Clean Living: Using a Vacusealer

Clean Living: Using a Vacusealer

Until a few years ago, I had no clue that vacu-sealing was even a thing. My first camping trip to Yosemite with my aunt introduced me to it; she had made homemade food the weeks leading up to our camping trip, and had gourmet meals cooked and ready to reheat while we were roughing it up in the woods. Ok, we had gourmet mac n cheese, curry, oatmeal, etc, we were not really roughing it. BUT having all that pre-cooked food meant we had easy clean up and nutritious meals that we could make ahead of time and not have eat hot dogs and baked beans for 4 days (unless that's you're thing, then rock on with your bad self).

Since I purchased my own, vacu-sealing food during Whole 30 makes the whole meal prep concept a total piece of cake. If you know that you are going to make a whole slow cooker worth of food you can eat in a week, then put everything into tupperwares. Not going to eat an entire pork shoulder in a week? Vacu-sealer to the rescue! Trips to Costco then vacu-sealing a few days later is a routine in my house. Over the years, I have vacu-sealed raw salmon into individual servings to cook at a later time, created individual trail mix packets, pulled pork, curry, ratatoullie - you name it, you can seal it and freeze it. A few weeks ago I made my pumpkin turkey chili and froze half to save for a friend who was out of town but wanted to try it.

I have the Food Saver brand vacusealer and love it, because it is easy to find the bags for it. Clean eating has gone hand in hand with using a vacusealer, especially because it allows me to cook in bulk and know I will have fresh meals ready at my fingertips at all times. Food waste is a giant pet peeve of mine, so the vacusealing my food has saved me money over the years. There are a lot of brands out there, but this brand I really like.

Basic Oven Roasted Vegetables

Basic Oven Roasted Vegetables

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Turkey

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Turkey