How do I Seal my Containers?
valve on top of lid should be in down position when starting vacuum seal otherwise you are just transferring air in and out of container.
- Use ball of your palm (Like CPR) just under valve are - you do not need to press with all of your strength to create vacuum seal.
- Press until you hear no more noise coming out of container - it could be 2 times for small container or up to 10 times for very large container*.
- final step is to lock down handles**.
* you can also use your forearm to close any of containers - except small est container in each set. Simply leave blue valve cover in up position, lean onto lid with your forearm/elbow, close valve cover and m give it a couple of more pushes using palm of you hands (like CPR) until you no longer hear air coming out.
** Close handles on larger containers prior to taking air out.
- Lift up on blue value cover and air will come back into container
- Unsnap handle from side of bowl and n you can remove lid.
Storage in your containers
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If container is not performing well re are a couple of thing to try to get container working again.
1) Sometimes white dial gets shifted and is no longer holding orange valve indicator in place. Lift valve cover up and push form underneath to remove valve and give it a clockwise twist - you should hear a clicking sound to indicate that it has been replaced properly. white dial is a date dial and to set date - just select correct day of month and clockwise twist dial to number. You can either set it for day you put your food in or day of food expiration.
2) Place lid of container that is not sealing in your kitchen sink with very hot water. Soak lid in hot water for about 10 minutes and carefully pull out lid. NOTE: Do not let lid dry off or cool down. While lid is still wet and hot place lid onto corresponding container and press lid until you can no longer hear noise from container. Remember, this could mean 2 times for a really small container or up to 10 times for large containers. Leave container sealed on your counter overnight.
This should achieve following:
A) Help rubber in seal that goes around perimeter of lid to soften and allow lid to mold itself to bowl. Once done this usually will solve any sealing problems
B) If the problem (Defective seal) seal will not hold overnight. Please call (952) 932-2993, Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM CST if seal will not hold and above mentioned solution has not been successful.
3) Occasional changes in air pressure, temperature or very long periods of storage can reduce vacuum pressure. If this occurs, simply reseal container.
4) Any Cracks or leaks in container base of lid will prevent vacuum sealing.
YES Touch-Vac Containers are dishwasher safe and re is not a better way to clean container. To keep from losing any of small pieces that could clog dishwashers' filter-system; washing lids in your sink is recommended. It seems that over time clear plastic lids can become etched and scratched from heated drying cycle in dishwasher - which varies from dishwasher to dishwasher. By washing lids by hand, this will keep appearance of container looking pristine. If lids are going into dishwasher, we suggest removing small orange valve indicator and white dial and either hand washing m or placing m into silverware rack, and washing lid on top rack of dishwasher. Remember to replace removed pieces prior to use containers again. bottom to container can go on either rack of dishwasher.
Condensation is naturally formed when certain foods like vegetables, fruits, leafy green and cheese, etc. are stored in containers.
Food sealed in contained no longer has air flowing in and around it. Normally we don;t see moisture come off food, but because it is sealed in container, any moisture or humidity food naturally produces is captured on inside of container. This DOES NOT mean your container is leaking in air or that it is broken, it is something that happens naturally.
To combat this issue, place a few pieces of paper towel in bottom of container and an extra piece on top of foodstuff to absorb any extra condensation. This may not get rid of condensation, but it will help.
See section entitled "Foods Requiring Extra Care" for some more specific ideas on storing certain foods
Once container has been in fridge/freezer a couple of hours, go back into fridge/freezer and "re-seal" container (just give it a couple of extra pumps). container should still be sealed but when you take something from a warm kitchen to a cold fridge/freezer seal can break or not be as strong. By going back a few hours later and giving container a couple of extra pumps; at that point, container has been corrected to fridges'/freezers' temperature and it will hold its seal better.
Below is a list of food that we noticed needed some extra care when storing.
Fine Powers - Allow any fine powder, i.e. flour, icing sugar, etc. to settle before creating a vacuum and before you place lid on container - give lip of container base a wipe with a damp cloth to ensure re are no particles that would not allow container to seal properly. Also, give lid's seal an extra wipe down to ensure re are not any small particles that could have settled on it.
Bread - Homemade and store bought bread produce a natural gas from yeast that is used to make bread rise. If you are going to store bread in containers - use plastic bag that bread came in or use a grocery bag and keep bread wrapped up in bag. n you are able to store your bread inside of container without seal breaking.
Bananas - This delicious fruit's outer skin produces a natural gas as well as natural moisture inside of container (see Condensation in My Touch-Vac Container section), so you have to have a little more patience when you are storing bananas in your container. natural gas/moisture that is produced by this fruit, it will change pressure inside of container causing it to un-seal. If you do not eat a banana for a couple of days, you will have to go back and re-seal container.
Coffee - Coffee produces a natural gas when vacuumed sealed and will not allow container to hold its seal. If you are going to store coffee in container, please leave it in original store packaging to help prevent gas from unsealing container.
Cooked Dishes ( Leftovers)
*Foods are refrigerated at a temperature of +3/+5 degrees C (except dried food)
** above duration should only be used as a guide. Results may very with users
ALL RECIPES REQUIRE LIDS TO BE ON WITH RELEASE VALVE IN UP POSITION IN ORDER FOR COOKING TO OCCUR
ALL TOUCH-VAC CONTAINERS CAN BE USED TO STEAM ANY VEGETABLE. FILL BOTTOM OF CONTAINER WITH A LITTLE WATER, ADD VEGETABLES AND PUT IN MICROWAVE FOR 2 MINUTES. IT CREATES A STEAM! HEALTHY AND TASTES GREAT!
Betty Crocker, in our opinion, has best brownie mix to use in microwave - Chocolate Chunk.