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Kitchen foodsaverv3840

Published on March 21st, 2011 | by Gbemiga

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Keep Leftovers Fresh With The FoodSaver V3840

For those peo­ple who hate to throw away left­overs or those who like to keep food­stuffs in the freez­er till freez­er burn oc­curs, the Food­Saver V3840 is a very wel­come ad­di­tion to a kitchen counter. The de­vice helps to pre­vent freez­er burn and keeps food frsh by re­mov­ing the air in the bags and then heat­seal­ing the bag. You can then place the goods in your freez­er. A small caveat that we felt need­ed to be placed – the re­moval of the air and the heat seal­ing with­out re­frig­er­a­tion or freez­ing doesn’t pre­vent the food from spoil­ing. The food still needs to be frozen or re­frig­er­at­ed to pre­vent spoilage. Breads and crack­ers and such, though, last much longer when vac­u­um packed, even out of the freez­er.

Since we are peo­ple who like to read the in­struc­tion man­u­al, we didn’t find the learn­ing curve of the Food­Saver too cum­ber­some, al­though that would have been a dif­fer­ent sto­ry if we hadn’t. Op­er­a­tion isn’t im­me­di­ate­ly ob­vi­ous with­out it, be­cause there are no but­tons! In­stead, you just place the food you want to vac­u­um seal in­to one of the six quart-sized heat seal bags pro­vid­ed and place the bag in­to the ma­chine. The ma­chine de­tects the bag and im­me­di­ate­ly starts vac­u­um­ing, then seals – us­ing one of two seal­ing modes you se­lect. Af­ter the air is evac­u­at­ed and the bag shut, it au­to­mat­i­cal­ly shuts off. There is al­so a progress dis­play which shows you when vac­u­um­ing is com­plete, which was a fea­ture we loved. Hands free op­er­a­tion means less mess and fuss.

The Food­Saver comes with a nice va­ri­ety of fea­tures, of which our fa­vorite was the liq­uid de­tec­tion sys­tem which sens­es the amount of mois­ture in the foods and changes the lev­el of the seal caus­ing a re­duc­tion in the mess made. It’s much more ef­fec­tive than the ma­chines we re­mem­bered from our child­hoods.

Some of the oth­er fea­tures are speed con­trol, Crush­Free In­stant Seal to pro­tect del­i­cate food, mar­i­nate mode to in­fuse foods with fla­vors, and even a built-in roll han­dler and cut­ter to cre­ate cus­tom bags for your needs. The de­vice al­so comes with an ac­ces­so­ry port which al­lows vac­u­um pack­ag­ing with Food­Saver can­is­ters, lids and bot­tle stop­pers. We most def­i­nite­ly liked all the ex­tra fea­tures of the Food­Saver but felt them to be a lit­tle un­nec­es­sary for the needs of an av­er­age home.

Our main dis­like of the Food­Saver was not just that there were not enough bags pro­vid­ed (10 to­tal) but al­so that the bags are ex­pen­sive, with 48 quart bags cost­ing around $20.99. The bags can be found for cheap­er on Ama­zon al­though the rolls seem to be more cost-ef­fec­tive (two rolls are in­clud­ed in the box as well). Over time, though, your sav­ings can add up- we left a few bags of chips out and a cou­ple of loaves of bread out for on­ly a day and they im­me­di­ate­ly went bad. Sealed, they last­ed in­def­i­nite­ly, and you can re­seal bags mak­ing it worth­while even for small quantities.The stain­less steel look goes nice­ly in most kitchens, and a one year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty helps, er, seal the deal.

They of­fer a va­ri­ety of mod­els, should this one be a bit too much for your needs. The Food­Saver V3840 can be found on the in­ter­net for around $175.

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About the Author

In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).



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