Effects of Vacuum Sealing on Shelf Life
Vacuum Sealer | Vacuum Packing Machine preserves food 3-5 times longer than food stored in plastic bags or containers. The amount of time it will last depends on the type of food and whether it's stored in a refrigerator, freezer, or pantry.
Food Sealing Tips - Prevent contamination by thoroughly cleaning and washing all of your food before you seal it. The fewer contaminates in your food, the longer it will last. This is especially important when you're vacuum sealing meats.
Meat - Meat should be washed, dried, and sealed as soon as you bring it home from the store. Be careful when sealing meat that contains jutting bones. Bones often have sharp edges and can tear the bag as you remove the air from it.
Vegetables - You can extend the shelf life of sealed vegetables by blanching them. To blanch a vegetable, place it into a pot of boiling water for 1-4 minutes. This will kill the bacteria living inside of it. Then remove the vegetable and place it immediately into a bowl of ice water. This halts the cooking process and keeps the vegetable from softening and losing its texture. Then drain the excess water and and seal as normal.
Barrier Storage - Though vacuum sealer bags are airtight, small leaks will develop when food is stored in them for a long time - several months or several years - and let in oxygen that will spoil your food. You can minimize this damage by placing your food in a freezer bag.