User Manual
& Recipe Book
for V4800 series appliances
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Important Safeguards
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.Caution: 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. 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.
9. Wait 20 seconds between seals to allow appliance to cool.
10.Caution: Place cord where the cord cannot be pulled, cause user to be entangled with
the cord, or cause the product to be overturned.
For Household Use Only
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Important Safeguards............................................................................................................. 2
Welcome to FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System..................................................................... 4
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance.................................................................................. 4
How to Make a Bag from a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll..................................................8
How to Vacuum Seal with FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Bags.................................................. 9
Removing Air from a Bag...................................................................................................... 10
Using FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Accessories.................................................................... 10
Using PulseVac™ Control Feature..........................................................................................11
Emptying Drip Tray..................................................................................................................... 11
Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance......................................................................... 12
Care and Cleaning.................................................................................................................13
Trouble-Shooting.................................................................................................................. 14
Guidelines for Vacuum Packaging..........................................................................................15
Storage Guide - Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, Fruits..................................................................17
Storage Guide - Baked Goods, Coffee, Snacks and Liquids................................................... 18
Recipes for your FoodSaver® Appliance................................................................................ 19
Warranty.............................................................................................................................. 23
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Table of Contents
Important Tips
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 4 inches
(10.16 centimeters) 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.
10.120v 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.
11.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.
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Features
Welcome to FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System
Congratulations…
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You are about to enjoy the freshness benefits of
FoodSaver®, The #1 Selling Brand of Vacuum
Sealing Systems. For years, the FoodSaver®
Vacuum Sealing 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.
Register now and you’ll receive a free gift.
It’s our “thanks” to you for being a
FoodSaver® brand customer.
Register online at www.foodsaver.com/register.
You’ll have access to special sale items for
online registrants only!
Questions?
Contact customer service at
1-877-777-8164
or visit www.foodsaver.com.
Do not return this product to place of purchase.
Features of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
A. Controls and Indicator Lights
Indicate current setting and vacuum
progress for added control.
D. Seal Button
CrushFree™ Instant Seal feature.
Stops vacuum cycle and seals to
prevent crushing delicate items.
E. Vacuum Progress Display
Green lights signal progression of
vacuuming and sealing process.
All lights extinguish when the full
process is finished.
F. Tray Full Indicator
Indicates when drip tray is full.
Empty to resume usage of
appliance.
B. Retractable
Handheld Sealer
Can be used with all
FoodSaver® Brand
Accessories including
FreshSaver® Zipper Bags.
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C. PulseVac™
Control Feature
Manually control
vacuum process for
delicate items.
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G. Vacuum Channel
Simply insert bag and
the FoodSaver® appliance
does the rest.
H. Power Cord Storage
At bottom of unit.
J. Built-in Roll Holder
For storage of FoodSaver®
Vacuum Sealing Rolls.
Features
I. Appliance Door
Opens to access Built-in
Roll Holder and Cutter.
K. Roll Cutter Bar
Simplifies making
custom-sized bags.
L. Bag Cutter
M. 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.
N. Extra-wide Sealing Strip
with Non-stick Coating
Provides extra secure, air-tight
seal that’s two times wider.
O. Lower Gasket
(non-removable)
P. Removable Drip Tray
Catches overflow liquids
and contains Food Sensors
to detect liquid.
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Features
Control Panel of Your FoodSaver® Appliance
Retractable
Handheld Sealer
Indicator
LEDs
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Accessory
Mode
Marinate
Mode
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2
PulseVac™
Control Feature
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Tray Full
Indicator
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Vacuum
Progress Seal Indicator
Light
Display
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6
Cancel
Button
Adjustable
Food Settings
Seal
Button
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1 ACCESSORY MODE Button
Press to achieve best vacuum for canisters and accessories.
Push Accessory Mode Button 1 to begin vacuum process.
Motor will run until Vacuum Sealing Process is complete.
2 Marinate MODE Button
A ten minute predetermined sequence of vacuum pulse to rest ratio
allowing foods to get optimum flavor infusion in the least amount of time.
(See “Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance” section on page 12.)
3
PulseVac™ Control Button
(*not available on all models) Use to manually control the vacuum process and avoid crushing delicate items.
See “Using PulseVac™ Control Feature” section on page 11 for further information.
4 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 (P). When
excess liquid fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the Tray Full Indicator 4
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 completely
and place Drip Tray back into appliance. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 13.)
5 Vacuum Progress display
Displays vacuum levels as the bag or canister is evacuated.
6 Seal Indicator Light
Constant Red light indicates sealing process is engaged.
(Flashing light indicates error. See “Trouble-Shooting” Section on page 14 for more information.)
7 Cancel Button
Immediately halts the current function and opens the Vacuum Channel.
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Power
Button
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Features
8 adjustable FOOD SETTINGS BUTTON
For optimal vacuuming and sealing of moist or juicy foods, press the
Adjustable Food Settings Button 8 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 (P).
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 User Manual on page 13.)
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SEAL BUTTON
This button has four uses:
1. CrushFree™ Instant Seal featurePress to immediately stop the vacuum process and begin sealing the bag.
This prevents crushing delicate items such as bread, cookies and pastries.
2. Press to create a seal when making bags from a FoodSaver® Roll.
3. P
ress to create a seal on mylar type bags (such as a potato chip bag) to keep food sealed air-tight.
4. Press during PulseVac™ mode to seal bag.
10 Power Button
Press the power button to begin. The Power Indicator and Food Indicator lights
will become illuminated. After Vacuum Sealing, press Power Button to turn appliance Off.
Note: After 12 minutes of non-use, the appliance will turn Off automatically.
11 Retractable
Handheld Sealer
1. Accessory Button
2. Marinate Button
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How to Make a Bag from a
FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll
1. Open appliance door (I) and place roll into Roll Holder
(Fig. 1). For best results, insert roll with material flap down.
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2. Lift up Roll Cutter Bar (K) and place bag material
beneath the cutter bar (Fig. 2).
3. Pull out enough bag material to hold item being
vacuum sealed, plus 4 inches (10.16 centimeters).
Lower the Roll Cutter Bar and slide Bag Cutter (L)
across the Cutter Bar (Fig. 3).
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Fig. 2
4. Press Seal Button (D). Red Seal Indicator Light 6
will illuminate (Fig. 4).
5. Using two hands, slowly insert open end of bag,
curl down, into Vacuum Channel (G) until
clamp motor starts.
L
Fig. 3
6. When red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off,
sealing is complete. You may remove bag from
the Vacuum Channel (G).
7. You now have one sealed end (Fig. 5).
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Curl Downward
Fig. 4
8. Now you are ready to vacuum seal with your new bag
(see next page).
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3. OPTIONAL: If you wish to customize the vacuum sealing
process you may select Food Setting 8 (Fig. 2).
Default setting is Dry Food. See page 7 for more information.
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and Seals. To Vacuum: DO NOT PRESS THE SEAL BUTTON.
Using two hands, slowly insert open end of bag, curl down,
into Vacuum Channel (G) (Fig. 3/4).
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2. P
lace item(s) in bag, allowing at least 4 inches (10.16cm)
of space between bag contents and top of bag (Fig. 1).
The extra space is required to allow the bag to seal tightly
around contents.
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(or create a bag as described in the “How to Make a Bag
from a Roll” section on page 8).
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You may now release bag. The Vacuum Progress
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6. When red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off, remove
bag (Fig. 5). Refrigerate or freeze if needed.
Note: Wait at least 20 seconds between seals to
allow appliance to properly cool.
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Removing Air from a Bag
Avoid wrinkles when inserting the bag into the
Vacuum Channel (G).
how to
Wrinkles in seal may cause leakage and allow
air to return into bag. To eliminate any wrinkles
while inserting bag, gently slide bag curl down
into the Vacuum Channel (G), and 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.
If motor runs for more than 30 seconds without
stopping, consider the following:
If you are vacuum sealing with a bag, make sure
one end of the bag is properly sealed. (See “How
to Make a Bag From a Roll” on page 8.)
If vacuum sealing with an accessory, check
Handheld Sealer connections to ensure a tight fit.
Using FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Accessories
FreshSaver® Zipper Bags
Canisters
1. Place food into Zipper Bag. Make sure not to put
any food under valve. Press zipper closed with
finger while bag is lying down on a flat surface.
1. Prepare canister according to FoodSaver ®
Accessory Guidelines, which are included with
accessory purchases.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from appliance.
Place end over the gray valve on bag.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from
appliance and remove clear bottom portion of
handheld from top handle. Insert the end into
the port on accessory. Twist tab while inserting
to ensure a tight fit.
3. Push accessory button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete.
Containers
1. P
repare container according to FoodSaver ®
Accessory Guidelines, which are included
with accessory purchases.
2. Pull Retractable Handheld Sealer from
appliance. Place end over gray valve on
container.
3. Push accessory button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete.
Fig. 1
3. Push Accessory Button to begin vacuum
process. Motor will run until vacuum process
is complete. (To Marinate, follow instructions
found in Marinating with your FoodSaver ®
Appliance section of this Guide on page 12.)
4. When motor turns off, gently twist and remove
Handheld Sealer from accessory.
Note: if you are using a canister with large white
knob, rotate knob clockwise to the “Closed”
position, then gently twist and remove
Handheld Sealer from accessory.
5. To test vacuum, simply tug on accessory lid. It
should not move.
6. To retract Handheld Sealer, while holding unit,
gently pull on hose end to allow hose to retract
into appliance. Do not release freely as it may
damage the Handheld Sealer.
Important: When pulling hose Do Not extend
beyond green line marked on hose.
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Using PulseVac™ Control Feature
Use the PulseVac™ Control feature to manually
control the vacuum process and avoid crushing
delicate items.
1. Place item(s) in bag, allowing at least 4 inches
(10.16 centimeters) of space between bag
contents and top of bag.
2. P
ress the PulseVac™ button 3 . PulseVac™
LED will flash to indicate PulseVac™ mode.
NOTE: If the vacuum pump stops engaging after
several pushes of the PulseVac™ Button,
it means the maximum vacuum has been
reached. Do not continue to push the
PulseVac™ Button.
5. Press Seal Button 9 to seal the bag and end
the PulseVac™ mode.
6. When the red Seal Indicator Light 6 turns off,
remove bag. Refrigerate or freeze if needed.
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(This special feature is not available on all
V4800 models)
3. Insert open end of bag into Vacuum Channel (G).
The clamp will close to secure the bag.
4. Push and hold the PulseVac™ Button 3 .
The vacuum pump will run when the PulseVac™
Button is held down. Release the PulseVac™
Button to stop the vacuum process. This will
allow you to adjust the contents of the bag for
better control of the vacuum sealing process.
Repeat pushing the PulseVac™ Button until
desired amount of air has been removed.
Note: Appliance should be used in vertical
orientation and not laid on its back.
Note: Appliance will time out after a couple of
minutes if vacuum cannot be reached.
Emptying Drip Tray
This FoodSaver ® model comes with a convenient,
pull-out drawer to access the Drip Tray (P).
1. Simply slide it out, then pull up on side
handles of Drip Tray to remove.
2. Drip Tray can be emptied and washed with
warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher on
the top rack.
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Marinating with your FoodSaver® Appliance
Your FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System has a special
Quick Marinate Cycle which will last about ten minutes.
The FoodSaver® Quick Marinating Canister is the perfect
FoodSaver® accessory for marinating foods.
Fig. 1
During the Marinate Cycle, the vacuum pump will “hold”
the vacuum for several minutes then release the vacuum,
allowing the food to “rest” for 30 seconds. This process
then repeats. This “pulsing” action of “vacuuming and resting”
will allow for quicker more flavorful marinating.
Important Note: During the Quick Marinate Cycle, make sure
knob on lid of the Quick Marinating Canister is set to OPEN.
Do not set knob to Vacuum during the Marinate Cycle.
how to marinate
1.Prepare enough of your favorite marinade to fully cover
food inside a marinating canister.
lways leave at least one inch (2.54 centimeters) of
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space between contents and top of rim.
2.Make sure rubber gasket underneath lid as well as rim
of marinating canister is free from food materials.
Fig. 2
3.Pull out the Retractable Handheld Sealer from your
FoodSaver® appliance. Remove clear bottom portion of
handheld from top handle (Fig. 1).
4. Insert the end into the port on the canister. Make sure
knob on accessory lid is set to OPEN (Fig. 2).
5. Make sure lid is firmly attached to marinator base.
6. Press Marinate button 2 on the control panel (Fig. 3).
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.
Fig. 3
10.To use the Quick Marinating Canister for extended vacuum
storage (beyond the short Marinate Cycle): Rotate knob to
Vacuum/Canister position, connect the Accessory hose
(as above) and select the Accessory Mode 1 from the
control panel. When motor turns off, rotate knob clockwise
to the “Closed” position, then gently twist and remove
Retractable Handheld Sealer from accessory.
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Care and Cleaning
To Clean Appliance:
Press Power Button 10 and remove Power Cord
from electrical outlet. Do not immerse in liquid.
Push In
Tabs
Push In
Tabs
Antibacterial Drip Tray:
Empty Drip Tray after each use. Wash in warm soapy
water or place in top rack of dishwasher. The Adjustable
Food Sensors in the Drip Tray (P) will not function correctly
if liquid is allowed to remain in Drip Tray.
This appliance has a Tray Full indicator 4 . When excess
liquid fills the Drip Tray, the unit will turn off and the
Tray Full Indicator light will activate. To resume normal
operation, Slide out Drip Tray Drawer. Remove Drip Tray
for cleaning by pulling up on the two side tabs. When
replacing drip tray, set the right end of the drip tray
into place, then firmly snap both sides down. Appliance
can be used without Drip Tray, however the Adjustable
Food Sensor setting 8 will not function without the Drip Tray.
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access Drip Tray
Remove All Food
Around Gaskets
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GASKETS
care & cleaning
Slide out Drip Tray Drawer (P). Remove Drip Tray
for cleaning by pulling up on the two side tabs.
Check Lower Gasket (O) around Drip Tray (P) to
make sure it is free from food materials.
Do not attempt to remove gaskets.
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Trouble-Shooting
Problem
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Solution
Red Seal LED Flashing
• Bag not inserted properly. Remove bag, wait for red light to stop flashing and
re-insert bag.
• Wait 20 seconds between seals.
• Unit overheated. Wait several minutes for unit to cool down.
Vacuum Pump is running,
but bag is not evacuating
• If making a bag from a roll, make sure one end of bag is sealed.
(See “How to Make a Bag from a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing Roll” on page 8.)
• Slide out drip tray drawer and make sure there are no foreign objects, dirt or debris
on the bottom gasket. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 13.)
Bag is not sealing
properly
• Too much liquid in bag; freeze before vacuuming.
• To prevent wrinkles in the seal, gently stretch bag flat while inserting bag
into vacuum channel and continue to hold bag until vacuum pump starts.
• Unit overheated. Wait several minutes for unit to cool down.
No lights on the
control panel
• Make sure unit is plugged in.
• Make sure wall outlet is functional.
• Press on/off button.
Nothing happens when
bag is inserted
• Make sure unit has power (see above tip).
• Tray Full; empty drip tray. Clean Drip Tray and place back into appliance.
(See “Care and Cleaning” page 13.)
• Too much food in bag. Avoid overfilling. Allow 4 inches (10.16cm) of space
between contents and top of bag.
• Bag not inserted correctly. Insert bag CURL DOWN. Gently stretch bag flat while
inserting. Hold bag until Vacuum Pump starts.
Tray Full LED Flashing
• Drip Tray has liquid or Drip Tray may be dirty. Empty liquid, clean Drip Tray
and place back into appliance. (See “Care and Cleaning” on page 13.)
Handheld Sealer
not sealing
• Ensure zipper is firmly closed. Slide fingers across entire zipper.
• Air valve is not on flat surface. Reposition bag so the air valve lies flat on counter with
no food under air valve.
Vacuum Nozzle and
Air Valve are not making
secure contact
• Ensure Vacuum Nozzle is centered over the gray circle and placed flat on air valve.
Apply moderate pressure
Air was removed from
the bag but now air has
re-entered.
• Examine zipper and valve of bag. Food debris in zipper or valve may cause leakage and
allow air to enter.
• Sometimes moisture or food material along seal edges of the zipper or beneath the
valve prevents bag from sealing properly. Wipe the inside of bag around zipper and
beneath valve and attempt to reseal.
• If you are vacuum packaging sharp food items, bag may have been punctured. Use a
new bag if there is a hole. Cover sharp food items with a soft cushioning material, such
as a paper towel, and reseal.
The FoodSaver®
Container will not vacuum
• Make sure rubber gasket on inside of lid is free from food materials.
• Examine rim of container for cracks or scratches. Any gaps can prevent containers from
vacuuming properly.
If you need further
assistance:
• Call Consumer Services at 1-877-777-8164.
• For additional tips and answers to frequently asked questions,
go to www.foodsaver.com/Support.aspx
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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 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 4-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.
vacuum packaging
Guidelines for 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.
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To freeze vegetables 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 p
­ ackage 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
pre-freeze 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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Storage Guide
Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, Fruits
Where
to Store
Recommended
FoodSaver®
Bag/Accessory
Storage Life
with FoodSaver®
System
Normal
Storage Life
Beef, Pork, Lamb
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
2-3 years
6 months
Foods
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
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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
storage guide
Meat
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
Apricots, Plums
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-3 years
6-12 months
Peaches, Nectarines
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
1-3 years
6-12 months
Raspberries,
Blackberries
Refrigerator
FoodSaver® Canister
1 week
1-3 days
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
Lettuce, Spinach
Snow Peas, Snap Peas
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®
®
Fruits
®
Softer Berries
Harder Berries
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Storage Guide
Baked Goods, Coffee, Snacks and Liquids
Where
to Store
Recommended
FoodSaver®
Bag/Accessory
Storage Life
with FoodSaver®
System
Normal
Storage Life
Freezer
FoodSaver® Bag
1-3 years
6-12 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
1-1 ½ 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
Foods
Baked Goods
Bagels, Bread,
Pastries
storage guide
Nuts
Coffee
®
®
®
Prepared Liquids
Sauces, Soups,
Stews
Bottled Liquids
Oils
Dry Foods
®
Powdery Foods
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Snack Foods
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Recipes
for your FoodSaver® Appliance
For additional delicious recipes using the
FoodSaver® system to prepare foods in advance,
check our website, www.foodsaver.com.
Main Street Meatloaf
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
½ tsp. dried marjoram
¾ cup yellow onion, chopped
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup celery, with leaves, chopped
1 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
½ cup carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 lbs. lean ground beef
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ lb. ground veal
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ lb. ground pork
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup plain bread crumbs
½ cup light cream
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ cup ketchup
½ cup tomato sauce
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
3 thick slices bacon, uncooked
½ tsp. dried thyme
canola oil nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Coat a large rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. In a heavy skillet over
medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the onion, celery, carrots, parsley and garlic until softened and
the moisture has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. In a large
bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, ketchup, nutmeg, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper. To the egg
mixture, add the meats, bread crumbs and cooled vegetables, mixing thoroughly with a wooden spoon or
your hands. Form the mixture into a large oval and place in the baking dish. Mix the Worcestershire sauce
into the tomato sauce and spoon over the top of the meatloaf. Place the bacon slices lengthwise over the
tomato sauce. Place the pan on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
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This meatloaf is a fantastic All-American version of classic meatloaf! Any leftovers can be packaged in
a FoodSaver® Vacuum Storage Bag and frozen.
Remove from the oven, loosely cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve immediately
or seal and freeze as needed.
Serves 8 or makes 2 meals of 4 servings each.
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Grilled Tarragon Mustard Chicken
Tender grilled chicken, marinated in the FoodSaver® Quick Marinating Canister, is a perfect foundation for
any meal!
3 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
(about 8 pieces)
1 Tbsp. lowfat margarine
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup Tarragon Mustard Marinade (below), divided
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill to medium high heat. Place the chicken breasts in the FoodSaver® Quick
Marinating Canister, cover with 1/2-cup marinade and vacuum seal. Marinate for 20 minutes. Remove
the chicken from the canister and discard the marinade. Lightly wipe the grill rack with cooking oil.
Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook over medium-high heat until well browned, about
6 to 8 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the internal temperature
reaches 170° F on an instant read thermometer. When the chicken is pierced with a fork, the juices
should run clear. While the chicken is grilling, melt the margarine in a medium sauté pan over medium
heat. Add the remaining marinade and wine and bring to a boil. Cook the sauce at a high simmer,
stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Reduce the heat to low and simmer another 4 minutes.
To serve, place 4 grilled chicken pieces on a platter and ladle the sauce over each. Serve immediately.
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Makes 4 servings.
Cool the remaining 4 grilled chicken breasts, separate into individual portion control sizes, vacuum
seal and freeze.
Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp. champagne vinegar
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp. lemon juice
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. dried tarragon
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice and spices, until blended.
Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until thoroughly blended.
Makes 1 cup.
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Smoky Tomato, New Potato & Fresh Pea Stew
Use handy FoodSaver® Vacuum Storage Bags to freeze pre-chopped onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes
and parsley. Makes dinner time a snap to prepare!
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ Ibs. new red potatoes, unpeeled, diced
4 cups Oregano & Garlic Tomato Sauce (below)
1 cup water
½ tsp. bottled liquid smoke flavoring
4 medium beefsteak tomatoes, chopped
1 ½ cups fresh peas, (you may substitute frozen,
thawed peas)
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
salt and pepper to taste
In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic in the oil until the
onion is soft. Add the potatoes, Oregano & Garlic Tomato Sauce, water and liquid smoke flavoring. Bring
the stew to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Add the tomatoes, peas, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, cover and simmer until
the peas are just tender.
Use this flavorful sauce immediately or pre-freeze and vacuum seal in a FoodSaver® Vacuum Storage
Bag for easy reheating.
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 28 oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes
3 cups tomato sauce (15 oz. can plus 8 oz. can)
5 Tbsp. canned tomato paste
3 cups water
1 tsp. sugar
¾ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
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Oregano & Garlic Tomato Sauce
In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté
until softened, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, crush the tomatoes and add to the saucepan with the
remaining ingredients. Stir well to blend, reduce the heat to simmer and cook uncovered for 45 minutes,
stirring occasionally, reducing and slightly thickening the sauce.
Makes 16 cups (4 quarts).
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Grilled Far East Salmon Fillets
Use the FoodSaver® Quick Marinating Canister for quick results in marinating these fillets to perfection.
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4 6-oz. salmon fillets
1 Cup Far East Marinade (below), divided
2 stalks lemongrass, cut in half
1 red onion, skin removed, and quartered
Place the fillets in the Quick Marinating Canister with ½-cup marinade, vacuum seal and marinate for
at least 20 minutes. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium heat. Remove the salmon and discard
the marinade. Place the salmon fillets on the grill with a piece of lemongrass on each fillet. Place an
onion quarter beside each fillet. Cover the grill and cook for 6 minutes. Turn the fillets over and brush
with the remaining ½-cup marinade. Turn the onion quarters and place the lemongrass on top of each
fillet. Cover and cook another 4 to 6 minutes, until the fish flakes easily. To serve, plate each fillet with
a piece of lemongrass on top and the grilled quartered onion beside the fillet.
Serves 4.
Far East Marinade
½ cup dry sherry
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup sake or rice wine
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. hot Asian chile paste
Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended.
Makes 2 cups; enough for 6 pounds of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or fish.
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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 from
the date of purchase, this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship provided this
product is used with FoodSaver® bags and/or rolls. This Limited Five-Year Warranty shall be effective from
the of the original purchase date and shall expire five (5) years after the original purchase date (“Limited
Warranty Period”). JCS , at its option, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product
found to be defective during the Limited Warranty Period, provided the defect is not caused by the use of
any non-FoodSaver® branded bags and/or rolls . A replacement will be made with a new or remanufactured
product or component. If the product is no longer available a replacement may be made with a similar
product of equal or greater value. This is your exclusive Limited Warranty. Do NOT attempt to repair or
adjust any electrical or mechanical functions on this product. Doing so will void this Limited Warranty. This
Limited 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 Limited Warranty. This Limited 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, or use of this product with non-FoodSaver®
branded bags and/or rolls. Further, this Limited Warranty does not cover: Acts of God, such as fire, flood,
hurricanes and tornadoes.
What are the limits on JCS’ Liability?
Damage to a product caused by use of non-FoodSaver® branded bags and/or rolls, accident, misuse, or
abuse is not covered by this Limited Warranty. Improper care and cleaning will void this Limited Warranty.
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.
warranty
5 Year Limited Warranty
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
1.800.777.8164 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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If you register on our website, you will have the opportunity to receive special bag
and accessory introductory offers. Refer to the registration card inside the box.
For important safety information and helpful tips, please visit us at www.foodsaver.com
to get tips on vacuum sealing and order FoodSaver® brand accessories, bags and rolls,
or call 1-877-777-8164 (U.S.).
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