Which vacuum sealer to buy? Part II.
In the second part of the article “Which vacuum sealer to buy?” we go in depth about other additional functions of vacuum sealers. We explain the role of the width of the vacuum channel, the foil roll compartment, and other in process of vacuum packing. If you haven’t read part I, click here.
The width of the vacuum channel
The width of the vacuum channel indicates maximum width of food vacuum bags you can vacuum seal with a certain machine. The most common width is 28 cm and it is ideal for most foods in the household. There are also available narrower food vacuum bags (20 cm) for smaller packages of food and special dimensions (12 cm) for storing specific local goodies like salami. Some professional users like cheese makers and butchers need wider bags for packing their products (for sale) – 35 cm or more. These are compatible with professional vacuum packing machines with wider (36 cm) vacuum channel.
Foil roll compartment
Storing foil rolls in a special compartment inside the vacuum sealer simplifies the making of the vacuum bag from the foil roll. You can precisely measure and cut the foil without it rolling or dodging.
The purpose of this function is to protect the machine from overheating and malfunction. All vacuum sealers have a limited number of consecutive vacuum cycles. Protection from overheating turns off the machine when it detects overheating. When the machine cools down you can continue with vacuum packing.
Vacuum sealing food containers
For all those who have recognised the benefits of vacuum packing food, the ability to vacuum seal containers will be extremely helpful. This means your food will always be vacuum sealed at the optimal vacuum pressure and you won’t trouble yourself with pumping the air by a handheld manual pump.
Double-sided sticky tape for holding the bag
Something as simple as double-sided adhesive tape can help you immensely with the correct placement of the vacuum bags in the vacuum channel and economical use of foil. Attach the self-adhesive tape on the inner bottom rim of the vacuum sealer. When vacuum packing, stick the vacuum bag in the perfect position and the tape will hold it in place. You will have free hands for pressing the lid or for adjusting the food during vacuum packing.
Now you know what all the technical terms in the descriptions of the food vacuum sealers stand for. If you haven’t read part I of this blog post, click here.
It is time you start storing food you grow or buy in the best way possible. You will contribute your health immensely by consuming fresher and more nutritional ingredients. Before purchasing a vacuum sealer, think of the intended use and frequency of use. Are you planning on daily storing foodstuffs in your refrigerator (like cheese, fresh meat, cold cuts) or do you need it for vacuum sealing larger quantities of produce few times a year (like freezing vegetables from your garden)?
If you are considering a Status vacuum sealer, you can help yourself making the right decision with our configurator “Which vacuum sealer is the best for you?”. It will guide to the most suitable vacuum sealer for your household by answering a few questions.