Sponsored by Foodsaver Fresh
For the past two weeks I’ve been busy testing out the Foodsaver Fresh. A vacuum sealing system designed to help your food last longer.
A bit of background…
What is the Foodsaver Fresh
The Foodsaver Fresh is a vacuum sealing machine designed to keep your food fresh up to two times longer than conventional storage systems such a zip seal bags, tin foil, cling film or containers. It’s the number one vacuum sealing system in the US and is now launching in the UK.
How does it work?
The Foodsaver Fresh removes the air from specially designed bags and containers forming an airtight seal, helping your food to stay fresh for longer.
Why you need the Foodsaver Fresh
Every year 7 million tonnes of food are wasted in the UK. The aim of the Foodsaver Fresh is to increase the shelf life of your food leading to less waste. It also enables you to buy more food in bulk (as it will make it last longer) which if you’re a savvy shopper means you can reduce your shopping bills too.
So what did I find?
Design and ease of use
I was really pleased with the design of the Foodsaver Fresh. I have a fair amount of black and chrome in my kitchen so it fitted in really well, and the machine is quite compact so it doesn’t take up too much space.
The wire on the back is a little on the short side so I had to move things around a bit to get it close to the plug, but it’s really lightweight (it weighs less than a bag of flour) so it’s very easy to move.
The system is incredibly easy to use…
- Plug it in.
- Put your bag or box in the section at the bottom.
- Squeeze the two buttons on the side and slide down the vacuum nozzle so it’s pressing against the box or bag (ensure the holes are lined up).
- Press the start button and watch the air sucking out of the bag or box.
- Press the two buttons on the side and lift up the vacuum nozzle.
It’s that simple.
I had a couple of times where the vacuum hadn’t worked properly but it’s obvious when this has happened. For starters the light on top will flash red to say it hasn’t gone right (I don’t think I’d pushed the nozzle down enough to create an airtight seal), also for the boxes there is a little green bobble on top that will be indented if the vacuum is sealed correctly and the lid won’t lift off.
The bags are easy to seal and reseal and are sturdy so they can be reused again and again.
The boxes are also excellent quality and the plastic is very clear so you can immediately see what’s stored in them. They also stack well. To remove the lid from the boxes you need to press the button in the middle to allow air in and release the vacuum. Once I’d done this I found the lids a little stiff to remove, but I found that once I’d done it a few times and got the knack of it I was OK.
So did it keep the food Fresh?
Lets face it, whether or not it looks nice in my kitchen is important (to me 🙂 ), but whether it actually keeps the food fresh for longer is the most important thing.
I tested a few different food items in my boxes and bags, ones that I’ve found that I’m more likely to throw away as they’ve gone off before I’ve used them all up…
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Pitta bread
The bacon, cheese, avocado and pitta bread were stored in the bags and the rest were stored in the boxes. As a comparison I stored the same items in either zip sealed bags or regular plastic storage boxes.
I was hugely impressed with the bags. My test on the cheese and bacon is still ongoing as both products seem to be going strong in either type of storage. However, the results for the avocado and pitta were clear.
Where to buy your Foodsaver Fresh
The Foodsaver Fresh is available from the Foodsaver Website as well as a number of other retailers with a RRP of £89.99.
The box contains the Foodsaver Fresh machine, 5 resealable bags and one 700ml Foodsaver Fresh box. Additional bags and boxes can be purchased in a range of sizes.