Food Vacuum Sealer Instructions
for FoodSaver® V2240

Where to Place the Bag for Proper Vacuum Sealing

FoodSaver vacuum bag placement

Food Vacuum Sealer Instructions

Welcome to Food Vacuum Sealer Instructions.

This is Part 2.

(See part 1 here.)

Here we show you how to PROPERLY PLACE your vacuum-sealer bags on the FoodSaver!

This photo shows you WHERE TO PLACE the CUT EDGE of your vacuum sealer bag.

The edge of the bag goes right in the center of the black oval vacuum channel.

Hold the bag in place with your hands away from the area, then close the lid.

Press the lever down that's on the right side of the machine. This holds the bag in place (see photo below ad).

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Smooth Out the Bag's Contents

FoodSaver push lever down

While the bag is clamped, I smooth out the contents of the bag, making it pretty flat.

This makes it much easier to store in the Mylar bags later on.

Now, simply press the dark "vacuum and seal" button. You'll now experience the air being drawn out of the bag, and this lasts about 6-10 seconds!

Machine Will Auto-Switch to Seal Mode

FoodSaver seal button lit

When the vacuuming is finished, you'll see the machine switch over to the "seal" mode — and the seal button will light up in red as shown in the photo.

Let the machine seal the bag and be patient! This takes about 6 seconds.

When you see the light go off, you can now raise the handle which locks the lid in place, and lift the lid and retrieve the vacuumed and sealed bag!

Simply place the edge of your Mylar bag beyond the first dark strip (as shown in the first photo on this page) — about an inch is good.

NEXT UP - Important:
For Mylar Bags Only!

There are times when we do not
want to use the vacuum feature –
such as when we are simply
sealing our
Mylar bags.

Foodsaver V2240 interior

Take a look at the 'open wide' photo and you'll see the dark rectangular strip on the bottom, just in front of the oval vacuum-sealer channel. This strip works in conjunction with the upper bar.

The lower strip will be flush against the bag's bottom when the lid is closed. Just press the SEAL button this time, and your bag will be sealed without any vacuuming taking place!

As the top bar heats up when the lid is down, the heated bar works to seal the bag.

When you're vacuuming
and sealing a few bags,
please wait 20 seconds
between each sealing
to allow the strip to
cool down before re-use!

Write On Bag's Contents and Add The Date Too!

Green beans before and after vacuuming

I use a black felt-tipped pen and spend this 'waiting time' writing the bag's contents and the date on the very top of the bag (above the seal) that I've just vacuumed.

Yes, I know you can see through the bag, but sometimes green beans can be mistaken for peas! :-)

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Thanks for taking time to read our food vacuum sealer instructions; remember, this is part 2. Part one of our food vacuum sealer instructions can be found here.

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I'd like to add this that our visitor, Paul,
sent in recently. I echo his words.
"When I've vacuum-sealed a bag,
I seal it again by moving the bag slightly –

and seal again above the first seal –
in effect sealing it twice as a safety measure.

Sometimes bags puncture during storage, or the seal may fail.
Remember to rotate your stock and check for any 'soft' bags."
Thanks for writing in Paul!

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