This $9 miniature food vacuum will keep leftovers fresh for days

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While stocking up on household essentials, you're probably also buying groceries in bulk to limit the amount of trips you have to take to the store. We don't blame you, we're all in this together. Buying more groceries leads to cooking more meals at home than ever, which means all those leftovers might be taking over your fridge.

Of course you could store everything in a handy set of food storage containers, but there’s one helpful gadget that your kitchen might be lacking right now: the miniature Always Fresh Seal Vac.

You might have seen this gadget advertised on late-night infomercials, but it’s actually pretty useful. The Always Fresh Seal Vac quickly removes air with a one-touch button.

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While I’m all for an eco-friendly reusable bag like Stasher’s cult-favorite silicone bags, I’ve found that they just don’t stay closed, and my food often gets stale or goes bad faster. With the Always Fresh Seal Vac, the freshness is literally sealed in by vacuuming the air out. Instead of using traditional plastic baggies or tin foil that doesn't have a perfect seal and can allow air to seep through, this compact device will keep food fresh in the fridge for days at a time, locking in the flavor for up to a week.

The Always Fresh Seal Vac comes with four one-quart reusable bags and two one-gallon bags, which means you can save money (and the planet!) by no longer having to buy traditional plastic baggies. Plus, not only are the bags reusable, but they are double-reinforced with a double zipper so that they have an even stronger airtight seal.

They work great for freezing food for later too, like meats, fruits, vegetables or pre-made meals, since the bags are both freezer-safe and BPA free — no bad chemicals will be leeching into your food.

Shop: As Seen on TV Always Fresh Seal Vac, $8.99

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But you might be wondering, how is the Always Fresh Seal Vac better than a FoodSaver? While FoodSavers can help keep your food fresh up to five times longer than typical storing methods, the device is super bulky to store and the price tag is hefty too — these gadgets are $200 and roll refills are an additional cost. You can easily store the cordless seal vac in a small kitchen drawer, and its $9 price can’t be beat.

Don’t let all your hard work on dinners go to waste — the Always Seal Fresh Vac is here to make your leftovers last longer so you can enjoy more homemade meals.

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