Right now, we're looking for the best food preservation methods as we try to limit our trips to the grocery store as much as possible. And when we do make a trip, we don't always find what we're looking for. We try even harder than usual to keep our food fresh as long as possible. (Herbs are a valuable resource!) If you're doing the same, or looking for an excuse to dehydrate your own apple chips and beet chips, read on for tools that help us do just that.
All American Pressure Cooker 921 Sandwich Cooker
If you're only looking to make a few jars of pickles and jam (or other high-acid foods), you can dispense with the water bath system for canning altogether - such as cooking and sterilizing mason jars in a large pot. But if you're eager to preserve everything from meat to soup to produce that will wilt away in your fridge, you want to get your hands on a pressure canner. You add ingredients to jars in their purest form (like the stalks of fresh spring asparagus) without having to pour vinegar over them. The pressure canning makes them shelf-stable so they can sit in your pantry with a stockpiled assortment of canned cheeses, beans and pie fillings.
FoodSaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System and Starter Kit
Have you spent most of your savings at your local bulk store? Instead of chipping away at the family iceberg of chicken breasts in the freezer, use a vacuum sealer to divide your supplies into manageable portions before you freeze them. Vacuum sealing can also greatly extend the life of the food in your fridge and pantry. So if you've broken the seal on a package of cold cuts, a block of cheddar or a baggie of rice, going through FoodSaver will help you magically repackage your groceries for optimal long-term freshness.
Hamilton Beach Digital Dehydrator
It's frustrating to find pristine produce that has gushy brown spots on the back of the crisper. But storing dried fruit can be expensive. What you spend on this Hamilton Beach five-stage dehydrator will easily save you on wasted groceries and store-bought apple chips. In just a few hours, you can make potato, banana or beet chips, dried strawberries, green beans and mango, and batches of beef chips that will last for months. There's even a mesh sheet for drying herbs, as well as a sturdy sheet for making fruit leather for school lunches at home.
Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bags
These durable silicone storage bags are reusable. They are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe and with their airtight seals, the half gallon size is great for storing soups, stews and leftovers (can also be used in video machines). Snack and sandwich sizes are also available for packing smaller items.
Bluapple Produce Saver One Year Combo Pack
In the midst of a pandemic, you may find some comfort in eating fresh food. That's why it's more important than ever to treat kale and berries with tender love and care.
Place one of these Bluapples in your chip drawer to absorb the ethylene gas produced by fruits and vegetables. They'll stay good 2-3 times longer and prevent your shelf stock from prematurely bursting.
Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver
Is anyone surprised that liquor stores are experiencing a surge in sales right now? Even so, staying in business means limiting the amount of wine you sell. By using a vacuum pump to remove excess air after opening, you can keep your wine drinkable for up to a week. You know, for a rare example, that you haven't emptied your bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Herb Savor Preparation
Fresh herbs can breathe life into anything, even dinners compiled entirely from cans. But they're also as perishable as can be, making them less than ideal for surviving the rigors of long-term confinement. If you're not blessed with a backyard or AeroGarden, Preparation is a great way to extend parsley, thyme and mint from the store. The container keeps them upright in a container of water in a clear canister that can fit on your refrigerator door.