I get the strangest Christmas gifts you could ever imagine. They could range from half of a sweater, to a taxidermy bird, to this thing … a Foodsaver.
I guess compared to a taxidermy bird a Foodsaver isn’t all that strange a gift but it’d definitely something I wouldn’t have bought myself. When you have VERY little cupboard space any gadget is something that needs to be considered very carefully. My house was built in 1840 so there isn’t a lot of storage space in it. There weren’t a lot of closets and cupboards back then.
Quick note on kitchen gadgets that take up space? Read what I think about the Instant Pot.
Mainly people only owned a pair of shoes, a bonnet and 3 knives so there wasn’t a huge need for things like closets and cupboards.
I can’t even remember who gave me my Foodsaver but I thank them for it. That Foodsaver finally died on me after over a decade of use, last week. So I bought a new one. There are all different styles and models you can choose from but I based my decision on the size. I just wanted the smallest, least expensive, most utilitarian model of Foodsaver around. And that’s what I got.
So what can you use a Foodsaver for?
I started off slow, just using it to freeze meat because that’s the thing that’s most likely to get freezer burn around here, and because I like to buy lots of it at once. Sometimes at Costco and sometimes from local producers.
Then I graduated to freezing leftovers like soups, stews and lasagna.
Once I had that down I moved onto the more expert level things like using it to brine chicken. YES you can use a Foodsaver to brine chicken.
If you have a big enough freezer and know where some good meat sales are … get yourself a Foodsaver. Read more about it and other kitchen doodads in my “13 Kitchen Tools That Every Self-Respecting Cook Needs”
Now for those of you, who don’t know how to do it … How to Use a Foodsaver!
How to Use a Foodsaver
How to use a Foodsaver. Yup. That pretty much sums it up. Suck the life out of just about anything.