The vacuum sealer comes in a HUGE box and even though the box says 3800 Series, the manual is for the FoodSaver V3820 Vacuum Food Sealer Packaging System.
Inside were instruction, a marinating container, the vacuum sealer and some of the sealable plastic. This is my first experience with a vacuum sealer and I have to admit, I found this all a bit intimidating.
It actually reminded me a lot of a fax machine when I opened it up. There were parts that had to be removed, blue tape that the instructions didn’t say anything about but I removed anyway.
The most embarrassing thing is I could not find the power cord. I actually thought it might be battery-operated at first. I found the marinating hose and thought, that’s not right. Then I had a hard time getting it back into the machine. It still sticks out a little.
Then I turned the vacuum sealer over. Voila!
Inside is this roll of plastic that you pull out to measure against what you are sealing.
You run a blade across where you want to make the cut.
You put the plastic into the sealer (curl-side-down) and press the button to close one end of the bag. Oh wait! You don’t need to press the button!
It started to work on its own.
This is the seal it made.
I put the shortbread into the now-sealed bag, put it into the machine and I am pretty sure this time I pushed the button. Although I am not entirely sure, as I said, this was freaking me out a bit.
All I know is it worked! And that I used way too much plastic. It took out all the extra air and was perfectly sealed.
Turns out the special plastic you need to use for this vacuum sealer is flippin’ expensive! As a result, I need your help. I have no experience using this type of product and want to use the plastic I have to its upmost. Let me know what you would like to see me test. Do you have one of these? Does it really save you money when the refills are so much money? I would love your ideas and advice!
One thing I know I am going to try is cooking sous-vide, even though the idea of cooking in plastic goes against all my instincts. But I do have to try.
So please, I need your help. How do I make the most out of the plastic rolls I have now?! What would you like to see me vacuum seal?!