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Blog entry by Harold and Pam posted 1284 days ago 5405 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago, Pam and I decided to clean out the freezer. In doing so, Pam had an idea that I wished I had thought of. I enjoy making soups and have always kept bones from dinners – chicken, prime rib, pork…. Then when I was ready to make a soup, I’d start by grabbing some of the bones to make my stock. Pam, noticing all the bones, suggested that I take time to make the stock now and freeze the stock rather than the bones. “This way (she explained) the stock is already made!”

Great idea! However, I did not have enough containers to keep the stock in. I made a big mistake, when suggesting the she go to the store to get more containers – I should know not to let Pam near cash registers!!!

Expecting a $25.00 purchase, I’m off to the kitchen boiling bones into stock!

Some time later, Pam comes home and says “I got you some beer.” “Thanks”, I said; but she continued to say – “you should drink one or two now before I show you what else I bought.” $250.00 later….. which was the unit and nearly a lifetime supply of bags!

Well after my initial shock, I must say that the Food Saver the most useful item in the kitchen. I would guess that I use the Food Saver at least 4 – 7 times a week. I use it not only for stock, but for just about everything I put in the freezer, plus coffee, pine nuts, bread, and other items that we buy in bulk such as rice, and pastas.

Now instead of freezing the bones, I simply make stock after each dinner. I take the bones from our dinner, boil them in a small amount of water and pour the stock into a container in the freezer. I do this each time we have bones left over from dinner. A variety of stock is poured into the same one container in the freezer. One night it may be chicken stock and next week we had pork – it all goes into one container. I also pour the drippings of the roasted meat into the container. Once the container gets full, I pop it out of the container and into a bag and vacuum seal it.

Frozen Container of Stock

Sealed and Labled

And I use it for many things besides food, such as sealing caulking tubes and glue.

In an effort to clear up some counter space one day, we actually took the Food Saver and other items out of the kitchen and stored them in another room. Two weeks later the Food Saver came back into the kitchen (everything else remained in the other room.)

Here are some more photos and ideas:

Home Made Soup - Frozen and Sealed
Home Made Soup

Roasted Chicken - I take this from the freezer and boil in the bag for about 45 mins
I roasted this chick, let it cool and then sealed it. It will store in the freezer till I’m ready to use it. I put it in a pot of boiling water for about 45 mins. In under an hour – from the freezer to the table.

From the garden
Fresh Beans from the Garden

Bag of Beans
Dry Goods

If you don’t have one… what are you waiting for???

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl



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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2595 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1284 days ago

I have an OLD one and stopped using it because the seals kept breaking open.

Might have to consider another investment.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Harold and Pam

253 posts in 1669 days
hardiness zone 10b

posted 1284 days ago

I have never had that problem. Also, I wash and reuse the bags. As you can see in the photos, I label the bags above the seal. Then, when I cut open the bag, the label and seal are removed and tossed out leaving me a slightly smaller bag to reuse, reseal and relabel.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2595 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1284 days ago

Yah, there is a difference between a cheap machine and a quality one – the seal

I wondered why you had left so much material at the one end. Now I know. Brilliant. Thanks for the tip.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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dini

1591 posts in 2311 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 1284 days ago

Gotta agree here. I love mine!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1857 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1282 days ago

The Foodsaver looks like a great way to help preserve things, both frozen and dehydrated. I went to the website and saw lots of mixed reviews. Which model do you have, Harold?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1307 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 1282 days ago

this looks like a wonderful idea for sensible people.
Would not work for me since I am a packrat. I would hoard food and pry never use it

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Harold and Pam

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posted 1282 days ago

Gone Tropical… there are 12 step programs for people like you :~) My wife is very much a packrat. I’m constantly telling her – “honey, lets use what we already have!” It has honestly saved us far more money then it cost.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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Harold and Pam

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posted 1282 days ago

Miss Robin. I have the V3420 which is now known to be model V3440. I saw mixed reviews too. I think that the secret for my very favorable review is that I keep it on the counter, plugged in and ready to use. Ask Pam, I’m VERY MUCH ABOUT CONVENIENCE. If I have to take 9 steps for something that should be done in 3 steps, I’m frustrated and will either not use said item or will determine how to reduce the steps. When we took the Food Saver out of the kitchen, the unit became inconvenient to use, thus I did not use it. I knew things were becoming wasted or not sealed the best they could be… freezer burn, stall coffee beans… So I brought the unit back into the kitchen where it belongs and poof, coffee’s good again, and no more freezer burned bread, etc.

Don’t concern yourself with the other reviews, just go with mine! :~) Honestly, Robin with all the wonderful things you do in your kitchen, you will find this to be a great addition to meal time planning for your wonderful family.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 1282 days ago

Good sales pitch! I think you have me sold on the benefits. Now I just want an in kitchen demonstration. When are you and Pam heading north again? : )

Actually I wanted to know what model you used because the on-line reviews were mixed and I wasn’t sure which model you liked; so thanks for the info and I will look into it more closely. I have a few things on my “desire” list: grain mill, dehydrator, now possibly a food saver….

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Harold and Pam

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posted 1282 days ago

Glad to hear “you are sold.” As for a trip up north… I start a new job this week and have not yet confronted my boss with my desired 4 – 6 week vacation plans. :~) Should he have a sense of humor, I’ll contact you prior to my visit. If Pam’s a good girl, I’ll bring her too. Just remember, Sam Adams, and plenty of coffee!

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1692 days
hardiness zone 4a

posted 1281 days ago

Sounds like you’ve found 101 uses for it.

You ask what I am waiting for if I don’t already have one? With all due respect to your fine review and the way in which you’ve made it a useful addition to your food storage solution, here is another perspective. Here are the 5 reasons why I will never own of these.

Keep in mind that my choices are based on a) expensive electricity costs and rising 10%/year ( without exception)* b) likelihood of being 100% off-grid in near future – about 50% of my current consumption currently is PV solar c) no garbage collection but a transfer station which is now 1 mile away but which will be 6 in the future d) nearest stores are 70 miles away.

1. It is another appliance which needs to be plugged in. Which means it uses energy which means more cost and more burden on my off-grid system
2. It uses plastic. Plastic comes from oil. Oil is being depleted and I would prefer to have oil to run a tractor or a sawmill than plastic. I can’t eat plastic.
3. Replacement plastic rolls comes from the store. See above. When I run out, it’s a 3 hour round trip to get more, never mind the cost.
4. Plastic doesn’t compost. When I am done, there is plastic packaging ( note that probably already 90% of the small amount of trash that I generate is from plastic packaging which is not recyclable) which I must then cart 12 miles to the transfer station. Driving to the transfer station uses fuel and so on. So, the less the better for me.
5. I would need to buy a larger freezer to store everything ( see #1 )

Just a different perspective on how an innocent small appliance can increase my consumption of oil and generate waste and how it would not be a practical solution in making my life simpler or cheaper.

  • I once read a letter to the editor where someone wrote. “I always know it is spring when I receive the annual electricity rates increase in the mail”

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Harold and Pam

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posted 1277 days ago

Daltxguy – being off the grid will be a wonderful and satisfying accomplishment indeed. I’ve seen your solar posting in the past and am in yaw over what you have done.

Harold

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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