You may be looking for ways to save money on family lunches and snacks but still want the convenience of packaged individual serving sizes. We all know that buying the food in bulk is much cheaper than food items that come in individual wrapped packaging. Does your variety packs always contain some of the favorites and some not so favorite flavors?
Why not buy the flavors and foods your family enjoys in bulk and make up your own individual servings? Sure you could use those snack size resealable bags but depending on how long the items will be stored they could become stale. Most quality brands of vacuum food sealer freezer bags can be reused several times, whether they are the pre-cut food grade bags or made from a food saver roll. Never reuse a food saver bag that has come in direct contact with any type of meat what the benefits of strength training are. The way to avoid this is to portion your meat out using regular plastic bags or plastic wrap and freeze the meat before sealing in the food sealer freezer bags.
Create your own individual finger food lunches by arranging the items on small paper plates and vacuum sealing in a food sealer bag. Lunches can be made up for the week and refrigerated. Crackers or chips can be sealed separately to prevent moisture from other foods affecting them. Making your own finger food lunches allows you and your family to choose healthy choices and things that your family will eat. Prepackaged lunches do not always contain everything the person likes and items can be tossed out. This causes money to be wasted on expensive food not eaten.
Make up your family’s favorite after school snacks like trail mix. Choose favorite items that will energize them for the after school and work activities and package in single serving sizes. This allows you to save money and give the family items you know they will eat.
Vacuum food sealers come with variety of functions and setting. Getting a food sealer with a separate seal and vacuum function will allow you the most flexibility on your snack packaging. Bags and food sealer rolls come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Rolls allow you to make bags in sizes best suited for your needs. Sealing for lunches and snacks can be done with thinner bags than if being used to freeze meat. Some experimenting on what works best for your lunch and snack needs may be needed before finding what food sealer bags work best for your family.
Make bags extra long when making bags from vacuum sealer rolls to allow for several re-uses of the food saver bag. Be sure to mark the bags contents and date on the end of the bag that will be removed when opening. This will help keep the marking clear and accurate on what the freezer storage bag contains. Always be sure to thoroughly wash and dry the bags between uses, even if using the pre-packaging method. When sealing meat be sure to check for sharp edges on bones and layer several patches over the edge to prevent it from poking through the vacuum freezer bag and breaking the seal. Patches can be made from layers of smaller plastic pieces, freezer tape or a combination. Be sure the patches won’t move when sealing.
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