Vacuum-sealed food

First Look: Sunbeam FoodSaver Lock & Seal VS4500

It’s definitely an off day when you open the fridge to find your leftovers from who knows when have gone bad. But, by reducing oxygen and moisture through vacuum-sealing, tucker can last significantly longer.


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Apart from slowing decay, vacuum-sealing can protect valuables from dust and liquids and compress objects so you can fit more nosh in your freezer or clothes in your suitcase.

To confirm these statements weren’t just empty promises, I put the Sunbeam FoodSaver Lock & Seal VS4500 ($149) through its paces. The premise is simple: pop your grub in a bag, clamp it in place and press a button to remove air and form a watertight join.

My trial involved vacuum-sealing apples, bacon, and bread, and comparing them with the same foods stored in sandwich bags. Weeks after the latter had turned mouldy, my vacuum-packed goods were still fine. So, for anyone contemplating purchasing a FoodSaver, the potential savings over a year of grocery shopping should seal the deal.

For the most part, the FoodSaver was easy to operate, but the attachment for sealing Sunbeam-specific containers was difficult to engage (arthritic hands could struggle). It’s not a deal-breaker as the FoodSaver bags work well and are reusable, but it was frustrating.

Five pre-cut bags, five zipper bags, and a roll of plastic to make your own bags are supplied, but the containers must be bought separately and, at $49 for the 2 Piece Set, they’re not cheap.