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Using a Hand-Held Vacuum-Sealer for Mason Jars To Store Cut Lettuce

Preview: Use a hand-held vacuum-sealer for Mason jars when storing cut lettuce to prolong the freshness. This is the device I currently recommend. Updated 2/7/21.

Some people say it can’t be done. They say you can’t seal lettuce into a Mason jar with a handheld vacuum device, which would mean you must use a more expensive full-size vacuum machine that takes up a fair amount of space in your kitchen. Guess what?!

IT’S NOT TRUE. Don’t believe it.

Packing salad in a mason jar with a hand-held vacuum device

To convince the skeptics, I made a quick little video to show you how. The device I’m using in the video is no longer available.

The Reynolds Handi-Vac device I use (shown above) is no longer available. The FOYO hand-held device shown below appears to be a dupe for the Reynolds Handi-Vac. It doesn’t take much storage space, is quieter than a full-size vacuum-sealing appliance, and it does the job.

All things considered,  you may prefer the regular, full-sized vacuum-pack machine because of its versatility, but the hand-held is cheaper for those of you who want to dip your toes in the water before diving head first into the world of vacuum-packing.

Have you tried using a hand-held device to vacuum-pack lettuce in a Mason jar?

I would love to hear about your experience.


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I cannot find a new adapter for the mason jars anywhere. Any suggestions?


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

@Paula, Thanks! I do have those items.


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi Ann,

I looked around and everybody is "out of stock." Weird. Maybe it's Covid. I saw some on Ebay for outrageous prices but that's not very helpful. I can only think of one alternative. If you can find a Foodsaver canister that is larger than your jars, you can put the jar into the canister with the lid on. Vacuum-pack the canister and the jar will also seal. Take the lid off the canister and remove your sealed jar. Good luck!


Saturday 18th of April 2020

Hello! I do not find the video on using the hand held device to vacuum pack lettuce.


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Melanie,

I just checked and it's there. It's an old You Tube video. It is a great way to vacuum-seal. So much more convenient than a large machine.


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Where can I find a hand held vacuum for my foodsaver jar sealer? TIA


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Here is one from Foodsaver,^150610209503-device^c-plaid^263863296947-sku^FSFRSH0051@ADL4P00-adType^PLA. However, this is my favorite.

Stretching the Waistband of Your Food Budget

Thursday 20th of October 2016

[…] If this is not part of your personal arsenal you can enjoy some of the benefits with a hand-held device which is relatively inexpensive.  I actually do a TON of jar sealing (much more than bag sealing) with my hand-held…you can seal jars with them as well as the special kind of vacuum bags.  Look for FRESH_SAVER online.  Here’s a video showing how that can be done:… […]

Margaret Brown

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

I recommend writing the food item's name, the date and the cooking instructions either right on the bag or on a freezer bag label, that you stick to the bag to save you from having to find the cooking instructions on the recipe later. Once you've done that, just fill and seal your vacuum food bag as you would a regular zipper storage bag. The Reynolds bags have a maximum fill line. With the bag lying flat on the counter, make sure there is no food above the maximum fill line or directly under the air value. Next, press the vacuum sealer tip against the air valve and press the on button to remove air from your bag. When the bag is tight around the food, release the on button. Quick-as-a-wink, your food is vacuum sealed and ready for the freezer.

Freezing Appetizers

I freeze appetizers such as crab melts and pizza bites using the RHV sealer. When I am ready to cook, I take the appetizers right out of the freezer and vacuum sealed bag, and put them directly into the oven for a quick broil time of 8 minutes. I use the RHV sealer when freezing sweet and spicy meatballs, and when I plan to serve these, I thaw, remove from the freezer bag and reheat in the microwave for a quick bite to eat on busy nights.

Freezing Cookie Dough

I use the flash freezing method for freezing cookie dough. (You may refer to my April, newsletter/article, How to Flash Freeze Make Ahead Cookies, by clicking on my website in my resources box. ) The RHV sealer is very handy for freezing cookie dough. If you don't want to use all of the frozen cookie dough at once, you may take what you need and reseal the bag. For fresh baked cookies every time, that's convenient.

Freezing Breads

If you've tried freezing breads using a plain freezer bag or plastic wrap, you may have found that once thawed, your bread was maybe a little freezer burned and didn't really taste so great. It's okay! The RHV will change the way you feel about freezing bread! Whether I bake banana bread, cinnamon bread, blueberry bread or our family favorite, strawberry bread, I have used the RHV sealer to freeze these and many more breads and have had great results. After baking two loaves of bread (many of my bread recipes will yield two loaves) I wait until they are completely cooled. Next, I wrap them in plastic wrap before placing them in a vacuum bag to freeze. This way, when I am ready to take them out of the vacuum sealed bags to thaw, the breads are already wrapped and ready to eat in about 4 hours. Also, by wrapping the bread in saran wrap first, the freezer bag stays clean and may be reused. Even if they do need cleaning, the vacuum bags may be washed and reused. Breads are great, economical, yet thoughtful gifts to give, especially around the holidays. Once you've tried the RHV for freezing breads, you'll be hooked, and thrilled, when you have a loaf of bread handy in your freezer for whatever the occasion.

Freezing Meals

Several of my main dish recipes and soups can be cooked first and then frozen using the vacuum bags and the RHV sealer. These are easily and quickly defrosted and reheated in the microwave for speedy mid-week meals. These main dishes include: pulled pork, sloppy joes, meatballs and gravy, spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage and taco meat. Beef stew, chicken and spinach tortellini soup, hearty chili and Italian wedding soup are soups that I freeze using the RHV sealer. For other main dish recipes, I assemble the ingredients ahead and use the RHV sealer to freeze the meal before cooking. These include lasagna, chicken cannelloni, taco lasagna, chicken and spinach stuffed shells and chicken enchiladas. I allow 24 hours for these meals to defrost in the refrigerator and then I bake according to the recipe's directions. The RHV is perfect for maintaining the freshness of marinated meats like teriyaki chicken, Thai chicken thighs, London Broil Strips and marinated steak. For turkey and hamburger patties, the RHV sealer truly maintains the food's freshness and appearance. When freezing foods, the RHV sealer is a must-have tool for your kitchen. For make ahead meals, appetizers, soups, breads and cookies, the fresh and delicious taste of my foods comes through every time.

Jane Doiron is a busy working mom of two boys. She is an Elementary School teacher with a passion for cooking and experimenting with recipes. With her busy schedule, Jane has found that make ahead meals (meals prepared in advance) are time-savers, money-savers and are the best alternatives to eating "take-out", which is not usually a healthy meal choice. Jane's cookbook is the result of her years of seeking out new recipes, experimenting with family-favorite recipes, and turning them into make ahead meals. Make ahead meals can be frozen ahead, assembled ahead, or cooked ahead and reheated. The recipes in her cookbook are a combination of all three and were specially formulated without compromising the food's taste and texture. Along with make ahead meals, in her book, Jane also shares her favorite dessert, appetizer and side-dish recipes, as well as helpful tips, like, make ahead tips for the holidays, freezing, must-have items for freezing, and many more useful cooking tips for making recipes ahead.