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Harvest Season is here!

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Summer harvest season is in full bloom!  If you are producing more fruits and vegetables than you could possibly consume all at once, don't worry, we have a solution for you! Vacuum sealing your fruits and vegetables can keep them fresh longer!

Here at Commercial Bargains, we offer a variety sizes of vacuum sealer bags and rolls to fit your every need.  Vacuum sealing can be used for many reasons.  They can be used to preserve freshly harvested crops, store leftover food in the freezer, preserve freshness of dry food, and much more.

 

Preparation

When preparing vegetables for freezing, it is preferable to slice them into smaller portions after they have been processed.  The best way to store all vegetables is to blanch them first, then let it cool and dry, and then vacuum seal and freeze.

Blanching:

  1. Prepare a large bowl of ice water (as known as ice bath), a slotted spoon and a plate lined with cloth or paper towel.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  3. Prepare the vegetables.
  4. Add one type of vegetable to the pot of boiling water.  Make sure to add vegetable in small batches so that the water continues to boil.
  5. After 30 seconds, test the vegetable to see if it has been cooked to your liking.  To test, remove one piece and dip into the bowl of ice water and taste.  Most vegetables may take been 1-5 minutes depending on your preference and the temperature of the water.
  6. When the vegetables are cooked to your liking, it is time for shocking.

Shocking:

  1. Shocking the vegetables mean quickly removing them from the boiling water with the slotted spoon and plunge them in the ice bath to stop the cooking process. 
  2. When the vegetables have cooled in the ice bath, remove and drain on the towel lined plate or strainer.
  3. Blot any access water and carefully bag the vegetables into the CBI (Commercial Bargains) vacuum sealer bags. 
  4. Vacuum seal with your choice of vacuum sealer machine.

 

Commercial Bargains Vacuum Sealer Sizes:

For the bags, we offer vacuum sealer bags in the sizes of:

  • 6" x 10" bags (Pint size)
  • 8" x 12" bags (Quart size)
  • 11" x 14" bags (Gallon size)

And for the rolls, we offer the sizes of:

  • 6" x 50'
  • 8" x 50'
  • 11" x 50'

 

Notes:

  • Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips and other cruciferous vegetables emit a gas when refrigerated, but not when frozen. You can use vacuum sealing to preserve these vegetables in the freezer, but not in the refrigerator.
  • We recommend "Flash Freezing" for longer term storage
  • To prevent fruits from crushing during vacuuming storage, freeze fruits by placing them on a cookie sheet and put them in a freezer for a few hours.  Once frozen, package them in the Commercial Bargains vacuum sealer bags and vacuum seal.

 

 

 

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