Rival Vacuum Sealer

The Rival vacuum sealer can play an important role in anyone’s survival plan. In a post-apocalyptic world where food is not easy to come by it’s important that you have some way of preserving what food you have and one way to do that is by using vacuum sealers.

Not Just for Food

Food items are not the only thing your Rival vacuum sealer is good for. Sealers are great for preserving anything that will get ruined if introduced to water or any type of moisture. Here are some things you can seal with a vacuum sealer.

  • Foods like meats, cheeses, soups, and more.
  • Documents like passports and birth certificates
  • Photographs
  • Matches
  • Tinder used for starting fires
  • Cell phones and other electronics
  • Important medications

Vacuum sealers are great for just about anything that will fit into an 11 inch wide plastic bag.

The Rival Option

Considered one of the easiest to use, the Rival vacuum sealer is a nice low cost option to those other vacuum sealers that cost hundreds of dollars. This sealer uses an easy three step operation that enables you to save time, save food, and save money. The Rival sealer features an open/cancel button that stops the sealing process immediately, includes a bag starter kit, and gives you a strong, airtight seal. The Rival unit also comes with an overflow trough to catch excess liquids. 

The Vacuum Sealed Advantage

If you are still using other methods to preserve your food you may want to consider vacuum sealing your food. The shelf life for vacuum sealed foods is far longer than traditional methods. Here are some common foods and their shelf lives.

  • Fresh Beef 3 days 12 days vacuum packed
  • Fresh Pork 4 days 15 days vacuum packed
  • Fresh Produce 2-4 days 1-2 weeks vacuum packed
  • Smoked Meats 2-4 weeks 6-12 weeks vacuum packed
  • Fresh Poultry 1-2 days 1 week vacuum packed
  • Cheese 1-1 ½ weeks 3-4 weeks vacuum packed

That’s just a simple comparison to normal refrigerated goods to vacuum packed goods. The benefit here is obvious not just in a survival situation, but it saves you money in foods lost to spoilage. The Rival vacuum sealer will easily pay for itself in a short period of time.

The Risks

Things can go wrong no matter what vacuum sealer you go with so make sure you follow these best practices and you won’t have anything to worry about.

  • Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and during the entire vacuum sealing process to prevent sealing up your foods with bacteria present.
  • In the interest on not introducing bacteria to your sealed foods try not to ever handle the foods prior to sealing. Instead use things like clean tongs, forks, or spoons.
  • Cutting boards are known to harbor bacteria so make sure if you are using one that it is very clean. Studies have shown that wooden cutting boards harbor bacteria like E-Coli and Salmonella, so plastic boards are safer as long as they are kept clean.
  • After sealing your foods you should keep them in the refrigerator or freezer. Your dry foods like nuts and crackers can be stored at room temperature.

An Arm and a Leg

You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars anymore to get long lasting safe, vacuum sealed foods, although you certainly can if you want to. Some things that do drive up the cost of these sealers are the ones that are able to seal extra- large bags; as much as 15 inches wide and more. At only $49 your Rival vacuum sealer won’t cost you an arm and a leg and does the job just fine.

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