Tips for Successful Vacuum Packaging
For more usage tips and safety information, please refer to the FoodSaver Reference Guide or visit our website at www.foodsaver.com.
Tips on 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 3 inches of
space between bag contents and top of bag.
2. Open appliance lid and place open end of bag into
Vacuum Channel (J). Close lid and use Latch (E) to lock.
3. Press appropriate Food Setting Button (N) Moist or Dry.
4. Press appropriate Speed Setting Button (P). For best
results, choose either Gentle or Normal Speed setting.
You can change speed settings between pushes of
the Pulse Button if you wish.
5. Push and hold the Pulse Button (R). The vacuum
will run as long as the Pulse Button is held down.
Release the Pulse Button to stop the vacuum
process. Repeat pushing the Pulse Button until
desired amount of air has been removed.
6. Press Seal Button (U) to seal the bag and end
Pulse mode.
7. When the Progress Lights (T) turn off, unlock Latch,
lift lid and remove bag. Refrigerate or freeze if needed.
Tips on Sealing a Bag
Make sure appliance lid is securely latched.
When making a bag from a roll, place bag material on
Sealing Strip (L), close lid and make sure to use the
Latch (E) to lock lid. Then press Seal Button (U).
Prevent moisture or liquid from being pulled
into the Vacuum Channel (J) or trapped in the
seal. Either pre-freeze moist food such as raw meat for
1-2 hours before vacuum packaging, or place a folded
paper towel between food and end of bag to absorb
excess liquids. Just be sure to leave at least 3 inches
between paper towel and end of bag so that bag seals
properly with paper towel inside.
Make sure appliance has time to cool down.
Wait at least 20 seconds between seals. If appliance is
engaged prior to 20 seconds from last use, the error
light will flash. Under very heavy usage, appliance will
shut off automatically to prevent overheating. If it does,
wait 20 minutes to allow appliance to cool off.
Tips on Removing Air from a Bag
Check for wrinkles in the bag along the Sealing
Strip. Wrinkles in seal may cause leakage and allow
air to come back into bag. Check for wrinkles in bag
along Sealing Strip (L) before closing lid and vacuum
packaging. If you find wrinkles after sealing bag, simply
cut bag open and vacuum package again.
If motor runs for more than 30 seconds without
stopping, consider the following: If vacuum packaging
with a bag, make sure open end is placed down inside
Vacuum Channel (J) and make sure Accessory Hose (A)
is not attached. If vacuum packaging with an accessory,
check Accessory Hose in appliance lid and in accessory
to ensure a tight fit.
Tips on Storage
To utilize flip-up storage:
1. Close the lid.
2. Turn Latch (E) halfway to secure for storage
(the halfway position locks appliance lid for storage
without compressing the foam gasket and creating
unnecessary wear and tear).
3. Push and hold Release Button (C) on the right side
of appliance.
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Tips
Make sure appliance lid is securely latched.
When vacuuming and sealing a bag, make sure the
Latch (E) is in the locked position.
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4. Raise the front of appliance until it’s in the upright
position and it clicks.
5. Let go of the Release Button.
6. When ready to use again, press Release Button and
lower front of appliance.
Tips for Successful Vacuum Packaging
(continued)
General 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 FoodSaver Bags, Canisters
and Accessories.
3. During the vacuum packaging process, small
amounts of liquids, crumbs or food particles can
be inadvertently pulled into Vacuum Channel (J),
clogging the pump and damaging your appliance.
To prevent this, follow these tips:
a. For moist and juicy foods such as raw meats:
Freeze first and avoid overfilling bags. You can
also place a folded paper towel inside top of bag,
but below seal area, before vacuum packaging.
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 (I) 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
6. To prevent wrinkles in a seal when vacuum
packaging bulky items, gently stretch bag flat
along Sealing Strip (L) before you close lid.
7. If you are unsure your bag was sealed properly,
simply reseal bag about 1⁄4 inch above first seal.
8. 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.
9. When using accessories, remember to leave one
inch of space at top of canister or container, and
make sure to lock Latch (E) before vacuuming.
Unlock the Latch when finished.
10. Pre-freeze fruits and blanch vegetables before
vacuum packaging for best results. See pages 2-3
of FoodSaver Reference Guide for more information.
11. If appliance does not function, check to make sure
the Latch is in the locked position.
Note: Error light will flash if Latch is not engaged.
12. If storing appliance horizontally, make sure
the Latch is in the unlocked position. If storing
appliance vertically, lock the Latch halfway.
Make sure Drip Tray has been emptied before
storing vertically.
FoodSaver Bag. These bags are manufactured
with a special side seam, which is sealed all the
way to the outer edge.
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Item # T180-00237-000 (08/05)
QuickStart
V2860
Features of Your FoodSaver Appliance
A Accessory Hose
B Accessory Hose
Storage
C Flip-up Release
Button
E
Easy-lock Latch
F
Pen Storage
G Roll Storage
Compartment
H Bag Cutter and
Cutter Bar
K Foam Gasket
L
Extra-wide Sealing Strip
For important safety information and helpful tips, please refer to the FoodSaver Reference Guide
included in your kit. Questions? Visit us at www.foodsaver.com or call 1-800-777-5452 (U.S.) or
1-877-804-5383 (Canada). Get tips on vacuum packaging and order FoodSaver accessories.
Features
D Touchpad Control
Panel
I
Easy-clean Drip Tray
J
Vacuum Channel
Features
Advanced Design Features
The user-friendly control panel makes it easy for you to get the most out of your FoodSaver Advanced
Design Features, and the touchpad design allows you to easily wipe it clean.
This button has two uses:
1. Press to vacuum package and seal food
airtight. Appliance shuts off automatically.
2. Press to cancel any process at any point.
Q Canister Vacuum Button
Press to achieve best vacuum for
canisters and accessories.
R PulseVac™ Control Button
Use to manually control the vacuum process
and avoid crushing delicate items. See Tips
section for further information.
N Adjustable Food Settings
Select food type to optimize the seal – Dry
(normal seal time) for foods without liquid;
Moist (longer seal time) for juicy foods.
O Accessory Port
Attach Accessory Hose (A) here to
vacuum package with FoodSaver Canisters
and Accessories.
P
Three Speed Settings
Select speed to optimize vacuum –
Gentle for delicate foods; Normal for
average-sized bags, canisters and all
accessories; Fast for larger-sized bags
and canisters.
Flip-up Storage
The V2860 model flips upright for convenient,
space-saving storage. See Tips section for detailed
flip-up directions.
S
Seal Reminder Light
Flashes when using the PulseVac
Control function to remind you to
press the Seal Button.
T Progress Lights
Signal progression of vacuuming and sealing
process. All three lights extinguish when the
full process is finished.
U CrushFree™ Instant Seal Button
This button has four uses:
1. Press 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. Press to create a seal on Mylar bags
(such as a potato chip bag) to keep food
sealed airtight.
4. Press during Pulse mode to seal bag.
Features
M Vacuum & Seal Button
Getting Started
Registering your appliance is quick and easy at www.foodsaver.com. If you register on our website, you will have the
opportunity to receive special bag and accessory introductory offers. Refer to the registration card in the box.
How to Make a Bag from a FoodSaver Roll
Place Bag Material on Sealing Strip
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Close and Latch Lid
1. Open appliance lid and place roll into Roll
Storage Compartment (G).
2. Lift up Bag Cutter Bar (H).
3. Pull bag material to the outer edge of the
Sealing Strip (L) and lower the Cutter Bar.
4. Close and lock the lid using the Latch (E).
5. Press Seal Button (U).
6. When Progress Lights (T) turn off, sealing is
complete. Unlock Latch and lift lid.
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Press Seal Button
7. You now have one sealed end and need to cut
the bag to the length you need. Pull out enough
bag material to hold item to be vacuum packed,
plus 3 inches.
8. Gently press and slide Bag Cutter across the
length of the roll.
Now you are ready to vacuum package with your
new bag (see below).
How to Vacuum Package with FoodSaver Bags
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Place Bag in Vacuum Channel
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Close and Latch Lid
1. Place item(s) in bag, allowing at least 3 inches of
2.
3.
4.
5.
space between bag contents and top of bag.
Open appliance lid and place open end of bag
into Vacuum Channel (J).
Close lid and use Latch (E) to lock.
Press appropriate Food Setting Button (N) –
Choose Moist for juicy foods or Dry for foods
without liquid. Appliance will default to Dry setting.
Press appropriate Speed Setting Button (P) –
Choose Gentle for delicate foods; Normal for
average-sized bags, canisters and all accessories; or
Fast for larger-sized bags and canisters. Appliance
will default to Normal speed.
Bags & Rolls
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Press Vacuum & Seal Button
6. Press Vacuum & Seal Button (M) to begin automatic
vacuum and sealing process.
7. When Progress Lights (T) turn off, unlock Latch,
lift lid and remove bag. Refrigerate or freeze if
needed. (See FoodSaver Reference Guide for food
safety tips.)
Note: Let appliance cool down for 20 seconds after
each use. If appliance is engaged prior to 20 seconds
from last use, the error light will flash.
FoodSaver Accessories
Accessories include FoodSaver Vacuum Packaging Canisters, Universal Lids, Jar Sealers and Bottle Stoppers.
How to Prepare FoodSaver Accessories for Vacuum Packaging
4. For accessories with a large knob on lid,
contents and rim.
2. Wipe rim of canister, container or bottle to
ensure it is clean and dry.
3. Place lid on canister or container, or place stopper
in bottle.
turn knob to Vacuum. Vacuum package using
instructions below. When vacuum process is
complete, turn knob to Closed before removing
Accessory Hose (A).
5. For accessories without a large knob on lid, vacuum
package using instructions below.
How to Vacuum Package with FoodSaver Accessories
Accessories
1. Always leave at least one inch of space between
1. Prepare container according to FoodSaver
5. Push the Canister Vacuum Button (Q). Motor will
Accessory Guidelines above.
2. With lid closed, insert one end of Accessory
Hose (A) into Port (O) on appliance. Insert other
end into port on accessory. Twist gray tab while
inserting to ensure a tight fit.
3. Lock the Latch (E) on side of appliance
before vacuuming.
4. If vacuum packaging in a large canister, push
Fast Speed Setting (P) button.
run until vacuum process is complete.
6. When motor turns off, gently twist and remove
Accessory Hose from accessory and appliance.
Unlock Latch.
7. To test vacuum, simply tug on accessory lid.
It should not move.
Note: For important tips on using accessories with
different foods, please refer to the FoodSaver
Reference Guide.
How to Open FoodSaver Accessories after Vacuum Packaging
FoodSaver Vacuum Packaging Canisters
(without large knob on lid)
To release vacuum and open, push gray rubber
button on lid.
Quick Marinators (with large knob on lid)
and Universal Lids
To release vacuum and open, turn knob on lid
to Open.
FoodSaver Jar Sealer with Mason Jars
For use with Ball ® and Kerr ® brand Mason jars.
To release vacuum and open, wedge spoon between
Mason jar lid and highest part of threaded rim. Twist
spoon gently to release vacuum.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT use screw bands when
vacuum packaging jars.
FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers
To release vacuum and open, simply pull up on
Bottle Stopper.
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