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Welcome to FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System
Important Safeguards & Tips
Important Safeguards
Important Tips
For your own safety, always follow these basic
precautions when using a FoodSaver® appliance:
1.Read the User Manual carefully for operating
instructions. Read all instructions in this manual
before use.
2.Do not use appliance on wet or hot surfaces,
or near a heat source.
3.To protect against electric shock, do not
immerse any part of appliance, power cord or
plug in water or other liquid. Unplug from outlet
when not in use and before cleaning.
4.To disconnect, unplug power cord from electrical
outlet. Do not disconnect by pulling on cord.
5.Do not operate appliance with a damaged
power cord or plug. Do not operate appliance
if it malfunctions or is in any way damaged. For
details, contact Consumer Services at number
listed below.
6. Use appliance only for its intended use.
7.Closely supervise children when using any
electrical appliance. Do not allow appliance
to be used as a toy.
8.120v Appliances Only: The FoodSaver®
appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is
wider than the other). To reduce risk of electrical
shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized
outlet only one way. If plug does not fit fully in
the outlet, reverse plug. If it still does not fit,
contact a qualified electrician. Do not modify
plug in any way.
9.Caution: A short power cord is provided to
reduce risks from entanglement or tripping
over a longer cord. An extension cord may be
used when marked electrical rating is no less
than electrical rating of this appliance. All cords
should not drape over counter or tabletop
where cords can be tripped over or pulled on
unintentionally, especially by children.
1. Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute for the
heat process of canning. Perishables still need
to be refrigerated or frozen.
2. For best results, use only with FoodSaver® Bags,
Containers and Accessories.
3.During the vacuum packaging process, small
amounts of liquids, crumbs or food particles
can be inadvertently pulled into the Vacuum
Channel. Empty the Drip Tray after each use.
4. Avoid overfilling, always leave at least 3 inches
of bag material between bag contents and top
of bag. This allows room for the bag material
to cinch tightly against the food and prevents
the bag from pulling out of the vacuum channel
during the sealing process. Then leave at least
one additional inch of bag material for each time
you plan to reuse bag.
5. Do not create your own side seams for a
FoodSaver® Bag. These bags are manufactured
with a special side seam, which is sealed all the
way to the outer edge.
6. To prevent wrinkles in the seal when vacuum
packaging bulky items, gently stretch bag flat
while inserting bag into vacuum channel and
continue to hold bag until vacuum pump starts.
7. When you are vacuum packaging items with sharp
edges (dry spaghetti, silverware, etc.), protect
bag from punctures by wrapping item in soft
cushioning material, such as a paper towel. You
may want to use a canister or Mason jar instead
of a bag.
8.When using accessories, remember to leave one
inch of space at top of canister or container.
9.Pre-freeze fruits and blanch vegetables before
vacuum packaging for best results. See
guidelines for Vacuum Packaging Section.
10. Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric
burner, or heated oven. Extreme caution must
be used when moving products containing hot
liquids.
11. Wait 20 seconds between seals to allow
appliance to cool.
12. No user servicing
This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade
is wider than the other). As a safety feature,
this plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one
way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact
a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to defeat
this safety feature.
Congratulations…
Why Vacuum Package?
You are about to enjoy the freshness
benefits of FoodSaver®, The #1 Selling
Brand of Vacuum Packaging Systems. For
years, the FoodSaver® Vacuum Packaging
System has helped millions of households
keep food fresh longer in the refrigerator,
freezer and pantry. The FoodSaver® system
is designed to remove air and extend
freshness up to five times longer than
conventional storage methods. Keep your
FoodSaver® appliance on your countertop,
and you’ll soon ­discover its convenience
and versatility.
Exposure to air causes food to lose nutrition and
flavor, and also causes freezer burn and enables
bacteria, mold and yeast to grow. The FoodSaver®
vacuum packaging ­system removes air and seals
in flavor and quality. With a full line of FoodSaver ®
Bags, Canisters and Accessories to expand your
options, you can now enjoy the benefits of a
scientifically proven food storage method that
keeps food fresh up to five times longer.
The FoodSaver ® Vacuum Packaging System Saves
Time and Money.
• Spend less money. With the FoodSaver® system,
you can buy in bulk or buy on sale and vacuum
package your food in desired portions without
wasting food.
• Save more time. Cook ahead for the week,
preparing meals and saving them in FoodSaver®
Bags.
• Marinate in minutes. Vacuum packaging opens
up the pores of food so you can get that great
marinated flavor in minutes instead of hours.
• Make entertaining a breeze. Make your
signature dish and holiday treats in advance
so you can spend quality time with your guests.
• Enjoy seasonal or specialty foods. Keep highly
­perishable or infrequently used items fresh
longer.
Questions?
Contact customer service at
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• Control portions for dieting. Vacuum package
sensible portions and write calories and/or
fat grams on the bag.
• Protect non-food items. Keep camping and
boating supplies dry and organized for outings.
Protect polished silver from tarnishing by
minimizing ­exposure to air.
Do not return this product
to place of purchase.
For Household Use Only
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Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
A. C
ontrols and Indicator Lights
To indicate current setting, vacuum
progress and for added control.
B. V
acuum Progress Display
Blue lights signal progression of
vacuuming and sealing process.
All lights extinguish when the full
process is finished.
C. S
eal Button
CrushFree™ Instant Seal feature.
Prevents crushing delicate items.
D. A
ppliance Door
Opens to access Built-in Roll Holder
and Cutter.
E. V
acuum Channel
Simply insert bag and the FoodSaver®
appliance does the rest.
F. R
etractable Accessory Hose/
Accessory Port
Accessory hose can be used with all
FoodSaver® Brand Accessories.
G. Built-in Roll Holder
For storage of FoodSaver®
Vacuum Sealing Rolls.
H. Roll Cutter Bar
Simplifies making
custom-sized bags.
I. Auto Bag Sensing
Simply insert open end of bag
into the vacuum channel and the
machine will sense and grasp the
bag, vacuum, seal and shut-off
automatically.
J. Release Buttons
To open appliance
for cleaning.
K. Appliance Door
Opens to access Built-in
Roll Holder and Cutter.
L. Lower Gasket (glued)
M. Extra-wide Sealing Strip with
Non-stick Coating
Provides extra secure, airtight
seal that’s two times wider.
N. Drip Tray
Catches overflow liquids
and contains Food Sensors
to detect liquid.
O. Upper Bag Detection Tray
P. Upper Gasket (glued)
Q. Rubber Seal Profile
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How to Make a Bag from a
FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
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Seal
Button
2
Indicator
LEDs
Tray Full PulseVac™
Indicator
LED*
1
Marinate Accessory Speed
Button Settings
Button
3
4
1 Power Button
Press the power button to begin. The Power
Indicator, Speed Indicator and Food Indicator lights
will become illuminated. After Vacuum Sealing, press
Power Button to turn appliance Off. Note: After 12
minutes, the appliance will turn Off automatically.
2 Tray Full indicator light
During the vacuum sealing process, small amounts of
liquids, crumbs or food particles can be inadvertently
pulled into the Drip Tray (N). When excess liquid
fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the Tray
Full Indicator 2 will activate. To resume normal
operation, remove the Drip Tray, empty liquid,
wash in warm soapy water or place in top rack of
dishwasher. Dry and replace Drip Tray in trough.
(See Care and Cleaning)
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Adjustable
Cancel
Food Settings Button
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7
Slide Cutter
10
Vacuum
Progress
Display
V3860
Power Button
Lift Roll Cutter
PulseVac™
Button* Seal Indicator
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6 adjustable FOOD SETTINGS BUTTON
For optimal vacuuming and sealing of moist or juicy
foods, press the Adjustable Food Setting Button 6
until the Moist Indicator Light is illuminated. Choose
the dry food setting for foods without liquid.
The Moist Food Indicator light will flash when Food
Sealing Sensors automatically detect any moisture
or liquid in the Drip Tray (N). Note: Appliance will
default to Dry setting upon pressing the Power Button
or when power has been interrupted, unless liquid
is detected in the Drip Tray. (See Care and Cleaning
section of this Quick Start Guide).
7 Cancel Button
Fig. 1
1. Open appliance door and place roll into Roll Storage
Compartment (K). For Best results, insert roll with
material flap down. Note: Bags can be sealed with
appliance door either open or closed.
2. Lift up Roll Cutter Bar (H) and place bag material
beneath the cutter bar (See Fig.1).
3. Pull out enough bag material to hold item being
vacuum packed, plus 4 inches. Lower the Cutter Bar
and slide Roll Cutter (H) across the Cutter Bar
(See Fig.2).
Fig. 2
4. Press Seal Button (C). Red seal light will illuminate.
5. Using two hands, insert open end of bag into Vacuum
Channel (E) until clamp motor starts. Bag must be
centered between arrows.
6. When red seal light 11 turns off, sealing is complete.
You may remove bag from the Vacuum Channel (E).
7. You now have one sealed end.
8. Now you are ready to vacuum seal with your new bag
(See below).
How to Vacuum Seal
with FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Bags
Insert Bag
Optional Bag Storage
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Immediately halts the current function opening the
Vacuum Channel.
3 Marinate Button
A ten minute predetermined sequence of vacuum
pulse to rest ratio allowing foods to get optimum
flavorinfusion in the least amount of time. See
“Marinating with your FoodSaver®” section on
page 10.
8 Vacuum Progress display
Displays vacuum levels as the bag/canister is
evacuated.
4 ACCESSORY Button
Press to achieve best vacuum for canisters and
accessories. Push Canister Vacuum Button 4 to
begin vacuum process. Motor will run until Vacuum
Sealing Process is complete.
1. P
ress to immediately stop the vacuum process
and begin sealing the bag. This prevents crushing
delicate items such as bread, cookies and pastries.
2. P
ress to create a seal when making bags from
a FoodSaver® Roll.
5 SPEED SETTINGS BUTTON*
When vacuum sealing delicate items, press Speed
Setting Button 5 so that the gentle speed indicator
light is illuminated. For more control you may press
Seal Button 5 at any time to stop vacuum and
begin automatic sealing process. Note: Appliance will
default to Normal speed upon pressing the Power
On Button or when power has been interrupted.
3. P
ress to create a seal on Mylar bags (such as
a potato chip bag) to keep food sealed airtight.
4. Press during PulseVac™ mode to seal bag.
9 SEAL BUTTON
CrushFree™ Instant Seal featureThis button has four uses:
10 Seal Indicator Light
Constant Red light indicates sealing process is
engaged. (Flashing light indicates error)
1. Begin with a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System
Bag (or create a bag as described in the “How to Make
a Bag from a Roll” section above).
2. Place item(s) in bag, allowing at least 3 inches of
space between bag contents and top of bag.
3. Using two hands, insert open end of bag curl side
down into Vacuum Channel (E) until clamp motor
starts (See Fig.3). The vacuum progress lights will
illuminate.
4. Continue to hold bag until vacuum pump starts. You
may now release bag. Note: To prevent crushing
delicate items, you may press Seal Button (C) at any
time to begin automatic sealing process.
5. When red Seal Light 11 turns off, remove bag.
Refrigerate or freeze if needed. (See FoodSaver®
Reference Guide for food safety tips.) Note: Wait at
least 20 seconds between seals to allow appliance
to properly cool.
Pre-cut bag storage* (See Fig. 4)
Some models include a storage tray for precut bags.
Attach the precut storage tray to the back of the housing
by aligning the four tabs into the corresponding slots of
the back of the appliance housing. Once aligned, gently
press storage tray downward until the storage tray
clicks into place.
For information on how to purchase the pre-cut bag
storage, please visit our website at www.foodsaver.com.
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Guidelines
for Vacuum Packaging
Vacuum Packaging and Food Safety
The vacuum packaging process extends the life of
foods by removing most of the air from the sealed
container, thereby reducing oxidation, which affects
nutritional value, flavor and overall quality. Removing
air can also inhibit growth of microorganisms, which
can cause problems under certain conditions:
Mold – Easily identified by its fuzzy characteristic.
Mold cannot grow in a low oxygen environment,
therefore vacuum packaging can slow the growth
of mold.
Yeast – Results in fermentation, which can be
identified by smell and taste. Yeast needs water,
sugar and a moderate temperature to grow. It can
also survive with or without air. Slowing the growth of
yeast requires refrigeration, while freezing stops
it completely.
Bacteria – Results in an unpleasant odor,
discoloration and/or soft or slimy texture. Under
the right conditions, anaerobic bacteria such as
Clostridium botulinum (the organism that causes
Botulism) can grow without air and sometimes
cannot be detected by smell or taste. Although
it is extremely rare, it can be very dangerous.
To preserve foods safely, it is critical that you
maintain low temperatures. You can significantly
reduce the growth of microorganisms at temperatures
of 40°F (4°C) or below. Freezing at 0°F (-17°C)
does not kill microorganisms, but stops them
from growing. For long-term storage, always freeze
perishable foods that have been vacuum packaged,
and keep refrigerated after thawing.
It is important to note that vacuum packaging is
NOT a substitute for canning and it cannot reverse
the dete­rio­ration of foods. It can only slow down the
changes in quality. It is difficult to predict how long
foods will retain their top-quality flavor, appearance
or texture because it depends on age and condition
of the food on the day it was vacuumed packaged.
IMPORTANT: Vacuum packaging is NOT a ­substitute
for refrigeration or freezing. Any ­perishable foods
that require refrigeration must still be refrigerated
or frozen after vacuum packaging.
Food Preparation and Reheating Tips
Thawing and Reheating Vacuum Packaged Foods
Always thaw foods in either refrigerator or microwave
— do not thaw perishable foods at room temperature.
To reheat foods in a microwave in a FoodSaver® Bag,
always cut corner of the bag before placing it on a
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microwave-safe dish. However, to avoid hot spots, do
not reheat bone-in meat or greasy foods in microwave
within a FoodSaver® Bag. You can also reheat foods
in FoodSaver® Bags by placing them
in water at a low simmer below 170°F (75°C).
Preparation Guidelines for Meat and Fish:
For best results, pre-freeze meat and fish for 1-2
hours before vacuum packaging in a FoodSaver® Bag.
This helps retain the juice and shape, and guarantees
a better seal.
If it’s not possible to pre-freeze, place a folded paper
towel between meat or fish and top of bag, but
below seal area. Leave paper towel in bag to absorb
excess moisture and juices ­during vacuum packaging
process.
Note: Beef may appear darker after vacuum
packaging due to the removal of oxygen. This is not
an indication of spoilage.
Preparation Guidelines for Hard Cheeses:
To keep cheese fresh, vacuum package it after each
use. Make your FoodSaver® Bag extra long, allowing
one inch of bag material for each time you plan to
open and reseal in addition to the 3-inch room you
normally leave between contents and seal. Simply
cut sealed edge and remove cheese. When you’re
ready to repackage the cheese, just drop it in bag
and reseal.
IMPORTANT: Due to the risk of anaerobic bacteria,
Soft cheeses should never be vacuum packaged.
Preparation Guidelines for Vegetables:
Vegetables need to be blanched before vacuum pack­
ag­­­­­­­­ing. This process stops the enzyme action that
could lead to loss of flavor, color and texture.
To blanch vegetables, place them in boiling water
or in the microwave until they are cooked, but still
crisp. Blanching times range from 1 to 2 minutes for
leafy greens and peas; 3 to 4 minutes for snap peas,
sliced zucchini or broccoli; 5 minutes for carrots; and
7 to 11 minutes for corn on the cob. After blanching,
immerse ­vegetables in cold water to stop the cooking
process. Finally, dry vegetables on a towel before
vacuum packaging.
Note: All vegetables (including broccoli, brussels
sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips) naturally
emit gases during storage. Therefore, after blanching,
they must be stored in freezer only.
When freezing vegetables, it is best to pre-freeze
them for 1-2 hours or until solidly frozen. To freeze
vegetables in individual servings, first place on
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a ­baking sheet and spread them out so they are
not touching. This prevents them from freezing
together in a block. Once they are frozen, remove
from baking sheet and vacuum ­package vegetables
in a FoodSaver® Bag. After they have been vacuum
packaged, return them to the freezer.
IMPORTANT: Due to the risk of anaerobic bacteria,
Fresh mushrooms, onions, & garlic should never
be vacuum packaged.
Preparation Guidelines for Leafy Vegetables:
|For best results, use a canister to store leafy
vegetables. First wash the vegetables, and then dry
with a towel or salad spinner. After they are dried, put
them in a canister and vacuum package. Store
in refrigerator.
Preparation Guidelines for Fruits:
When freezing soft fruits or berries, it is best to prefreeze them for 1-2 hours or until solidly frozen. To
freeze fruit in individual servings, first place on a
baking sheet and spread them out so they are not
touching. This prevents them from freezing together
in a block. Once they are frozen, remove from baking
sheet and vacuum package fruit in a FoodSaver® Bag.
After they have been vacuum packaged, return them
to the freezer.
You can vacuum package portions for baking, or in
your favorite combinations for easy fruit salad all year
round. If storing in the refrigerator, we recommend
using a FoodSaver® Canister.
Preparation Guidelines for Baked Goods:
To vacuum package soft or airy baked goods, we
­recommend using a FoodSaver® Canister so they
will hold their shape. If using a bag, pre-freeze for
1-2 hours or until solidly frozen. To save time, make
cookie dough, pie shells, whole pies, or mix dry
ingredients in advance and vacuum package for
later use.
Preparation Guidelines for Coffee and Powdery
Foods:
To prevent food particles from being drawn into
­vacuum pump, place a coffee filter or paper towel
at top of bag or canister before vacuum ­packaging.
You can also place the food in its original bag inside
a FoodSaver® Bag, or use a FoodSaver® Universal
Lid with the original container to vacuum package.
Preparation Guidelines for Liquids:
Before you vacuum package liquids such as soup
stock, pre-freeze in a casserole dish, loaf pan or ice
cube tray until solid. Remove frozen liquid from pan
and vacuum package in a FoodSaver® Bag. You can
stack these “frozen bricks” in your freezer. When
you’re ready to use, just cut corner of bag and place
in a dish in microwave or drop into water at a low
­simmer, below 170°F (75°C).
To vacuum package non-carbonated bottled liquids,
you can use a FoodSaver® Bottle Stopper with the
original container. Remember to leave at least one
inch of room between contents and bottom of Bottle
Stopper. You can re-seal bottles after each use.
Preparation Guidelines for Make-ahead Meals,
Leftovers and Sandwiches:
Efficiently store your make-ahead meals, leftovers
and sandwiches in the stackable, lightweight
FoodSaver® containers. They are microwaveable,
top rack dishwasher safe ­and come with a custom
adaptor. The lightweight containers will be ready
to head off to the office or school when you are!
Preparation Guidelines for Snack Foods:
Your snack foods will maintain their freshness
longer when you vacuum package them. For best
results, use a FoodSaver® Canister for crushable
items like crackers.
Vacuum Packaging Non-Food Items
The FoodSaver® vacuum packaging system also
protects non-food items from oxidation, corrosion
and moisture. Simply follow the directions to vacuum
package items using FoodSaver® Bags, Canisters
and Accessories.
To vacuum package silver, wrap fork tines in soft
­cushioning material, such as a paper towel, to avoid
puncturing bag. Your FoodSaver® Bags are ideal for
outdoor excursions. For camping and hiking, keep
your matches, maps and food dry and compact. To
have fresh water for drinking, simply fill a FoodSaver®
Bag with ice, seal it and when needed, let the ice
pack melt. If you’re going sailing or boating, vacuum
package your food, film and
a dry change of clothes. Just remember to bring
scissors or a knife to open the bag.
To keep emergency kits safe and dry, vacuum
package flares, batteries, flashlights, matches,
candles and other necessities. Your emergency items
will stay dry and organized in your home, car or boat.
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Tips for Successful Vacuum Sealing
Tips for Successful Vacuum Sealing (continued)
General Tips
Tips on Sealing a Bag
Tips for Successful Vacuum Sealing
1. Vacuum sealing is NOT a substitute for the heat process
of canning. Perishables still need to be refrigerated or
frozen.
2. For best results, use FoodSaver® brand Bags, Canisters
and Accessories.
3. During the vacuum sealing process, small amounts of
liquids, crumbs or food particles can be inadvertently
pulled into Drip Tray (O), clogging the pump and damaging your appliance.
To prevent this, follow these tips:
a. For moist and juicy foods: Freeze first and avoid
overfilling bags. You can also place a folded paper
towel inside top of bag, and below seal area, before
vacuum sealing.
b. For soups, sauces and liquids: Freeze first and avoid
overfilling bags. Or, use a canister in refrigerator.
c. For powdery or fine-grained foods: Avoid overfilling
bags or use a canister. You can also place a coffee
filter or paper towel inside before vacuum packaging.
d. Empty Drip Tray (N) after each use.
4. To avoid overfilling, always leave at least 3 inches of bag
material between bag contents and top of bag. Then
leave at least one additional inch of bag material for
each time you plan to reuse bag.
5. Do not create your own side seams for a FoodSaver®
brand Bag. Our bags are manufactured with a special
side seam, which is sealed all the way to the outer edge.
6. To prevent wrinkles in a seal when vacuum sealing bulky
items, gently stretch bag flat while inserting into the
vacuum channel and hold until pump begins.
7. If you are unsure your bag was sealed properly, simply
reseal bag.
Tips on Removing Air from a Bag
Avoid wrinkles when inserting the bag into the
Vacuum Channel (E).
Wrinkles in seal may cause leakage and allow air to
return into bag. To eliminate any wrinkles while
inserting bag into the vacuum channel (E), hold bag with
two hands gently stretching bag flat until vacuum pump
begins. If you find wrinkles after sealing bag, simply cut
bag open and vacuum seal again.
8. When you are vacuum sealing items with sharp edges
(dry spaghetti, silverware, etc.), protect bag from
punctures by wrapping item in soft cushioning material,
such as a paper towel. You may want to use a canister or
Mason jar instead of a bag.
9. When using accessories, remember to leave one inch of
space at top of canister or container.
10. Pre-freeze fruits and blanch vegetables before
vacuum sealing for best results. See FoodSaver®
Reference Guide included with your appliance for more
information.
11. If appliance does not function, or Seal button (C)
flashes to signal ERROR:
a. Check power cord to see if it is firmly plugged into
an electrical outlet.
b. Examine power cord for any damages.
c. See if electrical outlet is working by plugging in
another appliance.
d. Check to be certain the Upper Bag Detection Tray (O)
is properly inserted.
e. Make sure bag is placed correctly inside Vacuum
Channel (E). (See How to Vacuum Seal with
FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Bags)
f. Check to ensure Release Buttons ( J ) are properly
latched.
g. Check Foam Gasket (L) around Drip Tray to make
sure it is free from food material and is properly
inserted into gasket channel.
h. Check Upper Gasket (P) around Upper Bag Detection
Tray (O) to be sure it is free from food material.
i. If overheated, allow appliance to cool for 20 minutes.
j. For more usage tips and safety information, please
refer to the FoodSaver® Reference Guide or visit our
website at www.foodsaver.com.
If motor runs for more than 30 seconds without
stopping, consider the following:
If you are vacuum sealing with a bag, make sure the
bag is properly sealed (See “How to Make a Bag From a
Roll”). Check foam gasket around Drip Tray to make sure
it is free from food material and is properly inserted into
gasket channel.
If vacuum sealing with an accessory, check Accessory
Hose connections to ensure a tight fit.
When making a bag from a roll:
Press the Seal Button (C) before placing bag material into
the Vacuum Channel (E). Once bag in inserted the Seal
process will begin immediately.
Note: If you forget to press the Seal Button (C) before
inserting the bag into the Vacuum Channel (E), the vacuum
pump will turn on, this is not a problem, simply press the
Seal Button to prevent the pump from running
continuously,and the sealing process will begin.
Tips on Vacuum Sealing with Accessories
How to prepare FoodSaver® Accessories for
Vacuum packaging
Accessories include FoodSavor Vacuum Packaging
Canisters, containers, Universal Lids, Jar Sealers and
Bottle Stoppers.
1. Always leave at least one inch of space between contents and rim.
2. Wipe rim of canister, container or bottle to ensure it is
clean and dry.
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3. Place lid on canister or container, or place stopper in
bottle.
4. For accessories with a large knob on lid, turn knob to
Vaccum. Vacuum package using instructions below.
When vacuum process is complete, turn knob to
Closed before removing Accessory Hose.
5. For Accessories without a large knob on lid, vacuum
package using insttuctions below.
Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance
Your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System has a special
Quick Marinate Cycle which will last about ten minutes.
The vacuum motor will “hold” the vacuum for several
minutes then release the vacuum allowing the food to
“rest” for 30 seconds. This process will then repeat
two more times. This “Pulsing” action of “vacuuming
and resting” will allow for quicker marinating. When the
Quick Marinate Cycle is completed the appliance will
beep to signal marinating is complete.
The FoodSaver® Quick Marinator Canister is the perfect
FoodSaver® Accessory for marinating foods. Foods will
marinate in minutes when vacuum sealed because the
vacuum process opens the pores of the food and absorbs
the marinade more quickly.
Important Note: Use the FoodSaver® Quick Marinating
Canister with clear lid and large white knob. During the
Quick Marinate Cycle, make sure knob on accessory lid
is set to OPEN. Do not set knob to Vacuum. The Vacuum
position on the knob will allow the Quick Marinating
Canister to be used for extending vacuum storage.
1. Prepare enough of your favorite marinade to fully
cover food inside a marinating canister. Always leave
at least one inch (2.54 centimeters) of space between
contents and top of rim.
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How to Prevent moisture or liquid from being pulled into
the Drip Tray (N) or getting trapped in the seal:
Either pre-freeze moist food such as raw meat for 1-2
hours before vacuum sealing, or place a folded paper towel
between food and end of bag to absorb excess liquids. Be
sure to leave at least 3 inches between paper towel and end
of bag so that bag seals properly with paper towel inside
and is not positioned in between the seal area.
Make sure appliance has time to cool down.
Wait at least 20 seconds between seals. Under very
heavy usage, appliance will stop operating to prevent
overheating. If it does, wait 20 minutes to allow appliance
to cool off.
2. Make sure rubber gasket underneath lids as well as
rim of marinating canister is free from food materials.
3. Make sure Accessory Hose is securely inserted into
port on the FoodSaver® Quick Marinator lid.
4. Make sure knob on accessory lid is set to OPEN.
5. Make sure lid is firmly attached to marinator base.
6. Press Marinate button on the control panel.
7. Your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System will now
begin the Quick Marinate Cycle. The Marinate Indicator
Light will flash to indicate the marinating process has
begun.
8. During the initial vacuum cycle the Marinate Mode
Indicator will illuminate. While Marinating, the Vacuum
Progress Display will blink during the Vacuum Hold or
Rest Cycle.
9. To preserve food safely, after completing the
marinating cycle, the appliance will signal with
short beeps to indicate your Quick Marinate Cycle is
completed. Press any button to silence the signal. You
may now cook or refrigerate your marinated food.
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Storage Guide
Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, Fruits
Baked Goods, Coffee, Snacks and Liquids
Foods
Where
to Store
Recommended
FoodSaver®
Bag/Accessory
Storage Life
with FoodSaver®
Normal
Storage Life
Foods
Where
to Store
Recommended
FoodSaver®
Bag/Accessory
Storage
life with
FoodSaver®
Normal
Storage Life
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-3 years
6-12 months
Baked Goods
Meat
Bagels, Bread,
Pastries
Beef, Pork, Lamb
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
Ground Meat
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1 year
4 months
Poultry
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
6 months
Fish
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2 years
6 months
Almonds,
Peanuts
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bag, Canister
2 years
6 months
Sunflower
Seeds
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bag, Canister
2 years
6 months
Coffee Beans
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
6 months
Coffee Beans
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag, Canister
1 year
3 months
Ground Coffee
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 years
6 months
Ground Coffee
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag, Canister
5-6 months
1 month
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-2 years
3-6 months
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bottle Stopper
1-11⁄2 years
5-6 months
Beans, Grains
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Pasta, Rice
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Dry Milk
Pantry
FoodSaver® Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Dried Coconut
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Flour
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Sugar, Brown
Sugar
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag, Canister
1-2 years
6 months
Chips
Pantry
FoodSaver® Canister
3-6 weeks
1-2 weeks
Cookies,
Crackers
Pantry
FoodSaver Canister
3-6 weeks
1-2 weeks
2-3 years
6 months
Hard Cheeses ( Do not vacuum package soft cheese )
Cheddar, Swiss
Refrigerator
FoodSaver Bag,
Canister
4-8 months
1-2 weeks
Parmesan
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Bag,
Canister
4-8 months
1-2 weeks
Coffee
Vegetables ( Do not vacuum package fresh mushrooms, onions & garlic )
Asparagus
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Broccoli, Cauliflower
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Cabbage, Brussels
Sprouts
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Corn (cob or kernel)
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Green Beans
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
2 weeks
3-6 days
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
8 months
Lettuce, Spinach
Snow Peas, Snap Peas
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Fruits
Apricots, Plums
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-3 years
6-12 months
Peaches, Nectarines
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-3 years
6-12 months
Softer Berries
Raspberries,
Blackberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
Strawberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver Canister
1 week
1-3 days
Blueberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
2 weeks
3-6 days
Cranberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
2 weeks
3-6 days
Huckleberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
2 weeks
3-6 days
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1 week
1-3 days
Harder Berries
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Prepared Liquids
Sauces, Soups,
Stews
Bottled Liquids
Oils
Dry Foods
Powdery Foods
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Snack Foods
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Care and Cleaning
Troubleshooting
To Clean Appliance:
1.Press On/Off and unplug before cleaning.
2.Do not immerse in liquid.
3.Open appliance door (D), while holding the appliance
with two hands, press two Release Buttons (J) with
your thumbs, rotate appliance away from you, and
allow appliance to rest on the counter.
4.Check Lower Gasket (L) around Drip Tray (N) and
Upper Gasket (P) which surrounds the Upper Bag
Detection Tray (O) to make sure they are free from
food materials and the lower Foam Gasket is properly
inserted into gasket channel.
Remove For Cleaning
5.Avoid using abrasive products or materials to clean
any appliance components. These cleaners can
scratch the surface and damage the black foam
rubber pads.
6.Use a mild dishwashing soap and a warm, damp
cloth to wipe away food residue inside or around
components.
7.Dry thoroughly before reusing.
8.If your appliance features a Drip Tray, empty Drip Tray
after each use (See Fig. 7). Wash in warm soapy water
or place in top rack of dishwasher.
Firmly Snap in Place
Nothing happens when I try to vacuum package:
1.Check power cord to see if it is firmly plugged into
electrical outlet.
2.Examine power cord for damage.
3.Check electrical outlet by plugging in another
appliance.
4.If your appliance has latches, make sure the lid is
closed and the latch is in the locked position. Refer to
your QuickStart Guide for instructions.
5.If your appliance has a mode switch, make sure it
is set to the correct mode. Refer to your QuickStart
Guide for instructions.
6.Make sure bag is placed correctly down inside the
Vacuum Channel.
7.Wait 20 minutes to allow appliance to cool off, and
then try using it again.
Note: The appliance will shut off automatically if it
becomes too hot.
3.If you are using a custom-sized FoodSaver® Bag,
check seal of bag. A wrinkle in the bag along the seal
may cause leakage and allow air to re-enter. Just cut
bag and reseal.
4.Do not attempt to make your own side seams for a
FoodSaver® Bag. The bags are manufactured with
special side seams, which are sealed all the way to
the outer edge. Making your own side seams may
cause leakage and allow air to re-enter.
5.Make sure Accessory Hose is not inserted into the
Accessory Port.
6.Check gasket around Drip Tray and upper gasket
under the lid to make sure it is free from food
materials and is properly inserted into gasket
channel.
To keep your appliance from overheating:
Wait at least 20 seconds for appliance to cool down
before you begin vacuum packaging another item.
Keep lid open before vacuum packaging.
Fig. 7
Fig. 8
Antibacterial Drip Tray & Upper Bag Detection Tray
FoodSaver® Accessories
Empty Drip Tray after each use (See Fig. 7). Wash in warm
soapy water or place in top rack of dishwasher. The Food
Sensors in the Drip Tray (O) will not function correctly if
liquid is allowed to remain in Drip Tray.
This appliance has a Tray Full indicator 2 . When excess
liquid fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the
Tray Full Indicator light will activate. To resume normal
operation, open Appliance Door (D), press two release
buttons (K), rotate appliance away from you, and allow
appliance to rest on the counter. Remove the Drip Tray,
emptyliquid, clean Drip Tray and replace in housing.
When replacing drip tray, set the right end of the drip
tray into place, then firmly snap the left side down (See
Fig. 8). Appliance can be used without Drip Tray, however
the Adjustable Food Sensor setting 6 will not function
without the Drip Tray.
Clean Upper Bag Detection Tray after each use. The
Upper Bag Detection Tray (P) is removable for cleaning,
remove by lifting the tabs on each end. Do not pull on
the Upper Bag Detection Flags to remove the Upper
Bag Detection Tray. Clean Upper Bag Detection Tray by
washing in warm soapy water or placing in top rack of
dishwasher. Upper Bag Detection Tray MUST be inserted
to use the appliance. Without the Upper Bag Detection
Tray, your FoodSaver® Appliance will not detect bag
when inserted in the Vacuum Channel (E). After cleaning,
hold appliance with two hands and rotate upright until
the latches lock.
1.Wash all FoodSaver® accessories in warm water,
using a mild dishwashing soap. Do not immerse lids
in water.
2.Dry thoroughly before reusing.
3.FoodSaver® Canister bases (but not lids) are top rack
dishwasher safe. Canister lids should be wiped down
with a damp cloth.
4.FoodSaver® Canisters and FoodSaver® Lunch &
Leftover and Sandwich & Snack Containers should
not be used in the freezer.
5.FoodSaver® Canisters should not be used in the
microwave or freezer.
6.FoodSaver® Lunch & Leftover and Sandwich & Snack
Containers are microwave and dishwasher safe (top
rack only).
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Air is still in the bag:
1.Make sure open end of bag is resting entirely inside
Vacuum Channel. If edge of bag is beyond Vacuum
Channel, bag will not seal properly.
2.Examine bag for leaks. To see if your bag has a leak,
seal bag with air, submerge it into water and apply
pressure. Bubbles indicate a leak. Use a new bag if
bubbles appear.
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The Complete FoodSaver® System
What People Are Saying
Tips from FoodSaver® Users
“Every week I make bagel and English muffins with
Canadian ham, egg, cheese or sausage and vacuum
package them with my FoodSaver® in different individual
sections. That way my four boys can take out what they
need to start their day with a good breakfast.”
Michael W.
Westminster, CO
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“I am on the Weight Watchers® diet. I measure out my
portioned meals and then seal them individually.
I then mark them with the point value so that I can
easily heat up a meal or snack with just the number
of points I am able to use. It saves me a lot of time
because I don’t have to stop and figure out points every
time I want to eat.”
Sandi P.
Boise, ID
“I seal trip maps in my FoodSaver® for use on ­bicycling
and kayaking trips. I can clothespin the sealed bag to
my handlebars or slip it under my deck rigging and have
a clean dry map for the duration of my trip. When I get
home I can file them to reuse.
I freeze and seal an alcohol water mixture in my
FoodSaver® bags and wrap them around the bowl of
my stand mixer with a velcro strap. This creates an ice
jacket for the bowl to rapidly cool the contents
I am mixing in the bowl.
For shipping packages, I seal all but the last ½ inch
of the bag edge, inflate the bag and quickly seal it
to trap air in the bag to make inflatable pillows for
shipping padding.”
Kate M.
Jacksonville, FL
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“When I know I’ll be painting with the same color again
soon, I just vacuum package the brush. It keeps the
brush supple and I don’t have to wash it out each time.”
Sharon B.
Broken Arrow, OK
“Mix together your favorite cookie recipe and
freeze the cookie dough. When you would like some
homemade cookies, take out the number you want and
bake. You will impress your friends when you always
have cookies on hand... well, in your FoodSaver® Bags!”
William B.
Antwerp, NY
“I make a small pouch about 3 inches long from a
FoodSaver® Roll. I put the amount of powdered formula
needed to make a bottle in the pouch, vacuum package
it, and write the date it was done. Then when we are
out and about, I cut off the corner and pour it in the
baby bottle of water. I can keep the powdered formula
pouches in the diaper bag for a few weeks if needed.”
Anthony D.
St. Augustine, FL
“I was married in 2000 and I ‘food-saved’ the entire top
of my wedding cake. I missed the opportunity to eat it
on my first anniversary so we broke it open for our fifth
in 2005. The cake and the frosting were as moist and
delicious as the day it went into the freezer five years
prior.
I tell people about your product all the time and
I love my FoodSaver®! Thanks!
Michelle D.
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Get the most out of your FoodSaver® appliance
with easy-to-use FoodSaver® Bags, Canisters and
Accessories.
FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls
The design of FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls ­features
­special channels that enable the efficient and complete
removal of air. The multi-ply construction makes
them an especially effective barrier to oxygen and
moisture, preventing freezer burn. FoodSaver® Bags and
Rolls come in a variety of sizes.
IMPORTANT: To avoid possible illness, do not reuse
bags after storing raw meats, raw fish or greasy foods.
Do not reuse bags that have been microwaved or
simmered.
FoodSaver® Vacuum Packaging Canisters
FoodSaver® Canisters are simple to use and ideal for
vacuum packaging delicate items such as muffins and
other baked goods, liquids and dry goods.
The canisters come in a variety of styles and sizes and
can be used on the countertop, in the refrigerator or in
the pantry.
The Quick Marinator is an excellent way to marinate
foods in minutes instead of hours. Any FoodSaver®
Canister can be used for marinating, but we recommend
the square or rectangular shapes because less marinade
is needed. Canisters should not be used in the freezer.
The stackable, lightweight containers are a convenient
option to store make-ahead meals, leftovers and snacks.
Note: Allow hot foods to cool to room temperature
before vacuum packaging. Otherwise contents may
bubble up out of canister.
FoodSaver® Jar Sealers
With FoodSaver® Jar Sealers you can vacuum package
food in Mason jars. They come in both regular and
wide-­mouth sizes to fit most Mason jars. If you are
planning to store Mason jars in the freezer, use straight
walled (no shoulders), freezer-safe Mason jars. Allow
room between contents and lid for ­normal expansion of
liquids.
Note: Always pre-soak new metal lids. Bring water
to a boil, then turn off. Pre-soak lids 5-10 minutes.
FoodSaver® Jar Sealers are designed to fit Ball® and
Kerr® Mason jars.
FoodSaver® Universal Lid
The FoodSaver® Universal Lid is a wonderful kitchen
accessory to vacuum package foods in their original
containers. It helps foods such as sauces, peanuts and
coffee stay fresh longer. It works great with metal cans,
thick glass jars and rigid plastic containers.
The Universal Lid comes in two sizes – 4 inches and
5½ inches in diameter.
Note: If you plan to store foods in a can for more than a
day, transfer your food into a plastic or glass container
to prevent “off-flavor” from developing in the can.
IMPORTANT: FoodSaver® Universal Lids should not
be used with thin glass, crystal, plastic or lightweight
aluminum containers. The force exerted by vacuum
packaging is extremely powerful and could implode a
thin glass or non-rigid container.
FoodSaver® Bottle Stopper
Use FoodSaver® Bottle Stoppers to vacuum package
wine, non-carbonated liquids and oils. This will extend
the life of the liquid and preserve the flavor. Avoid using
the Bottle Stopper on plastic bottles.
Note: Do not vacuum package carbonated or sparkling
beverages as gas removal will cause them to go flat.
How to Purchase FoodSaver® Bags, Rolls
and Accessories
FoodSaver® products are available at most major
retailers. To purchase online, visit our website at www.
foodsaver.com or call Consumer Services at
1-800-777-5452 (U.S.) or 1-877-804-5383 (Canada),
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm EST.
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1 Year Limited Warranty
Notes
Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions or if in Canada, Sunbeam Corporation
(Canada) Limited doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions (collectively “JCS”) warrants that for a period
of one year from the date of purchase, this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship. JCS,
at its option, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product found to be defective during
the warranty period. Replacement will be made with a new or remanufactured product or component. If the
product is no longer available, replacement may be made with a similar product of equal or greater value. This
is your exclusive warranty. Do NOT attempt to repair or adjust any electrical or mechanical functions on this
product. Doing so will void this warranty.
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of initial retail purchase and is not
transferable. Keep the original sales receipt. Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty performance. JCS
dealers, service centers, or retail stores selling JCS products do not have the right to alter, modify or any way
change the terms and conditions of this warranty.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage resulting from any of the following: negligent
use or misuse of the product, use on improper voltage or current, use contrary to the operating instructions,
disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than JCS or an authorized JCS service center. Further, the
warranty does not cover: Acts of God, such as fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes.
What are the limits on JCS’s Liability?
JCS shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages caused by the breach of any express,
implied or statutory warranty or condition.
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, any implied warranty or condition of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose is limited in duration to the duration of the above warranty.
JCS disclaims all other warranties, conditions or representations, express, implied, statutory or otherwise.
JCS shall not be liable for any damages of any kind resulting from the purchase, use or misuse of, or inability
to use the product including incidental, special, consequential or similar damages or loss of profits, or for any
breach of contract, fundamental or otherwise, or for any claim brought against purchaser by any other party.
Some provinces, states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusion may not
apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from province to
province, state to state or jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
How to Obtain Warranty Service
In the U.S.A.
If you have any question regarding this warranty or would like to obtain warranty service, please call
1.800.777.5452 and a convenient service center address will be provided to you.
In Canada
If you have any question regarding this warranty or would like to obtain warranty service, please call
1.800.804.5383 and a convenient service center address will be provided to you.
In the U.S.A., this warranty is offered by Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions
located in Boca Raton, Florida 33431. In Canada, this warranty is offered by Sunbeam Corporation (Canada)
Limited doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions, located at 20 B Hereford Street, Brampton, Ontario
L6Y 0M1. If you have any other problem or claim in connection with this product, please write our Consumer
Service Department.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO ANY OF THESE ADDRESSES OR TO THE PLACE OF PURCHASE.
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