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The Easiest Way To Stop Your Food From Getting Stale

Mini Food Sealer

When it comes to keeping food fresh, air is often the enemy. Air can dry food out, introduce germs, provide opportunity for pests, and more! And while food storage containers can solve this problem, they work best with foods you want to store long-term.

But what about foods that are going to get eaten or used within a week or two? In my opinion, pouring a half-eaten bag of Doritos into an airtight container for a week just doesn’t make much sense!

So what’s the best way to keep snacks and other short-term foods fresh? That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring in today’s post! :-)

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A Better Solution For Short-Term Food Storage

When it comes to Doritos, tomorrow’s lunch, or even ingredients for Friday’s dinner, we need not surrender ourselves to staleness, nor a sink full of dirty food containers. At least, not if you have a handheld food sealer at your disposal! :-)

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mini vacuum sealer

This battery-operated mini food sealer is an ideal solution to the problem of short-term food storage. Just close it over one edge of an open bag, then slide it across to create a seal that keeps air out!

mini vacuum sealer

This sealer works on many different types of plastic bags, as well as foil bags and even bags meant for vacuum sealers. Here are a just a few of the useful things you can use it!

3 Useful Things You Can Do With A Mini Food Sealer

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1. Keep Snacks Fresh

From bags of chips to that half-eaten granola bar from lunch, this sealer can help you keep your favorite snacks fresh! It’s also a great way to ensure that your lunchtime leftovers or the snacks you brought from home won’t spill inside your purse or work bag.

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2. Reduce Waste

With the help of this sealer, you can reuse plastic packaging that might otherwise go to waste. For instance, the liner bag from your box of cereal could be rinsed out and used to store sliced vegetables for dinner later in the week!

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3. Cut Bags Open

The non-sealing end of this gadget offers another useful feature: a sharp cutting tool. This is a handy option for cutting open bags you’ve sealed, so you don’t have to go find a pair of scissors or struggle to rip it open.

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Need More Power? Upgrade To A Vacuum Sealer

While it’s great for sealing up snacks and leftovers, this mini food sealer isn’t powerful enough to help with long-term food storage. For that, consider upgrading to a vacuum sealer!

mini vacuum sealer

Vacuum sealers can remove the air from a bag of food before sealing, ensuring that it will stay fresh for days to weeks longer than standard storage methods. It’s ideal for preparing foods for your freezer, as vacuum-sealed foods are much better protected against freezer burn.

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To learn more about the many benefits of using a vacuum sealer at home, check out this blog post!

Do you have a favorite method or tool for keeping food fresh?

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  • I’m not sure I understand your reasoning for not pouring a half eaten bag of Doritos (or any snack) into a storage container-isn’t that the reason you purchased the storage container? The container would protect the product from getting stale, crushed or lost in the back of a cabinet, or drawer. I also heard on the Food NetWork show, The Kitchen, it is not safe to reuse plastic bags even if you wash them out. Unfortunately I don’t remember the reason they gave but remember that it grossed me out to the point I don’t do that any longer.

  • I’ve had one of these before and loved it. It disappeared during a move and I’ve tried to find another like it but without success. In fact, the one recommended above was the kind I tried, hated, and returned. There’s a reason we check the ratings, right?

  • I don’t have much occasion to use a mini-sealer (as I don’t buy much bagged food) but a vacuum sealer could well be a useful addition to my toolkit! I often buy whole chickens to cut up and once per year we come home with lots of seafood from the Gulf, so I go through a lot of resealable bags. A vacuum-sealer would do these one better and probably even save freezer space.

    I checked out the article Jill referenced and still have a couple of questions not addressed in the article or comments: First, is the plastic material (whatever it is) recyclable? The only drawback might be that I typically wash and re-use the resealable bags, whereas this would presumably have to be thrown away once used. Secondly, I assume the sealer works by melting the two plastic sides together; if so I wonder if wax paper would do the same job(?)

    • Even though the manufacturer of my sealer says not to reuse the bags, I do it. I wash them well and they’re good for several more uses. If there are pinprick holes they wont hold a vacuum however. The problem with the machines is they take a big chunk out of the open end to create the new seal. So the bags shrink dramatically after you slice off the seal.
      Don’t forget to put a date on your bags as well as clearly label the contents. .

    • I don’t reuse bags that have held raw meats when I split the big packs from Sam’s into smaller portions we need to feed our family of three. The FoodSaver bags & the Ziplock brand vacuum bags get expensive, so I use these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H0WLQA8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      100 bags for the price of one box of FoodSaver bags at my local grocery store. Another plus, my FoodSaver vacuum sealer had to be tried a time or two before the bags sealed from time to time. I’ve not had a single one of those bags from Amazon not seal on the first try.

      If you do decide to buy a vacuum sealer I’d like to share one piece of advise that was shared with me when I was looking at getting one. The FoodSaver that lives on your counter is the FoodSaver that will get used, so make a spot for it. It’s true too. I used it much less when I had to pull it out of the cabinet every time. Now I use it to seal meats, chip bags, etc. I also bought the Mason jar vacuum sealing attachments from Amazon for my jars & love using those for sealing bulk purchases like rice, sugar, salt, dried beans, etc. One thing I have learned on my own is to flash freeze raw meats before vacuum sealing. I just put my meats in single layers in my bags & stack all the bags on a big sheet pan I stick in my big freezer. Usually the next morning I go back & pull it all out to vacuum & seal. If you vacuum seal raw meats it pulls a lot of the juices out of them & makes a mess in the catch tray in the vacuum sealer. Then when those meats get cooked they are so dry! Does not happen with meat that’s flash frozen first.

      • Also, to answer your question, I wouldn’t personally use wax paper in a vacuum sealer since it’s literally melting wax onto the sealing strip. The vacuum bags have a smooth side & a bumpy side that the sealing strip melts to form the seal. You can seal the bags after their vacuumed with the vacuum & seal button, or you can just seal the bag without vacuuming with the seal button.

      • I would expect that the sealers work by melting the sides together, so it would make sense that the wax in the wax paper would melt as well. Do you mean that it would leave some wax behind on the sealer itself? I just like the idea of paper and natural beeswax being sealed around my food much better than plastic and who-knows-what-kinds of chemicals, plus I’d feel much better about throwing the paper away or even composting it.

      • Wow, good to know. I don’t have a vacuum sealer, but if I ever get one, that is a great tip!

    • The plastic bags inside the cereal boxes, etc., is NOT recyclable – not where I live, anyway. And you can reuse the bags – I saw on one thrifter site that some moms are using the empty cereal bags to wrap sandwiches for school lunches. Since they’re getting tossed out anyway, may as well give them one last job, right?

  • Decanting makes MUCH more sense than another gadget that you have to use every single time someone eats dry cereal! One time to pour into a good container and DONE!

    • My husband doesn’t like cooking for himself. So, since I work afternoons, he has to use leftovers or cereal. He may take two months to eat a bag of cereal if he has more than one to choose from. I have tried using containers and rolling and clipping the bags, but it still goes stale. This would work best in this situation I think. Plus if you have a vacuum sealer you can also make smaller containers for small amounts.

      • Stale cereal can be refreshed by spreading it onto a rimmed cookie sheet and baking in a 375 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. There’s also the potential for a different use by making cereal bars with marshmallows – it’s not just for Rice Krispies, you know!

  • I have one of these tiny bag sealers, they are brilliant! Even the cheap ones from Asia are good enough to seal your bags, on the other end of the device cuts the bags. A very handy device.

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