A Brewer’s Problem – Keeping Your Hops Hoppy

I am always surprised to see how many different ways vacuum packing things can be so beneficial to such a wide variety of businesses. Of course, we are familiar with the benefits of vacuum packing food, and the cool things you can do cooking with them (sous vide), but for brewing beer, this was new to me.

Sensitive Hops
We have been getting more and more customers from brewing companies of all stripes and types. It turns out that many of them face a particular yet common problem with their hops supply going bad too quickly.  Hops and hops pellets are an integral ingredient in the production for all types of beers and being a relatively sensitive ingredient, along with growing demand, the price of hops can fluctuate greatly and can be quite expensive.

This is especially true when you look at exotic or aromatic hops used in specialty or seasonal beers. Brewers will receive their hops in bulk, perhaps in large bags of 25 lbs.; the problem is, when a bag is not completely used and left unsealed, exposed to air, heat and humidity. The hops will oxidize changing its flavor and dramatically altering the beer, rendering the hops useless. Oxidation can occur very quickly.

The hops must be repackaged in a way that will allow the brewer to continue using them at a later time, while maintaining a consistent product. It doesn’t make cents to through out or waste hops because of inadequate repackaging.

The solution:
Vacuum seal the unused hops and store until needed without losing any quality!

To do this successfully, it is important to ensure you are creating a full vacuum (99.9%), and creating a strong dependable seal (double seal). Henkelman Chamber Vacuum Sealers do exactly this. There are no bells and whistles needed for this job, just a robust, well made machine you can depend on.

Jumbo Series image for Vacuum-Packer

Best Man For The Job
We offer a specific chamber vacuum packer that seems to fit the bill perfectly, the Henkelman Jumbo 42 XL. This machine is large enough to vacuum seal 16″ x 20″ vacuum pouches, which hold approximately 15 lbs of hops. Yet the unit is small enough to fit on a countertop or a small table with casters for easy mobility.

(If this model looks too big, check out the smaller version, Jumbo 30).

One of our esteemed customers, Allagash Brewing Company, does exactly this. (Below are a couple pictures they were kind enough to share with us.)

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Jumbo 42 XL

Another customer of ours that uses this same model of chamber vacuum sealer is, John I. Haas, out of Yakima, WA.

“Grist for the mill”
If a specific hops type is used for a particular brew, or if certain batches are done during specific seasons, prepackaging ingredients for these recipes is a great way to ensure you will have the proper amounts of fresh ingredients, correctly portioned and of well-preserved quality to make the specific brew just as you planned.

If you are testing different recipes in the lab, and are making several batches with alterations to the ingredients, you don’t have to worry about opening a new bulk bag of hops when you don’t plan to use the whole amount. Simply repack it under vacuum and store until needed.

Also, since our chamber vacuum packers easily seal Mylar pouches, packing smaller portioned amounts of hops for home brew kits is another great use.

Honestly, the uses for our chamber vacuum sealers abound, but they all come down to the simple fact that Henkelman vacuum packers perfectly vacuum seal products (food and non-food, alike) in a way that provides the longest extension of shelf life possible.

If you have ever thrown out hops because they’ve oxidized or otherwise gone bad, take a look at Henkelman chamber vacuum sealers.

There does exist a money and time saving solution for this problem and its name just might be, Henkelman.

Brew Happy!

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Gunshow ATL – Nominee for Best New Restaurant 2014

Congratulations to Kevin Gillespie and Gunshow ATL for their nomination to America’s 50 Best New Restaurants for 2014. The list was published by Bon Appétit, which briefly describes the restaurant’s unique concept.

Apart from personally being a big fan of chef Kevin, I am proud to say he is a Vacuum-Packer.com customer, and happy owner of a Henkelman chamber vacuum sealer: Jumbo 30.

If you ever find yourself in Atlanta, GA, Gunshow is a must.

Enjoy!

A Vacuum Packed World Cup Opener, cont…

So, the World Cup has come and gone, leaving behind some very sad Brazilians and some very happy Germans. We were at least very happy to be a part of it all. We enjoyed many good games and good food as we cheered on our favorite teams.

As for the opening event here at our offices, we had a very nice time and in the end our menu consisted of:

  • Crudité (little veggies and fruit with dipping sauces to pick at) and Greek salad
  • Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers (shaped as Texas?)
  • Sous Vide BBQ ribs, which came out beautifully and delicious, and were the star of the event (I cooked these, 😉 )
  • Birthday Cake (it was a birthday party, too!)
  • Heineken beer (World Cup Edition)

Vacuum packed ribs

sous vide ribs

 

 

 

 

 

 

sv ribs finishing on grill

 

 

 

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What have you cooked sous vide for this sort of event? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

Henkelman Sighting! Nathan Myhrvold’s Cooking Lab

When I recently received my January/February 2014 issue of, Food Arts magazine, which I get regularly and love as a great resource on the current professional culinary world, I quickly noticed a particular article, Once and Future Kitchens.

The article is an interview with renowned kitchen designer, Mark Stech-Novak, where the interviewer and Mr. Stech-Novak talk about the future of kitchens. They speak of conceptual food equipment ideas and tools, what the trends are currently, and where they are going. It is an interesting read, I recommend it.

What I wanted to share with you was the prominent picture shown on the first page of the article. It is an image of Nathan Myhrvold’s Cooking Lab. He is the principal author of, “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking”, which is a ground-breaking and notable five volume set of cook books on modern cuisine.

If you visit the, Modernist Cuisine, website you will see he lists some recommended equipment on his, “Gear Guide,” it is a list of the different types of equipment used in modern cuisine. Under the “Must-Have Tools for the Modernist Kitchen” he lists one tool as being a chamber vacuum sealer. While he notes several brands including, Henkelman (Yeah!), no particular brand is recommended over any other. However, the picture of his Cooking Lab from the Food Arts article, and shown on his website, seems to show his personal preference.

Nathan Myhrvold's Cooking Lab - Henkelman Marlin Vacuum Packer

Nathan Myhrvold’s Cooking Lab – Henkelman Marlin Vacuum Packer

You guessed it! Front and center (well, to the right a bit) is the only really identifiable machine [brand] prominently displayed, a Henkelman Marlin Vacuum Packer. I cannot tell which particular unit it is, but my money is on it being a the more popular model, Marlin 52.

This is certainly a larger unit than most kitchens need. Most use a Henkelman tabletop vacuum packer, like our the most popular model, Boxer 35, or the Jumbo 30 (both units are currently on sale at reduced prices!). Regardless of the size of the machine, all Henkelman vacuum packers are made with the same robust quality and attention to design. You simply cannot go wrong with a Henkelman vacuum packer.

Remember, you can always find the best sous vide equipment from Henkelman and Fusionchef at, Vacuum-Packer.com.

Financing Available At Vacuum-Packer.com!

Vacuum-Packer.com has teamed up with FinCap, LLC to offer our customers financing options to purchase Henkelman Vacuum Packers and sous vide equipment.

Over the years customers have requested financing options and payment plans to facilitate the purchase of sous vide equipment. Many customers took the time to email and ask the question; Vacuum-Packer.com took the time to find a solution.

Customers frequently express a strong desire to own a Henkelman vacuum packer or Fusionchef immersion circulator. They are either interested in cooking sous vide the right way, or simply extending the shelf life of their products through vacuum packaging in a professional, consistent manner.

We are confident that teaming up with FinCap, LLC, a customer service-centric financing company, will offer a welcome solution to help our clients get the equipment they need.

By clicking the “Apply Now” button, which is prominently displayed on applicable product pages throughout the site, you will be taken to an easy, single page application form. Once completed and submitted, you could be approved within hours! The process could not be simpler.

The fine print: The minimum amount is $1,000.00 and is primarily available to our commercial customers.

If you have any concerns, doubts or questions regarding this financing option, our products or the services we offer, please contact me at your convenience. My name is, Trey Rios, and I am delighted to speak with you about the process, the equipment, cooking sous vide, and all things vacuum packing.

Coming soon to a kitchen near you!

Trey Rios, Director
Vacuum-Packer.com by Absolute Source, LLC
t. 561.961.1559
f. 815.301.2672
e. trey.rios@absolutesource.net / info@vacuum-packer.com

Chamber Vacuum Sealers: Lynx 42 vs. Boxer 35

The battle of choice between two superb chamber vacuum packers can sometimes be a difficult one. Some would automatically assume that this equipment is used “in back of the house,” kept in some back corner of the kitchen. After all, Henkelman vacuum packers, while well designed, are work horses.

However, as kitchens become more open, and the audience or diners, in fine restaurants enjoy viewing the craft involved in creating their plates of food, aesthetics becomes ever more important.

This is a side-by-side look at two stars from the Henkelman line-up of tabletop chamber vacuum packaging machines:
Lynx SeriesBoxer Series

Tale of the Tape

(Being a big boxing fan, I thought this illustration might be an effective way to measure up the two vacuum packers side by side.)

You will notice that the Lynx 42 is more expensive, but offers a longer seal bar (16.5 inches) and a variety of features not offered on the standard Boxer 35 unit.

For example:

Advanced Control System:
This control system comes standard with the Control Sensor (Vacuum by %); 20 program memory, a USB port to program settings on your PC, and transfer the information with a thumb drive. In addition, a Henkelman thermal label printer can be connected to the unit to print self-adhesive labels for your vacuum-sealed packages.
(The Advanced Control Systems can be fitted to all units, except Jumbo models).

Thermal Label Printer
The label printer automatically creates a self-adhesive label to be placed on the vacuum packed bag. The label can have information pertaining to the level of vacuum created, name of the product, date product was packaged, etc.

Design
The Lynx Series of vacuum packers is built to be shown off. It’s sleek design and flat work top are perfect for open kitchens. The Lynx 32 and Lynx 42 are unafraid of the lime light or heating lamps, but the real beauty of the Lynx models is that they fulfill both fashion and function, staying true to it the Henkelman tradition of uncompromising quality.

The Boxer 35, on the other hand, is the most popular model in the Henkelman line-up. This is because of the economic price it is offered at, the strong Busch vacuum pump for the size of the chamber, and because we offer this particular model standard with the Sensor Control (Vacuum by %) option (usually an additional cost with other models). The value to our customers make these models of machine a sound investment. In fact, this applies to all models manufactured by Henkelman.

Bottom line, both the Lynx 42 and the Boxer 35 are exceptional vacuum packers.

Which vacuum packer will you choose?

(If you like the Lynx units, www.vacuum-packer.com, also offers the smaller version, Lynx 32 at a discounted price.)

Happy Vacuum Packing!

Behind The Vacuum – The Henkelman Story

This is the story of a manufacturer’s rise in an industry of food preservation and fine culinary tradition.

Founded in 1994 by Mr. Henkelman and Mr. Muskens, the company began a quick assent to become today’s leading manufacturer of chamber vacuum packaging machines. The two men, having roots in the industry and in the manufacture of chamber vacuum sealers, decided it was time for them to go on their own and do their best to elevate the products they knew so well. The two men were pioneers, up against the odds, motivated by their will to create a better vacuum packer.

The same year the company was born, Henkelman Vacuum Systems, successfully introduced newly designed chamber vacuum packaging models at the largest meat processing and butchery equipment trade show, Slavakto, in their home country, Utrecht, Netherlands.

The attitude that made their introduction a success – that good products can be better – permeates the Henkelman culture. Just as they proved nearly 20 years ago that they could do better, today’s team of engineers and market experts strive to better what already is considered among the best and most reliable chamber vacuum sealer. While not simple, they believe they can do this; and they have proven that they do. (See the Lynx Series of Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machines)

Through technological advances in design software and techniques from 2D to 3D, the experienced engineers at Henkelman have been able to create vacuum packing machines that provide optimal levels of functionality, hygienic design, and ease of maintenance and service, which are unparalleled by competitors.

While the quality of the chamber vacuum packaging machines produced by Henkelman B.V. is unquestioned, the level of service and manufacturing process is a source of pride and honor. A dedicated R&D department is constantly improving how machines are designed and produced. The thought they have given to how the machines are assembled at the plant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL has optimized the assembly line in a way that ensures unbelievably quick lead times, and ever higher levels of efficiency and quality.

Henkelman B.V. currently employs 47 proud and dedicated professionals, sells their machines to over 100 countries across the globe, and extends the shelf life of food and non-food products everywhere they are found.

With the growing popularity of sous vide cooking in Europe, the Americas and elsewhere, chefs, both modernist and traditionalists, are turning to sous vide to solve and create. Like any tool in the kitchen, the chef must be able to rely on its perfect function day in and day out. Henkelman offers this solution to top chefs around the globe including 3-time winner of Best Restaurant in the World, NOMA, where you can find a proud, Boxer 42.
(Watch the Copenhagen episode of CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and see if you notice the Henkelman double-sealed vacuum bags)

Henkelman Vacuum Systems continues to push the envelope with its enviable tradition of pragmatic, thoughtful design, while maintaining the highest levels of quality. While we, the many loyal customers, shall continue extending the life of our valuable products.

Please take a moment to take a look behind the scenes at the leading European manufacturer of chamber vacuum packaging machines, Henkelman B.V.

Henkelman Jumbo Plus – 18 Years!

I just had to drop a quick post about a Henkelman customer in Miami. These guys have a Jumbo Plus vacuum packer at their Spanish tapas restaurant where they serve the most delicious Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. This is a slow dry-cured ham from Spain that comes from black-footed pigs who fatten themselves on acorns (bellota). It is easy to compare it to Jamón Serrano or Prosciutto di Parma, however, genuine Jamon Iberico has no real equal.

The artisans that hand slice the jamón straight off the bone-in leg, take their craft very seriously. They will slice from different parts of the leg to highlight the different textures and Jamon Iberico flavors of meat and fat running through this veritable mine of pleasure. Then gently place it in a circular pattern on the plate. Or, if you would like to take some home they can place it in a vacuum bag, pack it in the 18-year old Jumbo Plus and send you off, giddy with your prize.

I know…I kind of speak about this stuff as I would a lover, but after the times I spent in Madrid, it has become something I cannot get enough of.

Ok, back to the point at hand, these guys have been using a Jumbo Plus Henkelman vacuum packer that they purchased in 1995. That is 18 years of faithful service!

Check out, www.Vacuum-Packer.com to see how you could benefit from 18 years of vacuum packaging delights