Sealing Food with the Best Vacuum Sealer

vacuum sealerIf you are a home cook or a homeowner in general then I’m sure you often look to find the best ways of maintaining your home and cooking more efficiently. This probably means trialing new appliances that might come out because a lot of times, these will increase your productivity and make everything a lot easier for you.

A vacuum sealer is one piece of technology that has been around for a few years but has only become more popular recently. This increased awareness is probably something that is urging you on to buy the best vacuum sealer. And if you’ve owned and used an appliance like this then I’m sure you’re looking to upgrade your existing sealer and take advantage of the latest technology integrated into the new machines available to buy right now.

If you haven’t been introduced to this appliance then it might be worth giving you a quick intro of what this is all abound. This machine will allow you to pack your food into a bag and seal it after removing all of the air through the use of a vacuum. This removal of air will prevent the deterioration of food that commonly suffers when there is exposure to air. In simple terms, things like meat and cereal can be sealed using this machine and as a consequence, the contents of the sealed bag will be preserved for a lot longer than when they are exposed to the air. This is all common sense and trust me, it works amazingly well. In my opinion, this is highly advantageous to average people today because essentially, we can just seal the food, freeze it and then take it out to eat whenever we need to. This means that you can prepare all of your food for the next few weeks in advance and have it ready to eat within minutes and when required.

In addition to the above point, the best vacuum sealer will also prevent wastage of food. This is another common issue encountered in most households because believe it or not, we do tend to waste a lot of food. With an appliance like this, freezing your food will mean that you don’t have to throw it out! The best part about this is that you can seal it in a fairly small bag and freeze it for a later date.

So from some of the above points, I’m sure you’ve realised that I love vacuum sealers and have definitely tried a few of them during my time. My current personal machine is the FoodSaver 4840 and from reading vacuum sealer reviews from other users, you’ll notice that this is also the best FoodSaver vacuum sealer available right now. Let me explain why.

First of all, this is an appliance that is made by a highly reliable and well-known brand. As a matter of fact, FoodSaver is probably the main company that makes these vacuum sealers. In addition to this, the FoodSaver 4840 is brilliant in terms of how well it performs and its overall features in general. The first thing to note that it comes in a compact design that will look good on the kitchen counter. But the main feature that really stands out for me is that this vacuum sealer is a 2-in-1 automatic machine. This is the main unique selling point of this. This aspect certainly improves the performance because you’ll be able to seal fish and all kinds of meats and keep them fresh for a long time. This can even include keeping the stock fresh for several months. Because the air has been sucked out, there is no danger from bacteria as they don’t have the ideal conditions to survive. There is also a smaller attachment that will allow you to seal the bags by hand and this will have its own advantages.

I’ve been using the FoodSaver 4840 for a year or so now and I still think this is the best vacuum sealer around. I like to prepare in advance and buy meat on discounts and deals and this is the only machine that allows me to keep it fresh for such a long time. In my home, this vacuum sealer reduces the wastage of food and it also minimizes the cost of food because I can easily buy different foods on deals and offers and then keep them stored away until needed.

Reducing Refined Sugars

When the reducing refined sugars challenge started my one goal was to reduce the amount of sweets (cookie, cake, chocolate, lattes, ice cream, etc.) that I was consuming in hopes that my crazy cravings would subside.

Yes there is sugar in bread, pastas, beer, wine but I was more concerned about the amount of sweets I was consuming. It is so easy to have just one cookie and quickly turn back for two cookies. I was sick of feeling sluggish and having intense cravings for more SWEETS. I never felt fully satisfied after a meal till I had eaten a sweet treat.

My mom found this little gem the other day. Even at 1-year old I had a deep love for sugar.

At the beginning of the month I let myself have just a bite or two of something to “try” it. (I have no idea why I thought I had to “try” a sweet treat. I definitely knew it would taste delicious) I quickly learned that this way of thinking was not going to work. I had to go all or nothing.

This challenge has not been easy by any means. Seriously. I have turned down some amazing looking desserts at social events the last month. For goodness sakes, I turned down Costco cake at my sister’s birthday. On a very positive note, I do not have the side effects that Amy-Lynn has suffered from.

It is a slow process, but I am finally starting to see some patterns in my intense cravings for sweets, salt and savory and my eating habits in general.

Just yesterday I went to eat a bite of chocolate pudding and found myself thinking “this is too sweet.” and offering to my housemate to eat.

Baking Irish Car Bomb cupcakes should not have happened last week.

Has this challenge been worth it? YES.

Has this challenge made me rethink my eating? YES.

Will this challenge last past January 31, 2017? YES/NO. This challenge has changed my way of thinking towards sugar and how it makes me feel. I will continue to be mindful of the amount of sweets I eat, but I have no plans of cutting sweets out completely for the long haul.

Cheers to a reduced sugar life!

How to be a morning workout fan?

Morning ExerciseMorning workouts are no joke. It takes motivation to get out of bed before the sunrises and hours before you have to be at work.

Maybe you’re not a morning person now. No fear. A few easy steps and practice can make morning workouts a habit in no time.

Pack everything you will need for the next day the night before.

Work bag – check

Purse – check

Breakfast/lunch/snacks – check

Gym bag – check

Hint: I personally have found it easiest to have two sets of toiletries. One set for home and one for the gym bag. There is nothing worse than getting in the shower and realizing you have forgotten your body wash. I am totally cool with no showers on a non-workout day, but sometimes a girl just has to shower after a sweaty workout.

Make a commitment to meet friends.

Hitting the snooze button multiple times is not as tempting when you know someone else has already gotten up and is counting on you.

Have a workout planned that you’re looking forward to.

Maybe it is a new strength training routine or a class (Hello, 5:30am spin class). Have fun with the workouts. If you are not looking forward to the workout that lays ahead, getting up early is going to be even harder.

Go to bed early!

Out of all the steps to make early morning workouts happen, going to bed can be he hardest. This chick loves to go to bed early. Yet I still find myself going to bed later than I should. Quality sleep is important for the body and mind to repair and perform at its highest level. Make sleep a priority.

Yes, I do go to bed around 9pm most nights and LOVE it!

Just commit to doing morning workouts.

Commit and do it! Knowing your workout is done before many people are out of bed is a great feeling. There is no such thing as putting workouts off if it is done first thing in the morning. Make it happen. You will not regret a morning workout.

Have fun!

You workout because you want to, not because you have to!

5 Hours Without Coffee

Coffee WithdrawalHi, I am Adam and I am a coffee addict.

The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

On an average day I drink about 32-48 oz of dark roast coffee. Yup, I drink more hot, steam and delicious black coffee than more people drink water per day. My love of coffee is rooted deep inside me. When I think of my childhood memories of spending early mornings with my father and grandfather, we ALWAYS had coffee and breakfast before the sun was had risen. Every night after family dinner, my parents would make a pot of coffee and then continue to sit at the dinner table drinking coffee and talking about their days.

My love of coffee really took off when I was living and working in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Most days were started by 5:30am and no one functioned without a healthy dose of Community Coffee. I learned to drink my coffee super hot, super dark and without any sugar or cream.

For the last 5 or so years, my coffee addiction as ran rapid. People go on vacation and they bring me back coffee. Friends family from Texas visits Michigan and they bring me 4 lbs of Community Coffee so I no longer have to mail order it.

Ever so often my coffee drinking gets out of hand. Then the worst thing has to happen – I have to cut down on my coffee intake and live with a throbbing headache for a week.

I have reached my tipping point once again. The fact that on Saturday I only drank 1 ½ mugs of coffee and by early afternoon I had a headache, I knew I had to take charge of the coffee problem.

Sunday started off like any other day but one thing was missing- my coffee. I decided I would go cold turkey. No coffee for 1 week.

Then by 12pm I had a throbbing headache and was determined to push through. Then something hit me. Why was I doing this? Why couldn’t I simply just enjoy one or two cups of coffee and be ok?

Life is too short not to enjoy the simple things in life.

I quickly trotted over to the Keurig at work and made myself one delicious cup of coffee and considered it my personal feat that I made it 5 hours of being awake without drinking coffee.

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