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What Is A Vacuum Sealer? 8 Things You Should Know

I have a vacuum sealer, and it is by far one of the appliances I use most in my day-to-day routine. I love buying food in bulk and storing it for long periods. If you don’t know what a vacuum sealer is, let’s explain.

Vacuum Sealers are appliances that help store food by airtight sealing it. Airtight seals help preserve food longer and are great for freezer storage.

This article will quickly look at a vacuum sealer and why you need it to seal foods. Then I go through the top 9 benefits of having a vacuum sealer. Lastly, I review Nutrichefs top 5 vacuum sealers to help with your buying decisions.

What Is A Vacuum Sealer?

Let us quickly explain what a vacuum sealer is and all the benefits you can receive when using one. Then we will dive into our Nutrichef review.

Vaccum Sealer

A vacuum sealer is a kitchen appliance that uses a specific packaging method to store foods. The packaging method removes air from the package creating a vacuum inside (no air) before completely sealing it.

You use a vacuum sealer by placing contents into a premade plastic vacuum sealing bag and putting it (automatically or manually) onto the vacuum sealer appliance. After selecting the mode or function for sealing, the machine will suck all the air out of the bag and permanently close it.

Why Use A Vacuum Sealer?

Vacuum sealing a package reduces atmospheric oxygen in the packaging. This provides an astounding amount of benefits for your food and other aspects of your daily life that you may not have thought of.

1. Limit Bacteria Growth

Bacteria and fungi need water and oxygen to gestate and then grow. Removing the air in the package will keep your food from spoiling, so you can store it for months.

2. Prevent Evaporation

Some foodstuffs are prone to losing nutrients and other such compounds through evaporation when left in an environment with air, heat, and moisture. Using a vacuum sealer prevents this and locks in the food keeping it as fresh as the day you bought it.

3. Bulk Food Storage

One great thing about having a vacuum sealer is that you can buy bulk foodstuffs at lower prices and store them for long periods.

This could equate to your grocery bill being significantly lower in the long run. Foods such as dairy, meat, nuts, and anything that can be bought in bulk can be stored in bulk.

4. Save Ingredients

Some recipes call for a tablespoon or teaspoon of an ingredient, but they usually sell them in packets or batches, and some have a life span of a couple of days after you open them before they expire, such as cilantro.

Vacuum sealing is a great way to preserve your ingredients for later use.

5. Sous Vide

Sous vide is a French term that means “Under Vacuum.” It is a cooking method that refers to a process whereby you vacuum seal food in a bag and then cook it to an exact temperature in a water bath.

By utilizing this technique, you can create meals that would be impossible to create through conventional cooking methods.

A vacuum sealer is a perfect appliance to help you achieve this cooking method.

6. Store Clothing And Non-Foods

Another cool thing that a vacuum sealer can do is store non-foodstuffs such as clothing.

This is great because you can vacuum pack your large winter wardrobe and store it in summer or vice versa. You are also able to store anything you like keeping things neat.

7. Keep Liquids Fresh

Some attachments come with certain vacuum sealers brands, such as a bottle stopper attachment.

This attachment allows you to reseal open bottles for later use.

Remember that you should not reseal sparkling wine because that contains air, and the process will remove the bubbles from the wine.

8. Storage Space Saver

By vacuum sealing items, including food and non-food items, you can save some space in storage in your house, especially with heavy, bulky clothes and small, obscure things that sit around your home, taking up space.

Watch Cabela’s Cooking and see how they explain some benefits of a vacuum sealer.

Vacuum Sealer Buying Guide

Now we get to the crux of the article. We now know why you would need and should probably buy a vacuum sealer.

Here is a buyer’s guide and review on five vacuum sealers for what I think is one of the top brands of vacuum sealers on the market today. 

Vacuum Sealer PKVS15BK

We start with the entry-level vacuum sealer from the Nutrichef range.

This entry-level model has the same power as our mid-range and high-end models. It sports a 110-watt high-power suction element, has a vacuum strength of approximately 12L/min, and can withstand food temperatures of up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your purchase includes five medium vacuum bags and a vacuum air hose. This model is a great entry-level model. It is great value for your money and is approximately $49, depending on where you get it.

Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS20STS

The next step up from our entry-level models is the subsequent three versions. They are pretty much identical except for the look and feel of each of them.

This model and the following models also come with a 110-watt high-power suction element. Its vacuum strength is approximately 12L/min and can withstand up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit food temperatures.

The construction material is durable engineered ABS, stainless steel, and the power cord is 3.3’ feet in length. The sealable bags are made from environmentally friendly Polyamide.

The design is made with curves and features a lovely silver and black finish. You will get the vacuum sealer, a wine stopper cork, an air suction hose, five medium vacuum bags, and one extra-long vacuum bag roll when purchasing this product. This vacuum sealer will run you around $59.

Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18SL

The next option available from our entry-level vacuum sealer is this sleek and stylish sealer. It is identical to the previous model (the PKVS20STS), sporting a 110-watt suction element with approximately 12L/min of vacuum strength.

It also sports two sealing modes, enabling you to seal your food in two different ways providing you with the best preservation based on the types of food you want to lock.

The other main difference compared to the PKVS20STS is that its design is a beautiful silver instead of the combination of silver and black as our previous PKVS20STS model. This model is best suited for new, sleek, and modern kitchens. This model will only slightly increase with the price due to the stainless-steel finish, and the cost is around $61.

Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK

As I said, all three of these mid-range models are pretty much identical, except that they are different in the look of their design. This model has an all-black finish and costs around $70.

It has all the features of the previous two models, including the 110-watt suction element with approximately 12L/min of vacuum strength.

Depending on your budget or just what design and color you are going for, these three models are identical, so it would boil down to taste and which one you like to look at the most.

Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS35STS

The last vacuum sealer in the Nutrichef range is its high-end model. It has a minimal, small, compact, and sleek design based on engineered ABS, aluminum, and stainless steel. Just like with the other models, the specifications are the same. 

This model costs about $89, depending on where you buy it. All in all, all these models feature the exact specifications, and it is just their designs that are different from one another. 

This model is gorgeous and comes with five medium vacuum bags and one long vacuum bag roll.

Next Steps

In this article, we covered what a vacuum sealer is and then all its benefits. If you are an avid food lover and a little OCD, you will love vacuum packing your foods and ingredients, being able to store them while saving space in your fridges and cupboards while keeping your contents for months on end. 

The Nutrichef range offers a wide variety of vacuum sealers, which are all the same (when looking at them from a specification view).

However, their designs and look are different, and choosing one will come down to your style and perhaps how much you are willing to pay for that style.

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