The best food sealers on the market
With food prices on the rise, saving leftovers is a simple way to keep more cash in your pocket. But those l toms shoes eftovers are only good if they’re kept fresh.
When it comes to locking in the freshness, fancy food savers aren’t always better than common freezer bags. The folks at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute wanted to see how food sealers stack up.
“In our tests we found that they do help keep out air and moist toms shoes ure and protect food better than ordinary storage bags and toms shoes wraps,” said Sharon Franke, the institute’s kitchen appliances director.
The Good Housekeeping pros filled the sealers’ bags and canisters with beads that change color when there’s moisture present.
“So if they turn pink, it’s an indication that the bags aren’t keeping a tight seal,” Fr toms shoes anke said.
“This is the Rolls Royce of vacuum sealers. It kept the crystals bright blue,” Franke said. “And It has lots of bells and whistles, including one that prevents potato chips from being crushed, and a built in bag cutter. It works with pre cut bags, bags that you customize yourself and also different sized containers.”
The compact and less expensive FoodSaver V2240 ($120) also performed well, but it doesn’t have the built in bag cutter.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Reynolds Handi Vac ($10). Its small. It’s handheld. It’s battery operated. It works by placing the suction cup against a valve on the bag and pressing a button.
And what about Sharper Image’s Bean Vac ($40) for keeping coffee fresh?
“We found that it doesn’t keep a tight seal,” said Franke. “When you close it, it immediately begins to vacuum seal and you do hear it working. But when we checked the crystals, they turned pink pretty quickly.”