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The controls are along the top. These controls being the sealing control button, a cancel button and also a vacuum seal button. There are two lights, on either side of the three buttons, the one on the left being the sealing light, the one on the right is the vacuum light. With one lighting up when you are either sealing or vacuum sealing.
On either side of the machine there are two more buttons, one either side. These are the release buttons which, when pressed down at the same time, release the lid so that you can open in in order to put the bag in or, after sealing/vacuuming, take the bag out.
Under the lids, on the inside, there is the sealing ring that, as if by magic, stop the plastic from sticking to the machine even when it gets hot. On the bottom section there is the vacuum system itself, which, when the bag is placed in it, sucks the air right out of the bag.
It's pretty straight forward to use, although I did have to waste a couple of bags in order to get the right position for the thing to suck the air out of them. But once found it's easy to recall. You have to remember that the bags don't come as a bag. They come on a roll of plastic that needs to be sealed to the desired length. This is a good idea as all food stuff is different sizes so one size bags may not be right for all.
Anyway, you open the lid, then place the bag onto the sealing ring. Once the bag is on place you close the lid and press the 'seal only' button. This will seal the end of the plastic and turn it into the bag.
Once done the bag is then ready to fill with your food and be sealed and vacuum packed.
Now that you have a 'bag' you put your food in and place the open end of the bag back onto the sealing ring, making sure that the end of the bag is under the vacuum nozzle. Then close the lid once more, pressing the vacuum button
This will take the air out of the bag and seal the end once it's done, leaving you with an air tight, vacuum packed bag of food.
This machine sells for about £40 which, considering that the bags cost a few quid per roll, is money well spent when it comes to keeping your food fresh.
I use this vacuum sealer an awful lot, it is a great little gadget and while it is not exactly cheap at £40 but it is another of those JML products that just seems to work so effectively and you wonder what you ever did without it.
Powered from the mains you can choose to just seal some food or to vacuum seal it, the former just seals the contents into the bag while the latter orces out all of the air in the bag and then seals it, sort of like the vacuum packing of clothes that I do when travelling and previously I have bought specialist bags but now for my toiletries i use these. By removing the air the food will last longer in the pack, the blurb with this sealer claims it will add five days extra to the foods life.
It is so simple to operate, just place the food in the bag and then enter one end after the other into the device to seal each end securely. I use it when I want to seal meat for freezing and also veg that is going in a lunch box. It has been very useful after preparing meals in advance when I know I will be working long hours and then being able to access the food from the freezer, espeacially for my daughters meals.
You can buy the bags and also a roll that you cut to your own size, I use a mix of the ready cut bags and also the roll, the bags are reusable and can be washed in the dishwasher however you have to be careful when removing the contents from the bags as if they rip then they cannot be used again.
It is a great little device that does not take up too much space, it is easy to operate and pretty safe as well. I have been using mine for the best part of a year now and there have been no issues with it at all.
My mum bought me this Vacuum sealer after I saw hers and was quite impressed by it. There was a demonstration stand at a store she went to so she was 'sucked in' to buying one. I went to visit her one day and she was busy vacuum packing cooked vegetables and freezing them to make life easier during the week. Despite sounding quite novelty, I was quite jealous of it and wanted one for myself. A few weeks later she turned up with one and I could now be a member of the vacuum packing club! It is really helpful to have and we use it regularly throughout the week.
==Price and availability==
You can buy it online or from stores that stock the JML products for £39.99.
I guess this is just a fancy laminator really and indeed it looks like one. It is light enough to get out from the kitchen drawer when you need it and small enough to store away after use. To use the product you need to turn it on and plug it in. There are two options to select "Seal Only" or "Vacuum Seal." Seal only uses less pressure on the food and simply seals the bag at either end so the food is sealed in with some air. The vacuum seal sucks all the air out of the pack so your food is flatter. The vacuum packing is supposed to add an extra 5 days self life to food products as by removing the air, you are removing the oxygen that causes the food to start to go bad.
You can vacuum pack nearly everything you will find in the kitchen, all you need to do is put it in one of the bags and place the edge of the bag on the sealer, close the lid and hit the button. It will take a few minutes for the item to seal but once it is done you are left with a nice slim packet.
We have used the sealer to seal bags of vegetables and portions of meat to freeze. There is only two of us in the house so sometimes when there are certain offers on we buy in bulk and put things in the freezer for later on. In October we vacuum packed quite a lot of fresh pumpkin as I love pumpkin soup and in October you can get giant pumpkins for a pound whereas at this time of year I can't get hold of any. I can now take out my frozen pumpkin and make delicious soup or pies with. By vacuum packing it, it takes up less room in my freezer. This is probably not the best benefit for vacuum packing food though as you could just seal it in a bag. The best use for the machine comes from being able to seal meat. We buy carvey ham and it is always cheaper to buy larger packs so we tend to bring it home and vacuum pack half so that it lasts longer in the fridge. Cheese is another thing that goes off in our fridge quickly and by vacuum packing it will last so much longer.
I like to portion vegetables in the bags as it makes life easier at tea time we can just throw two veggie bags in the microwave and have delicious hot steamed vegetables with our evening meal.
The bags are supposed to be dishwasher proof and reusable but I found it annoying getting them washed and dry, my boyfriend also did not realise they were re usable and cut the meat out the packet when we wanted it. You can buy new bags at a reasonable price of £4.00 a packet or you can buy a roll of the plastic material that you can cut into the desired size, this means less wastage.
You are not limited to food items either, you can vacuum pack all sorts of items such as your toiletries so they do not leak when you are travelling abroad and you have them in the suitcase.
A handy tool to have but you really have to remember you have it. I either go mental and vacuum pack everything I have or I forget about it sat in the cupboard! I do find that I am using it more and more this year as I'm sick of the amount of money I spend on food. We do a big shop at Costco and buy things in bulk making this tool extremely usual as I split huge packets of meat and fish down to smaller ones.
I have admitted in previous reviews that I'm a major night owl and as any fellow night owls will know shopping channels can be mesmerising with their flashing images buy it NOW NOW NOW sales pitch and overly enthusiastic presenting style. I sit watching QVC, Ideal world and all their friends at ungodly hours but some times there are actual good products on these infomercials as they are referred to in the USA. One such example was this JML Vacuum Food Sealer. I sat square eyed looking at a demonstration of this product on JML's very own channel. On this they demonstrated how simple this was to use and the many uses it can preform. By the end I was convinced I had to have one of these.
I have no idea, but I had to have one.
Within a few days of placing my order it arrived and I thought to myself what have I done as my family laughed at me.
The Vacuum Food Sealer is an all White electrical kitchen appliance that is pitched as the answer to food wastage. The idea is that if you cook too much food (which I do often) instead of throwing it out, or leaving it in the fridge only to be thrown out two days later. Instead of doing that I now plug in the unit ready to preserve my extra food.
To begin I first open the cover in order to insert the bag I must first press two buttons to realise it and then i can place the food into the bag and insert the opening of the bag between the top and the bottom of the sealer. I then simply close the lid and press the function I desire.
There are just to functions / options. I can either vacuum seal, this is where all the air is first sucked out of the bag then it is heat sealed shut locking out the air. Or I can just press the seal only button, this leaves the air in the bag and heat seals it shut sealing in the air while keeping any other air from entering the bag. I tend to always vacuum seal, when I do it makes some noise, not much, while it sucks out the air and a little light lights up. You can literally see the bag tighten around the food then the sealing begins this takes no time at all. I know when it's finished as the little light goes out as soon as the jobs done. I then lift the cover and remove the bag ready to be either stored in the fridge where it will last longer than it would have just sitting around or simply covered with cling film or tin foil. Or I can freeze it where it will last far longer and won't suffer from freezer burn like a lot of items can if wrapped in tin foil.
The instructions are very simple to read and understand and there is a guide to how long you can keep certain foods in both the refrigerator and the freezer. As a rule most people will know that once opened most food can be kept for around three days, but after vacuum packing the same food it can be kept in the refrigerator for ten to fifteen days, quite a difference. They say you can also snip off a corner of the bag add a little water then microwave the contents although I have never done this myself. Other suggestions that my mother has done is to seal old letters from my dad and photographs that she wants protected.
This is a great very easy to use machine that sits on our counter top day in day out. Unfortunately I can not say the same for most of the things I have been brainwashed into buying. Now I'm off to watch some shopping channels.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
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I am on my second heat sealer, as I made the mistake of lending the first one out.... never to return , who could blame her they are brilliant, an absolute must in my house.
I tend to use mine every Sunday to prepare all the meals for the week.
I cook everything up then put either in the supplies bags or tubs, then take all the air out and put in the freezer, easy.
For liquid type food like bolognaise you can put in the bag then freeze (don't take out the air) when you are ready to eat you can literally snip a corner of the bag then microwave or boil in the bag.
I make all the sandwiches up for the week (no Mayo or lettuce though as these will no freeze well) I prepare the sandwiches and wraps the put in a bag, seal and freeze. Take the lunch out in the morning and by the time lunchtime comes around the sandwiches are ready to eat, this also works with cakes. Pies, tarts and quiche.
Leftovers can be put in the bags sealed up and frozen, my favourite is all the leftover mash and veg=, when I have saved enough I open them all up fry them in a little oil and have with egg, or defrost mash up together cover in breadcrumbs and bake in the oven mmmm
Overall a great investment, just don't lend it out!
JML Vacuum Food Sealer
I love to try JML products and i have had some bad some good ones but this food sealer seems to
be about the best product i have had from there range.
I take sandwiches to uni to save money i know not so cool but when my partner was
working full time i could waste five pound a day on food. I hate soggy sandwiches and even
wrapped in tin foil they can sometimes get like that's as the day goes on.
The JML food sealer unit cost £19.99 from amazon uk bargain buy. My Jml food sealer unit
come with fifty bags witch are clear.
The unit its plain white with a few buttons on it , its quite small and compact could be easily
be stored in a cupboard when not in use, there is a long cable and plug so does not need to be right next
to a power socket.
The buttons on the unit is to choice vacuum seal or just seal.
For cheese and meat i use the vacuum seal you just press the button pop the cheese in and put the bag in the
slot the unit does the vacuum and seal part easy.
Sandwiches need to be seal only or you will have pancake sandwiches made this mistake first time around
when testing it.
When doing my sandwiches the night before i seal them with the unit and leave in the fridge over night.
I have my lunch at 2pm everyday and the sandwiches and perfect not soggy not hard and stale.
I love the jml food sealer unit it was worth every penny for us although i am not sure how much
use it would get if i never had uni as i only seal the cheese and meat now and again.
I highly recommend the jml food sealer it was a baragin but would not pay anymore for it.
I wanted a better way to store my husband's sandwiches when he went to work. Foil is okay but it never seemed sealed enough and when I asked him if they were still fresh when it got around to his lunch he said sometimes they weren't. So off I trotted to find something which would cure this problem - it is bad enough to be at work all day long, it just makes the day even worse if your sandwich tastes stale!
After looking about on the high street, I had to result to Amazon.co.uk to find the vacuum food sealer and it cost £41.99. It arrived quickly as most things on Amazon do and I set about on learning how to use my new piece of kitchen machinery.
The JML Vacuum Food Sealer does exactly what it says on the box - seals food in vacuum tight bags. It can be used for meats, cheese etc for the fridge, sandwiches, you name it and you can most probably use the food sealer for it. It really extends the life of foods and keeps them fresh and yummy tasting. The machine basically sucks all the air out of the plastic bags (which come with it) and seals it up tight not allowing any air to get to the food and spoiling it.
I love new kitchen machinery and had alot of fun getting to grips with this though it didn't take me too long. The machine is white in colour and is made of a hardy type of plastic. You go off and get your sandwich (or whatever it is you want to seal up) and slip it into the plastic bag. You then get the open edges of the bag and slid it into the front of the food sealer and you wil be faced with the options of "seal only" or "vacuum seal". I tended not to go for the vacuum seal option very often as it destroyed the sandwich completely. It made it go flat and sort of crumble so I don't advise you use the vacuum seal option for sandwiches!
It only takes a few seconds to do and it isn't noisy at all.
All in all I think this is a great product though I do think it is slightly expensive for what it does. I have used it on a regular basis for my husband's lunches for work and things like pork chops, chicken etc. It is definately a handy appliance to have in the kitchen but it could do with a price decrease I think and the price is what lets it down slightly.
This purchase was another night of being round a friend's house party and around 3:00 am we start watching the shopping channel (as you do), we were laughing and joking about certain products and before I knew it I was (once again) reaching for my credit card, for some reason I was completely enthralled about this JML Vacuum Food Sealer, it looked amazing, and being a big fan of food (more specifically sandwiches, and summer was on the way) it looked like a great way to store sandwiches.
When the product arrived I was a little bit confused as to what this package was, I couldn't remember for the life of me what I had purchased, but once seeing what it was got me interested all over again.
This JML Vacuum Food Sealer is a machine that basically will seal your food and vacuum all the air out of the polythene bags (that are provided with the machine), it is very simple to use and you can use it for practically all your food, it can extend the life of certain products in the fridge (or out the fridge). The reason why foods (or certain foods) go bad is because the oxygen spoils food at a certain rate, so if you vacuum all the air out of the bag there is no more oxygen to speed up the spoiling process.
The JML Sealer is easy to operate, all you do is plug in this prestigious white machine, put the product you would like sealed into one of the provided polythene bags and place the edge of the bag on the sealer, close the lid and choose between the two options which are "Seal Only" or "Vacuum Seal", both options will extend the foods life but vacuum sealing will add that bit more, now there are some items you cant seal that well, like really soft bread for example (believe me I know) it completely crushes the sandwich that I made when I was vacuum sealing it, it just resembled...well a mess, once the machine has completed one of the two choices you chose you can open the lid and remove the now sealed and vacuumed bag. This process takes literally seconds to do, its not a long drawn out process, the foods in, its sealed, its done, and when you break the seal to use that food you vacuum sealed, don't throw the bag away just give it a wash or put it in the dishwasher and it is ready to be used again. The bags can be put in the microwave as well as the freezer.
there is an air extract vent that you have to leave uncovered so when you open the lid for the first time locate where the vent is and be sure not to cover it with your bag.
Previously I mentioned you can use another option which is "seal only" basically it makes it air tight so its not as tight as vacuum seal, I should of used the "seal only" for my sandwich it wouldn't of crushed it then, you learn something new everyday.
The JML Vacuum Food Sealer doesn't necessarily have to only be used on food, if you are going away on holiday and you are taking your shampoos and conditioner, or any kind of toiletries.
JML also advise that you Seal important documents (obviously not vacuum seal), or photo's, basically anything you may hold dear and would get destroyed over time, these bags will give them a longer life span.
You can buy this from Amazon for £41.99
I think this product is great and I am glad I purchased this sealer, yes it did cost a bit but it is going to save me money in the long run, its horrible when the food you are about to eat has gone off and you swear you opened it only 2 days ago, but with this sealer that will happen no more, with some products it can extend the life up to double but that's not all foods.
This is a great purchase if you want to make your food last longer and not spoil in such a quick time.
Having tried various methods of food storage this one really caught my eye. I do use a wide variety of storage types for opened food including foil, cling film (I always seem to get in a mess), Tupperware and this. I find that one method never really works for all foods, so multiple methods give you the best results.
I wanted this to use for things like sandwiches, cheese and cold meats, pre-prepared meals and blanching vegetables. I had brought it from a shopping channel which was lucky because it meant I was able to send it back and get my money back when I didn't get on with it.
I tried so hard to do it right, but just couldn't seem to get the hang of it at all. What you are supposed to do is get the food in the plastic that will become the bag and place it into the machine. You then press down on one side to remove the air and then the other side to seal the plastic, which makes it into a bag. When it has finished sealing it should cut it away from the plastic roll and you're done.
It all went fine until it came to the sealing part. I just couldn't get it right and it didn't seal properly. At first I thought it was me or a fault with the machine, but when I read some reviews and found that other people had problems with it, I decided to send it back.
If it had sealed the bags properly I would have kept it, but it was just too time consuming to go through that every time I wanted to store something.
I have had my vacuum sealer for more years than I care to remember. I would not be without it. My sister had one which I tried and was so impressed I had to get one. It is ideal for buying large packs of meats or salads and vacuum sealing part of the pack to use later whilst still keeping it fresh.
The system is very easy to use, simply using the plastic roll inside to the size you require. then place the food inside, and press down the top to seal. There is also the option on mine to place a small nozzle in the bag and press the top down slightly to suck the air out of the bag before sealing. You then continue to press the lid all the way down to seal the bag and cut the bag from the roll.
It is ideal as often I require a bigger bag than the freezer/sandwich bags sold in the shops
You simply replace the roll inside when it runs out and perfect seals every time
I have found that the qvcuk shopping channel do the bags at 2 rolls for under £12, which is as good as anywhere else. I have to be honest found them difficult to find on the high street. The bags can be used to place food in the freezer so and ideal buy in my opinion.
The machine is quick and easy to use and not noisy A perfect addition to any kitchen
I Decided to give the jml food sealer a try and after seeing it on a shopping channel.
For a long time food was waster in our house, there is five of us but we all like different things so we were for ever opening this and that but never using it all up and it ended going back in the fridge or freezer or cupboard and by the time it was used again, bits had either fallen out or it had gone off and i got sick of finding the odd frozen bits of food in the freezer.
the food sealer is a fab product, its not to big so it can be stored easily, you get two 3 meter rolls of the bags which you cut to which ever size you need, so even if its only a small piece of cheese or a big bag of frozen chips there is no waste.
it works by taking all the air out and vacum seals it for freshness.
you can even put a previous sealed item in the microwave in the sealed bag to re heat.
the repacement rolls can be purchased for about £4.00, the food sealer its self was around £40 but we have saved so much by not throwing things away.
We even used it to seal our sun lotion before packing it in our cases and my friend seals his maggotts in it before going fishing!!
I love my gadgets and I am a complete sucker for the TV shopping channels so when I saw that JML had got their own channel I couldn't resist watching it one wet afternoon recently. They were doing a demonstration of the JML Vacuum Food Sealer and I was intrigued as I sat and watched.
Basically it is a very simple machine which will either vacuum seal food into polythene bags or just seal (without vacuum). It looked pretty simple and effective and they were demonstrating a range of uses for it. Given that I cook a lot of meals for one and often 'batch cook' and weekends and make my own home made ready meals for one which I freeze down this looked like quite a useful machine.
One of the problems with shopping for one is that many times I buy fresh meat, bacon or cooked meats and end up having to have the same food over and over to use up the pack - either that or I throw some away. I thought that with this machine I might be able to use it to split packs and reseal half of the product. Needless to say it wasn't long before I went online and placed my order.
Within a matter of days I received an email to say it had been despatched and it arrived the day after. The JML Vacuum Food Sealer isn't exactly cheap at £39.99 but it is quite robust and it is simplicity itself to use. All you do is to plug it into the mains, press two buttons on the top to release the cover and place your polybag with the edges for sealing on the machine. Close the lid, press the appropriate button for either 'seal only' or 'vacuum seal' and the machine does the rest. Once the bag is sealed the light on the machine goes off and you can release the bag. The only thing that can go wrong is if you cover the air extract vent the vacuum won't work but all you need to do if that happens is open the cover and move the bag slightly.
What can you use it for?
OK I had the machine, I had the time, all I needed to do was to start packing! I first started with something simple like a pack of bacon - this was really simple I slid the bacon into the bag and vacuum sealed it in seconds. Excellent and using this method I have extended the life of it compared with storing it in the fridge unpacked. As a guide it is suggested that fresh meat with a shelf life of say 3 days in the fridge can be extended to 10 to 15 days by vacuum packing with similar benefits for cooked meats. My next project was cold meats and I am pleased to report that it easily packed even a single slice of cooked ham and beef - I had been a little worried it might 'crinkle' when the vacuum sucked the air out but it stayed flat and easy to store.
Then I moved on the the vegetables and prepared little individual servings of veggies to last me the week. This was again very easy and, watching the demonstration of the TV they suggested that to cook the vegetables all you need to do is to snip off the corner of the bag and put a little water in and then you can put it straight into the microwave and steam them that way. I tried this but found the veg didn't taste quite the same but I also noticed that the vacuum didn't appear to have lasted in the veg packs whereas it did in the meat packs.
I did a little research and discovered that there are some foods which give off gases when stored e.g. tomatoes, garlic and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts. It is suggested that it is best to part-freeze tomatoes before vacuum packing and pre-chill garlic. Cruciferous vegetables should only be vacuum packed after blanching, cooling and drying. - Ah well, I guess you live and learn - it is just a pity that I didn't read that first before I tried my veggies!
However I must say I vaccum packed some sweetcorn and, although it lost a bit of tightness in the pack, the sweetcorn was delicious when cooked in the bag with a little water so I shall certainly be vacuum packing sweetcorn again. Apparently burgers and sausages may also release air from within their mince meat after vacuum packing. The bag will look ballooned shape. It is not that air has entered the bag, it is trapped air already contained within the product that cannot be extracted by a vacuum pump in the first place!
I gathered from the JML demo that you can also make your own 'boil in the bag' meals by just sealing the food in a bag without extracting the air (you can freeze these as well) - they demonstrated a salmon steak with butter and lemon which looked quite delicious. I also liked the idea that you can 'express marinade' any meat by putting it into the bag after painting it with marinade as the vacuum will force the marinade into the fibres of the meat - great, I am looking forward to lots of tasty meals using that method.
Other uses that JML suggest are : sealing important documents such as certificates, deeds or photos to protect them from damp or any damage, putting shampoos or toiletries when packing for your holiday.
Just one little smile for you - the instructions say you can use it for storing bread, I had my doubts that they meant to vacuum seal it but nevertheless I couldn't resist testing it out on a couple of bread rolls. I had to smile as they turned then into two bread 'biscuits' - mind you to be fair you can seal them in a airtight plastic bag using this machine if you want - just don't try it using the vacuum function!
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would if, like me, you frequently need to split pack sizes to cater for one or if you want to buy 'family sized' packs to take advantage of bulk buying. It is a great way to extend the shelf life of products making it less necessary to keep visiting the shops. Ideal for packing anything you want to freeze down as food keeps better and ice crystals don't form. As I said earlier this is not a cheap product but I hope, in time, it will give me some good savings as it reduces on waste and helps me to make even more exciting home made ready meals.
The Food Sealer sucks the air out and seals the bag, dramatically extending the shelf life of your food.