Vacuum Sealers Types

FoodSaver-V4440-Vacuum-Sealing-System-Review-300x300Big supermarkets are no longer the only ones who make use of vacuum sealers to keep their food safe. With the advent of technology, especially when it comes to home appliances, many manufacturers have succeeded in creating a a small food sealer in the size of printer that can get inside any average kitchen. Many people are not yet aware that these food saving machines exist. Whether it’s for extending the life of your food or saving your dinner leftovers, vacuum sealers are adds a real value to the modern kitchen.

A vacuum sealing system works by removing air from the bag in which food is put. Less oxygen in the package contributes to the preservation of the freshness of it and limits bacterial growth which could result in spoiling your food. The best vacuum sealer will help you food in bulk fast and with easy. The more a food saver can draw air, the better it is for extending the life of your preserved food. It’s calculated that sealing food with these type of devices would triple the duration which you can leave your food before using it. After sealing it, all you have to do is to find a place for it in your freezer. That way you would have saved food and also money.

I think that you’re starting to consider buying a vacuum sealer. But there’s still a somethings to take in consideration. Because of the great amount of models out there, choosing the best vacuum sealer is not an easy task. I’ve chosen for you some key characteristics to look for in order to pick the one that suits best your needs.

Sealer’s Type

First, type is an important point to examine when looking for the best vacuum sealer. By type, I essentially mean the purpose which the vacuum sealing system is designed for. Vacuum sealers are not all designed for the same tasks. You find some models which are best for fruits and vegetables and others which are best for meat. You can also find vacuum sealers which you can use also to save jewelry or other previous stuff. So when the brand is well-known and claims to fulfill all these tasks, all you have to do is check some customers reviews to verify if it’s true and get your credit card out.


The second thing you must consider when buying a vacuum sealer is the portability. This would depend on your needs. But if you care much about getting the lower carbon footprint, then you may consider a handheld vacuum sealer. Nevertheless, you should be aware that generally, portable and lightweight sealers are not the best in terms of performance and are not the most durable. The alternative is of course not a sealer of the size of a fridge, which will of course be annoying, but there are vacuum sealers which are medium in size and will perform tasks quickly and effectively and will last very long.

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Sealing Mechanism

The last thing you must pay attention to is the the sealing mechanism. This is usually explicitly mentioned in the product’s features. A good vacuum sealer will have a quality heating bar. In addition to strength, in order to nicely seal food, these devices are equipped with heating bars featuring silicone frames. Cheap vacuum sealers usually have a weakly made sealing mechanism, so make sure to look at reviews and examine features closely.
I hope this article will make your journey to the best vacuum sealer easier. Don’t forget to share the post with you friends, sharing is caring.

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Benefits of Having an Electric Heater

best_electric_heaterElectric heaters have a simple and convenient operation and have been rated as the most user-friendly heating method in both residential and commercial buildings. Electric heating in most situations has clear merits over fuel-fired heating even with its primary disadvantage of having higher running costs.

The benefits of electric heating outweigh any operating cost differences to other modes of heating. The use of heat pumps and other high-efficiency electro technologies in electric heaters provides lower operating costs. The cost of heating when using an electric resistance water heater is greater than the cost of using a gas-fired water heater under the same utility rates. However, this difference in cost is frequently overstated by not considering the efficiency of the water heaters.

Fuel-fired heaters present a safety hazard in areas or rooms (garages, storage rooms, or basements) where flammable vapors may be present. Unlike a gas heater, an electric heater is much safer since it does not have the operating problems and hazards that are associated with using combustion to create heat. Also, the draft effect of the heater pilot lights and burners drawn back the vapors into the heater cause it to ignite.

Water heating energy and demand cost are only one of the many parts of the total cost of owning and running a heating system. For other cost components such as design, installation, maintenance, service life, and effect on space conditioning loads, an electric heater typically offers cost advantages over a fuel-fired heater.

Codes and standards may impose special requirements on combustion water heating systems. A variety of codes and standards address the operation of fuel-fired heaters and Electric heaters have no such requirement. These codes and standards mainly dwell on combustion air supplies, exhaust flues, and other features which are not present in electric heating.

Electric heaters are more efficient compared to other heaters and they have lower standby loses as they are much better insulated. They have a wider range of application as electric service is available almost everywhere a water heating system would be installed. They can be readily incorporated into the building and mechanical system designs.

Lastly, an electric heater may require little maintenance with larger systems requiring periodic checks and adjustment of the burners to avoid declines in efficiency. It can also have a longer service life and run clean without producing combustion products that lead to damage of the flue and or blockages. They positively affect the indoor air quality of homes.

Sous Vide Cooking Using A Vacuum Sealer


“Sous vide” is French for “under vacuum”. Sous Vide cooking method is an ideal choice for meats, seafood, and vegetables. This method of cooking entails the sealing of food ingredients in plastic bags devoid of air for the entire cooking process.
The first step is to seal your food ingredients in an airtight plastic bag. Prior to the sealing of the food ingredients, the meat should be coated with all the desired spices, seasoning and marinades. This allows the meat to soak up all of these ingredients becoming more flavorful as it tenderizes during the sous vide process.

The sealed food is submerged in a hot water bath for a stipulated period of time until it reaches the desired temperature. When the food is ready, it is removed from the water and can be seared or poached depending on the cook’s preference.

Professional cooks rely on top of the line water bath ovens. However, for your home use, you could improvise by cleaning and storing lukewarm water in the kitchen sink, a thermometer, and a stop-watch to keep track of the temperature and time respectively.

Sous vide is a very effective cooking method as unlike other food preparation methods. Using vacuum sealed bags ensures the juices from the food stay put. The moist environment created by these juices ensures the food retains its natural juices producing a more tender taste and texture.

Vacuum sealers are great for sous vide cooking, they make batch cooking a breeze, and keep things super sanitary in the kitchen. The use of a vacuum sealer keeps food airtight in the best possible way to allow it to cook in the hot water bath. The vacuum seal keeps out air which can change your food’s temperature and harm the cooking process.

Most of the expensive vacuum chambers take up valuable space on your kitchen counter. There are plenty of inexpensive external vacuum sealers that work perfectly for home cooks and take up way less room in your already crowded kitchen.
Higher temperatures and especially long cooking sessions can break down ziplock-style bags, whereas high-quality vacuum-sealed bags won’t be affected. It is, therefore, necessary to have a vacuum sealer if you want to engage in longer periods of sous vide cooking especially when cooking meats.

A Vacuum sealer is also useful at prepping meals for example; either for the week or for a dinner party. You can pre-cook the meat with sous vide and keep them in the bags to finish on the grill when they are required.

Natural First Aid Series #1: Cuts and Abrasions

cuts-healThere is a lot of swordplay in our house. I mean a lot. And wrestling, and karate. And similar to the old adage, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” (I love that one!), where there’s physical play and roughhousing, there are scraped knees and elbows. Couple being eight years old with the weather of Spring — it’s gorgeous out! — and you’ve doubled the chances for bruises and abrasions by, say, a factor of skateboarding, biking, soccer, ferocious tag games and tree-climbing.

So what do you do with the cuts and abrasions, bumps and bruises? One blog doesn’t cover every eventuality, so we’re starting a natural first aid series, beginning with cuts and abrasions. Here are Mommy’s ER’s favorite remedies, starting with the simplest and working our way up to DIY mama extraordinaire’s homemade healing balms (in our blog this upcoming Friday) — I fall anywhere along this spectrum on a given day, so this mama likes to have options:

Before we begin, lets talk when to go to the doc and when you can treat this safely at home. Hit the urgent care if the wound is deep (this can use a deeper washing out than at home to avoid healing over bacteria), if the wound was inflicted by rusty metal (we don’t want to mess with tetanus), or is bleeding profusely, or doesn’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes. If the wound is wide, or deep enough that you can see the yellowish fatty tissue underneath the skin, it could benefit from stitches. Also, if over time the cut becomes yellow and pus-y, or the wound doesn’t do most its healing work in the space of a week, it’s time to go in.


  1. Wash with Soap and water. Don’t skip this step. Really, Aidan. Especially if we’re talking about anything that has scraped the skin, you want to make sure that any measures you take after this are not healing over unwanted germs. Clean it gently, but thoroughly.
  2. Once the wound has been cleaned, it’s time for an antisepticWitch hazel is still my fave, because it is antimicrobial, effective, and actually soothes inflammation, pain and burning while it disinfects. You can mix it with equal parts rubbing alcohol, or apply by itself. Hydrogen peroxide is still a legit alternative. So is vinegar. Vinegar diluted in water, then placed on a cotton ball is a GREAT natural antiseptic. You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar with 1 part vinegar to 3-5 parts water.
  3. Apply healing salve. What you’re looking for here is something with disinfecting properties, and, ideally moisturizing and skin nourishing as well. We’re busy brewing up batches of our 3 favorite salves for Recipe Friday, but in a pinch, here is my list of miracle salves that stand alone:

* Honey: I’ve advocated for honey on various occasions, for everything from colds to sore throats, but never have I been more impressed with it than I am when it comes to topically using honey for cuts and abrasions. We’re apparently going way back to ancient Egypt on this one. Honey has been used by everyone from pharoahs to our grandmothers for scrapes and skin ulcers. Now, modern science supports its usage as an antibacterial and antiseptic for even antibiotic-resistant wound treatment. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which it releases slowly into the cut or abrasion, creating a strong germ-killing effect. The viscose nature of honey also forms a natural barrier, and helps prevent scarring. Honey even works against antibiotic-resistant bacterias like mrsa. WIth additional anti-inflammatory effects, and the capacity to

promote healthy tissue growth, honey deserves a blog in its own right. Not all honeys are created equal, however. If you’re getting serious about your natural medicine cabinet, order honey made from the pollen from the flower of the tea tree bush, or manuka plant for extra nutrient content and antibacterial properties.

Lavender: antibacterial and antiseptic, lavender is purported to even aid in cell regeneration and enhance the pace of blood clotting. For easy application, add 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil to a piece of gauze and place it over wound, 2-3 times per day.

Coconut oil: contains lauric acid, capryllic acid, and medium chain fatty acids that kill bacteria, fungi and viruses.Apply it topically (and feel free to use it internally when cooking up Indian food!)

Tea tree oil: tea tree oil, used externally, is an amazing antiseptic and antimicrobial. It contains a compound called terpenoids, which may be responsible for its bacteria, fungus, and virus-killing capabilities. You can apply 2-4 drops directly to a gauze and place the gauze over the wound, or to minimize any skin sensitivities (essential oils, and tea tree in particular, is strong stuff!), mix 3-6 drops of tea tree in two teaspoons of vegetable oil (almond oil and coconut oil are great here, but your kitchen olive oil also does the trick) and apply directly. Or even mix it with vodka! — 2 parts tea tree to 1 part alcohol. Tea tree oil is also purported to have pain-killing effects. Let your little one be the judge of this. (note: tea tree oil, along with all of these suggestions, are for external use only. That said, feel free to eat the honey and coconut oil…)


Mama Nature, thank you for these, on behalf of little knees everywhere. 🙂