"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Farm to Table
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-30-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
Senior Cook
 
pengyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 326
Seal-a-meal type vacuum sealing, food preservation in humid climates

I have moved to Taiwan - a very beautiful island, just off of Fujian province in China. While Shanghai was humid, I find that Taiwan is even more so. I am looking for suggestions to keeping fruit, veggies, cooked food and other materials from spoiling. My mind turned to the seal a meal thingie - will that be useful? There is a restaurant supply shop not far from my home that sells flour, cocoa powder and other yummy things at about half price in bulk - more than 10 or 20 pounds, depending on the product. I have rather limited fridge space right now and the space that I have is ruined by the impractical arrangement of the shelves :(

This is my situation...here is my plea...help!

__________________

__________________
pengyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
Executive Chef
 
justplainbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
Vacuum sealing of perishables is not a substitute for refrigeration. Vacuum packing of powdery substances like flour and cocoa is problematic because of the tendency of some of the powder to migrate into the vacuum pump. We use vacuum packaging mostly in conjunction with freezing meats, and storing dried fruits, nuts, and mushrooms
__________________

__________________
justplainbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,104
Yes, please don't leave perishables unrefrigerated!

For powder, maybe try this: put some of your powder in a ziplock. Zip it almost closed, roll up and squeeze really well, finish zipping. Then, put a few bags in the seal-a-meal, and seal.

Another thought, save up some antidessicant packets found in some vitamin supplement bottles, do the same thing but put the packet in with the powder.

I agree with Bill, a seal-a-meal would work fine for everything else but powder. Great for nuts, dried fruits, jerky, etc. Things needing to be refrigerated should be in the fridge, seal-a-meal or not.
__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
justplainbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawgluver View Post
Yes, please don't leave perishables unrefrigerated!

For powder, maybe try this: put some of your powder in a ziplock. Zip it almost closed, roll up and squeeze really well, finish zipping. Then, put a few bags in the seal-a-meal, and seal.

Another thought, save up some antidessicant packets found in some vitamin supplement bottles, do the same thing but put the packet in with the powder.

I agree with Bill, a seal-a-meal would work fine for everything else but powder. Great for nuts, dried fruits, jerky, etc. Things needing to be refrigerated should be in the fridge, seal-a-meal or not.
The contents of sealed ziplocks will not benefit from the evacuation of the air accomplished by vacuuming. Anti- dessicants which are not already saturated with moisture or have been de-moisturized can be a useful even without vacuuming.
__________________
justplainbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
Senior Cook
 
pengyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 326
Thanks! You have mentioned some things that I had not thought about. I was not going to use it as a substitution for refrigeration, rather as a way of trying to protect fruit and veggies that are not usually stored in the fridge - like bananas - from the effects of humidity. I like the idea of sealing bags of flour, etc with the seal a meal. I thought I had seen some sealers advertised that had a "powder setting" - am I wrong? or maybe that was a liquid setting, to seal soups, juices and stews?
__________________
pengyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Dawgluver's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 24,104
I haven't seen a "powder setting", though I could be wrong. Mine has a hose for sealing liquids in canisters.
__________________

__________________
She who dies with the most toys, wins.
Dawgluver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
food

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.