FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer FCARWJAH-000 Wide-Mouth Jar Kit with Regular Sealer and Accessory Hose, White
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- For use with mason-type jars
- Great for sauces, mustards, and jams
- Odor proof and stain resistant
- Dishwasher safe
- BPA Free, environmentally safe
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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer FCARWJAH-000 Wide-Mouth Jar Kit with Regular Sealer and Accessory Hose
The FoodSaver Jar Sealing Kit with Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer, Regular Jar Sealer, and Accessory Hose lets you create an airtight vacuum seal on both regular-mouth and wide-mouth mason-type jar lids.
- For use with regular-mouth and wide-mouth standard size mason-type jars and lids
- Preserve the freshness of your sauces, mustards, jams, grains, nuts, and more
- Compatible only with FoodSaver appliances that have an Accessory Port
- Airtight and odor-proof
- Dishwasher safe
- To use, place the item to be vacuum packaged inside the mason jar, place the mason jar lid on top of the jar, push the Jar Sealer down firmly until it covers the entire rim of the jar, insert one end of the accessory port onto the FoodSaver appliance and the other end on top of the sealer, then vacuum seal
This FoodSaver accessory kit includes (1) FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer (1) FoodSaver Regular Jar Sealer and (1) FoodSaver Accesory Hose
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✫I'm using a FoodSaver 3620. Similar to the 4000 series but not as large.
✫Heres a direct link to the exact jars I bought that worked perfectly with the kit: Ball Half-Gallon Jars, Wide Mouth, Set of 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRFVML3?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
✫I thought I needed the accessory hose which is why I bought the kit over just the wide mouth adapter (which seems to be the only one that works per reviews).
✫ At first I thought, "oh no, This doesn't work with my Food saver" since I couldn't figure out how to attach the accessory hose in the kit to the one on my unit. Silly me, I didn't realize that all I needed to do was remove the clear plastic part on my stock hose to expose the little gray nub that fits perfectly in the hole on top of the mason jar sealer.
✫ I only have wide mouth jars and for those the wide mouth adapter works perfectly. My lettuce looks just as fresh 1 week in as it did 1 day.
Canning jars are designed to be heat sealed, and the sealing compound (upper red ring inside lid) softens at boiling point - SO, it is difficult to get a good seal without using heat (only vacuum) unless you know the secrets:
WHAT TO KNOW:
1. The vacuum jar sealer works by creating a vacuum between the jar sealer's inner softer plastic ring and the lowest outer glass bead/ring below the threads of the glass jar. That strong and airtight connection is not always easy to achieve.
SO: Moistening both the upper side of the outer glass ring on the jar, as well as the inner soft plastic (blue on mine) of the jar sealer will help to get a better seal, if needed.
2. Though this is an accessory attachment, the overall vacuum that is sensed by the vacuum sealing machine is affected. If there are any abnormalities in your main machine, the attachment will not work.
SO: Make sure that the inner seals/gaskets of your main sealer are soft, pliable and completely free of any moisture, debris, dried food or creases. These are the gaskets where you normally seal bags. If they aren't airtight, your jar sealing will not work correctly. Clean them completely off and dry them. Replace gaskets if necessary. They MUST be clean and creating a good strong seal inside the machine.
3. The lid adheres to the top of the glass jar only at the moment right when the vacuum process stops. As long as sufficient air has been evacuated from the glass jar, then the air rushing back in is what creates the seal.
SO: The cancel button or simply releasing the vacuum motor on the sealing machine both DO NOT create large/fast enough volume of air to make a seal. Actually yanking the plastic tube connector (not the tube itself) out of the top of the jar sealer is the only way to get enough of a rush of air to properly seal. With practice you can do this as one person (one palm holds down the lid of the sealer activating the pump motor, and the thumb and first fingers of that same hand keep vertical downward pressure on the jar sealer), but it is easier and faster with two.
STEP BY STEP:
a) Remove the metal lid-retaining ring and the lid from jar. Set the metal retaining ring aside. You do not use the ring during vacuum sealing (only afterwards).
b) Using a very clean partially damp sponge*, moisten the upper part of the lower outer glass ring (below where the bottom of the metal ring is), all the way around the jar. IMPORTANT! Place the jar directly next to the sealing machine (one hand must hold both when you seal)
c) Using the same sponge, moisten all the way around the inside of the softer plastic ring on the inside of the sealer (this will contact the glass ring you just moistened)*
d) lightly moisten just the red/sealing outer band on the bottom of the lid*. Tap on its side to remove any excess
e) Place lid on jar, then sealer over everything, with hose firmly attached.
f) While keeping strong downward vertical pressure with one hand, use the other hand's butt of it's palm to press down on the sealing machine to activate the motor.
g) While motor is running, position the motor-actuating hand so that it begins to grab around the top of the sealer and pulls down using thumb and first fingers. You have to do this with one hand, because the other hand (or a helper) will be needed to pull out the hose connector very quickly.
h) For a quart glass jar, the motor must run no less than sixty seconds (YMMV)
i) After enough time has passed to have evacuated sufficient air from the glass jar. Keep your left hand (if right handed) with simultaneous downward pressure on the sealing machine/motor and downward pressure holding down the jar sealer., with thumb and fingers wrapped around as much as possible to create even downward pressure around the jar. Release your right hand with the motor still running
j) Use your right/dominant hand to firmly grasp the tube connector at the top of the jar sealer. While the motor is running, very quickly yank the tube connector straight up and out of the sealer.
k) You can then relax all your muscles. Wiggle up the jar sealer, and if you did everything right, the jar will be sealed, the button on top will be down, and you can screw on the ring tightly to maintain the seal.
i) *Once you have your technique & confidence down (and your gaskets are clean), you may not need any use of moisture, or maybe only every several jars.
ii) If you try a couple of times and you cannot seal, try the SAME lid with a DIFFERENT jar. Small imperfections in the manufacture of the jar (the seam that runs up the sides especially) can make it so that some jars simply cannot be sealed.
iii) Heating up your lids in boiling water (remove, then tap to shake off water right before sealing) can help to create a better seal*.
iv) If your glass jar does not have the full outer/lower ring below where the end of the metal ring stops, then it cannot use this jar sealer.
v) Lid outer sealing areas must have full covering of the red sealing material. Nicks and scratches will not work. Some people swear by new lids, other by pre-dishwasher "relaxed fit" lids - doesn't seem to matter to my technique.
3 days later = the wine was still great! 5 days later = still really good. 7 days later = same as 5 days. 10 days later = still pretty good and definitely drinkable! That is pretty darn incredible. So we paid for them immediately by not throwing out the remains of that one bottle of wine. Now we use them every time we have leftover wine. (Okay, so not that often, since we don't usually have any left over, but if we do....) Cheers!
- after making a big batch of fresh juice, I pour it in mason jars and seal them. They last for a week in the fridge.
- if I've got quinoa or nuts or small amounts of pasta that aren't quite enough for a recipe I put them in mason jars and seal them up. Lasts a lot longer.
- Mason jar salads
- Pretty much anything that can go in a mason jar and get stored in the fridge will last a lot longer if you seal it first
Tip: use the moist, gentle speed on the Food Saver and watch to make sure it isn't trying to suck up the liquid into the tubing. Did that once and had to dismantle the machine to clean it.
Highly recommend this for cooks!
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These have kept broccoli. , cauliflower, plums and salad fresh for five days and still perfect.
I will buy again.
You only need one of these, not one for every jar. You put your metal sealing disc on the jar, place the jar sealer on top of that, suck the air out using your foodsaver, and then pop this jar sealer off, leaving your mason jar sealed.
The only problem I've had is that this jar sealer only works on wide mouth mason jars and I have not been able to find a jar sealer for regular mouth jars. I've tried it on regular mouth, but as the rubber ring in the jar sealer is fitted to a wide mouth, it doesn't get a tight seal and can't seal the jar. Despite this problem, I still ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
Also, despite what many things on the internet say, you do not need the full foodsaver or tube in order to use this. You can use the handheld foodsaver with this. Just put the opening on the handheld foodsaver over the opening over the jar sealer, hold it down firmly and suck the air out. I've done it, it works.
Honestly, this thing is great, and I'm frantically searching my pantry for more things to seal in jars. Planning to make a lot of meals in a jar and cookie recipes in a jar for Christmas this year!
Just in case , it is not mentioned very clearly in the description, but you use regular mason jar lids. The " lids" that are sold are actually suction devices the perform the same task as the hot water bath does, ie create a vacuum seal with the regular mason jar lid. The only difference is that there is no heat , heat sterilization and heat seal of the rubber seal on the lid. In my case I am using it for coffee that I just roasted and want to preserve its freshness over an extended period of time. So any product such as nuts, dried fruit, seeds, cereals, grains would be perfect for this. If you do use perishable foods, its important to keep in mind a more limited use. I am thinking here of soups, juices, cooked leftovers etc.
Also great alternative to the " plastic this, plastic that" plastics in our daily food use, here you have a glass container that can be cleaned and reused over and over again, clean inert glass and much reduced " carbon footprint "
Once I figured it out, it worked as expected. The seal is good and the vacuum is strong. Read the pamphlet that comes with the kit to understand how to remove the lids. There's a right way and a wrong way, if you do it the way that is described in the pamphlet you'll be less likely to bend the snap lid.
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There have been some reviews regarding the regular size sealer not working, I experienced the same thing at first, but then figured out how to get it to work every time. First, make sure the sealing lid has no variations, like little bubbles in the seal - this will not work. Second, make sure the lid is clean and the jar rim is clean. Third, once the sealer is in place on the jar, lift it off slightly by a few millimeters so that you see it draw down as the vacuum increases. This was the biggest thing that helped get consistent sealing. Another reviewer suggested heating the lids in hot water first, I haven't tried this yet, but could help if you have less than perfect lids. The wide mouth lids work consistently when the jar sealer is placed firmly on the jar.
I would highly recommend this, it is a cost effective way for medium to long term food storage. This does not replace hot water bath canning or pressure canning. It is more for dry goods or keeping refrigerated items fresher longer.
A couple of tips: get a variety of mason jar sizes with extra snap lids (don't bother with bands); be very gentle when you pry the the lid up so that you avoid damaging the edge; mark date on lid with dry erase marker.
If you have a FoodSaver accessory port get this.