Vacuum Packs as Food-Saving Trick

vacuum sealBy minimizing your vegetables exposure to oxygen you can double or even triple their shelf life.  It doesn’t take much to create a “vacuum pack.”  Use either the bags from the grocery store or your own plastic bags at home to store your veggies.  Before sealing, squeeze all of the access air out by flattening the bags against a counter or your chest.  Adding a twist tie to the squeezed bag can ensure that no airborne microbes will get to your food.[1]

Get a professional vacuum seal by purchasing an item like a Foodsaver (available on Amazon).  For a lighter financial commitment, invest in a Ziploc Vacuum Starter Kit which on average costs under $12.

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[1]http://www.learn2grow.com/projects/edibles/preservationstorage/PreservingVeggies.aspx
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