While the vast majority of people will buy a vacuum sealer primarily for food preserving purposes in their homes, there are many others who want to have it also for non-food items.
Decide whether you will use the vacuum sealing machine primarily for preserving meat, which is likely to remain fresher if you vacuum seals them using a much thicker seal band, or if you will just use it most of the time for dried goods and for freezing veggies.
For dried goods and veggies, a thinner seal band would work okay.
How Often Would You Use Your Vacuum Sealer in a Year?
This is important and you need to pay attention to this one. If you are like me (I use my sealer a couple of times a year and I seal in large batches) then you will have a need a vacuum sealing machine that is far more heavy duty as opposed to an average $75 or less sealing equipment.
I take time to make the bags to the length that I need them to have, and after using my sealing machine I let it cool down or rest between every dozen or so food bags. The vast majority of food bag sealers come with a safety feature that will prevent them from running when they have reached overheating temperatures, although not all of them have this kind of safety feature.
If this is the case, you need to take caution on the amount of time you will use it and let it rest in between takes, or else you are running the risk of burning your machine out.
Much like anything else, when trying to shop for a vacuum sealing machine, see to it that the item you are prospecting to purchase can really handle the load of work you are going to put it through.
You are being more practical to spend on a few hundred dollars on an item you know you will be using for years to come as opposed to saving $20 on a much cheaper item that is likely to die on you after using it for a year or so.
What is the Average Lifespan of the Vacuum Sealed Package to Sit in the Freezer?
There are several reasons why this is important. If you are wanting your food or perishable item to last inside your freezer without getting spoiled or deteriorated for a year or so, you need to look for a sealing machine with a wide and nice sealing band.
Otherwise, you are running the risk of it not being fully sealed, most especially if the food item you are trying to seal up is moist. Moisture will keep it from having a solid seal. If on your estimation you think you will get on your sealed foods a lot quicker, then making use of thinner seals would be just fine.
Adapter for Sealing Jars and Containers, Do You Need To Get Some?
There are a few vacuum sealers that come with a built-in adapter system which you can attach a hose to for sealing regular canning jars.
You can also use it to vacuum seal containers that are specifically designed for sealing and freezing.
From my own personal experience, I will say that it is all worth it because it will actually give you endless options. I am actually in the habit of dehydrated some veggies from my own garden and layer them inside a quart jar, adding some choice and select spices, like a stew starter.
I have 3 jars of this kind and they are all sealed up with an adapter. They are likely to last for more than a year.
Vacuum seal machines can do so much more. They are not just for preserving your perishable food items to last for long and protect them against freezer burns. A little purpose here and there and a dash of creative genius will amaze you with what you can do with it.