I love healthy snacks that i can eat on the go, but i hate the extra cost of buying pre made individual snacks. So, when i finally got up the courage to buy a food saver,(on sale) i thought i would try some new ideas out on it. it is inspired by 3leftturns' instructable Backpacking food packets. (link below)
You can use this method to make on the go packets for lunches or just for a quick snack when you need a pick me up. So far I've tried apple sauce, pudding, yogurt, and juice with great success, but experiment with different things and see what works for you.
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Step 1: Materials (aka the Stuff You Need)
So, you need these things:
knife(if you don't have above)
food saver in the model and brand of your choice
and of course you're going to need some kind of liquid or sauce type food (i used yogurt)
Step 2: Preparation (aka Making Your Bag)
Now you need to pull about 8 to 10 inches down from the roll inside your food saver and cut it using the built in cutter ( if yours doesn't have a built in cutter cut it with the scissors)
Next, poke about two inches into the slot where the machine seals the edge into a bag and press the 'seal' button once.
Great! Now you should have a 6-8 inch bag with one end opened and one end heat sealed. Now open the bag.
Step 3: Insertion (aka Putting Your Stuff in the Bag You Just Made)
Ok so now put the stuff in the bag and flatten it out so it looks kind of like the pictures...
Step 4: Sealing
Do what you did when you first sealed the bag only dont push the button and press down on back of the bag to minimise the amount going into the machine. Don't forget your two inches.
Step 5: Done
Your done. You now have a individual on the go snack that costs way less than the store brand.
Don't forget if your snack is meant for the refrigerator keep it refrigerated or use a ice pack in your lunch bag.
Happy Food Saving.
If it doesn't seal all the way, open the machine and clean out the drip tray and re-seal.