Food Saver Vacuum Packer
The first thing I vacuum-packed was some instant coffee. That worked out great.
Brown Rice w/package instructions, instant coffee, and shrimp
Because I travelled on business a fair amount, I
packed up some
pretzels and raisins -
after all, a road-warrior needs to be prepared.

The neat thing about this type of food storage is
that the vacuumed stuff ends up
brick hard.

Packing it in my briefcase, I didn't have to
worry about it getting crushed or smashed.
BBQ Pork, pasta and frozen stew
Raisins and Pretzel Sticks
Then, for more fun, I did a couple of kinds of pasta. The bowties were dicey because they
have sharp points which threatened to poke through the bag.  I had some
frozen stew
that I wanted to vacuum seal,

          -  and also some
BBQ Pork that needed to be protected from freezer-burn.
Next I packed a couple of cups of brown rice along with the
instructions for preparation (what a concept, huh?).
Then on to a wrap with the raw shrimp.
Candles, and toiletries

          -  Another thing that lends itself to this technique of storage is toiletries such as the
travel size of
shampoo, soap and lotion.  This keeps them contained, dry and
readily storable in a locker somewhere in the head.
Then, for the next test, I took some scented candles and vacuum-packed them.  This
should help to lock the fragrance oils in so they still smell good when we finally get around
to using them some chilly evening this winter.
I recently purchased a Food Saver Compact II by Tilia, and wanted to pass along my findings as
I begin to use it for food storage.

Since things should be removed from the cardboard packaging both to get rid of a potential bug
problem, and to conserve storage space, I thought vacuum packing would work great as the
primary storage method.

Not only does it get rid of the cardboard problem, but it also turns the contents into a BRICK!

It seems that one big issue is the fact that this really can't be used on anything soft or wet.  It
exerts such a vacuum, that it crushes soft things.  It will also pull the liquid up and out of the

I think that these things can be vacuum-packed, however, a wide-mouth jar or specialized
canister would need to be used - or frozen first to firm them up.

I'll continue to play around with different things and let you know what else I discover.