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Can You Vacuum Seal Fresh Vegetables?

Posted on July 31 2017

can you vacuum seal fresh vegetables

Have you been wondering if you can vacuum seal fresh veggies from your garden or the local supermarket? Wonder no more: the answer is yes, although the work involved varies.

Most vegetables will do just fine when vacuum sealed and stored in the freezer. Green beans, for instance, can last as long as 2-3 years when vacuum sealed and stored in a freezer, versus a normal safe storage life of 8 months. Corn has a similar life when vacuum sealed.

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Cruciferous Vegetables

Some cruciferous vegetables (plants of the cabbage family) will require a little extra work before they can be vacuum sealed. These include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

This group of savory greens emit gasses. If you were to throw them into a vacuum sealer bag and seal them, the bag would fill up with that gas, causing them to spoil. To vacuum seal cruciferous vegetables for long term storage, you should first blanch them.

Blanching

Blanching vegetables is a process of boiling them for a short period of time and then dropping them in cold water. Boiling deactivates the enzymes responsible for producing the unwanted gas, and the cold water stops the vegetable from cooking. As you might have guessed, the amount of time the vegetable spends in the boiling water will have to be monitored closely, otherwise you could end up cooking it. A few examples, shown below, are given by the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Vegetable Boiling time in minutes
Broccoli flowerets 1-1/2" across 3
Medium brussels sprouts 4
Shredded cabbage 1-1/2
Cauliflower flowerets, 1" across 3
Cubed turnips 2
Times are approximate.

Do you have a favorite way to store your harvest? Tips and tricks for growing your favorite crops? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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34 comments

  • FoodVacBags: July 26, 2021

    Hi Mike – Thanks for the great questions on the shelf stability of vegetables in canning vs. vacuum sealing. We recommend storing vacuum-sealed vegetables in either the refrigerator or the freezer. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not sterile – rather they’re rife with living microbes, which can come from a number of different places; soil, processing plants, grocery stores, and even the air, just as some examples. Left to their own devices, bad bacteria will thrive and quickly take over. The easiest way to kill off microorganisms is to heat the food. This destroys the harmful microorganisms and deactivates the food’s enzymes, thus preventing further deterioration.

    On the flip side, not all bacteria require oxygen to thrive. Botulism, for example, thrives in near room temperature, oxygen-free environments. Vacuum sealing sets up these conditions perfectly and could make you sick.

    Here is a link from our website to a vacuum seal storage chart.
    https://foodvacbags.com/pages/storage-time-for-foodvacbags-vacuum-sealed-foods

  • Mike: July 26, 2021

    Can I store fresh vegs on a shelf and what is the storage time! If you do not recommend storing them on a shelf please explain why because we have been canning for many years safely!

  • FoodVacBags: July 19, 2021

    Hi Vicki – Yes, you can vacuum seal cucumbers. It is helpful if you have a pulse option on your vacuum sealing machine. Cucumbers can easily get squished or misshapen, but the pulse option should minimize that. Some people seem to suggest cucumbers will become more crunchy, especially if the seeds are removed and they are cut into spears.

  • Vicki Adair: July 19, 2021

    Can I vacuum seal cucumbers? If so what is the process? Thanks

  • FoodVacBags: May 17, 2021

    Hi Diane – On average, vacuum sealing will keep vegetables fresh 3-5 times longer. The exact time depends on a couple factors. 1. Freshness of the produce before sealing. 2. Proper preparation 3. Quality of the seal

  • Diane: May 17, 2021

    Can you vacuum seal vegetBles to prolonging their life in the fridge.

  • FoodVacbags: February 08, 2021

    Hi Crystal – Here is our Extended Storage Time for Vacuum Sealed Foods Chart.

    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0724/8761/files/Extended_Storage_Life_for_Vacuum_Seal_by_FoodVacBags_NO_COUPON.pdf?3958

  • Crystal E Cantwell: February 08, 2021

    I want to know what foods raw or cooked can be vacuum sealed for shelf life only

  • FoodVacBags: January 14, 2021

    Hi Martin – In order to vacuum seal your onions and garlic, they would need to be cooked and cooled. Otherwise, I don’t see an issue with combining these vegetables unless you’d like to keep the flavors of them separate. Some of those flavors are pretty strong and would definitely combine. When properly refrigerated, these would last about a week in the fridge.

  • Martin Garcia: January 14, 2021

    Do you see any problems with vacuum sealing multiple veggies together?
    Example:
    Green Onion
    Garlic
    cilantro
    lime
    serrano peppers
    And how long would they last refrigerated?

  • FoodVacBags: September 01, 2020

    Hello Garima – It really depends which vegetables you are preparing. Here is a link to an Extended Storage Time for Vacuum Sealed Foods chart which may help you.

    https://foodvacbags.com/pages/storage-time-for-foodvacbags-vacuum-sealed-foods?pos=4&_sid=3255c1008&ss=r

  • Garima: September 01, 2020

    Hello,

    I prep the entire week vegetables ahead. If I vacuum seal them – how Long should it last
    Should it be stored in fridge or freezer

    Thank you and looking forward to reply

    Regards
    Garima

  • FoodVacBags: August 12, 2020

    Hi Frank – Yes, you can vacuum seal yellow squash, zucchini and Japanese eggplant. However, you must blanch them first! These vegetables emit gases. Left unblanched, your neatly sealed vacuum bags would fill up with this gas and your produce would spoil.

  • Frank: August 12, 2020

    Hello,

    Could you vacuum seal yellow squash, zucchini and japanese eggplant?

    Regards,
    Frank

  • FoodVacBags: July 31, 2020

    Hi Kevin – You would be able to vacuum seal some of these without issue. Garlic and Mushrooms both contain anaerobic bacteria, which can grow without the presence of air, meaning even within a vacuum sealed pouch these bacteria will continue to grow and may pose a risk to your health.

    So we do not suggest vacuuming sealing them. Also, the brussels sprouts should be blanched before vacuum sealing. Cherry tomatoes should be sealed very delicately.

  • FoodVacBags: July 21, 2020

    Hi Julia – As long as you blanch your vegetables, you should be able to vacuum seal and freeze them without issue.

  • FoodVacBags: July 21, 2020

    Hi Melissa – Yes! You can vacuum seal most fruit.

  • Julia: July 21, 2020

    We love to make our own soup/ragout base mix, which consists mainly of julienne cut carrots, celery, kohlrabi and parsley roots. Would we be able to freeze this mix under vacuum?

  • Melissa : July 21, 2020

    Hi
    Does anyone know if you can vacuum seal any fresh fruits?

    Thanks

  • FoodVacBags: July 15, 2020

    Hello Jeane, you can freeze fresh string beans for 2-3 years.

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