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Those of us that live alone tend to survive on a diet composed mainly of TV dinners, sandwiches, and takeaway.
Everyone’s different, of course, but I feel it’s a waste of time and effort to prepare a meal for just one individual. If I’m going to pull out the recipe book and put together a curry or a roast, I’m going to cook enough to make it worth my while. This works, but even the tastiest meals lose their charm by the third day.
Sometimes I’ll stuff the leftovers into bags or plastic containers and throw them into the freezer. That also works. I do find, however, that if I store food too long, the taste is a little off. Occasionally the contents even suffer freezer burns.
A friend suggested I pick up a vacuum sealer. She assured me that one of these devices would keep food fresh longer and allow for more convenient storage. I decided to take her advice.
The Slaouwo vacuum sealer weighs in at 2.16 pounds. It is 14.4 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep, and 2.4 inches high. This device can seal bags up to 12 inches in width.
Stored inside the box are the main unit, a vacuum hose, roll cutter, 10 heavy-duty storage bags, a guide, and a user manual.
It runs on AC and is rated at 125 watts.
This unit is used to vacuum and seal storage bags. The air can also be sucked from specialized containers by utilizing the hose accessory.
Those that use this vacuum sealer regularly will probably purchase their bags in the form of a roll. The included cutting accessory will shear the desired length from the roll each time a new bag is required. Then one end can be sandwiched between the plates of the device and sealed.
The operation of the Slaouwo vacuum sealer is relatively easy. Lift the lid of the unit and press the food button to select either wet or dry preparation. Then flatten the open end of the filled bag over the vacuum channel. The next step is to lower the lid and apply pressure until the unit locks. At this point, the Vac Seal button can be pressed. In less than a minute, the bag will be vacuumed, sealed, and ready for storage.
- Brand: Slaouwo
- Name: V2 Vacuum Sealer
- Model: CT050VS02
- Voltage: 220V (EU version) / 110V (US version)
- Rated power: 125W
- Sealing width: 2.5 millimeter
- Sealing length: 30 centimeters (12 inches)
- Safety protection: Will stop for two minutes every 15 cycles of operation to prevent overheating
- Dimensions: 365 x 115 x 62 millimeters (14.4 x 4.5 x 2.4 inches)
- Weight: 0.98 kilograms (2.16 pounds)
- Accessories: Bag cutter and vacuum hose
Slaouwo is trademarked by Shen Zhen Shi Lang Tuo E-commerce Co., Ltd. This company is located in Shen Zhen, Guang Dong, China.
The Theory Behind Vacuum Sealing
This technique removes most of the air from the packaging, delaying the chemical reactions, triggered by oxygen, that cause food to spoil. Also, because bacteria and mold cannot grow without oxygen, their development is severely constrained.
Vacuum sealing not only prevents food from spoiling, but it also stops fatty materials from becoming rancid. This technique helps prevent freezer stored items from changing color and delays the onslaught of unpleasant odors and slimy films.
Food will not become dehydrated because the tightly clinging bags do not allow moisture to evaporate.
- While most conventionally stored foodstuffs will last one to three days in a refrigerator, vacuum-sealed items will typically survive for at least a week.
- Vacuum-sealed frozen food lasts an average of two to three years.
- Meal or family-sized portions can be individually bagged for storage and will require less space in the freezer.
- Vacuum sealing holds in the moisture, juices, and flavor of the food.
I prepared a fettuccine Alfredo dish, which included chicken and a generous portion of vegetables. This is one of my tastier recipes. The leftovers were shoved into a bag, vacuumed, and sealed with the Slaouwo sealer.
Because I am a cautious man, I pressed the seal button a second time, ensuring that the bag was completely airtight. Then I unsuccessfully attempted to pull the edges of the package apart.
Three days later, I microwaved my leftovers. The meal, despite its extended stay in the refrigerator, was excellent.
This device appears to be well built and is equipped with all necessary accessories. It is easy to use and performs quickly. I would recommend the Slaouwo V2 Vacuum Sealer.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What does the vacuum hose do?
Answer: You can purchase, from various merchants, plastic containers with a special air inlet in the lid. Once these are filled with food and the lid secured, the hose can be placed over the air inlet and used to suck out the air. Here is a link to one example but please note that I have not tested these containers with the Slaouvwo vacuum sealer. https://www.amazon.com/Lasting-Freshness-Vacuum-St...
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