REVIEW – FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

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FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

Have you ever gone to get meat out of your freezer to defrost for dinner only to find the wrap from the store didn’t hold up? Have you ever cleaned out your freezer and had to throw food away because it’s gotten freezer burn? I have. Many times. The plastic wrap they use at the grocery store just isn’t made for freezer storage. Zippered bags, if and when they stay zipped, get expensive. Live with freezer burn and you’re eating food that just doesn’t taste as good. The other alternative is to throw it away, which always makes me feel guilty.

What about bags of snacks or cereal? How many times have you gone to get something to eat and found everything in the bag had gone stale? Most snack and cereal bags don’t seal. I hate stale chips. Clips don’t keep air out. Once again you’re either eating food that isn’t as fresh as it could be or you’re throwing it away.

What about bread? It takes us a good week or more to eat a loaf of bread. In hot and humid weather such as what we have now in the summer, bread turns moldy a lot faster. Those thin plastic bags that bread comes in never last. Half of the time the little plastic thingey that keeps them closed breaks in half.

FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

I receive a FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System for this review. The black and silver model looks sleek and modern, and blends in beautifully with the rest of my kitchen. Plus, I think the black and silver colors don’t show dirt quite as much as white and beige.

FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

The FoodSaver has a built-in cord holder underneath the machine. I love this because it keeps the cord out of the way when you’re not using the machine. That being said, there’s a good chance that when you’re finished reading this you’ll understand why you might want to just leave the FoodSaver on your counter, because there are so many things you can do with it.

The FoodSaver is so easy to use. I remember when they first came out years ago they took some work to use. Now they’re pretty much automatic. The unit comes with premade bags in several sizes. To use these you put your food into the bag and then put the bag into the FoodSaver. Once you put the bag in the FoodSaver vacuums out all of the air and then seals it shut. There’s a drip try at the base of the unit that catches the liquids and food particles during the vacuum sealing process.

FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

If you don’t want to use premade bags, you also have the option of making your own from a roll. The roll sits inside of the machine. The sides are already in place on the rolls, so all you need to do is take care of the top and bottom when you’re working from the roll. To make a bag from the roll you measure out how much you’ll need and add at least four extra inches. If you know you’ll be resealing that particular bag again you need to leave one additional inch for each time you are planning on resealing it. Then you cut what you’ve measured from the roll by moving the slide from one side to the other. Then you seal one end of the bag. To do this you first seal one end shut by pressing the seal button. After that you proceed just like you would if it had been a premade bag. All of that sounds like a bit of a process but in reality it takes under a minute.

FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealing System

Another thing the FoodSaver can be used for is marinating meat. The FoodSaver has a Quick Marinate Cycle that takes about ten minutes to marinate meat. I find this really convenient, as I never remember to marinate the meat until about the time that I’m ready to cook it, at which time there isn’t much of a point. To use this you put the meat into a special FoodSaver container. You then use the handheld vacuum sealer and attach it to the top of the container. The handheld unit then repeatedly creates and releases a vacuum seal, which allows the meat to marinate more quickly than the traditional marinating process.

All of that food that gets thrown away because it’s not fresh cost money to buy. So, when we throw away stale food, or freezer-burned food, we’re basically just taking money out of our wallet and depositing it right into the garbage. Instead of throwing your money away, consider investing it in a machine that will save your food – the FoodSaver. You can save food and money by using it. You can save time by buying in bulk and freezing things, rather than go to the grocery store frequently. You can cook ahead of time and freeze those meals. It’s great for use for things you use often as well as for meal-planning.

Here’s a brief video that explains some of this a bit more clearly.

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21 comments

Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 24, 2015 - 5:23 pm

I would literally eat that every day! What an awesome idea.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 24, 2015 - 6:03 pm

We have a food saver, and we love it. It’s no hype. The food really does last a lot longer.

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Melissa Pezza July 24, 2015 - 6:05 pm

I really should get one of these. No matter how fast we eat our salads and veggies, they always seem to go bad before we can finish them.

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Kelly Hutchinson July 24, 2015 - 7:05 pm

We waste so much money on spoiled food. I could use one of these in my kitchen. It would save me a ton of money.

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Debbie Denny July 24, 2015 - 7:06 pm

This looks great. I have been thinking of getting one.

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Amber K July 24, 2015 - 7:21 pm

I have thought about getting something like this. It looks very helpful.

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Liz Mays July 24, 2015 - 7:22 pm

This is so cool! It would open up so much space in my freezer. It seems really easy to use!

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Marcie W. July 24, 2015 - 9:02 pm

I love taking advantage of deals and sales by stocking up. If we had a FoodSaver, we could ensure our purchases lasted even longer.

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Pam July 24, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I love having a vacuum sealer. It saves us so much money.

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Stefany July 25, 2015 - 12:19 am

I have wanted one of these for years! I have just heard about a cooking method that uses this sealer and water. It sounds like it would be great but I would just like to be able to have meat in the freezer more than a week!

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Seattle Travel Blogger July 25, 2015 - 12:27 am

I could most certainly use one of these! It would save room in my freezer, and money in my in my wallet.

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patricia Marsden July 25, 2015 - 8:51 am

My current Seal-a-Meal isn’t working ; wish there were a trade-in.

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Kristi July 25, 2015 - 8:59 am

This would make a great gift for my parents. They grow a big garden and also butcher deer in the fall after hunting season.

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Jeanine July 25, 2015 - 10:32 am

I have ALWAYS wanted one of these. How cool is this? I need to pick one up asap! Love this.

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melisasource July 25, 2015 - 2:44 pm

This is absolutely perfect and just what I need! I will have to check this out!

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Veronica July 25, 2015 - 3:37 pm

I don’t really buy a lot of meat, except occasionally for my son. Is it good for vegetables as well

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Sabrina July 25, 2015 - 8:08 pm

This is the same food sealer I use, we love it!

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Crystal July 25, 2015 - 11:01 pm

I hate wasting food. I seriously need one of these. It would be such a cost savings.

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Rosey July 26, 2015 - 10:10 am

My oldest and his wife have one of these. My son raves about it, lol. He just loves it.

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Debra July 27, 2015 - 11:32 am

I always tell my husband that we need to get one of these systems. We buy our meat from our local wholesale club and store so much of it in the freezer. It would be worth it to use it for that alone!

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Travel Blogger July 27, 2015 - 12:51 pm

I’m always buying meat in bulk and then dividing it up. I love that this keeps it tastier longer.

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