Whether you are vacuum sealing your produce for commercial reasons or simply sealing your leftovers at home there are numerous benefits to owning a vacuum sealing machine. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of vacuum sealers and which one is right for you.
Benefits Of Vacuum Sealing Produce
Owning a vacuum sealer at home will save you time as you can cook large helpings of food, divide the leftovers and seal them for storage in the freezer to pull out at a later date.
It will also save you money as you can purchase bulk portions of produce, such as meat, which you can divide, vacuum seal and store in the freezer. By doing this, you will be reaping the massive cost savings of buying smaller portions of meat more regularly. You will also have fresh, perfect sized servings of produce at your disposal as you need them.
If you’re looking to preserve your food for longer, then vacuum sealing is the perfect solution. By cutting off the food’s access to oxygen, you will be preventing the growth of bacteria or mould that cause food to spoil. Vacuum sealed food has an increased shelf life (3-5 times longer than a standard plastic container or bag) and lasts longer when stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Frozen food that’s vacuum sealed can last up to 2-3 years and up to 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator, which is substantially longer than if it weren’t vacuum sealed.
This is also beneficial for commercial use, as produce that is vacuum sealed and packed away for shipping to stores and customers will last far longer than unpackaged produce.
Commercial Vacuum Sealers VS Domestic Vacuum Sealing Machines
Convinced you need a vacuum sealer? Great! Now you just need to decide which model you need. The type of vacuum sealer machine you need will depend on your intended use – domestic, commercial, or perhaps something in between. Each vacuum sealing machine comes with different features and benefits, below we will discuss some of the strengths of both domestic and commercial machines.
Domestic Vacuum Sealer
Domestic models are less powerful than their larger, industrial counterparts, and require channelled or embossed vacuum bags which assist the machine to draw the air out of the bag prior to sealing. However, this is made up for by the capacity to be easily transported and used at home. The smaller size of the domestic vacuum sealer models also makes them easy to store at home.
Food preservation and storage is made easier, as the size of stored food is reduced and preservation time is extended.
Some smaller models are also available for medium-level commercial use.
Commercial Vacuum Sealer
The larger, industrial, ‘in-chamber’ vacuum sealer machines can use either channelled or flat vacuum bags as they are more powerful.
As the machines are large in size, their ability to be stored and transported is made a little more difficult, but not impossible. However, this is a worthy trade-off as they are capable of sealing more items in one cycle than a smaller model, boosting production efficiency and proving more beneficial in a commercial capacity.
As the commercial vacuum chambers and sealing machines are larger, they also have the ability to seal bulkier items or stand up pouches of powder or liquid. Some models also allow gas flush for preservatives and other gases to be flushed into the bag for better preservation of certain food items. This is beneficial for food preservation methods and providing a professional presentation of produce for retailers.