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Food Saver Saves The Day...

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Perhaps one of the best things we did in preparation for our move to Costa Rica was to purchase a Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer.  This unique  kitchen appliance allows us to buy foods in bulk and then vacuum store it in our freezer for later defrosting and reuse.  It has saved us a ton of money!
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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 peppers. 

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 like crap.

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.


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