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Ziploc Vacuum Kit Review

by Angela On August 6, 2010

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!

Angela
 
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6 Responses to “Ziploc Vacuum Kit Review”

  1. Melissa says:

    I would love to try the Ziplock Vacuum Kit to help prepare weekly meals. If I am able to slice and dice before hand, I will have more time to play peek-a-boo, with my son, after a long day @ work.
    Good Luck to all… :)

  2. Holly says:

    Such great information! Especially with school starting soon. I have mine on my shopping list…unless I win one from POSH Space, of course! Can’t wait to share with my friends!

  3. Camille says:

    I would love to try a vacuum system. I am not happy with my current way of storing meat in particular. I have to repackage the pieces in single servings where they have to be labeled and get freezer burn. The aluminum foil tears, and I can’t see what’s in the packages if the labels come off as they frequently do. A simple, easy to store method would be greatly welcome.

  4. Doug says:

    I would like to use this to save alot of storage, which we do not have alot of!

  5. Kristi says:

    I shop at costco often, the vacuum storage system to come in handy to store those bulk items in smaller bags. Plus my kitchen is small, storing a small hand-held vacuum-sealer is a better option than the large FoodSaver.

  6. Angela says:

    And the winner is… Camille! Congratulations Camille, I will get in touch with you off line to get your information so I can get the kit and bags to you.

    Thanks to everyone for commenting. For your information you can purchase the starter kit at H-E-B and Wal-Mart for about $2.50 if you would like to give it a try.

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