Welcome to day two of my 12 days of Christmas! I would now like to introduce you to my best friend in my newly-found preserving efforts: Ziploc's Vacuum bags.
This summer I started freezing produce for winter use. It started innocently enough--an extra bunch of chard here, a pound of green beans there. But then I realized that I could buy extra veggies from the farmer's market and from Rolling Fork Farm, which is our CSA farm, and freeze them in bulk (at very affordable prices). I went out and picked 37 pounds of sauce tomatoes and made lasagna and pizza sauce out of them to freeze. I bought 10 pounds of haricots verts (aka green beans) and froze them. And then I started to run out of room in my second freezer (yes, you read that right...second freezer) and bought a third small upright freezer to contain my bounty. (My husband laughs every time he sees me freezing a new vegetable, but I just smile sweetly and tell him that if he laughs too hard, he may not be allowed to share in the results.) ;-)
--The pump is dishwasher safe.
--The bags come with a section to write on to make it easier to remember what you put into them.
--It's cheap and easy to use.
--You can pick it up in the grocery store.
--It can sometimes be difficult to get all of the air out of liquids in the bag. I've come up with a system where I hang the bag over the countertop so that the liquid is hanging, forcing all of the air toward the top of the bag. This can get a little messy, but it gets most of the air out.
--The pieces sometimes come apart after a lot of use. This isn't a huge deal, though, because all you have to do is reattach them.
I use this product constantly--it would be a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves to cook!
**This post has been written of my own accord because I like the product. I have had no contact with the Ziploc people, and they have not offered me anything in return for reviewing this product.