Hubby is guest posting today! He wants to share with you all how he saves money on his lunch meat with his FoodSaver. Please note this photo was taken before he finally shaved off the Duck Dynasty beard last week! Happy, Happy, Happy!
For lunch I like hard salami sandwiches with Colby Jack cheese and mayo on white bread. When the wife buys hard salami at the grocery store deli, pre-sliced, it costs $8.99 per pound. Ridiculous. At Sam’s Club I found a large stick of Il Primo Hard Salami for a lot cheaper. A bell went off in my head – I have a meat slicer at home and I have my FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer so I can buy this big piece of salami, slice it up myself, package it, and save money.
My wife’s Uncle Steve gave me this meat slicer. This is a very old, and pretty worn out, but I was able to see if I would really use a meat slicer if I had one. I will have to invest in a new meat slicer, this one has pretty much run its course.
I am not the best picture taker when I am working so ignore the blur (Robyn’s note – he needs to hold his hand still when taking pictures). This is the entire stick of hard salami sliced. Having my own meat slicer, I could vary the thickness of the slices as much as I wanted.
After you cut the bag you end up with a “tube” that is open on both ends. You need to seal one end with the FoodSaver to create a bag. Slide one of the open ends into the FoodSaver and press the SEAL button and melts that end of the bag closed.
I use a Sharpie and label the bag with the product and date that I bagged it. The FoodSaver bags have a writable strip just for labeling. It is much easier to label the bag before you put in the food since you can lie it flat.
After sealing up all of my bags, I put one bag in the fridge for this weeks lunches. The rest I put in the freezer to take out as needed. Using the meat slicer and FoodSaver saved me about $20 or so.
I bought the FoodSaver about 8 months ago and I have used it often enough that it has paid for itself. Since Robyn had her weight loss surgery she eats much smaller portions of things and so I have used the FoodSaver to portion small amounts of food for her that she can quickly grab out of the freezer and cook for lunch.
There are a ton of accessories for the FoodSaver. I just have small and large bags and some of the bowls that you can vacuum seal also. There is a cool marinade bowl where you put the meat and marinade in and vacuum it and it speeds up the process of marinating. This would be great for my grilling. The other day I saw there is also a tool that is handheld and battery operated to re-evacuate the air from the FoodSaver bowls when you are out and about.
I plan on guest blogging more about the FoodSaver here on Robyn’s blog. What kind of uses of the FoodSaver would you like me to share with you in future posts?
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