FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer System Review


I have always been curious about vacuum sealer systems for quite some time. I myself am a “food saver”; I freeze what I can and I hate throwing food away. Believe me, I defineitely got that from my mom.  My boyfriend on the other hand is more of a fresh food person. So I try to find a happy medium where I can take advantage of food that is on sale or buying in bulk. Since we are a two person household, we are limited on what foods we can bring home from bulk stores before they expire.

When FoodSaver approached me to review their product, the Vacuum Sealer V4800 series, I was so excited to try it out. FoodSaver says you can keep foods fresh up to 5x longer than with bags and containers and it is the market leader in vacuum sealer home appliances. As I have been baking more and more for my blog, I would really like to find a way to store my ingredients and desserts, and ultimately, reduce wasted food. A lot of times, I try to save my left over cake or cupcakes (pre-frosted) and freeze it for cake pops or some other type of dessert. After less than a month in the freezer, the cake crumbs are totally freezer burned and unattractive, so I end up throwing it away. So I am excited to see how this turns out.

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In full disclosure, I am the type of person who opens up a new appliance, forgets the instructions and goes to work. Well that is really impossible to do with the FoodSaver, as it is a very versatile appliance and a little more complex. I took the time to read the materials properly. Did you know there are certain foods that cannot be vacuum packed such as soft cheese, broccoli, mushrooms and garlic? I was slightly overwhelmed at first,  and it took a little trial and error or me to figure out the best way to use it. There are plenty of options as to what type of bags you can use based on the foods you want to store.

FoodSaver did provide a very detailed guide as to the proper ways to vacuum seal different foods. For instance, if you freeze your fruit and veggies before you vacuum seal them, it will prevent them from crushing. Now, the machine was a little louder than I expected. In all fairness, I did not know what to expect with this type of machine. It first has to suck the air from the bag and then heat seal it. There is one attachment that is used to suck the air out of the  zipper bags, which is super easy to use and I think ultimately, what I appreciated the most for quick use. This attachment is meant to be used with the zipper bags or canisters. I am really interested to try a FoodSaver canister, which is better for backed goods to prevent them from crushing. I did slightly crush my Oreos.

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Food Saver sent me a wide variety of bags, so I tried to take the time to see what ones were used best and where. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the perforated single serving bags. They are perfect for smoothie making. I took two bananas, cut them into pieces and froze for two hours. I filled each bag with one banana each, vacuum and heat sealed both bags at the same time. Now, I can pull them out one at a time for my smoothies. In the past when I tired to freeze bananas for smoothies, they totally froze together and turned brown. I wish I had this earlier in the summer, I would have totally froze more fresh fruits.

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The best part about most of the Food Saver bags is that they can all but cut to dimensions needed, even the single serving bags!  They come in rolls, which fit conveniently inside the machine. There is a cutting mechanism so you can cut the different types of bags to your desired size.

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There are several types of bags I received.

  • Portion Pouch roll- which you can make as long as you want
  • 11” Expandable pleated heat-seal roll, which I can cut to fit and fit extra large items
  • 11” Heat sealed roll bags, which fit most foods and can be cut to fit any size
  • Liquid block heat sealed bags for juicy or marinated items
  • Quart size, pre-cut heat sealed bags- in case you don’t want to use them yourself
  • Quart sized Vacuum Zipper Bags- which are reusable, depending on the food that is contained inside the bag
  •  Gallon sized Vacuum Zipper bags- which are reusable, depending on the food that is contained inside the bag

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So I vacuum sealed and froze a few different types of items so I can pull them back out of the freezer in a few weeks and see the results! Stayed tuned for the next review. FoodSaver is looking for fans that want to share the love of saving food and money! Visit their Facebook page to find out more about the Sunday Saver program and how you participate and start saving money!  You can also visit their website for more information about FoodSaver products.

FoodSaver product review

Disclaimer: FoodSaver sent me this product for review but all opinions are my own. 

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  1. D D Dell says

    Very nice description and layout of this product. I can think of quite a few of your tasty creations you can “save” for when I visit.

  2. says

    This was a very interesting post, Julianne. What a great opportunity to try out something you have been wondering about and can really use!! I have been investigating vacuum sealers. Because my blog recipes are all for care packages, I have heard from several readers that vacuum sealing is the only way baked goods get to deployed military tasting truly fresh. I really want to try it to see how much it can extend the shelf life of a care package goodie. I can see that learning to vacuum seal without crushing cookies/brownies takes some experimentation. The canisters sound intriguing. I wonder how expensive they are and how they work?

  3. says

    I have the very same machine you have in this blog. Although I have had 3 different models in the past several years this one is by far the best. The ease of use and the many different things that it can seal is great. If your
    Looking at buying a food saver I would certainly give this one a good look. A bit more expensive than some of the
    Others but well worth it. Everyone is being frugal and watching what they do with the leftovers nowadays…this
    Product makes short work of even the big jobs!

  4. says

    Thank you for going into such detail about the vacuum sealer. It is always good to hear first hand how someone used a product or if they had any difficulties while using it. This helps me narrow down my list of which vacuum sealer to purchase.
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  5. says

    Thank God for the Food Saver, it is really great for assisting small businesses with unique ideas for delivering their product fresh. I own a carrot cake business and it is a wonderful ideal for shipping my cakes. I freeze the cake solid after it has cooled down and then wrap with saran wrap. Then I use the Food Saver to seal the cake and pull the air out where it is a firm fit for the cake, being careful not to make it to tight. Pack it in my insulated shipping container with ice packs to continue to keep it frozen upon arrival. The customer can allow the cake to un-thaw or continue to freeze it until time of serving it. I do not frost my cakes, because it will be messy. I use the food saver bags to seal my own personal cream cheese frosting, and the customer is able to slit the bag and frost the cake., and discover the delightful taste of Kay’s Carrot Cake…It’s diamonly delicious!

  6. says

    Thank you for all of the information, I am in ny state and going to make my grand kids “cake in a can” and wanted to vacuum seal it , its going to utah, is this possible? I will freeze it 1st as it takes a few days to get there.

    • Beyond Frosting says

      Hi Brenda. I am not sure what you are asking here. You should freeze the cake before you vacuum seal it to help the cake from getting crushed. Let me know if you have further questions, I am happy to help!

  7. Kathy says

    Thanks for all the information about this model FoodSaver. I was just noticing that COSTCO is having this on sale for only $119.99 (after $30 rebate) beginning April 10 tip May 4. Can’t wait until the 10th to get mine and start FoodSavering, as you call it!

  8. says

    Awesome. First of all, thanks for this wonderful post. This is an interesting and useful information. Also, I am thinking this is a quick replacement for my refrigerator. Looking forward for its use..

  9. says

    I have purchased my first vacuum sealer and trying to use it properly, am yet to master the art of cutting the roll to make the single serving bags, hope to manage it soon. It is actually very trustworthy and keeps even the celery crunchy, to my wonder!

  10. says

    Lasted about five uses before the vacuum pump failed. wouldn’t bother on this model, but will try another model with a more durable reputation.

  11. says

    Nice information. What a great opportunity to try out something you have been wondering about and can really use!! I have been investigating vacuum sealers. Because my blog recipes are all for care packages, I have heard from several readers that vacuum sealing is the only way baked goods get to deployed military tasting truly fresh. I really want to try it to see how much it can extend the shelf life of a care package goodie.

  12. says

    I ‘d use the vacuum sealer for many things one of them being storing because We are on a new road in my life and I am looking for healthier alternatives to all the junk food that we all are surrounded by nowadays! Thanks for your helpful reviews!

  13. says

    I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately – I’m not particularly concerned about calories or fat, but I feel bad eating so much processed food – but I’m so tired when I get home from work that I never feel like standing at the stove for half an hour and making something. But this is kind of the perfect solution. Thanks!

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