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Vacuum packing fruit and vegetables

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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?


Vegetables
Hard vegetables can be vacuum sealed for a longer shelf life and protection from external factors. They can also be sliced and gas sealed.
Leaf vegetables
The shelf life of leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and endive can be easily lengthened by adding preservative gas.
Fruit
Professionally package all kinds of fruit by vacuum sealing. It is best to add preservative gas to sliced fruit to extend the shelf life.
Potatoes
More voluminous products such as bags of potatoes or chips can be easily packaged using vacuum sealing. For this we recommend a deeper vacuum chamber.

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Vacuum packaging fruit and vegetables

Vacuum packaging fruit and vegetables is a simple process with a vacuum machine. Prepare or portion your products, put them, chilled, in a vacuum bag and add seasoning or a marinade if required. Place the bag correctly in the machine, close the lid and initiate the correct program. When the vacuuming process is complete, and preservative gas has been added if desired, the chamber will refill with air and you can remove your products.
Soft air

Soft air

This enables the optimal vacuum packing of sharp or sensitive products without damaging the product or vacuum bag.


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modified atmosphere packaging

Gas Flush / MAP packaging

Extends the shelf-life and protects vulnerable products from distortion and discoloration through the addition of preservative gas


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Liquid control

Liquid Control

Stops the vacuuming process when evaporation is detected. This prevents contamination of the chamber, oxidation of the pump, and dehydration and loss of weight


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Labelprinter HACCP proof

Thermal label printer

Ultra-compact thermal printer (HACCP proof) for labeling products. Only in combination with the Advanced Control System.


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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.

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Frequently asked questions


How do I vacuum pack delicate (leaf) vegetables?

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). 


How do I vacuum pack soft vegetables and fruits?

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).