Instructions for a Dazey Seal-a-Meal

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Pioneers cured meat and dug root cellars to make vegetables last through long winter months. Twentieth-century homemakers found numerous ways to stretch their food budget by home canning and freezing. The Dazey Seal-a-Meal was a mid-century marvel that vacuum-sealed fresh foods, extending their shelf and freezer life. While the Dazey-Seal-a-Meal is no longer manufactured, if you still own one or find a vintage machine and bags, follow this set of easy instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Seal-A-Meal bags
  • Plug in the Seal-A-Meal unit, open the lid, and allow it to warm up for approximately two minutes.

  • Fill the Seal-A-Meal bag with food, leaving about 2 inches of headspace, and ensuring the bag is no more than about 2/3 full and about 1-inch thick. If you are filling bags with food that is wider than 1 inch, take care not to over-fill the bag. For example, if you are sealing corn on the cob, place only one regular-sized ear, or two small ears, in each bag.

  • Pick up the bag, taking care not to spill the contents, and force some of the extra air out of the bag.

  • Hook the Seal-A-Meal bag onto the left-hand peg of the unit and pull tautly. Hook the other side on the right-hand peg.

  • Smooth away any wrinkles and force out any remaining air.

  • Ensure there is no food in the sealing area. Close the unit and count to three.

  • Lift the lid and remove the sealed bag, pulling from the left-hand peg first.

  • Close the lid, which will turn off the unit.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can boil food in the Seal-A-Meal bag.
  • To open the bag, cut or tear open the bag at the notch just below the seal.
  • Bags are also appropriate for protecting valuable papers from moisture; protecting heirlooms; and storing flower or vegetable seeds.

References

  • Photo Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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