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Thanks for the links and info, MIMO11!!! I saw the top one at Walmart, too. I didn't get it cause I thought we needed the wide-mouth attachment. I didn't think of poking a hole in the top. lol.

I guess what's stalling me, too, is can you eat it out of the jar? Or do I need to bring a bowl to work? I would like to (should) eat more salad. I do eat a huge salad for dinner......

Alright -- I will get the thingie and try it out with the jars I have. There -- talked myself into it!!
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So nice to see this thread so active. This is the vacuum sealer I just bought at Walmart and it works perfectly. l poked a hole in the top of the mason jar. Covered it with a bit of electrical tape. lifted the tape so it's not tight to the hole. Put the pump over the tape and suck the air out. when I lift the pump the vacuum sucks the tape down. Don't fold the tape back.
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This is the kind of hand held pump I used when I started doing the salads. I saw these at Walmart too.
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And you can vacuum seal other veggies too. I had a salad today with lettuce I sealed last Wednesday. 5 Days no problem. Tomorrow I'll use the rest of it. No brown, no wilting.

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Can you put other veggies in the mason jars?

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Oh yes, I see!

Get some cheap containers.
Put the jar contents in the bowl before he goes to work?

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My office is a few hundred miles away so if I don't have a customer or supplier lunch, I'm eating at home. My husband has had the last few days off and he says he's going to take this to work for lunch. My first thought was "uh-oh, will I ever get the mason jars back?" and the second thought was "mmmm, he's going to take bowls to work too, wonder if I'll ever see those again?" I've had some experience in this area with him you see.....

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Yes, I was wondering about being able to eat out of it at work.
But I don't carry 2 containers. Maybe a paper bowl? Leave a stash in my desk.
Or look into vacuum containers? $$$$ :(

Hey, I put single servings of craisins and almonds in those Tupperware midgets.
My grocery store has also started selling small reusable containers for single-serving salad dressing. Those could work, too.

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i think there's a hand pump that's used for sealing wine that will work.
Amazon.com?
Kitchen section of Kohl's or Target or Macy's?


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I pour it into a big bowl mainly because I add other stuff like nuts, seeds, other veggies etc. But also, I got the quart sized, wide mouth Mason jars and I don't think it would be very easy to eat out of that jar.

Based on MIM011's tip, I will try cutting up my other veggies too and including in the jar. I think I will keep the nuts and seed separate though based on the loss of crunch as I really like the crunch!

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Hand pump. hand pump? Where do you get a hand pump. I have been reluctant to buy a vac sealer because so many have failed in past purchases. This mason jar thing it looking more and more as a way to go. Does fresh greens keep in them and I suppose one would need the tallest jar for greens.
I saw a thing onHSN or just a TV program for a bag sealer, sealed with a hand held pump that looked somewhat like a mini of the big bag sealers that seldom work. Had a little place on the bag that you put the hand held thing on. Of course it was $19.99.
I have already purchased a set of mason jars with a bold mission of cooking and canning them. Little concerned about safety - do any of you can:

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That's awesome!
I was afraid it would be a big soggy mess.

Idle curiosity: Do you eat it out of the jar, or pour into a big bowl?

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Hi Woof. I've had great success with mixed salads (other veggies included). You can even add the dressing. This is the order: dressing in the bottom, then beans or grains, then sturdy veggies. Then delicate veggies and lettuce. I also add the nuts and seeds, but they lose their crunch a bit. Then seal and enjoy for up to 5 days. I have had them last 7.

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Update: 7-30, I cut (rather than ripped) tons of greens, only to find the new vacuum sealer was defective. 7-31, I picked out the pieces which had already browned and then vacuum sealed the good stuff in mason jars.

Still have a few mason jars in the fridge, but we've been having salads every day and the lettuces are crispy and wonderful! Just had another salad for lunch and tastes fresh. I am pretty picky about salads so this is a big deal for me. This is going to save me so much time and also eliminate any possibility of not having a salad because I just didn't feel like making one!

Thrilled with this tip. Can't remember who pointed us in this direction to begin with but thank you!!!

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I took the foodsaver V2450 unit back to Kohls and they exchanged without any trouble. They also took the new unit out of the box and tested it before sending me off with it. So last night, I took the lettuces out of the ziplock bags and vacuum sealed in the mason jars. Some of the lettuce was already browning so not sure how this will pan out, but even if this doesn't turn out like I hope, I'll give it another try due to the fact that the greens weren't sealed immediately.

Does anyone know if you can seal in other stuff like peppers (rainbow of colors) and carrots, cukes etc? And if yes, can you put it all in one jar and seal with the lettuce, or should I get smaller mason jars (single or double serving) and seal separate from the lettuce?

Finally, on Tuesday night I had also sent a note to the foodsaver company letting them know of my dissatisfaction with the unit. I explained everything I had done (point was to let them know about how much food was potentially going to be wasted) and asked what their outgoing test/inspection procedure is...I got a ridiculous form letter back giving me step by step instructions on how to vacuum seal a mason jar. I sent them a note back thanking them for the information, now if they could send another email telling me how to make a defective unit operate, or how to unbrown my lettuce, that would be much more helpful. Guess I'm a bit cranky about this episode!

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I feel your pain Woof. More time stolen from our lives! But don't hesitate to vacuum seal even after a couple of days of bag storage. It will still extend the life of your greens.

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So frustrating!!

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Oh I'm sure they will MIMO11, it's more about the inconvenience of the whole thing, having to make another trip back there (where I will insist on taking it out of the box and plugging it in to make sure it works) and spending all that time last night prepping. It was just extremely aggravating.

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So sorry to hear that Woofgang. That's just not fair. I assume Kohl's will replace it?

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I am SO annoyed right now! First, I know I should have checked the thing out first, but I didn't, so I'm just venting.

I finally got my wide mouth accessory for the foodsaver V2450 I purchased at Kohls two weeks ago. So while I got busy prepping 3 heads of romaine, 1 head of green leaf, 1 head of red leaf, 1 head of butterBoston, kale, and spinach, I put my husband to work setting up the food saver. Guess what? The thing doesn't work! As in broken, non-functioning, brand new out of the box, and it doesn't work! It's 10:30 on Tuesday night and I have tons of greens cut/ripped, washed, spun dry and now sitting in the fridge in ziplock bags. I am SO irritated.

Good news I guess is that I will for sure be getting more than enough greens in over the next couple of days. I hate wasting food!

Alright, my vent is done.

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I wasn't planning to, dear, as I think it will crush the lettuce. It would work fine for Cooked greens though.

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MIMO11 -- Are you going to try storing the lettuce in the bags? Please let us know how it works out for you?
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I went to our Walmart today. They had the Foodsaver vacuum ($24.99), but no wide-mouth attachment. I didn't get it. There's a few more places I want to go to look for one.

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It just came with 2 bags, MickeyH, and no stand. Our Walmart doesn't stock the containers. I think they would be good though.

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Mimo, glad you've got the electric one. It works wonderful and very easy. Hope you got one come with container and some bags. I think that is a awesome value. (*^^*)

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Heavens no. Maybe ten pumps up and down, probably less. 10 seconds at the outside. The little Foodsaver electric pump does the same thing in about 2 seconds. If I hadn't seen the electric one at $25 I would have stuck with my hand pump.

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Is the hand pump difficult to use? Does it take a long time?

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Hi Everyone. I just bought the Foodsaver vacuum this weekend. Up to how I've been using the hand pump, like this one.

www.miniinthebox.com/wine-bottle-vac
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The Foodsaver works with the hole in top method too. I don't have the mason jar attachment.

Glad to see this will be a help to some people. I find prep time consuming, so this streamlines it for me. And I waste less produce.

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DS9KIE - yes, I only bought one, but it's reusable. It's meant to be used with the mason jar style lids and collars, so you put the lid on, use the accessory to vacuum seal, then take the accessory off (the lid is now sealed onto the jar) and you put the collar on and tighten it. Then you move on to your next jar using the same accessory. At least, I think that's how it works. Will find out soon!

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WOOFGANG, congrats on purchasing V2450 food saver. You've got real Mckoy one.
Enjoy making your salad in a jar. I had a great fun doing it yesterday. (*^^*)

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DS9KIE and Kola, this is exactly same model I had order thru Amazon last week and got it on Friday. Mine is black color and was $ 24.00- with free 2 day shipping with member ship of Amazon Prime. This was a good deal come with all the bags and small container. And works just fine with mason Jar. But you must buy the wide mouth jar sealer attachment separately. It does not come with this hand held vacuum nor the big real McCoy food saver unit. Jar sealer is around $9- . If you don't want to spend 20's plus 9 dollar. There was a video I saw the lady using $ 3- dollar ziplock manual hand pumping unit and making her salad in a jar. But you must pork hole in the top of lids and tape it. I love my hand held vacuum system and my new salad spinner. (*^^*) It was well worth money send for preserving my greens. Good luck of finding of your things.

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DS9KIE -- I was looking at this one, too. Does it have a wide-mouth jar accessory? I couldn't find it. But I'm at work and I don't have much time to search.
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one thing I noticed is that the food seems wet when I took it out of the bag.

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How many...just one?


I got this food saver

www.walmart.com/ip/FoodSaver-Fresh-S
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but I didn't know you could use the jars with it.

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DS9KIE: the accessory for the wide mouth jar was only $9.00 total, but the Foodsaver machine itself was a tad more. emoticon

However, both my husband and I like to cook, and while I rarely eat meat, he does eat chicken, turkey etc. and once in awhile beef and pork. So he's been bugging me to get one so he could take advantage of buying some organic meats in bulk. We also like the idea of marinating in the bag, and cooking in the bag to retain flavors so I splurged. I'm thinking marinated veggies would be awesome in this thing too. We'll see.

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I found frozen kale at our Costco. It's excellent!!

MIMO11 -- thanks. I didn't see the other thread. I really like the "Salad in a Jar" idea. Now to look for an inexpensive food saver.....
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hey i understand WOOFGANG I have so many gadgets, pretty soon there is going to be more gadgets than kitchen.... but if you can have a gadget that can save salads for 7-9 days...wow wee that would be the best (and only $9)

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I picked up the Foodsaver V2450 (there was a model "up" from that, upright style, but all the reviews I read gave it either 5 stars or 1 star which to me was just plain weird and I decided I didn't want to take a chance of being in that 1 star group.) Unfortunately I couldn't find the wide mouth lid attachement so I ordered it online, Kohls has free shipping on any purchase, regardless of total $ through the month of July and the mfgr. has a $1.50 off instant coupon so the total with tax was $9.00 even and they had them in stock. I will pick up some quart sized mason jars this week and will be ready to make a week's worth of salads for my husband and I this weekend. Since I eat two salads per day and he eats at least one, sometimes two, if this works out, it will be a huge timesaver for us. If I don't like the machine, Kohls is great about accepting returns if you don't like something or for whatever reason so I think this is well worth a shot (can you hear me trying to justify yet another kitchen gadget purchase?)



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Thank you for this info... I love the idea of keeping salad in a jar. This way you can organized your fridge plus no more greens going to garbage. This past weekend I made my own salad jar and posted blog about it. (*^^*)

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lol, piano lady that is funny.

let me know if it works out for you

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Thank you, piano lady - I can type that faster than I can type 'DS9KIE' emoticon

I'm going to try it.

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I don't put frozen greens on a salad...eeewww

I think your suppose to blanch the greens but they get really gross when you do that. They stick together in big clumps and then when you freeze you end up with frozen big clumps and that was just gross.

so when I break it up and put in the freezer it comes in small pieces and is easier to work with.

they thaw out fast and then they get clumpy so I keep them frozen until I need them

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- I'm looking this up (in my own language) and several links tell me that leafy greens can't / shouldn't be frozen raw. But I haven't yet read, why that is.
They say that leafy greens must first be placed in boiling water for a short while before they can be frozen. But then they couldn't be used for smoothies, I think.

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Only if it'd going to be cooked or blended, right?

I freeze fresh basil that I use when making tomato sauce, but that's it for me.
Oh, and I use frozen spinach in recipes like quche and calzone.

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DS9KIE, so you FREEZE your greens raw? That's a new idea to me. Never would think that is doable?



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Thank you very much for your replies! Some very useful ideas.


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there was a post somewhere about rinsing fruit with a 10% solution of water and white vinegar. Then rinse and dry. Kills some of the bacteria. I wonder if that would work on greens? I agree on the salad spinner. What a difference.

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I make salads every other day at least, and sometimes every day. I find using a knife to chop lettuce makes it brown faster, so I tear. I also use different types of lettuce as I get bored with just one kind (right now, I have red leaf, leafy green, and romaine.) I tear up enough to fill up my salad spinner (I use the same kind in that video from the salad in a jar blogger) spin it like crazy, and then I put the spinner in my refrigerator. I cut up other stuff (like peppers, cukes, carrots, etc.) when I'm making my salad to eat. I didn't start doing this for longevity, but because I really like cold, CRISP salad and it just seems crispier once it's been washed, spun out and refrigerated. So I usually get the lettuce stuff prepped in the morning so I have salad for lunch if I'm home, and dinner for sure. I think I might try the vacuum thing for other stuff though. I like to use all the colors available of peppers (green, yellow, orange and red) and that gets tedious. But they seem to go bad quickly if I cut them up ahead of time so wonder if this vacuum technique would keep them longer? Well, maybe not, unless I resealed every time I opened a jar...hmmm....

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I got a hand held vacuum sealer that I need to try out.

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I can't eat greens I buy the same day either.

The more you chop the shorter they last

I find that I can cut up enough for a couple of salads for a day or two. some veggies don't last at all when cut up.

What really helps me is cut up small chunks of all the veggies for my salad and put in one container, then they last longer and its still easier cause I can just get out one container with all the veggies(instead of getting out all the bowls in the refrigerator)

I also freeze my green to use in smoothies(I tear them in small pieces and put them in zip lock bags), soups, stir fries, ect. Which is the best thing I have done. Since all the the tearing is already done all I have to do is take some from the bag and use.

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Hi Christina. This just came up in another thread. This is what I do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gax7O9_Z
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I set up some complete salads, and then some jars with just lettuce, others with just cut veggies. Yes there is alot of prep, but then it's done & I can just grab a salad and go.

Was just reminded how important the vacuum sealing is because I put one head of lettuce in a plastic container. It was browning by day 2.

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Back in the old days, I learned that leafy greens should be consumed the day you buy them... That's not doable for me but I do try to consume them fast after purchase.

So I'm not a big fan of washing and cutting leafy greens in advance and storing them for days, as some sources on internet suggest.
Of course prepping the greens and keeping them in the fridge for days is better than NOT having them...!

I wonder what you do? Prep and store leafy greens or buy and use fresh from the store?
If you store them, for how long do you store them?

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