Vacuum sealing your food keeps it fresh days longer than traditional storage. Vacuum sealing removes the air surrounding the food, which delays spoilage. Make a vacuum sealer from products you probably have around your house.
Choose clean, airtight containers, such as plastic zip-top bags and glass mason jars. If using a jar, create a one-way valve in the lid of the container by drilling a small hole in the lid. Place a one-way, rubber stopper valve -- available at hardware or plumbing supply stores -- in the lid of the jar.
To vacuum the air out of the containers, choose a hand pump, vacuum with small hose attachment or a regular drinking straw if you're using zip-top bags.
After you fill your mason jar, place the end of your vacuum or pump hose on the outside of the one-way valve. Begin pumping or vacuuming out the air, and continue until either pumping becomes harder or the vacuum sounds like it is straining. If you're using zip-top bags, close the bag almost all the way and insert the small end of the vacuum hose or a drinking straw. Begin sucking out the air manually or with the vacuum until the bag shrinks down to form over the food inside. Quickly seal the rest of the zip-top bag.
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