40 Ways to Use Your FoodSaver

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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.


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!

  • Motorgirl

    Vacuum sealing ammo is NOT recommended. The inert air in the powder chamber of the cartridge will be constantly trying to escape in the vacuum and can lead to “popping” the bullet from the casing.

  • rd_25

    Never thought to use one to seal clothes, ammo for wet hunts or anything survival related. Not a bad idea at all. In every trunk there should be warm clothes and dry matches! You can seal them in a vacuum bag causing them to stay dry and take up less space.

  • J Geist

    You can also seal bag lettuce in a food saver bag as long as you dont take all the air out and crush it. I just tried this the other day as I dont have mason jars and I was amazed at how fresh it was after two days of being sealed, usually that bag stuff only lasts about 24 hours.

  • Judy Johnson

    Store lettuce in mason jars or made up salads. Seal with attachment. They last a long time

  • Cindy Trumble

    Seal chocolate chips in jars? Ummmm…that’s never going to work. It’s a waste of time and energy. In fact, I just don’t see it happening, they just wouldn’t last long enough to be sealed around my house LOLOL. Now cocoa, that I’ve been stocking up on and packing away. People tend to stay away from that because it’s not sweet on its own hehehe.
    A lot of other good ideas here too :).

  • Jolene Osmun

    Question on #12, how do you do the reseal of chip bags? In a new bag or in the same and how do you not crush them as well as the loaves of bread???

    • Cindy Trumble

      Don’t vacuum pack them, just seal the top of the chip bag, they are like mylar bags and you can reseal them as many times as you want.
      I was wondering about the bread too :).

      • Jolene Osmun

        Thank you Cindy, I didn’t know, knowledge can be so great..l hate stale chips…lol

        • Margaret Jones

          Freeze your bread first and then seal. Or you can do a partial vacuum (tricky) just press seal when vacuumed enough but not too much.

          • Jolene Osmun

            Now why didn’t I think of that,.lol Thank you Margaret

    • My foodsaver has a gentle setting and I use that and then stop it and seal it before it starts crushing it!

    • Lyra

      My food saver you can vacuum and seal or just seal. So with potato chips I would just seal.

  • Barbara

    We could not have survived my husband’s cooking for 5 months after I had hand reconstruction surgery if I had not made pre-cooked meals which were put into FoodSaver bags and frozen flat. I “filed” them on end, stacked vertically like library books, and could easily read what was written on the end of each, so even one-handed I could remove a meal and thaw it or put it in pan and have it ready for him to re-heat.

    • Samantha

      This idea has never occurred to me! We always stack them on top of one another in the bottom of the deep freezer, and more than one has gotten lost in the pile of food! Simple but genius – THANK YOU!

  • Cindy

    I love your blog. Thanks for helping us all get better prepared

  • Judy

    I ordered and paid for the ebooks , couldn’t download them.I sent your site an email and I haven’t heard from you ……

    • Hi Judy, We don’t have record of an email from you but I did find your order receipt so I will go ahead and forward you a new download link. Watch for it in your email!

  • Mare

    I actually purchased my FoodSaver recently, based on your recommendation. I needed to replace my long used, worn, previous sealer. I love it, even though I haven’t done much besides make my freezer meal lunches and package some of my dehydrated fruit.

    Jodi and Julie, you are awesome. I love your site. It is packed full of useful help and hints, as well as some really great recipes! I hope you don’t allow a few know-it-alls, that may wander in occasionally, to get you down. Personally, I had no problem understanding what you meant when you said “ways to use.”

    • Thank you Mare! Glad you love your new foodsaver 🙂

  • Carol Galbraith

    I have had to food savers and I found many of the bags would get air in them. Raw meat was the worst problem because of the liquid would come out when sealing the bag. So I quit trying.

    • I have found that if I use the “wet” setting on mine it solves most issues with meat. Or you can also stick it in the freezer first so that it’s not liquid when you try to suck it up. I haven’t had any other issues with the bags getting air in them. Sorry for the trouble you’ve had!

      • betty

        Also if you put 1/2 a folded paper towel across the top the juice/liquid will not reach the top when sealing

      • rachiti

        Completely agreed with freezing meat first. I have done it for as little as an hour or two so it doesn’t start to dry in the freezer – it’s sort of squishy frozen but it’s enough to keep the liquid from sucking up into the vacuum attachment. I do the same with chicken and turkey stock. I freeze them in 2 cup tupperware containers, pop them out once they’re frozen, then use my foodsaver.

  • Cindy Blommer

    Great ideas, there are some things I never thought of doing. Sorry you had some negative comments. I enjoy your blog and appreciate all the work you put into it, thanks.

  • 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.

    • Cindy Trumble

      I’ve done beans and rice with both vacuum packing bags and Mylar bags. They both seem to work well, but they say that the sharp edges of the rice might puncture the plastic and air can get in. I haven’t had that happen so far, but if you’re storing for long term use, periodically checking them for leaks might be a good idea.

    • Cindy Trumble

      I’ve also done flour, but boy is it a mess packing it LOL. From now on, I will buy 5 or 10 pound packages and seal the whole thing, not try to separate 50 pounds LOL.

  • 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!

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

      • rachiti

        So I should eat crappy food that’s been trucked halfway across the country and held in low oxygen storage for months instead of getting organic food from the Farmer’s Market in the summer & using it during the winter and early spring? I live in Wisconsin – food is available locally from mid-June until October…what am I supposed to live on the rest of the year that isn’t processed by some major corporation and trucked – hello fossil fuels!!! – to my destination? I have 12 batches of kale in my freezer right now – it doesn’t can or dehydrate well – so that’s 12 batches of delicious soup right there. Why should my healthy have to suffer instead of using a few bags to preserve the organic goodness that nature provides? I dehydrate apples from my backyard and zucchini from my sister’s garden too – and those go into 1/2 gallon mason jars sealed with my…oh yeah that’s right..Foodsaver!

    • 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.

        • Jkkl

          You’re an illiterate whore.

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

      • 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 🙂

    • 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.

    • Cindy Trumble

      I do the first aid stuff like that too :). I like the idea for packing your firearm and ammo too. I haven’t had the funds to get firearms or rifles yet, but we plan on selling our house this summer so these are things that I’m planning to buy :).
      But hmmmm, can you like, just aim and shoot with it all wrapped up? LOL. Me, I think I’ll do this too, and have a back up…errr, primary one within close reach too! Thanks for the idea.

  • 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.

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