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Prepper's Guide to a FoodSaver
Vacuum sealing food for the prepper's pantry and more

Are you vacuum sealing food and supplies?
If you've been thinking about getting a food saver, but were on
the fence about it, then this will "seal the deal!" You'll want a
food saver for vacuum sealing food and much more! A food
saver will save your food, save your time, and save your bugout

A food saver is an indispensable way to save money and add
convenience to your kitchen. Here are a handful of ideas on how
to use a food saver:

  • Get really cheesy. Buy bulk cheese to save money, then
    cut it up and reseal into more manageable chunks. Shred
    cheese and freeze it in a FoodSaver. You'll always have
    cheese in the house for your meals!

  • Get that chip off your shoulder. Reseal bulk pretzel,
    potato chips and tortilla chips in the original bags using
    your food saver. No need to use food saver bags. This
    works for cereal and granola packaging too!

  • Toss the salads. Make salads for the week ahead instead
    of tossing away your lettuces and veggies. Save the
    dressing for later. Portion your salad in jars to make them
    last longer and more convenient at meal time. Use a food
    sealer jar saver available in wide-mouth jars and standard
    canning jars.

  • Don't get cabin-fever! Use your FoodSaver to package
    pantry essentials during the off season in your vacation
    home or cabin. Seal your food airtight and bug-free, so
    your food is fresh when you return.

  • Speed marinate. You don't need a special attachment to
    marinate your meats. You can marinate poultry, steak and
    pork chops in minutes (not hours) directly in a food saver
    bag. For really flavorful shish kebabs, for example, you can
    marinate chunks of meat in canning jars using the special
    wide-mouth jar sealer and a quart jar. Refrigerate for
    fifteen minutes and you're ready to grill flavorful meat,
    poultry or fish.

Those are just some everyday uses. Now let's get to the really
unusual ways to use your food saver...

Eleven PreppingWays to use a Food Saver
Prepping with a food saver is fun and there are many weird
ways to use a food saver. Here are some most unusual food
saver uses...

Food Saver Unusual Use #1: Seal and a credit card
to save money.
To help you save money, seal a credit card in plastic, then
insert the sealed card into another food saver bag and fill it
with water and freeze it.

Why do this? You will need to wait several hours before the ice
melts. During this time you can rethink your purchase. That's
the best way to "freeze your credit!"

Food Saver Unusual Use #2: Enhance your bug-out
A food saver can help you organize your bugout bag, compress
some of your gear, and keep important contents weatherproof.

Here are some ideas for how to use a food saver for your
bugout bag:

  • Make your own bugout meals. Stow dehydrated
    vegetables, beans, rice and other grains in portioned

  • Keep clothes dry. Compress socks and underwear in your
    bag and keep them dry.

  • Seal maps, photos and documents. Keep important
    financial documents air tight. Be able to read important
    documents and help them weather the storm. Bundle, birth
    certificates, marriage, identification and passports. Store
    treasured and heirloom photographs, which may be the last
    photographic memories you'll ever own. Use the "seal-only"
    feature for photographs and do NOT vacuum them.

  • Organize other sections of your bag:

Food Saver Unusual Use #3: Make ice packs!
A food saver is an ideal way to bundle medications together,
keep bandages organized and dry, and to make ice packs!
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FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System.
The best selling food saver is the FoodSaver V2244, pictured
right, is the best selling of the bunch because of its price and
ease of use. It's a great FoodSaver for someone starting out,
but you won't regret getting one of the more powerful
foodsavers above. If you're on a strict budget, then the Food
Saver V2244 will give you plenty of service and will help you
save money. It will virtually pay for itself before you know it.
Your food will taste better and be more nutritious.
FoodSaver Game Saver:
Created with hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts in
mind, the
FoodSaver Game Saver, pictured below and above in
#5, the FoodSaver Game Saver is portable. It's perfect for your
camper, RV, campsite or cabin, and works just as well at home.
It’s lightweight, super-portable, easy to use, value-priced and
gets the job done. Great for small game birds, panfish,
waterfowl breasts and fish fillets up to 2 to 3 pounds.
Above, the FoodSaver 4840 is among the best-selling vacuum sealers,
according to sales, but the V2244, pictured at the bottom right is the

FoodSaver V4440
The FoodSaver V4440, pictured below, has a 2-in-1 automatic
vacuum sealing system that  includes a bonus built-in
Rretractable handheld sealer (which you can see in green).
FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System
By far the most popular unit, the FoodSaver 4840, pictured
below, has a built-in retractable handheld sealer, and includes a
starter kit with heat-seal and zipper bags. This Food Saver unit
gets 4.6 out of 5 stars from more than 579 reviewers.
With a space-saving design, above, the Food Saver Premium
has auto sensing sealing and seals the deal in about 10
seconds with plenty of power. Just place the bag in and the
machine does the rest with one touch marinate and vacuum
modes. This unit combines both heat-seal and handheld
vacuuming capabilities in one unit, so you have more ways to
seal and more ways to save money.

Foodsaver V4880 Fully Automatic Vacuum Sealing System
This unit has a handheld sealer with a freshsaver container and
wine stopper. If you're the type to not finish your wine, then
this is the unit for you. Best of all it has moist/dry food
settings for optimal sealing, and a pull-out drip tray drawer
with patented, removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray.
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Food Saver Unusual Use #6: Keep your oxygen
absorbers fresh.
Your oxygen absorbers are only as good as the bag which
holds them. If there is a puncture in the bag, your oxygen
absorbers are useless. Also, when you open the
manufacturer's packaging, which hopefully arrives home
intact, it's important to seal up the unused ones immediately
or they will become useless. How will you keep the unused
oxygen absorbers fresh? Here's how...

  • Best way to keep your oxygen absorbers fresh:
    Immediately dump the unused oxygen absorbers into a
    mason glass jar, and then seal the lid with the food
    saver attachment. It will suck out all the excess oxygen
    keeping your absorbers as fresh as possible. Best of all,
    storing this way, in a jar is puncture proof.

As noted by the manufacturer, use with a gas flushing vacuum
packaging to absorb virtually all oxygen and absorb any
oxygen that may permeate the package.

Food Saver Unusual Use #7: Make a survival cache.
Another way to use a food saver in prepping is to use properly
store individual components of your survival stash.

  • Protect against confiscation. On April 5, 1933 by United
    States Presidential Executive Order 6102. President
    Franklin D. Roosevelt forbid "the hoarding of gold coin,
    gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental
    United States." At the time, the government thought
    hoarding of gold stalled economic growth and made the
    depression more severe. It could happen again.

  • Protect your second amendment rights.  In advance of
    receiving notice of a "surrender notice of firearms," bury a
    copy of the constitution along with your firearms and an
    ammunition in a survival cache.

  • Bury extra bullets with deciscants (not oxygen
    asborbers). Who knows what the future may bring? If
    production stops, you can keep bullets safely away from
    the wrong hands by burying them if you do it correctly.
    Moisture clings to steel, which is why it's important to
    seal your ammunition in a food saver with silica packets.
    The silica packets will absorb moisture and provide a
    level of protection from the elements. Here is the
    complete tutorial from
Use  food saver to freeze herbs, like rosemary above, and you'll have the
full flavor year round.

Food Saver Unusual Use #5: Harvest fish and game.
Created with hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts in
mind, the
FoodSaver GameSaver Outdoorsman Vacuum Sealing
System, picture below, combines a new consumer preferred
design with easy operation. With up to 40 consecutive seals,
you can continually process up to 120 pounds of game. Bring it
with you to the woods and on the water to quickly process your
fish and game! Preserve your harvested fish and game in the
great outdoors, and prevent freezer burn. Preserve your
hard-earned game for up to three years.
  • Keep herbs fresh in the freezer. Seal in the freshness of
    herbs from your garden with a food saver so you can enjoy
    the goodness year round.  Dill weed, cilantro, chive, dill
    weed and mint all are best when freshly picked. FoodSaver
    recommends blanching tender leaves. Herbs like basil,
    mint, oregano and parsley, all freeze well. Freeze herbs
    with hard leaves herbs, like rosemary, thyme and bay
    leaves directly on the stem. Remember to seal them in
    portions you'll use and to mark your herbs as you may not
    otherwise be able to recognize some leaves latere.
    Rosemary freezes is an herb that freezes extremely well
    with the clipping intact....
Above, colorful home made ice packs will add much comfort to soothe
inflammation. Refreeze to use again and again.

  • Make a home-made first aid ice packs:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol or high-proof vodka
  • blue food coloring tint (optional)
  • quart or gallon-size food saver bags

Food Saver Unusual Use #4: Seed saving.
A FoodSaver is indispensable in the garden. You can make your
own seed bank, save fresh herbs, and more.

  • Seed saving. Preserve heirloom seeds using your food
    saver. The key to preserving the seeds is to include some
    details about the seeds, including the date you harvested
    them, best time to plant, name of plant, and any other
    useful information, such as crop rotation.

    NOTE:  Small seeds can get sucked out in the vacuum if
    you're not careful. To remedy, place a coffee filter.
Above, home made otter pops made with healthier ingredients and a food
saver. Using the same technique described, you can freeze yogurts, too.

Which food saver is right for you?

Food Saver Premium:
Food Saver Unusual use #11: Entertainment.
Did we mention that using a food saver is fun? A food saver has
a smidgen of fun in every box:

  • Compress marshmallows. Kids will be amazed how the
    marshmallows shrink in a food saver. It's quick
    entertainment and you can use them for camping.

  • Store your silver. Keep real silver from tarnishing by
    taking away the everyday oxidation. You can store small
    items, such as your special silver flatware that comes out
    only for guests. For your coin collection, you can also help
    silver from tarnishing by encasing them in food saver
    plastic. It also helps that you can stack the coins nicely
    (so they won't jingle).

  • Make healthier Otter Pops and Go-gurts!  Kids love
    Otter Pops, but the artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners
    are a nasty thing. You can make your own Otter Pops with
    your family's favorite real fruit juices (food coloring is
    optional) using your food saver.

Bullets beans or bandages, you can bury a secret cache now for what you
need to retrieve later. Above, bullets are sealed with a silica desiccant to
help absorb moisture.

Food Saver Unusual Use #8: Keep things dry on a
river trip!
When paddling down the river, you never know what's down the
bend. Even if you're experienced, you may tip over because of
other people in the waterways. You can use a food saver to
help waterproof your gear.

  • Keep socks and underwear dry by sealing them for the trip.
  • Seal individual components of a first aid kit
  • Ensure you have some tinder - you can seal laundry

Food Saver Unusual Use #9: Camping and road trips.
With a food saver, you can make a watertight car kit. Secure
your car with flashlight, batteries, flares, matches, and first aid
kit, as well as portioned snacks, so you can see and access all
your emergency supplies, and keep them dry.

Food Saver Unusual Use #10: Use with jars and
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crimping tool when you have a food saver. It's not perfect, but
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