There are several models and brands of food sealer machines available in the market in the UK. Which one to choose? Functions, aesthetics, and shape, vertical or flat, not all food savers (that’s the other name food sealer machines are known for) are the same. Those worried about food conservation and shelf life or just want to preserve the quality and freshness of food for longer should look into one of these machines. On this page, we’ll have a good look at a selection of machines available in the UK.
Our selection of the best vacuum sealer machines available in the UK market in 2019!
Vacuum Sealer Machine Buying Guide
Vacuum sealing is a popular method of preserving the freshness and nutrients in food, reducing waste and saving you money by extending the shelf life of veg, meat, poultry and tons of other foods. This is achieved by extracting the air, which keeps the contents of the sealed bag away from contact with air. When freezing leftovers or produce, it prevents freezer burn and locks in the freshness and taste up to five times longer than conventional storage methods such as plastic containers, zip-seal bags, foil and cling film.
Types of Vacuum Sealers
Chamber Vacuum Sealers
Chamber vacuum sealers are best suited if you consider sealing bags containing liquid contents such as soups and sauces. They are operated by placing the bag in a chamber inside the machine, and a robust extraction functionality will extract the air from inside the machine leaving the contents intact. They differentiate from the conventional vacuum sealers by removing the air from the chamber, not the bag itself. For that reason, it can use thinner and less embossed bags than a regular unit which can result in savings in the long run.
External Vacuum Sealer
This is the type of unit covered in our reviews above. They are cheaper than chamber sealers, however, as mentioned, the bags could be a bit more pricey. They are smaller in size if you’re considering saving some space in your kitchen worktop or cupboard.
Hand pump for Sealing
Cheaper than the two types of units covered above is the hand pump. You can find online some kits available to choose from, some of them even come with a supply of plastic pouches to get you started as soon as you buy it. Nevertheless, we think that the ziplock water displacement method will achieve you better results than manual pumps.
- Can I cook the food without opening the sealed bag?
Yes, you can. The cooking water in contact with the bag will result in a quicker and more even cooking.
- Can I vacuum seal all types of foods?
Apart from one or two types of food, most types of food can be used with your unit. Vegetables or meats and poultry are safe; the exception is vegetables such as bok choy, Brussels sprouts and broccoli and other leafy salad types of vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and watercress. These are called cruciferous vegetables and are probably the only exception. Sealing soft cheeses such as blue cheese as well as mushrooms won’t be ideal either. As you probably guess, easily crushed salad types of foods such as lettuce and potato chips won’t be very recommended either.
How to Use a Vacuum Sealer correctly and safely
Often bags to use with your machine come in a roll. Cut the necessary length to cover all the food contents to be preserved.
Individual pouches are also very common. Either way, the process is very straightforward and easy.
Some machines come with a plastic roll dispenser inside; you only have to push enough length to cover the food and cut to size.
Now, all you need to do is to cut the bag using your machine’s cutting functionality and place one end of the bag into the sealer to activate the process. Some advanced machines will sensor the bag automatically and initiate the sealing by itself. If this sensor is not available in your model this part of the process is usually as easy as pressing a button, in any case, you should consider the automatic start functionality if you’re thinking to buy a machine because it’s time-saving as well as a very neat feature.
Once the machine finished sealing one end of the pouch, it’s time to place the food you want to seal inside and put the open and unsealed end of the bag into the machine. Again, some units will sensor the bag being placed inside and start extracting the air, or you can activate the process manually by pressing a button. More advanced models will also have different power settings for different foods, as well as pulse settings and wet and dry modes.
Sealing Plastic Containers and Jars
Some units have available an accessory port that works in conjunction with a hove also made available by some models. These accessories are to be used to vacuum and seal other containers such as canisters, jars, bottles, and plastic storing units. One of the uses you can give to this feature is to buy food items in bulk saving some money, and then divide the contents by several containers to use over time.
What Type of Bags will you need?
Buying branded bags, it’s not necessarily a requirement with many machines, fortunately. However, the temperature required to seal a bag differs from bag to bag type. For that reason, we recommend that you follow the recommendations of the manufacturer for plastic type and thickness. In the eventuality of buying the wrong kind of bags, you can use the hose accessory of your machine with that batch of bags, and buy a different type next time.
FoodSaver: It been around since 2008. Jarden Consumer Solutions founded the brand adding it to a conglomerate of other 17 well-known brands of kitchen and homeware products.
Andrew James: Founded by two brothers in 2005, Andre and James, and rapidly expanding their product offering, becoming, these days, a household name with a reputation for quality.