Appliance for vacuum sealing food containers

  • US 7,003,928 B2
  • Filed: 02/21/2003
  • Issued: 02/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for evacuating a flexible container, said method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a vacuum sealing appliance comprising;

    a base housing;

    a recess defined within said base housing, said recess defining a vacuum inlet port;

    a drip pan positioned within said recess and over said vacuum inlet port for preventing liquid from entering said port;

    a vacuum source located within said base housing and in fluid communication with said inlet port;

    a pair of clamping doors hingeably mounted to said base housing, said doors configured to cover said recess and retain a flexible container therebetween;

    vacuum nozzle means in communication with said vacuum source; and

    heat sealing means mounted to at least one of said clamping doors;

    placing an open end of said flexible container over a portion of said vacuum nozzle means, said container holding an amount of liquid;

    closing said pair of clamping doors over said recess to engage said container aroung said nozzle and cover said recess;

    activating said vacuum source to evacuate said container and draw a portion of said liquid into said nozzle;

    collecting said portion of said liquid in said drip pan; and

    activating said heat sealing means to seal said container.

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