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Make Sure Your Fruits & Veggies Like Each Other Posted on 22 Jun 22:18 , 0 comments

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New Book! Posted on 20 Apr 21:45 , 0 comments

So, I typically keep personal and business endeavors separate...BUT...I am going to share with you a really special, sentimental project that I have been working on for almost two years.

As some of you may know, I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was just ten years old. This has affected everything in my life. When I became a mother in June 2013, my life was sweetened. Thanks to my supportive husband and The Vak Shack, I am able to stay home with my children, which is especially important to me, after having my time with my own Mama cut short.

Shortly after my daughter was born I wrote a poem...it sat in a notebook for 2.5 years until I finally decided it was time to turn it into a children's book. And that's what I did! I am sharing to get the word out...I currently rank #135 on my Amazon category and my dream is to get to the #1 spot...how neat would that be!

This book is the perfect gift for ALL mothers...as it is about how generations of love are passed on through a tune. It's really sweet and sentimental. So, if you know of any mothers (expecting Mamas count, too!) who have ever rocked a baby to sleep at night, or if you are a grandparent yourself...I would SO appreciate you passing this book along. I think you'll love the ending!

God bless you all. Thank you for your wonderful patronage of The Vak Shack since 2006...I am so grateful that I am able to own and operate a business here in the USA that allows me to stay home with my children (and pursue my dreams).

Happy Mother's Day!!

~Amanda


See the story behind the book here.
See what my friends & family have to say here.
Watch a book trailer video here.
Purchase on Amazon here.
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Today's Latest Deals! Posted on 7 Apr 12:03 , 0 comments

Today's the day to purchase a case (or two!) of vacuum sealer bags at this great discounted price. They never expire and they make great gifts year round!


Meet Our Team! Posted on 7 Apr 12:01 , 0 comments

Meet your vacuum sealing experts! We are living the American dream of owning our own business here in the good old U S of A thanks to our loyal customers! Keep the pictures and emails coming...!


New Promo for Spring Cleaning Posted on 6 Apr 06:54 , 0 comments

Use PROMO: SPRING30 for 30% OFF $25+ !

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Take advantage of this hot offer and stock up on the bags you know and love. We are looking forward to your business. Have a great week! :)

~Amanda


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Is Vacuum packing good for food safety? Posted on 30 Mar 23:42 , 0 comments

There are numerous types of equipment being marketed for vacuum packaging food in the house. They differ significantly in technology, features and cost, and normally are called vacuum packaging machines or vacuum sealers. These devices may extend the storage time of refrigerated foods, dried foods and frozen foods. However, vacuum product packaging is not a substitution for heat processing of house canned foods.

Vacuum product packaging is likewise not a substitution for the refrigerator or freezer storage of foods that would otherwise require it. In fact, vacuum packaging can add to the issues connected with keeping of foods that are perishable (which are foods not stable at the temperature level of a room that need a fridge or freezer).

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There are lots of preventative measures that must be taken when vacuum packaging disposable foods for refrigerator or freezer storage. You have to assume that the subject of spoiling food carries the danger of potential pathogenic contamination. And, when frozen food is ready to be defrosted and utilized, steps to reduce the risks from microorganisms in food need to still be followed. Once again, perishable foods must still be cooled or frozen for storage after packing in a vacuum or partial vacuum environment.

Making a vacuum implies eliminating air from the contents of a container. Oxygen in ecological air does promote specific reactions in foods which can downgrade the food quality. For instance, oxidative rancidity of fats in food and specific color modifications are promoted by the existence of oxygen. For that reason, removal of oxygen from the environment will maintain particular quality attributes and extend the food's shelf life based upon quality.

However, elimination of oxygen from the surrounding environment does not remove the possibility for all bacterial development; it simply alters the nature of what is most likely to happen. In fact, exactly what is probably to be removed is development of putridity germs. The bacteria that usually ruin the quality of food in visible ways (smell, color, sliminess, etc.) prefer to have oxygen in the environment. If able to multiply on foods, this type of bacteria can let you know if a food is going bad before it reaches the point when it makes someone ill. In an almost oxygen-free environment like vacuum product packaging produces, the wasting bacteria do not increase as quickly so the loss of food quality is decreased.

Some pathogenic (illness-causing) germs, nevertheless, like low-oxygen environments and reproduce well in vacuum-packaged foods. In fact, without competition from spoilage bacteria, some pathogens recreate much more quickly than in their presence. These bacteria often do not produce obvious modifications in the food, either. In the vacuum-packaged environment, food may become hazardous from pathogenic microbial development without any indicators to warn the consumer; the bacteria that would likewise normally be multiplying and spoil food in methods to make it uninviting (smell, sliminess, and so on) are unable to work without enough oxygen.

The elimination or decrease of oxygen in the storage environment is undoubtedly useful for extending the storage quality of non-perishable dry foods such as dried nuts or crackers. Products like this are low enough in moisture that microbial growth is prevented.

Vacuum product packaging can also be safe for food that will be stored frozen. However, correct thawing under conditions that minimize microbial development - like refrigeration - would be essential. If the package stays closed throughout thawing, you still have a vacuum environment where pathogenic bacteria can be active if the temperature level is warm enough.

Generally recommended freezing practices and product packaging approaches, if performed thoroughly, will produce food that remains at its best over storage times that are lengthy.


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20% Off $100+ Orders Posted on 14 Oct 19:53 , 2 comments

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