The Best Way To Stop Food Waste & Keep Food Fresh Longer

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Ever wonder how you are going to store all the fresh food you just bought? How about a way to stop food waste and keep food fresh longer? I have always fought this and failed miserably until I found out about the FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System.

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

Now this is one food preservation system you do not want to do without. If you are like me and buy a lot of groceries at one time, and need the food to last a while, then you NEED this food preservation system.

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

the FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System is awesome. I love that this will help keep my food fresh longer! We live out in the country, like WAY out in the middle of nowhere, country. We have about 189 people in our town, so that will tell you how tiny our town is! So, when we go grocery shopping (we go twice a month), we buy a lot of stuff. Those groceries HAVE to last! So, I was so thankful to be able to check out and review this wonderful FoodSaver System!

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

When we get home from shopping, my counter is usually filled with meats I have to separate and cut and put into other bags then into the freezer. Well usually, those meats get freezer burned and I hate it. Now that I have the FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System, it is no longer a worry of mine. You know how good this feels?! GOOD.

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

I was given a challenge from the people over at FoodSaver, to find an ingredient to freeze and a few weeks later, pull out of the freezer and then use in a recipe of my choice. I agreed and eagerly awaited the arrival of my precious new BFF! Now I can Keep Food Fresh Longer!

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

The FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System comes with everything I needed to get started immediately!

FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

 

Once I had this out of the box and on my counter I then made sure the stickers were off and the roll of vacuum seal bags was installed correctly. I read the directions and was soon sealing off the bag I was going to use for my ingredient I was supposed to freeze for a few weeks. I chose sausage links!

I took the fresh sausage links and put them in the premeasured, sealed and cut bag that I prepared for them. When they were placed into the bag I then carefully pushed the top of the bag into the ‘vacuum and seal’ spot. Since this was a ‘moist/wet‘ product, I made sure the top of the bag was inside of the ‘spill tray’ so any juices that came out would collect in there instead of going all over the place.

When I had the bag where I wanted it and it has enough room at the top of the bag, I then pressed the ‘moist food‘ settings on the top of the machine, then I pressed down with both hands, on either side of the bar, to vacuum and seal the food/bag.

The machine immediately went to work, sucking all the air out of the bag and then sealing it. The machine knows what to do! So easy! I was/am so impressed with this machine and how easy the setup and use of it is.

But, that is not all folks! If you have delicate foods (like muffins and baked goods), that you want to vacuum seal and save for later, you can! Just use the PulseVac Button. This will control the vacuum function to seal delicate foods without crushing them!

The Best Way To Stop Food Waste & Keep Food Fresh Longer

This machine can do SO much, but this is as far as I have personally gone with the FoodSaver System. I still have so much to learn about it and its uses and am looking forward to that! But for now, I will focus on my sausage links and recipe!

Three weeks later, I decided to check out how my sausage links were doing. They were still vacuum sealed and no ice was seen inside the package. So far so good! The sausages looked great! When I opened them to add them to my recipe, I was happy to see that they had no ice on them and they were perfectly preserved! Very happy woman here!

The Best Way To Stop Food Waste & Keep Food Fresh Longer

The recipe I decided to go with is a favorite in our home, on those long cold winter days. It is called ‘Creamy Tortellini Spinach & Sausage Soup‘ and it is SO delicious!!!!

I first had this at my church. I loved it so much that I had to grab the recipe from one of the ladies there. They were kind enough to print out the recipe for me and then I made the soup for my family a few nights later. Ever since, it has become a favorite soup and one that my family asks me to make, often.

The soup is simple to make in the slow cooker and doesn’t take long at all. It is creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-perfect!

Creamy Tortellini Spinach & Sausage Soup
A delicious and creamy soup in the slow cooker, your whole family will enjoy! There is never any leftovers at our when I make this for dinner!
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-7
Ingredients
  • 1 19 oz. Bag Of Frozen Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 Small Bag Of Fresh/Frozen Spinach
  • 2 14.5 oz. Cans Of Italian Style Diced Tomatoes, Drained
  • 4 Cups Of Chicken Broth (Less if you like a thicker soup)
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese (soften it in the microwave)
  • 6 Sausage Links
Instructions
  1. Slice up sausage and brown in a pan and then put into the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients.
  2. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low.

I am so excited about how well the sausage links were preserved. I cannot wait to use the  FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System on more foods! We are doing a big shopping on Friday, so this machine will be used quite a bit this weekend!

creamy-tortellini-spinach-sausage-soupMore Information About This FoodSaver System:

This new food preservation system is designed to help eliminate food waste and keep food fresh up to 5x longer than traditional storage methods! Using specially-designed bags to not only preserve food and flavor, this new system also incorporates new features like the Express Bag Maker that reduces vacuum sealing steps in half.

Here’s why the new FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System is a must have for any kitchen:
· Buying in Bulk & Save Money: Whether you’re purchasing fruits, vegetables or meats, bulk buying in season and preserving food with a vacuum sealer can save up to $2,700 a year.
· Prep Ahead Meals & Save Time: Save time during the week, by prepping and portioning healthy meals for you and your family ahead of time so all you have to do is grab and go or re-heat.
· Preserve Flavor & Love Leftovers: Eliminate food waste by preserving your leftovers and reimagining them into new and delicious meals.

Where Can I Buy The FoodSaver System?

You can purchase the FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System online at http://www.foodsaver.com. It retails for $199.00.

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Comments

  1. I definitely need to invest in one of these! I am tired of wasting food!

  2. Richard Hicks says:

    This is a very nice food saver. We had a cheap one and did great for only a little while before it tore up

  3. I’ve wanted one of these for a while. I would use it to store bulk-priced meats and even use it for my homemade broths.

  4. Jessica Gann says:

    I Cnt wait to get one. I waste so much food

  5. I just happened to receive one for Christmas! Can’t wait to use it!

  6. I would love to have this FoodSaver system. It would be super to keep food fresh longer and not waste so much of it.

  7. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    I have always wanted one of these!!!

  8. I hate freezer burn and also love to buy in bulk to save money. I love the way this packages/seals up the food and keeps it looking fresh.

  9. We need one of these in our house.

  10. I’ve thought about a vacuum sealer. We would like to buy in bulk to save money but it’s just the two of us and we don’t want to waste food.

  11. vickie couturier says:

    my husband hunts and we do eat what he hunts for ,,so this would be to package the meat

  12. That is so smart for fighting freezer burn! I never would have thought of using a food saver for that, but now I love that idea and need to get one.

  13. melody hodge says:

    I have a older model vacuum sealer and its horrible to deal with. I doesn’t completely seal all of the air out at this point. This one looks easy and simple to use. I can’t wait to check it out more and get the details of it. It has a nice slick design to it too.

  14. Brooke Allen says:

    This would be good for fruits and vegetables.

  15. I think it would be useful for storing fruits and vegetables as mine always seem to go bad before I can use them up.

  16. These look really neat, i’ve always wanted to try one of these, maybe some day i will.

  17. Victoria Scott says:

    I’ve always wondered if these worked! It would great for frozen dinners to make for the week!

  18. I myself probably wouldn’t need this for my food but it’s a great idea for my cat. 🙂
    He was really fat on store bought food so I started making it and I try to make a lot of it at once because it’s time consuming. Which means I have to freeze a lot of it so this would come in handy!
    thanks!

  19. Andrea Adler says:

    I always thought I probably couldn’t spend the money on these but it looks like you can get one at a pretty affordable price! Will have to look into more! Thanks 🙂

  20. we have one of these and it is a great way to save money and time

  21. I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time! I always buy in bulk and freeze, so something like this would be very useful!

  22. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I hve been seriously looking at getting a vacuum sealer. Now that it is mostly just Hubz and me at home, I am finding it difficult to cook for just two and to buy in economical packages.

  23. Michelle Castagne says:

    This looks awesome. It sure would save a lot of food from going bad.

  24. Aleixa Abby says:

    I think it’s kinda crazy that the food stays so fresh!

  25. Jennifer Bellotti says:

    I would like to get one of these I would save alot of food.

  26. This would be perfect for me. I usually cook for one and have leftovers. I, too, very much dislike freezing food and then finding ice on it. I throw a lot of food away due to this. I need something like this to keep my food as fresh as it was when I first store it in the freezer.

  27. I would save everything!

  28. I have used food saver forever and they help keep food a lot longer. I couldn’t live with out mine.

  29. I’d love to have one of these! Thanks for sharing.

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