Originally posted by grossie:
I have a question for you guys with these- Do your frozen foods last longer? I tend to freeze steak or chicken, usually I label it & if I find it 6 months later I throw it out knowing it's lost quite a bit in that time in a ziplock in the freezer. Would a vacuum sealer allow me to feel better about that meat?
I don't know if anything will make you feel better about your meat, but yes, your frozen foods will last longer. I always date the bags when I freeze something, and have no hesitation to use meat that was frozen within the past year or so. This was the primary reason I purchased mine years ago.
We usually buy our meat from Costco in bulk, and then I break it down into individual meal size portions. For instance, the filets usually come in packs of 4. I know that our family will only eat two at one meal, so I will freeze two in a bag. The best part about this is the defrosting. Because they are sealed, I defrost just by placing the sealed bag in a sink of cold water for about 30 minutes prior to prep. I always hated defrosting meat in the microwave, and I never remembered to take something out of the freezer a day or two ahead of time.
As an aside, Foodsaver also makes a wine stopper that allows you to vacuum an open bottle. I only use it if I think its going to be more than a few days before I reopen the bottle.