This is the third in our monthly series of tips on getting the most out of your ThriftyVac® system.
You can best vacuum pack food with fluids, such as gravy, by using a book or thick cutting board to elevate your ThriftyVac® unit. Doing this keeps more fluid inside your food bag and maximizes the vacuum. This is illustrated in the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/o_Ww2FSi1zA.
Since only one inch of the food bag’s seal is open during vacuuming, bags vacuum packed with ThriftyVac® retain more fluids that might otherwise be drawn out of the bag. Also, the ThriftyVac® Housing elevates the Check Valve’s exhaust port three centimeters above the base of the outer bag to keep fluids inside your food bag. This is very important for sous-vide cooking and for vacuum packing moist or marinated foods. Finally, you can further enhance fluid retention by positioning the ThriftyVac® unit near the edge of a thick book or cutting board and letting the food bag hang over the edge. Doing this, in combination with the elevated exhaust port, maximizes fluid retention and helps keep the vacuum pump clear of any fluids that may be drawn out of your food bag.
The process is simple. Vacuum pack your food as usual, stopping when fluids just start exiting the one-inch open segment of the food bag's seal. Close the open segment of the seal, and withdraw your vacuum-packed food bag. The complete process is illustrated in this YouTube video.
Regards, Tom Cannon