Can I Vacuum Package Cooked Foods?

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One of the most frequently asked questions from home and restaurant users is, can I vacuum package cooked foods? The short answer is yes, but there is more to it than that.

One of the most common uses for vacuum sealers is in the kitchen, whether it is commercial, professional, or home. In addition to meal prep, many people want to use their vacuum sealer to seal already cooked food. Your vacuum sealer is ideal for this process, just be sure to let the food cool to at least room temperature before sealing.

Food should not be sealed while it is still hot, as this can harbor bacteria growth. Once the food is cooled to at least room temperature vacuum sealing is the perfect method for safely storing cooked food, and extending its shelf life. 

Always remember to keep basic food safety guidelines in mind when vacuum sealing your food. Give your food a chance to cool to air temperature before beginning to vacuum seal. Once food is ready to be sealed, vacuum sealing can keep your food fresh for up to 5X longer than traditional food storage methods. 

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