacuum sealer removes the air from the container. The length of time necessary will vary according to the size of the container and the amount of air present at the start of the procedure.

Step 4

Listen to the motor of the vacuum sealer as it removes the air from the container. The motor will stop soon after all the air is removed. Twist the seal around the container hole to the closed position and then remove the hose from the lid when you hear the motor stop. The lid will self-seal, maintaining the vacuum within.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum sealer
  • Vacuum-compatible storage canisters

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