We’ve all had to throw away leftovers or cuts of meat and cheese that spent a little too much time in the fridge or freezer, but vacuum sealing your foods can keep them safe from freezer burn pretty much indefinitely, and dramatically extend their shelf life everywhere else.

It sounds like an expensive proposition, but today only, Amazon’s selling this well-reviewed FoodSaver Starter Kit for just $50 (find reviews on the Amazon listing for the black model), complete with everything you need to get started. Of course you can use this to store meats in the freezer for a long time, but it can also keep cheese from molding, lettuce from wilting, or cookies from going stale, just for starters. Think about how much food you throw away, and you’ll get a sense of just how quickly this purchase could pay for itself.

Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, meaning this price will thaw out by the end of the day. [FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System, $50]

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