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Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer -Fits All Wide
This FoodSaver jar sealer allows vacuum packaging in wide mouth jars. It's ideal for liquids and fragile foods, or for storage of dry goods such as brown sugar, spices, dried fruit and flour.
For use with wide-mouth standard size mason-type jars and lids
Re-vacuums jars easily
Great for liquids, sauces, fragile foods and dry goods
Air-tight and odor proof
Dishwasher safe and BPA free
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693 of 701 found the following review helpful:
Great product - money saver!Aug 01, 2008
FoodSaver may be kind of shooting themselves in the foot with this product. We found their plastic canisters to be rather expensive, and there were too many reviews saying people had experienced cracks in them. I'm sure a plastic canister would be good in some circumstances, but when we found out there are wide-mouth 2 quart canning jars (you generally only see 1 quart and 1 pint in the stores), we bought the last 3 cases of them we could find locally (6 jars in each case) and ordered this Jar Sealer. What a great product!
Just so there's no misunderstanding, this product is removed after the jar is sealed, and the lid stays put - just screw on the jar ring and put away whatever is in the jar. At first it was a little unclear whether we had to get one of these attachments for each jar, but that's not the case.
Now we can use relatively inexpensive (and durable) ½ gallon canning jars (as well as the smaller sizes) for various food items, take out what we need for use, and immediately vacuum-seal the jar again with the remaining contents. A case of six 2 quart jars was just over $8.00, so for about $25 (plus the one-time cost of the jar sealer attachment of course) we have 9 gallons of storage capacity to use over and over, without concern for cracking like the FoodSaver plastic canisters apparently do too often. And replacing the sealing lids when they finally need replacing is a minimal expense. This also sure beats the cost of the plastic sealing bags that generally can only be used one or two times, when we can use these jars over and over instead of the bags. There is a place for the plastic bags, but we're finding so far that a whole lot that we initially started putting in the bags can just as easily (if not easier) go in the jars. Additionally, the jars keep powdered or liquid products from going into the vacuum sealer much more easily than the bags laying flat at the mouth of the sealer.
All around, these easy to use and very inexpensive for ongoing use, with almost nothing to replace or crack, and easy to store.
One tip: read the instructions carefully. DO NOT open the FoodSaver lid first when it's finished, or it will repressurize the jar. Follow the instructions and remove one end of the plastic tube first - there will be just a little puff of air as air re-enters the system, but it doesn't go into the jar and destroy the vacuum in the jar. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
172 of 179 found the following review helpful:
Great Food Storage Device!!Feb 06, 2005
By Gavin S. Pope
I have had a Tilia FoodSaver for more than two years. This particular attachment is used every day in my kitchen. It is a wonderful way to preserve foods from the ravages of spoilage. I vacuum seal all of my spices, brown sugar, coffee, candy, chips, strawberries, shredded cheeses, tea, etc., etc., etc. Using wide mouth jars that I have used for years in canning, I can seal just about anything that will fit into a jar that uses a wide mouth lid. In addition, this sealer can be used on the Tilia canisters, both small and large, to seal them as well.
Everything that is sealed in this manner stays very fresh and I can buy larger amounts of things on sale and seal in the freshness. My favorite use is for coffee beans. Recently, I purchased 10 lbs of beans of various types at half price ($4/lb instead of $8/lb) saving more than the cost of this item in that single purchase. The beans stay absolutely fresh until I use them!!
A warning about using the lids, both the jar and the lids must be VERY clean to hold the seal. You should regularly check your sealed jars to make sure that they remain sealed. Also, there can be no chips or cracks anywhere on the jar.
I really do enjoy the sound of popping a lid and hearing the whooosh of the air when it rushes into the vacuum created by my Tilia FoodSaver. I just know that what is inside that jar is FRESH.
105 of 109 found the following review helpful:
Does the jobJul 28, 2005
Works perfectly. Soup, sauces, etc. last much longer when vacuum sealed in a mason jar. More economical than the expensive canisters sold by Foodsaver. The only drawback is that it's a very tight seal; have to pry it open with edge of a spoon or knife to break the vacuum.
65 of 69 found the following review helpful:
Works great when you use the right "trick!"Sep 19, 2008
HERE'S THE TRICK I FOUND: (1) make sure the tubes are well-attached to the white jar sealer part and the machine (2) PUSH DOWN ON THE WHITE JAR SEALER while the machine vacuums. It works great!
I figured this out when I noticed that there is a rubber ring inside the jar sealer top and if it's not pressing down enough on the jar, the vacuum isn't as effective.
I read the previous reviews with interest - what contrasts of opinions! I just tried this product and found it to work perfectly. I tried both the wide and regular mouth sealers. They both work perfectly well. I used new lids. I did not heat them before using.
I didn't have to use two lids, either, when I pressed down on the jar sealer top.
As far as the reviewer who tested the amount of air in the jar - I just know that it is impossible to achieve such a tight seal on the jar lids without a proper vacuum. Removing the lids is as difficult after this vacuum sealing as it is with traditional canning - there is definitely a great amount of air gone from the jar to produce such a tight seal. So, in my opinion, it does a great job.
Make sure the tubes are connected properly and firmly, press down on the sealer while it's vacuuming and you should get great results.
I'm thrilled with this product.
P.S. The wide mouth jar sealer did come with a plastic attachment tube, but the regular mouth jar sealer did not.
Also, I don't recommend storing any powdery substance (i.e. flour) as the vacuum process sucks some of the flour up and under the lid, making the seal inefficient. It's best for heavier substances like rice, beans, cookies, nuts, candy, etc.
UPDATED REVIEW 10/24/13
I just checked a bunch of jars that I had sealed over two years ago and put in my pantry...the lids are still on tight! I am impressed.
But now that my machine is getting older, I'm noticing that the jar sealers aren't working as well. I think on older machines that aren't as powerful anymore, it may affect the sealing capability. I think I need to get a new machine soon...
53 of 58 found the following review helpful:
The jar sealer is the BEST attachment to the FoodSaver!Jan 12, 2008
The foodsaver mason jar sealer is wonderful! I like that it extends the life of foods AND it extends my grocery budget! The sealing bags are okay, but let's face it, they can get pricey if one uses their foodsaver daily (like I do). I especially like the fact that I can save my leftovers that don't do well in bags, such as leftover spaghetti and meatballs. Also, I put my cheeses in a jar rather than a bag. When using a foodsaver bag for shredded cheese, you will waste an inch or two of bag everytime you want to get out a small portion of cheese to make an omlette or top a salad. Instead, I put my shredded cheese in a jar! I can open it as many times as I want without wasting bags (aka wasting money).
I also love the fact I can prepare a big meal and seal portions directly in a 8 oz or 16 oz wide mouth jar. Look for the "Collection Elite" jars by Ball; I found them at Walmart and Wegmans. In the morning, I remove the lid and replace it with a plastic screw-on top (also made by Ball). It's ready to take to work and microwave directly in the glass jar, which is healthier than microwaving in plastic. For dinner, I can make several meals ahead for the week and keep them in the refridgerator rather than the freezer. That way I have meals ready to reheat in the proper portion size without having to thaw them. Love using my FoodSaver with mason jars!
For those who are having trouble sealing, here are a couple hints that I discovered through experience:
1) As recommended by FoodSaver, soak your lids in hot water to make their built-in "gasket" a little more pliable.
2) As a previous reviewer noted, the jar needs to have either a lower rim, or, in the case the 8 oz jar from Ball's "Collection Elite" designer line, it must have a very short "neck" (the space that is the transition between the round opening and the square body) so that the blue rubber gasket of the jar sealer can get a tight seal. If you are using an older Ball or Kerr without the rim, you may not be able to use the Jar Sealer. If your jar does have a rim, but it is a bit too small to facilitate a good seal, (as in the case of the 16 oz jar from Ball's "Collection Elite") fashion a smallish rubber band tightly around the lower rim, or encircle the lower rim with a couple turns of masking tape. This helps widen the lower rim just enough so that a tight seal can form between the blue band of the Jar Sealer and the jar. That should do the trick! Good Luck!
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