The FoodSaver V2244, which I’ve been using since early 2014, is a better way to keep your food fresh, and essential gear for Sous-vide.

Note: Since this was published, the V2244 was discontinued, but we recommend checking out the FM2000, or the FM2435 if you want a handheld sealer for special FoodSaver containers and canisters (more on that below).

Vacuum sealing your foods can keep them safe from freezer burn pretty much indefinitely, and dramatically extend their shelf life everywhere else. Vacuum sealing is certainly cheaper (and more effective) than stocking up on Ziploc bags, but be sure to add your replacement rolls to your next Subscribe and Save order to save even more money.

You can also use your FoodSaver with this dishwasher safe, BPA-free canister set for airtight storage of things like cereal and coffee beans.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into Sous-vide cooking (you should!), then you probably already know that you’ll need to seal your food in plastic beforehand, and the FoodSaver is by far the easiest way to do this, and the reason I bought one.