40 Ways to Use Your FoodSaver

We always have fun discussions on our Facebook page and love to get to know all of our readers better over there. We recently asked how people use their FoodSaver or other vacuum sealers and got a TON of great responses. We compiled them all here for a quick, easy-to-read list. If you have a FoodSaver, break it out and start using it for some of these things! If you don’t have one yet, you can check them out at the FoodSaver website.

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40 Ways to Use Your FoodSaver

Using Foodsaver Bags

1. Seal cheese to last longer in the fridge
2. Vacuum seal treats to send overseas to military/missionary family members
3. Preserve leftovers for freezer meals
4. Buy bulk meats and split into single recipe portions in freezer bags
5. Store toiletries and sanitary supplies compacted
6. Vacuum seal ammunition
7. Vacuum seal photos to preserve them and keep dry in a disaster
8. Vacuum seal important documents for preservation
9. Seal jump drives in 72 hour kits
10. Seal chocolate for long term food storage
11. Create homemade ice packs
12. Reseal chip bags
13. Waterproofing matches
14. Freeze fruits and vegetables in bags
15. Seal any leftovers in the deli containers to last longer in the fridge
16. Seal partially used vegetables to avoid them going rotten before using
17. Seal grains and store in the freezer to extend shelf life
18. Recork bottles of wine
19. Seal bags of snacks/treats for road trips
20. Seal shredded zucchini to use in stews/breads/etc.
21. Trail mix packets for camping
22. Homemade emergency MRE’s
23. Seal cereal to extend shelf life
24. Seal spare clothes for 72 hour kits in large bags to conserve space
25. Seal spare bedding in large bags
26. Seal off-season clothes in large bags
27. Seal turkey leftovers for different meals after Thanksgiving
28. Freeze homemade soups, then vacuum seal them
29. Freeze bread loaves

Using the Foodsaver Jar Attachment

30. Seal bulk spices in jars
31. Seal salads in quart jars to make them last longer
32. Reseal foods from opened #10 cans into mason jars
33. Dehydrate fruits and seal them in jars
34. Seal nuts in jars
35. Seal seeds in jars
36. Seal chocolate chips in jars
37. Seal pet food in mason jars to keep it fresher
38. Store rice and beans sealed in jars
39. Seal crackers in jars
40. Meals in a jar!

  • Tom Trojan

    any thoughts on using FS bags for long term storage of dry goods like rice, beans, pasta, powdered milk, flour, dehydrated fruits and veg’s rather than using mylar bags? I started storing this stuff this year w/ FS with oxygen absorbers, so don’t have any idea what the long term results will be.

  • Shirley

    Wow, this was extremely disappointing. This is definitely 40 *reasons* to use your FoodSaver, but only one way – buy sealing food up into a bag. Language use counts, people. Not bookmarking this blog.

    • Marta

      40 ways to contribute more plastic to the landfill. It will help to destroy the environment faster and that way we can all use the preps we have been saving up!

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

        Marta, that is why I love the jar attachment. You don’t have to seal everything in bags.

    • Thom

      Shirley, I know that “language use counts” so I need some clarification: when you say “BUY sealing food up into a bag” do you mean “BY sealing food up into a bag”?

      The post I read also had other things besides food being vacuum sealed. Although it may not be your cup of tea, why do you feel the need to be so critical? I like hearing about the different WAYS that I can use my FoodSaver besides food. Having lived in both hurricane and flood zones, I want to hear the best ways to capitalize on what I have, like my FoodSaver.

      Thank you ladies for this post and for allowing me to give my opinion.

      A man tip-toeing through a predominantly women’s blog

      • Shirley

        I run my own blog, as well as several business. I know that for every disappointed customer that speaks up, there are many who don’t, but feel the same way – this is why I treasure constructive criticism, so I can improve. I certainly don’t try to shame them BY pouncing on their typos (which doesn’t work with me, I’m OK with strangers thinking I’m stupid, you don’t really know me, so whatever).

        All I’m saying is “Wow. That was disappointing.” If you want to be a professional blogger, you don’t want that to happen – you want people to love it, and check out some of your other articles, and maybe sign up for your newsletter.

        Or maybe you don’t, I don’t really know you, either. I know you’re going to look at the positive comments and dismiss my opinion as just being a “hater”, and that’s fine, it’s a free country. Learning to use non-glowing comments to improve wouldn’t hurt you, but I’m not your mom, I’m not going to tell you what to do.

        • Staci Kae Barker

          You’re a troll who enjoys criticizing minor mistakes (non-existent ones, apparently) and hearing yourself talk. There was nothing constructive about it. By any definition of it, “*reasons*” would not have fit into this title at all. I do believe “uses” would have worked, but didn’t think twice about understanding the word “ways” when I read it. Glad I don’t know of your blog and I would hate to work for any business you run. Carry on Jodi & Julie. I’ll be here to read it.

          • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

            Thanks Staci! Glad to have you here :)

        • Jkkl

          You’re an illiterate whore.

          • http://www.etsy.com/shop/CutesyFaery?ref=si_shop Shirley

            Oh, very nice. That’s definitely how you have a discussion, with name-calling. Kiss your mom with that mouth?

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

        Thom, Thanks for stopping by. Even though we like pink, we do still like our male readers too and we are glad that you can still get information out of our site. lol. You’re a gem :)

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      Shirley, Thanks for the feedback, we do appreciate it. I guess it’s personal opinion whether you see them as reasons or ways. I feel like there are lots of different ways to use it rather than just thinking of the typical “seal food in a bag”. I am a little sad that you feel that that one word difference makes our entire blog not worthy of reading again and that our post was extremely disappointing to you. We are just two young moms who do this for fun and to help people (not professional bloggers).

  • phuque2

    I take gauze, tape, bandaids, and other single use wound dressing items and vac seal them in my 72 hour bug out bag. Throw 2-3 of them in there. Dry and clean and ready at a moments notice. I also wrapped a firearm in newspaper (due to sharp edges) along with magazines and ammo and vac it up for my bug out bag so I can grab the bag and go. Feel alot safer with a firearm to protect myself.

  • John

    I have used it to seal clothing and socks for my get home bag, as well as a poncho liner.

  • Annette

    If I buy a gallon can of tomatoes , is it best to seal left overs in a jar or can I seal them 2cups at a time in a bag ?

    • Jess

      I prefer to seal mine in jars (considering serving sizes or amount needed for certain recipes) however I tend to use them within a month or so of buying them

      • yoda

        Just remember you’re only sealing, not canning. This won’t keep foods like tomatoes safe, unless refrigerate, short term. Great for storing dried foods however.