In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving weekend and while there are some delicious sides, turkey always takes the spotlight on the table. Since I wrote about three of the ways to cook turkey last year, I am going to use a different angle and talk about leftovers.
It’s the end of the meal, everyone is happily groaning about how they are more stuffed then the turkey was. However, as much as everyone indulged, there is still a lot of food, especially turkey left. Thoughts now go to past post-Thanksgivings with endless rounds of turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey tacos…so much turkey you think if you have any more, you will sprout feathers and start to gobble. Yikes!
Instead of filling your fridge with leftovers to the point that there only seems to be a wall of Tupperware with a short shelf life, why not invest in a vacuum sealer? That way you can have turkey throughout the year instead of trying to eat it all in a few days (turkey cranberry smoothie anyone? Ick!!). Plus you can use your vacuum sealer whenever you want so you can take advantage of the sales and bushels of vegetables at the farmers market. Game meat lasts for 3 years and fish lasts for 2 years! Save money, stop dealing with freezer burn and see less food ending up in your compost bin.
At Bass Pro Shops Vaughan, we carry 4 models of the Food Saver line; the Sport, Deluxe, Bronze and Silver. We also special order the LEM VacMax for more hardcore needs.
I will give you a brief rundown on each model to give you an idea of which model will suit your needs best.
The Sport is the most basic vacuum sealer and offers hands free operation.
It comes with an accessory port, vacuum hose, and Canister mode for sealing canisters. To get you started it also comes with one 11'' x 10' roll, one 8'' x 10' roll, five quart capacity bags, and five gallon capacity bags.
The Deluxe is a 2 speed vacuum sealer that has adjustable food settings, built-in bag storage and cutter and an accessory port for canisters or a marinator. Some of the additional features include an extra-wide sealing strip, touch pad control, easy-lock latch and a 10 year warranty.
The Bronze is a sturdy two speed machine with a
Mossy Oak® Break-Up® Infinity™ pattern for the avid outdoorsman/woman. It flips up vertically for compact storage which is great for hunt camp or the cottage. Features include easy to clean touchpad controls, built-in roll storage and cutter, accessory hose port, adjustable food setting, easy-lock latch, removable drip tray, and extra-wide sealing strip. Includes one 11" x 10' roll, one 8" x 10' roll, five 1-quart bags, five 1-gallon bags, and one accessory hose.
The Silver is the best one for on the road food preservation as it has dual power use with 110V AC or 12V DC adapters. It is a tough, powerful machine with a straight forward 2 button operation and progress lights to make sure you get the job done properly, whether you are in the bush, at the cottage or at home. It also has a built in carry handle, easy lock latch and lots of bags to get you started.
We carry rolls and bags in 8”, 11” and 15” widths to accommodate the catch of the day, moose roast or some turkey jerky for an autumn road trip. We also have the marinating canister so you don’t need to wait hours to get your steaks on the grill, a trio canister set and two individual sizes of jar sealers and a travel bag.
Sometimes we also get in the bonus packs which have a an extra pack of bags or a travel bag included with the unit.
Using the Food Saver vacuum is pretty easy. While I can tell you how easy it is to use, I found instructions on ehow.com which prove my point.
1. Put the food you are planning to seal into a vacuum sealing system bag. You can buy these bags or make them (if you are using a roll not a pre-made bag).
2. Leave at least three inches between the top of the food and the top of the bag.
3. Put the open end of the bag into the vacuum channel. The vacuum channel is the opening at the bottom of the front of the FoodSaver Sealer. Use both hands to put the end of the bag in the channel.
4. Push the open end of the bag far enough into the vacuum channel to start the motor. It will start automatically and the vacuum meter lights, on top of the machine, will light up.
5. Let go of the bag once the vacuum pump starts. You will be able to hear when the vacuum pump starts.
6. Remove the bag once the seal light on the display turns off
We also have been finding the LEM MaxVac to be a popular special order request, which may result in us getting it in as a regular stock item. This is a powerful unit can run for 10 continuous hours, perfect for the hardcore user. It is made of stainless steel and has vented front and rear panels with a detachable 6’ power cord. You can choose from automatic or manual seal settings with the digital control. It also has an auto sensor that shuts the pump off once full vacuum has been achieved as well as auto lid release for easy operation. It can use most national brand vacuum bags up to 14” wide and comes with 10 quart size and 10 gallon size bags with tear notch as well as a two year manufacturer's limited warranty.
So instead of trying to find over a dozen different ways to have turkey after Thanksgiving, why don’t you come to the Vaughan store and check out a food vacuum sealer so you can enjoy a variety of foods and save some money.
Team Lead, Camping Department
Bass Pro Shops