Article by: Melissa Rudy from Words by Melissa
Between getting ready for, celebrating, and cleaning up after the holidays, it can feel like the “holiday season” lasts half the year. What if you could save time and money—and have more to spend with your family and friends—just by adding one thing to your holiday routine?
The good news is, you can! Vacuum sealing can help you save time, conserve storage space, shave money off your budget, and be more organized this holiday season and beyond. Here are some top tips on using vacuum sealing and vacuum packing to brighten your holidays by making things easier, faster, and more convenient.
Beat the holiday rush
Who hasn’t been out shopping on Christmas Eve—and who never wants to repeat that experience? Just about everyone would rather avoid the huge shopping crowds just before the holidays, and vacuum sealing can help you do that.
Vacuum sealing keeps food fresh for up to five times longer than traditional storage methods. This means you can purchase all your holiday food and supplies ahead of time, either in bulk or while they’re on sale, and then store them until you’re ready to use everything.
Share the love with fresh baked goods
Many people enjoy baking cookies, breads, cakes, and other desserts for the holidays, and sharing them with loved ones. If you mail Christmas goodies to family and friends, vacuum packing keeps your treats fresh and flavorful during delivery and beyond.
To vacuum seal soft items such as baked goods, you can freeze or flash-freeze your items before you place them in the vacuum packaging to seal. This prevents cookies and breads from being crushed by the vacuuming process.
Be prepared for unexpected guests
Visits from old friends and family you haven’t seen in a while are common during the Christmas season. With vacuum sealing, you can cook extra main and side dishes ahead of time and keep them stored in your freezer. When unexpected company arrives, you’ll have a meal ready to thaw and serve!
Consider preparing and vacuum packing one-step meals like soups, stews, and casseroles. These can be frozen and vacuum sealed, and then easily reheated to feed a crowd.
Make leftovers last
After a big Christmas meal, you’re left with big Christmas leftovers. With traditional storage methods, leftovers often go bad quickly and you end up with a lot of wasted food. You can store your holiday leftovers in vacuum sealed bags, and they’ll stay fresh and tasty for much longer—so you don’t have to eat all of the leftovers within a week of the holidays!
Vacuum sealing also takes up less space than other storage methods, because all of the air is removed from the package. You’ll have plenty of room to store leftovers and divided bulk purchases in your freezer for long-term storage.
Keep Christmas decorations crisp
Vacuum sealing isn’t just for food items. You can save time and effort by storing non-fragile holiday decorations and linens like Christmas tablecloths, placemats, and towels in vacuum packed bags. They’ll take up less space in your closet, and when they’re washed just before storage, they will retain that freshly laundered scent until the next holiday season.
Image courtesy of PublicDomainPictures