This device has made my job of food
prep so much easier. For example, we love to eat Gallo Pinto,
a traditional dish of rice and beans along with sautéed onions and
When I feel energetic, I'll cook up an
entire bag of frijoles negros (black beans) and about a gallon of
white rice. Then, using my FoodSaver, I'll put two cups of
beans in single bags and do the same thing with the rice.
After sucking the air out and sealing each bag, into the freezer
they go. I just defrost what I need, whenever I need it.
Perfect food all the time.
Not only does this process works great
for rice and beans but also works great on fresh salsa, spaghetti
sauce, meat, chicken and fish.
But there are some limitations... last
year I froze a bunch of freshly sliced mangos so that I could eat
them in the off-season. When the time was ready, I defrosted
the bag. Much to my dismay, instead of experiencing nice, firm
slices of fresh mango, the bag yielded all this orange colored mush.
This would have been fine for smoothies or
maybe a mango chutney but not when you were expecting well
preserved, firm slices of mango.
Another thing that did not fare too well were
fresh bagels. They need to be frozen first before putting them
into the Foodsaver else they get the living life sucked out of them and
wind up looking
I recommend that you purchase this
appliance in the US... not
in Costa Rica. In addition, buy all your bags in the US as
well. These things cost a small fortune here. Use your "mule
network" to bring in supplies.