Stop Crushing Vacuum Sealed Foods

  • Team Orange Walton's Employee Admin

    Meat Hacks: Stop Crushing Vacuum Sealed Foods

    Learn how to stop crushing bratwursts, fresh sausage, and other foods when vacuum packaging with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

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    How to stop crushing vacuum sealed foods?
    A question we get a lot is “How do I keep bratwursts or other fresh sausage from getting crushed and flattened when I vacuum package them?” The answer to this is extremely simple, but one that a lot of people don’t initially think of. After making brats or any other fresh sausage, if you go straight to the vacuum sealer, the lack of pressure in the bag will cause the bag to collapse onto the sausage and flatten it out, making it have an awful appearance. They still taste great, but we also want them to look great! Instead of immediately vacuum packaging, throw the sausage into your freezer on a tray, plate, or meat lug, then go back to cleaning up your sausage stuffer, and prep areas. After about an hour, you can go back to the freezer, grab the brats or sausage, and begin vacuum packaging. Even if you can’t wait a full hour or more, even just 15-30 minutes in the freezer can help. All we are trying to do is begin to freeze the outside layer of the sausage and get them to crisp up a little bit and that slightly hardened exterior then won’t collapse under the pressure of the vacuum sealer, allowing you to keep perfectly shaped brats or sausage and the absolute best appearance until you’re ready to grill and eat them!

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  • Team Orange

    This also works on even more delicate items than sausages… such as bread. There is a limit though. Firm breads do great if frozen first, but really delicate things like a croissant or flaky biscuit may not have enough structural integrity even when frozen.

    Whatever you’re thawing, if it could deform you should pierce or snip a corner of the bag when you remove the package from the freezer. Otherwise the “moosh” might have only been delayed, not prevented.

  • Team Blue Admin Walton's Employee Power User

    KillerNoms Interesting, so youre pointing out that if it is vac-packed while it is frozen, but the vacuum remains and it thaws out that the vacuum could deform it as it thaws?

  • Team Blue Regular Contributors Green Mountain Grill Masterbuilt

    Jonathon it absolutely will flatten out a sausage as it thaws out…ask me how I know 😬

  • Team Orange

    Jonathon Yeah. The forces that flatten it when first vacuumed are the same when it is thawed - unless the bag seal has failed in some way. Only the frozen state prevents it.

  • Team Blue Power User Traeger Primo Grills PK Grills Canning Sous Vide Community Moderator

    I haven’t ever noticed any flattening in mine once thawed, but I have some thawing now, so I will check them out when I open them.

  • Team Blue Admin Walton's Employee Power User

    Tex_77 Yeah, this seems like something that would be fun to check. I think KillerNoms is talking more about delicate stuff though?

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