FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer (Giveaway) and Gluten Free Trail Mix Recipe

I’ve been wanting to try the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer for a while so when I was asked to give it a try I couldn’t pass up the chance. I have a busy and active family just like everyone else and there were ways I knew I could use the FoodSaver to make my busy life easier and save money at the same time.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FoodSaver but all opinions are 100% mine.

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We travel and hike a lot and I like to be able to take healthy snacks with us so we aren’t eating junk food the whole time. It’s hard to find an inexpensive gluten-free trail mix so I like to make my own. The problem is I like to make a big batch and it doesn’t seem to stay fresh long after I make it. With the FoodSaver it can stay fresh up to a year or more now.

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Here’s my gluten-free trail mix:
6 cups gluten-free granola
2 cups cashews
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

Mix together in large bowl and make into 1 cup serving bags.

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I recommend following the instruction booklet that comes with the FoodSaver but since it’s so easy to use I’ll give you a quick overview. I wanted to make my own bags for the trail mix because I only needed a cup size and I didn’t want to waste the pre-made bags.

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To make your own bag just place one end of the bag material across the sealing strip, close the lid, and turn the latch to the operate position. Press the seal button and when the Seal indicator light turns off the sealing is complete. It literally takes a few seconds. Make sure to measure an extra 3 inches to the bag to give your ingredients enough room for the vacuum sealing. There are indicator marks at the side of the bag material.

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Fill the bag with the ingredients and then you are ready to vacuum seal. Again, it’s best to read the full instructions but all you have to do is allow the extra 3 inches in the bag for the ingredients, place the open end of the bag into the vacuum channel, close the lid, and turn the latch to operate.

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Press the Vacuum and Seal button, when the light turns off the bag is completely vacuumed and sealed. Ta-Da! It is so fast and it’s like magic. While I was taking the laundry out of the dryer, hubby took over and sealed a few more bags. He loved how fast and easy it was, he even said it was fun to use. I think that’s a huge win if I can get someone else to do work for me and if they think it’s fun.

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I used some of the pre-made bags to vacuum seal cooked ground beef. We buy large packages of beef, cook it all, then divide it into smaller 1/2 pound and 1 pound packages to add to quick meals. It’s perfect for soups, sauces, casseroles, tacos, etc.

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I found that you need to write the date and contents on the bag before you vacuum seal or it will be too difficult to write on it after it is sealed. Freeze or refrigerate food, if necessary, after sealing. Check the owner’s manual for more information about food storage life. I was surprised how long food stays fresh once it is vacuum sealed.

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There are many extra FoodSaver accessories available for added convenience in food storage. I would recommend checking out everything that is available and deciding what best fits your needs. Once you see how easy it is you’ll be thinking of new things to vacuum seal.

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Here are some non-food item ideas:
Keep matches, maps and other supplies dry while hiking and camping.
Vacuum seal batteries, ID cards, boating license and other things while boating.
Make emergency kits and first aid kits to keep in the car or with camping supplies.
Seal anything you need to keep dry.

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{ 35 comments… add one }
  • Lisa L November 29, 2014, 7:18 am

    I have a daughter in college. I would seal individual snack packages for her to keep in her dorm room.

  • Karen J November 29, 2014, 10:14 am

    I love to buy larger packs of meat and split them up to save money. This would beat freezer bags and sucking the air out with a straw.

  • Mary November 29, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I would seal and freeze the extra avocados from our grove! How handy this would be!

  • Shelly November 29, 2014, 2:13 pm

    I would probably first use it to vacuum meats, because they are so expensive. So I could buy a bunch and make them last longer, instead of having to buy monthly.

  • Patti November 29, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I’d love to seal ground beef. We are still learning how to down-size. The children are grown and although they still live with us, they aren’t always home for dinner. And then I’d do pork chops. It always seems that when we have pork chops no one shows up!

  • Colleen Boudreau November 29, 2014, 2:39 pm

    I would seal meat for the freezer.

  • Diana November 29, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Large packs of meat would be great to divide and vacuum seal…. ground beef, chicken, pork chops.

  • Danielle November 29, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I would use this to package meat from Costco! My aunt has one and she loves it!

  • Cassie November 29, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I make casseroles ahead of time to take to the kids and grandkids. Sealing them would make them last longer.

  • Suzanne November 29, 2014, 7:49 pm

    My toddler loves waffles…..so id probably make a gigantic stash and seal them right up!!

  • Cindy H November 29, 2014, 8:21 pm

    I never thought of sealing non-food items! Great for 72 hour storage

  • Lisa Z November 29, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I would seal up block cheese.

  • Lynne Tilley November 29, 2014, 10:11 pm

    I would vacuum seal my soups that I make and store in the freezer in zip-lock bags. This would be awesome.

  • Julie H. November 29, 2014, 11:10 pm

    I’m going to echo the previous comments and say that I’d seal the meats I buy in bulk and freeze. It’d sure beat the press and seal wrap and freezer bags I use now! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Laura Lintner November 30, 2014, 5:05 pm

    My husband and I shop for some stuff at warehouse clubs and since it’s just the two of us, it would be great to seal it completely and have it last longer.

  • Melanie November 30, 2014, 8:56 pm

    definitely meats!

  • Meegan November 30, 2014, 11:52 pm

    I would use it for brown sugar, and powdered sugar. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  • Kim (TheKimSixFix) November 30, 2014, 11:56 pm

    It would be great to seal stuff before I stuck it in the freezer

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles December 1, 2014, 6:52 am

    I like to store bulk spices in the freezer. This would certainly help keep them fresh!
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  • Brenna @ Life After Laundry December 1, 2014, 8:21 pm

    Chicken, chicken, chicken and maybe some deer meat.
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  • Emily Smith December 1, 2014, 9:30 pm

    I would portion out snacks for my boys!

  • Melissa L. December 1, 2014, 10:39 pm

    I would seal meats with it. Thanks for the chance!

  • Lauren December 2, 2014, 11:27 am

    I love being able to pack my lunches ahead of time and not rush to do it right before work. I would seal my lunches for work for peace of mind 🙂

  • shaunie December 2, 2014, 9:11 pm

    The first thing would be vegetables.

  • Heather S December 3, 2014, 6:11 am

    I would seal salmon! 🙂

  • Lauren E. December 3, 2014, 7:25 am

    I make my own trail mix, i’d vacuum seal that up for work & school snacks

  • Holly December 3, 2014, 7:38 am

    Pick me! I want one! Great post Leanne, Hugs- Holly 🙂

  • Kayla December 3, 2014, 9:23 am

    This would be great for freezing individual servings of soup and chili!

  • carol chew December 3, 2014, 11:42 am

    i would like to seal all opened packets of chips, nuts, etc.

  • Anjanette December 3, 2014, 1:22 pm

    My giant block of cheddar cheese.

  • Deanna December 3, 2014, 3:58 pm

    I just retired and would love to make larger meals and freeze them.

  • Debra Lee December 3, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Bulk nuts for me!

  • Charlene Glover December 4, 2014, 4:40 pm

    I would make some beef jerky

  • Jean McRae July 24, 2015, 6:40 am

    This device help me save time when cook. It is very useful

  • Ella J. Howe March 20, 2017, 6:38 am

    Can you heat seal a bag without vacuuming out the air from the bag. If so can you use any bag to heat seal ?

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