For the past month I have been testing the Ziploc Vacuum Starter Kit thanks to the good folks at SC Johnson A Family Company. I was very excited to be able to test this product because for years I have been using a Foodsaver Vacuum Food Sealer. The Foodsaver is great, but it was inconvenient to pull the entire system out, then make a bag, seal the food, seal the bag again, and finally put the Foodsaver away. The Foodsaver was pretty large too and since I didn’t use it on a daily basis it was not conveniently located. I loved the outcome of the Foodsaver, but found using it to be inconvenient. I like using a vacuum sealing systems because cook and bake a lot but I am mindful of being efficient with my time. If I can chop up an onion once and freeze it in ¼ cup or ½ cup increments that will save me prep time the next time I am cooking.
The Ziploc Vacuum Starter Kit comes with a small handheld vacuum pump and three quart size bags. I also received a box of the gallon and quart size bags. I found that I used the quart size bags the most.
Some of the items I froze during my testing include; diced onions, sliced cheddar cheese, and ground turkey meat. All items remained in excellent condition free from freezer burn when removed. But what impressed me the most was when I used the smaller bags for guacamole. Normally there is not a way of saving avocado or guacamole without it turning brown due to exposure to air. The Ziploc Vacuum bags have been the only way I could make guacamole last longer than a day in my refrigerator. I was amazed!
I also liked that the vacuum pump was easy to clean by hand or by tossing it in the dishwasher. It’s also small enough to fit in a drawer or basket in your pantry. Love that!
Locally I found the starter kits and both the gallon size and quart size bags at Target and Wal-Mart. You can also check your local grocery store.
Overall I give the Ziploc Vacuum Kit and bags 5 out of 5 diamonds! I was really impressed with how well the product worked, the ease of using it, and the easy to store small size. The one thing I would improve is the quantity of bags that comes in a package. Because I do cook a lot I found that I used up the quart size box very quickly.
Thanks SC Johnson for letting me test out your product. SC Johnson was also kind enough to donate a second kit, a box of quart size bags, and a box of gallon size bags to one of my readers. Leave a comment below telling me why you would like to try the Ziploc Vacuum Kit and you will be entered into a drawing to receive this prize package!
Good luck and happy food storage!
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