If you’ve seen the original FoodSaver Vacuum Heat Sealing System on television, you have a basic idea of what the FreshSaver Handheld does. They both suck the air out of specially designed FoodSaver Vacuum Zipper Bags and Deli Containers providing a vacuum seal so your food will stay fresh longer. The beauty of the handheld model is it’s cordless, has a rechargeable battery, takes up little space on the kitchen counter or in a drawer and is so easy to use that even kids and husbands can operate it.
Occasionally I prepare a recipe that requires the purchase of a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese. I know that once I open the package and remove what I need, the rest will quickly turn green with mold or dry out and become unusable. The FreshSaver Handheld works with special zipper bags with air valves. Air is vacuumed out through those air valves leaving your fresh food in an air tight bag. The next time you need some of that product, you simply open the zipper, take out what you need and then use the FreshSaver Handheld to remove the air again. It takes seconds to do and can pay you back in big savings on all the deli meats, cheeses and other refrigerated food that won’t go bad and have to be thrown away.
The FoodSaver FreshSaver Vacuum Zipper Bags and Deli Containers will protect your fresh food from air and moisture allowing your food to retain its flavor and nutritional benefits longer. Both the bags and deli containers are available in a variety of sizes and priced will vary accordingly.
The FoodSaver Containers look much the same as any other refrigerator storage container but they have the same air valve that is on the zipper bags. There are Deli Containers, MealSaver Containers, FoodSaver Containers and Canisters for every need. The containers are ideal for storing a whole precooked meal or soft products like bread or rolls that might otherwise get squished if stored in one of the bags. They are all great for storing food or other items in the refrigerator or pantry. The MealSaver Containers are also microwave safe.
MealSaver Container Features
- Airtight, odor proof and stain resistant
- Dishwasher, Microwave and Freezer Safe
- Stack & Nest for easy Storage
- Works with FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Appliances
When you take your FreshSaver Handheld out of the box for the first time, you will need to plug in the charging adapter or base and let the unit charge for a full 24 hours before using it. That was hard for me. I wanted to use it right away. Once I got past that hurdle, I opened a package of sharp cheddar cheese and put it in one of the zipper bags that came with the Handheld. I closed the zipper and placed the bag flat on the counter then placed the handheld vacuum unit over the clearly marked air valve on the bag and pressed the button to begin the vacuuming process. After a few seconds all the air had been removed from the bag and the plastic bag was sucked tight against the sides of the chunk of cheese. The bag was then placed in the deli drawer in the refrigerator.
After about three days, I checked on the bag of cheese. The seal on the bag was still holding tight and there was no air in the bag with the cheese. I opened the zipper top and then sealed it and vacuumed out the air again. A few days later I repeated this process to see how the bag handled being opened, closed and the vacuumed repeatedly. Each time, the air was quickly sucked out of the bag and the seal on the bag held tight until the bag was opened again. My chunk of cheddar cheese has been in the FreshSaver bag for almost two weeks without any signs of spoilage or mold.
Given the state of the economy this year, the FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld would make a thoughtful and very useful Christmas gift for someone you care about. Not only is it affordably priced for you but it has the potential to save the recipient money over time. They will thank you for that.
The basic FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld comes with an AC adapter to charge the unit and two 1-Quart size zipper bags. It lists for $19.99 but is available on Amazon for $12.99 and eligible for Super Saver Shipping on an order over $25.
The same model is also available with a charging stand, a deli tray and zipper bag starter kit. This package lists for $29.99 but is available on Amazon for only $15.94 and is also eligible for Super Saver Shipping.
Visit the FoodSaver Website to find out more about the FoodSaver Vacuum systems and storage products and Find a Retailer near you.
The FoodSaver Bags and Containers are available at Walmart. You can visit their website and check availability at your local store.
There is also a good video of the FreshSaver Handheld on Amazon that will show you how the product works.