Category: Nutrition

Vacuum Sealers Types

FoodSaver V4440 Vacuum Sealing System ReviewBig supermarkets are no longer the only ones who make use of vacuum sealers to keep their food safe. With the advent of technology, especially when it comes to home appliances, many manufacturers have succeeded in creating a a small food sealer in the size of printer that can get inside any average kitchen. Many people are not yet aware that these food saving machines exist. Whether it’s for extending the life of your food or saving your dinner leftovers, vacuum sealers are adds a real value to the modern kitchen.

A vacuum sealing system works by removing air from the bag in which food is put. Less oxygen in the package contributes to the preservation of the freshness of it and limits bacterial growth which could result in spoiling your food. The best vacuum sealer will help you food in bulk fast and with easy. The more a food saver can draw air, the better it is for extending the life of your preserved food. It’s calculated that sealing food with these type of devices would triple the duration which you can leave your food before using it. After sealing it, all you have to do is to find a place for it in your freezer. That way you would have saved food and also money.

I think that you’re starting to consider buying a vacuum sealer. But there’s still a somethings to take in consideration. Because of the great amount of models out there, choosing the best vacuum sealer is not an easy task. I’ve chosen for you some key characteristics to look for in order to pick the one that suits best your needs.

Sealer’s Type

First, type is an important point to examine when looking for the best vacuum sealer. By type, I essentially mean the purpose which the vacuum sealing system is designed for. Vacuum sealers are not all designed for the same tasks. You find some models which are best for fruits and vegetables and others which are best for meat. You can also find vacuum sealers which you can use also to save jewelry or other previous stuff. So when the brand is well-known and claims to fulfill all these tasks, all you have to do is check some customers reviews to verify if it’s true and get your credit card out.


The second thing you must consider when buying a vacuum sealer is the portability. This would depend on your needs. But if you care much about getting the lower carbon footprint, then you may consider a handheld vacuum sealer. Nevertheless, you should be aware that generally, portable and lightweight sealers are not the best in terms of performance and are not the most durable. The alternative is of course not a sealer of the size of a fridge, which will of course be annoying, but there are vacuum sealers which are medium in size and will perform tasks quickly and effectively and will last very long.

FoodSaver FM200-Vacuum Sealing System
FoodSaver FM200-Vacuum Sealing System

Sealing Mechanism

The last thing you must pay attention to is the the sealing mechanism. This is usually explicitly mentioned in the product’s features. A good vacuum sealer will have a quality heating bar. In addition to strength, in order to nicely seal food, these devices are equipped with heating bars featuring silicone frames. Cheap vacuum sealers usually have a weakly made sealing mechanism, so make sure to look at reviews and examine features closely.
I hope this article will make your journey to the best vacuum sealer easier. Don’t forget to share the post with you friends, sharing is caring.

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5 Ways to Get your Kids to Eat Their Greens

 We’ve talked about why they should. We’ve shared a couple recipes on how they can. But there are 2 recipes and 365 days in a year. And, as we tour the amusement parks of Southern California this week, about a million food stands that don’t have a leafy green in the mix anywhere… Here are my five favorite ways to incorporate leafy greens into the fabric of our meals and our lives. In reality, it’s often easier to inspire kids than getting grownups to do it (no posing required in the pics, I promise:)).

1. Talk to your Kids about it. In our blog on why kids should eat their greens, I talk about the inspiration for this series — a conversation with my son that highlighted to me where I’ve failed as an educator and a mom… I never told him why to eat his greens. I modeled it and I provided it, but without the vital addition of information and dialogue, the greens on his plate ranged from yummy addition to his meal to the symbol of mama oppression — one more rule to follow in a world of rules — ‘just try them.’ Keep the conversation age-appropriate and honest. aidaneatingsaladWith the explanation that they help him to feel healthy, have energy, and grow, he eats them with relish. It actually empowers him to feel like he’s doing something good for his growing body, something that helps him run faster, play better, enjoy activities more. And the process of empowering him may be fundamentally more important than any food group.

2. Balance the Bitter. Sometimes the flavor of greens can be a bit bitter for young palates. Try chard, spinach and lacinato kale for something a little milder – mustard and dandelion aren’t great starter greens. Another way to rectify the bitterness of greens is to accessorize…Not into following recipes? Throw some peanut butter or almond butter together with a little bit of maple syrup and olive oil. It balances the bitter (and everything tastes better with nut butter!). Another option: steam your greens with a handful of currants and maybe some shredded carrot. This added sweetness delivers a little treat with each bite.

3. Juice it. Either juiced or blended (Mommy’s ER recipe HERE) whole in a high-powered blender, most kids we know will drink kale, cucumber, parsley, celery, spinach or all of the above when turned into a refreshing drink. blended-greens The trick here is to keep a sweet, watery fruit in the mix — such as green apple, or coconut water. [The pic is of my older son drinking The Green Basic at The Plant in San Francisco: kale, apple, celery, parsley, lemon — with enough apple to keep it sweet, the celery and parsley make it mild and refreshing]. We just stopped at Bliss Cafe in San Luis Obispo that mixed up kale in a Vitamix with banana, green apple, protein powder and water. I couldn’t get my smoothie back from my son, honestly.

4. Eat Them Yourself. Everything I read and experience reminds me that, as parents, we lead by example. This point was driven home to me with uncomfortable clarity the other day when my son, in an uncustomarily bad mood announced that the reason was that he hadn’t been able to ‘work out’ that morning (where has he heard this before???) They are sponges, we all know this, and not just for the bad stuff. I may have gorged on PopTarts and Oreos at first as a Freshman in college, but after a startling 10 pounds, I was back to eating the balanced way my parents had modeled for me.

5. Keep it Consistent. Habits don’t change overnight. I’ve heard that it takes 3 exposures to anything to decide we really like it (whether its music or marketing). Advertisers use this to their advantage, why not parents? If your child is used to skipping the green veggies in favor of other fare, keep the message positive, but keep them coming. If one prep doesn’t work, try another. I’ve always thanked my father for respecting my inherent childhood dislike of lima beans and zucchini. He just presented me with other options — keeping me feeling healthy and empowered around my food choices. I carry that feeling with me as a grownup, and use it to guide the Mommy’s ER messages. Your child will learn from you how to eat and prepare greens, even she or he doesn’t take to them immediately. Sometimes, kids will eat the salad but not the cooked greens or vice versa. Allowing them to have their preferences keeps the association with veggies positive and nourishing. Allowing them to help you in the garden growing their own makes it even more appealing…I’m no green thumb, so that’s a different blog entirely – one that my husband or Maddie — or you, dear reader — will have to write.