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Is is a drill? A gun? No, it is the Waring Pistol Vac.
While I was aware of vacuum sealers, I was unaware of this kind.
The Waring Pistol Vac rests easily in its charging base. The base takes up very little counter space, unlike the typical sealers you normally see.
How does it work? I’m glad you asked. The Waring Pistol Vac comes with sealing bags that contain a special valve. Note the white and red circle in the upper right of the bag? Here I put in a pound of hamburger into one of the smaller bags.
Seal the top of the bag (like any disposable bag) and place the business end go the Pistol Vac to the seal. Pull the trigger and it sucks air from the bag through the valve in the bag.
When you are done, all air has been removed.
I took a name brand freezer bag and manually squeezed out air before I sealed it. Both contained hamburger from the same mega-pack that I broke down. Into the freezer they went.
The large bag held a 2.5lb hunk of brisket. I sealed that and threw it into the freezer too.
I also took a large pork loin and cut a smaller roast and a number of chops. So easy to seal. The Waring Pistol Vac was able to easily seal all of these with a single charge.
I love fresh asparagus and generally roast or pan cook it. I really hate to boil the stalks as they get soggy and you lose so much flavor. The Waring Pistol Vac to the rescue. Here I sealed a bunch of asparagus (after slicing off the ends).
I heated up a skillet full of water and dropped the bag in. The bags are designed to use in this manner. There is NO WAY I’d try this with a normal plastic bag.
The asparagus was great. Beautifully green (not the washed out look of boiled asparagus), crisp and full of flavor.
That pork roast? This was a week later. Notice how there is very little ice in there. The only place is the small indentations where I didn’t massage enough to get the air out. I simply thawed the roast in the fridge overnight and then unsealed the bad from the top to remove. The roast cooked up great.
This picture really tells the tale. Those two pounds of hamburger – which one do you think survived better?
My Take: There is a lot to love with the Waring Pistol Vac. It is easy to use (seal the bag and pull the trigger), takes up very little space and helps to protect your food not only while in the freezer, fridge or pantry, but also gives you another viable cooking process. I was able to wash out the used bags (with soap and water) and dry them for re-use so I’m not burring through bags like you might expect. If you needed more bags, they are readily available. I recommend this product and have made space for it in my kitchen so I can get the most for my food dollar. Take a look at the Waring Pistol Vac. Find a retailer or online store that carries it here.