Back to School Lunch Prep Ideas ~ Vacuum Sealer Hacks ~ Noreen’s Kitchen

Back to School Lunch Prep Ideas ~ Vacuum Sealer Hacks ~ Noreen’s Kitchen


It’s back-to-school time and I thought it would be fun to share with you some really cool Lunch packing hacks that you can do with your vacuum sealer If you are one of those people I used to do this I would meal prep for the entire week for my girls lunches We would do sandwiches or soups or sometimes they would take leftover So we would do that the night before whenever came to like sides I used to do homemade pudding in little cups We used to do homemade. Jello in little cups We also always set fruits and veggies with them along with some yogurts sometimes today We’re going to be making delicious little packets of fresh vegetable apples And then we’re also going to be making our own Homemade yogurt tubes and I’m gonna show you how you can do that with your vacuum sealer This video is sponsored by the good people at Moore sky who sent me this very affordable very bare bones basic vacuum sealer that you can pick up very inexpensively on Amazon and I will leave all the links down below where you can find all the information and You can get one for yourself this does the job that you need to do it seals and it vacuum seals You can use it just for sealing which is what we’re gonna do with our go-gurt if you don’t want one of those giant ones And you can’t really afford that right now. This is a really great option I have been using it for about a week. It works really really well. I was actually very pleasantly surprised I also wanted to tell you this this vacuum sealer comes with 25 of these bags These are the smaller bags not the gallon size bags, but I don’t I think these are bigger than a quart They might be two quarts I have used these bags to create my own smaller bags that you can make little packets out of first We’re gonna start off with some apples So I just sliced up an apple here and my girls always used to take a half an apple each We’re just gonna go ahead and throw some in here and these bags I have created this bag by cutting one of those bags in half and then the half that has two open ends You can just seal off the side that’s open and create yourself a brand new bag Okay What you wanted to do is you want to make sure that your bag is inside you see this little foam channel here This is where the vacuum sealing magic is going to take place So you want to make sure your bag is in there? You want to make sure that it’s flat you pop on these little clips and then you hit the vacuum and seal button And there it goes And it’s gonna suck all the air out and then it’s going to seal it Just like that beautiful now the best part about this is you can prep all your apples for all your kids lunches at the beginning of the week on A Sunday or afternoon or Sunday evening and they’re not gonna turn brown. You don’t have to use any lemon juice your kids aren’t gonna complain it tastes like sour and Everybody’s gonna be happy you can put this in their lunch with a little container of peanut butter and everyone’s gonna be happy so we’ve got apple slices ready to go and You can do as many as those as you need and then we’re gonna do some veggie packets you can do whatever you like I have some celery sticks here and a couple of baby carrot I learned Especially with my girls never to put too much in there at one time because then they end up not eating it We also have some cucumber sticks here. I’ll put a couple of those And again, we’re just gonna go ahead and pop this in. I think I may have too many cucumber slices in here So we’ll just put one put it in here Sometimes it helps if you lift it up a little pop your clips on. I love these clips I love the idea that this is gonna hold it. Shut a lot of the bigger more expensive models You don’t have to worry about that. But this really does pull a vacuum. So there you go. And your seal is good and These are going to be fast fresh on Friday as they were you made them on Sunday I’m just finishing up Doing all my veggie packets, and I wanted to show you something that I figured out When this finishes sealing remember, I was having a real hard time lifting this up Look at ya. This is sealed. It’s done if you just burp it like this with this little I Don’t even know what to call it the little valve and then you can unclip it. Boom. You’re good to go. Everything’s sealed up Now we’re gonna make our own homemade gogurts And if you’re not familiar with Gobert that is yogurt in a tube that you can You can actually freeze it and eat it frozen like a little frozen Yogurt pop or you can freeze it and put it in the lunch and then by lunchtime It’s thought-out and your kids can just enjoy their little squeezy yogurt treat I’ve made some tubes out of these bags and I’m gonna show you how I did that It’s not hard at all. I used I messed up one because you kind of have to be careful one went all wonky Of course. It was my first one so all you’re gonna do in this case is seal the bag and what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put this in all the way to the back on the long side of The bag and I’m just going to hit the seal only there’s a little seal only button below the vacuum and seal I’m not using the clips on the side and That little green button is gonna turn red you have to keep holding it and then it’s gonna turn green which is going to be an indicator that your seal is complete just Like that and then you can open this up and boom you’ve got a tube now You’re gonna cut this Just with a pair of scissors hopefully your pair of scissors is better than mine And then you’re gonna go ahead and you’re gonna seal again. You’re gonna seal this side because now we have to seal twice We’re gonna seal though the one end here seal only When the light is green and then it turns red and then when it turns green again your seal is done Ceil is done There’s your seal and then once again in order to make a tube you want to put this all the way to the back Hit the seal only button make your seal one more time and then you’re gonna have one more tube So that you can make your own delicious yogurt treats We’re not using the vacuum seal at all in this case Only the sealing part and then you can just cut that apart and continue going usually get four Tubes out of one of these bags that came with the machine Last year for back-to-school. I shared my own homemade flavored yogurt and I usually do this To flavor it so that’s what we do I have some strawberry jam here and I have some Greek yogurt and all we’re gonna do is mix these together I love this because it’s completely customizable. You can make this yogurt whatever flavor you like. Do you like apricot yogurt? strawberry rhubarb yogurt blueberry yogurt Pineapple yogurt you just do whatever you like and no it doesn’t have to be homemade. Jam It just has to be Jam but homemade is best. This is not homemade This is an a no sugar all fruit version of strawberry spread And it makes it very easy just to make your own yogurt but starting off with Greek yogurt is the key Because the Greek yogurt is already super thick and it’s not the when you put the jam there It’s not gonna make it too thin and dilute it Now I know some of you are thinking how am I gonna get that? inside those tubes well We’re gonna do our best here. Okay. So the way we get the yogurt Inside the tube is we’re gonna get a little ziplock bag and we’re gonna fill it with our yogurt And just cut the tip off and then this is where it can get messy and you might need an extra pair of hands I have a funnel here, and then I’ve got my tube Okay, so we’re just gonna put the tube over the funnel because if you were by yourself You’re gonna have to do this like this, okay So very important you have to make sure there’s a way for air to escape this tube Otherwise, you’re gonna make a giant mess Okay, so I’m just gonna put the tube and if you have to you can just shake it down It helps also sometimes to have a little help take a wooden spoon handle and push it down It doesn’t take a lot to fill these. Okay, so just keep that in mind Take your funnel out. You don’t want to fill these up too much Okay, we got our little tube all filled up and now we’re gonna put it in the sealer Only in the sealer just put the top right there Hit the seal only You want to try and make sure that it’s as clean as possible at the top where you’re gonna make your seal but because this is gonna melt the plastic together, it’s not really that and Important because it’s gonna it’s gonna pull a seal. Anyway, it’s not just work because we’re not vacuum sealing There you go boom now we’ve got Some gogurts. We’ve got some fruit and veggie snacks. We’re good to go. I’m gonna go set this out So it looks nice and then we’re gonna come back. We’re gonna talk a little bit about this vacuum sealer This is everything that we vacuum sealed today all ready for school lunches for the week And I wanted to just give you a couple tips You’re gonna put this in your kids lunch and they’re gonna need to open it. So you want to take a scissor and You want to go ahead and just notch it with a pair of scissors? Okay, this way they can just tear it open but then they can just tear them open and to make it really easy and you’re gonna want to do the same thing with your gogurts go ahead and give it a little notch on the side here and then they can just Easily tear that right open just like that, but that’s it. This vacuum sealer is brought to us by More sky, this is currently on Amazon available for $27.99 I think it’s a really good starter piece if you don’t have the money to buy a more expensive Version of a vacuum sealer if you are only doing light duty vacuum sealing. I think this is a really great option for you $27.99 and they’re currently offering a five percent off coupon and that makes your total price 2660 it is available in Amazon Prime. So if you have that there’s free shipping as I demonstrated in the video It’s easy to operate one touch automatic vacuum sealer with an LED indicator light It just keeps your food fresh and it keeps it from going I really like to use this for when you buy cheese in bulk. You buy bricks of cheese. It’s really great to Vacuum steal your cheese because it literally lasts for six months in your refrigerator And then if you’re also vacuum sealing meats this takes your meat where you if you brought it home from the grocery store in the Packaging and just stuck it in your freezer. It’s good for three months if you vacuum sealant, it’s good for a year So keep that in mind, you’re really extending the life of the food that you’re buying and you’re not putting money in the garbage So that’s really important as well. I also like the fact that this vacuum sealer is small its lightweight It’s easy to use if you have dexterity issues or accessibility issues. This is not gonna be a problem for you It’s all right there It’s super easy to use and it comes with the cord and everything and it comes with a 25 bags You can also purchase extra bags and really any type of vacuum sealing bag is gonna work with this They also offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you order it, and you don’t like it You’ll be able to get your money back. The one caveat is you should not vacuum seal Liquids and like I said, we did not vacuum seal the yogurt We simply added a seal to the top. So it would be secure and everybody would be happy Remember to notch the bag so that your kids can easily get there. They’re yumminess out of there. Make sure you seal it You’ve notch it below the seal so that your kids can open that right up. So that’s it I hope that this gives you some quick tips and tricks something Maybe you never thought of if you have a vacuum sealer at home already maybe this gives you some ideas about how you can use it to get meal prep out of the way for the coming week worth of lunches because Back-to-school is upon all of us and even though my girls don’t take lunch anymore because they’re both in college still This is a really great option If you are a single person who packs your lunch and takes it to work if you are an office worker Exactly, and you need to take your lunch with you. Maybe you’re on a special diet Maybe you’re doing keto or paleo or something of that nature This makes it really easy to do all of your prep work One afternoon of the week in advance and have it ready to go so you’re just grabbing and going out the door in the morning making it super easy taking a lot of stress off you if you’re back to school then it’s take a lot of stress off mom and you don’t have to think about it and If you or your husband are a hunter another thing that Rick wanted me to mention This is a really great way vacuum sealing your ammunition will help it to keep from Oxidizing when you’re out in the field and it will keep it protected and safe So those are all great tips and you can take them for what they’re worth I hope that you learn something and if you liked the video Please consider giving me a thumbs up. And if you are new to my kitchen, welcome always a pleasure Please hit that subscribe button and if you are a tried and true member of the Noreen’s kitchen family be sure and hit the bell notification button and Set your YouTube channel to your subscription feed as your home page and not the YouTube suggested videos page That may be why you’re missing videos that you didn’t think we’re out there We don’t want any of you to miss out on all the real food for real people Real easy recipes that we present all the time right here on our YouTube channel and straight from our kitchen Once again, we thank our sponsor today more sky for sending us this vacuum-sealer and sponsoring this video We hope that if you are interested, you will use the link down below Check it out and go get yourself one and see how you like it. I hope that you enjoy the video I hope you give these ideas a try and I hope that you love them and until next time I’ll see

68 thoughts on “Back to School Lunch Prep Ideas ~ Vacuum Sealer Hacks ~ Noreen’s Kitchen

  1. I have one of the large sealers and I never use because it is to big, to awkward for me to handle. All I ever wanted was something like this. I plan to check it out, I hope the reviews are good. Never thought about sealing some of the fruits and vegetables for snacks. Thanks.

  2. I know you mentioned freezing the yogurt (which is great); making healthier versions of those popular summer freeze pops would be a cinch with this, as well!

  3. Wow!! Never thought to make my own Go Gurt!! Thanks for the video! Awesome idea!! Even though we are doing online schooling this year we need readily available snacks!

  4. Wow, thank you so much for your video. I've been struggling with this lately. I got an idea after seeing your video. I think I'll buy one to try??????

  5. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I have a foodsaver. Just love vacuum dealing. I have to watch my blood glucose and portions of food. Will be great for this. Can pre-plan meals this way better.

  6. This little sealer is neat looks portable too. Would also be great for those who live in tiny homes or mobile life's.

  7. Wahhhh.. this triggered me.. missing the days of making my babies lunches lol.. cool ideas with the vacuum sealer.. super fun?

  8. My vacuum sealer is sooo noisy. This model is so quiet. That alone is a big plus for me. I buy a large block of cheese and seal it after each use, it stays fresh until we use it up. Great ideas Noreen. Thanks.

  9. I have heard of guys taking them hunting trips/fishing to pack the harvested game home. A less expensive and compact version like this would be good as a Christmas gift.

  10. Noreen hats off to you! That was an awesome demo very articulate you explained every step even to the notching for easy opening…thumbs up!

  11. I was just looking at vacuum sealers today and here you are with an affordable one. I will be checking it out on Amazon. Thank you Noreen great lunch ideas.

  12. You'd have to include a small scissor or pocket knife to open the darn packets – and then your kid will be arrested because of some 'zero tolerance' rule…

  13. Great Idea. I seal all my meat. I have the food saver I bought several yrs ago that I used all the time then replaced when quit and my newer food saver has the gallon and quart size bags you reseal. Saves meat from freezer burn and also great Idea for people with kids. Thanks.

  14. That's such a great idea, Noreen! I love that you put the notch on the side!!! Genius! I can pack my husband & my lunches with fresh fruits & veggies, doing all my prep work on the weekend!!! Oh I loved this! I've actually been wanting an affordable vacuum sealer, the ones i've seen are so expensive. Yesterday was my birthday and I got a $25 amazon gift card! Guess what I'm ordering!!! Thanks Noreen – You're the best!!!! – I just ordered it (using your link) and after my gift card, I paid $2.99 for mine! AWESOME!!!!

  15. Thank you for sharing this product with us! I went on Amazon and got one, there is a 5% discount coupon that you can use! I got mine for just $23.99! I was happy with this price as I've wanted to try a vacuum sealer, but do not want to pay an arm and a leg for one. 🙂

  16. This is soooo helpful. I have wanted a vacuum sealer for some time now and with 4 kids bring lunch to school I need to try this out.

  17. That’s awesome, just bought that vac.. my hubby and I drive truck,, thanks for ideas I can take with us for week…❤️

  18. Greetings from the UK. Great video and I love the yoghurt tubes. How long will they last in the freezer and won't they split the tube as they freeze?

  19. After watching this video the other day, I purchased the vacuum sealer and with Amazon prime I have it already. With the 5% discount it was well worth the price. I don't know if I would have known that they made ones so light weight and easy to use if I hadn't seen your video. It is just my husband and me so when I want to seal some food items it is usually only a package or two. And I did just that today. I purchased some chicken parts. Some to use now for a stew and the rest to freeze. This little sealer worked great and in no time I had them sealed, marked and in the freezer. Oh, if I had a lot to freeze I would bring out my big food saver, but this does the trick for just a few items. And your ideas for fruit and veggies will save us money. Sometimes they go bad before I can use them all up. Now I need to order my Rada knives. I have several and they are the best.

  20. Thank you for the all the tips. Wow, was not aware there was another, more affordable vacuum sealer! Thanks, again.

  21. Good for adult snacks as well! Those pre packed items in the grocery store cost $2 -3 bucks a snack! A bunch of mini containers can be cumbersome. Tote bag size lunch bags.

  22. Great idea for putting together lunch packets of fruits and veggies, my husband would love this for taking to the office giving him a healthier snack instead of chips and candy from the machine. Thanks for sharing.

  23. wow this is a great machine for a one person because I don't freeze thing in large amount and plus maybe my lettuce won't go bad so fast as I always buy the 3 romaines in a bag

  24. I love this! However I also need the vacuum sealer you use for mason jar storage after dehydrating.. any suggestions? Also with this type of sealing in this video you can use regular ziploc bags as well?

  25. I’ve never used a vacuum sealer before and I have a silly question, do you need scissors to open the packages up or do they just peel apart? I’m picturing my kiddos at lunch time ???‍♀️

  26. I have a question. How long does your veggie and fruit packets stay fresh for? I'm new at using the food saver. I'm just trying to find ways to save my food and not be wasteful.

  27. You really care about your kids 🙂 For me, it's been helpful to use a clingwrap cutter (the sliding edge on the boxes) to cut the bags to size. Less scissor time and certainly straight cuts.

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