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A vacuum sealer is an essential appliance to add to your other food preservation appliances like the canner and dehydrator. Many people think a FoodSaver will just end up taking up room on the cabinet gathering dust. But there are many uses for the FoodSaver in your kitchen, from preserving food for the freezer and pantry, to sealing canning jars and other non-food items. The FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealer is affordable for just about every budget and is a quick and easy, money-saving kitchen appliance that you will find many uses for.
FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System Features and Specs
- Crush-free feature protects delicate foods and other items
- Can save you up to $2,700 per year**
- Compact, space saving design
- Backed by a 1 year warranty
- Perfect for marinating
- Perfect for canning jars
- Savings based on buying food in bulk and on sale.
What’s Hot About the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System?
Vacuum sealing extends the life of food by removing air from the food packaging. Vacuum sealing is also an excellent way to keep documents and other paperwork safe from the decaying properties of airborne particles.
For paper and delicate food items, the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System is perfect. The special CrushFree Instant Seal feature ensures any item you seal is safe from damage, and the patented dishwasher safe drip tray is another nice feature.
The big benefit of vacuum sealing foods is the ability to keep food fresh for up to 5 times longer than your typical zip-up bags. That can lead to extreme savings of more than $200 a month, when you take into account purchasing food at sale price in bulk sizes, and then minimizing waste with this long-term storage solution.
The versatile product is small, lightweight, compact and easy to use. Specially designed FoodSaver bags are placed in the V2244 sealing channel, filled with whatever you want to store. Close the latching lid, choose either Seal or Vacuum Seal, and the intelligent machine seals the bag and shuts off automatically.
Included with your purchase are 5 pre-measured heat-seal bags, as well as 1 heat-seal roll that you can use to make bags of any size. A special hose port allows you to remove air from compatible FoodSaver containers perfect for storing away clothing and other large, nonfood items.
The FoodSaver Kit for Wide Mouth and Regular Mouth Canning Jars can be bought separately to seal item in your extra canning jars.
Why It’s Not so Hot
As vacuum sealers go, the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System does not offer special settings for moist versus dry food. There are also no adjustable speeds, as found on more expensive sealers. However, with a very affordable price tag, many great vacuum sealing features and simple operation, there is no wonder that this particular product is consistently the top seller at Amazon and other online retailers in the Vacuum Sealer category.
“I’ll admit I was skeptical at first – I wasn’t convinced that vacuum-sealing would make any impact in reducing the outrageous quantity of food my family wastes in the deep, dark, forgotten recesses of the freezer. But in just two months of use, it actually has. Granted, much of the savings are attributable to more enthusiastic management of the freezer, but it’s working. We are now also purchasing meats, cheeses, poultry, etc. in quantity when they’re on sale and also cooking sauces in quantity and sealing in multiple bags. The unit has officially paid for itself in our two months of use. The ability to freeze “pre-leftovers” is convenient and saves money. And the quality of the vacuum sealed foods is practically the same as fresh-prepared.
Based on reviews (though mostly of other models), I was concerned about the quality and durability of the sealer, but this unit is well built and performs very consistently. No doubt in my mind that it wouldn’t hold up to commercial use, but for family use – weekly and occasionally in-between – I’m confident it will last at least one or two years without problems. Certainly, vacuum pumps are never long-lived and will probably be the demise of the unit, but a unit with a serviceable, commercial grade vacuum pump would cost much, much more and would also require periodic maintenance. This unit is inexpensive enough to justify replacement should it fail.
When ordering we also purchased an assortment of rolls along with the two standard sized bags. I wish we had passed on the rolls – we haven’t sealed anything yet that didn’t easily fit into either the quart or gallon bags, but I suppose if you are sealing excessively long (and narrow) items like full racks of ribs the rolls would be helpful. The bags are far more convenient and not that much more expensive. Here’s another trick – when you need an ice pack immediately or for food transport, just seal some cubes in a bag. For some reason, the ice seems to melt much more slowly in a vacuum bag, and you can even reuse it.
So, my advice is go ahead and try it. If you’re not running a home meat packing business I’ll bet it will be a good fit for any average family. Read the instructions – an hour of pre-freezing before sealing prevents the vacuum from sucking out juices and is essential when packing sauces and liquids. Doing this I have not even had to clean the sump tray even once. And besides quantity of use, I’m certain aspiration of contents into the vacuum pump is the primary reason the units fail.”
Watch this video on how to use the FoodSaver and fun things to do with it.
Who Is the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System Perfect For?
Anyone that wants to save money can benefit from this product. Clothes, documents, electronics and other nonfood items benefit from the removal of air when storing. As far as food preservation, beef, game, vegetables, fruit and poultry which usually last 6 months in a typical storage situation are now good for 2 to 3 years using the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System. Even a small family can recoup the purchase price quickly by drastically limiting the amount of food that is thrown out because of spoilage, making this one kitchen appliance that arguably needs to be in everyone’s home.