Keeping your frozen venison tasting fresh is a key to great meals, whether you’re eating it a month from now or late next summer. Improper packaging and freezing may not yield the best results, though, leaving you irritated and frustrated.
Want to learn how to freeze food with one of the best vacuum sealers out there? We’ve found one that is ideal for the upcoming deer hunting season, and it will be ideal for just about everything else in between, too!
By Daniel E. Schmidt
These are the days that try men’s souls. And their patience. Well, at least mine.
Yep, it’s harvest season once again at the Schmidt house, and I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to going home after work yesterday. Problem is, our vegetable garden is once again exploding, and Tracy called me at 4 p.m. to sound the alarm.
“The girls and I just got in from the garden,” she said. “Get ready for a fun night of freezing peas and broccoli.”
Ugh. Yes, dear. Knew it was coming — and, yes, I love to eat this stuff — but the work is never fun. Last year we spent countless nights canning, freezing and drying our foods. I was envisioning another one of those marathons that stretched past 2 a.m.
Just last weekend, I proudly unplugged our third freezer, which we had just emptied of venison. Cleaned that baby up in anticipation of my early season whitetail bowhunt in Wyoming which is just a month away.
Nothing complements venison better than freshly frozen veggies from the garden, but they do take up a lot of freezer space. Up until now, we froze our veggies the old-fashioned way — in zipper-style bags filled by hand and packed flat as possible. We’re done doing that, thanks to a great new vacuum sealer produced by Oliso.
Tracy and I have been down this road before, and have spent hundreds of dollars on vacuum sealers with the hopes of drastically reducing time spent in the kitchen and space used up needlessly in the freezer. Although those older-style sealers worked to a degree, the only thing I can say about them is they are collecting dust in our basement and have been for a few years. They never really worked quite as good as we thought they would, plus the bags were insanely expensive and essentially one-and-done propositions.
Old-style bags have to be cut apart and resealed. The second and third use of these bags is never quite right, because the bags typically are mutilated — or reduced to a size not suited for what you’re freezing.
The Oliso Pro sealer is quite different. This little unit is essentially idiot-proof from a ease-of-use standpoint, and the bags can be re-used up to 16 times. What’s more, the bags don’t need to be cut apart. They are zip-style bags that merely need to be cleaned (can be run through a dishwasher).
The key to the Oliso Pro’s performance is Dual Seal Freshkeeper® Technology that is being touted as the most advanced system available for achieving a perfect seal with moist or dry contents. The unit also ensures a consistent and superior seal every time, and it also comes with a portable car port attachment, which allows hunters to package meat fresh from the field. This would be very handy in an early season elk camp or a remote deer camp that had no electric access.
I can’t imagine how cool that would be: Package the meat right there on the spot; load up the cooler and drive it straight home to the chest freezer.
The Oliso Pro retails for $199. Bag sizes vary from 1 quart to 1 gallon and cost approximately 75 cents each when bought by the box. Again, the bags can be re-used many times over.
For more information on the Oliso Pro and its related accessories, click here.