Vacuum packing fruit and vegetables – with or without preservative gas – enables you to maintain freshness and extend the shelf life. This process goes further than just preservation; it opens the door to flavour retention, the optimisation of nutritional value and efficient storage. Vacuum packing is the key to healthy and tasty products. Vacuum sealing different types of fruit and vegetables together can affect their quality. Therefore, only package products from the same category together.
Which fruits and vegetables can be vacuum packed?
Advantages of vacuum sealing fruit and vegetables
Longer shelf life
The lack of air in a vacuum package slows down the ripening process of fruit and vegetables. This gives products a longer shelf life and prevents waste.
Preservation of freshness and flavour
Due to the absence of air in the packaging, products retain their freshness, texture and natural flavour. All moisture also remains in the product.
Retention of nutrients
Vacuuming sealing fruit and vegetables protects them against oxidation. Simply because oxygen is no longer in contact with the product. This ensures that essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals are better preserved.
Minimisation of freezer burn
If you want to freeze fresh products, vacuum sealing significantly reduces the formation of ice crystals. As well as extending the shelf life and retaining flavour, it also minimises the chance of freezer burn.
Useful portion packaging
Packaging portioned fruit is easy using vacuum sealing. It immediately protects your products from external factors, keeps them fresh and extends their shelf life.
Vacuum packaging fruit and vegetables
This enables the optimal vacuum packing of sharp or sensitive products without damaging the product or vacuum bag.
Gas Flush / MAP packaging
Extends the shelf-life and protects vulnerable products from distortion and discoloration through the addition of preservative gas
Stops the vacuuming process when evaporation is detected. This prevents contamination of the chamber, oxidation of the pump, and dehydration and loss of weight
Thermal label printer
Ultra-compact thermal printer (HACCP proof) for labeling products. Only in combination with the Advanced Control System.
Need help choosing?
Depending on the product to be packaged, your wishes and budget, there is a Henkelman machine to suit your needs. From machines with a deep chamber for vacuum packing voluminous products to single and industrial double chambers.
Frequently asked questions
If you want to vacuum pack delicate vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and other (leaf) vegetables, the best thing to do is add preservative gas after the set final vacuum has been reached. The added gas ensures that the bag does not fit tightly around the product. Read more about gas flushing (MAP).
To prevent soft fruits and vegetables from being crushed during the vacuuming process, you can use the soft air function. If this is not sufficient, you can also set a lower vacuum or add a preservative gas (MAP).