Pros: Large size, measurement markings on side, works well.
Cons: Large canister bulky to store when not in use.
Even though I own several small Tilia canisters and just about ever accessory Tilia makes, I still found that I wanted more. Yes, I must be addicted to purchasing and using Tilia FoodSaver products. So, when I saw a deal on the Tilia Website for the Tilia FoodSaver SaverMate 3.5 Quart Round Canister I purchased one.
About Tilia and the FoodSaver Line of Products
Tilia makes an entire line of FoodSaver vacuum units and accessories. These products are designed to keep food fresh for longer periods of time by removing the air from the canister or bags in which the food is contained. This doesn't preserve the food in the same way canning does. Refrigerated foods still must be refrigerated and the vacuum process only extends the freshness of the food for a few weeks, not months on end. But foods do retain their freshness for a longer period of time.
About the 3.5 Quart Round Canister
The 3.5 Quart Round canister by Tilia is one of the largest canisters in their line of products. Made from the brownish smoky gray color that their square marinating canisters and several other products are made from, the 3.5 Quart Round canister comes with a special vacuuming lid and a base.
On each side halfway around the base Tilia has conveniently marked out the following measures: cups, quarts, liters and milliliters. This makes it easy to measure liquids into the canister.
The top of the 3.5 quart canister has a large lip with a clear rubber gasket in it that allows the lid to be vacuum sealed to the base of the canister. The lid has stamped into it that it the canister is only for use with Tilia FoodSaver vacuum units. In the center of the lid is a dial with three positions: Open, Vacuum and Closed.
Using the Canister
Using the canister is a simple process, it works the same way all the other Tilia canisters with the dial lid work. Simply place your food into the base of the canister, set the lid on top, turn the dial to Vacuum, insert the accessory hose and turn on your FoodSaver unit. Once the unit has vacuumed the air out of the canister it will shut off. Then simply move the dial to Closed, remove the accessory hose and store the food. To open the lid, turn the dial to Open which releases the vacuum and allows the lid to be removed from the base.
Uses for the 3.5 Quart Canister
I was particularly interested in the large canister because I like to preserve lettuce and none of the other Tilia FoodSaver canisters were large enough for this. I buy romaine hearts in packs of three, come home and cut them up, clean them with my Salad Spinner, drain them and then put the processed and cleaned lettuce in the canister. I use this canister almost exclusively for holding lettuce but the markers on the side make it great for holding liquids as well. This canister would be great for storing large quantities of soups, stews, vegetables, flour, or anything else that you have larger quantities of and want to keep fresh.
How Well It Works
The 3.5 Quart FoodSaver canister works just as well as all of the other Tilia canisters that I use. The dial system makes it easy to use and it reliably holds a vacuum seal. Vacuuming air out of this canister takes longer than on the smaller canisters because there is simply more air to vacuum out. My seven year old FoodSaver Ultra vacuum unit hasn't had any problems with vacuuming this amount of air out of the canister on a regular basis.
Care and Maintenance
The base of the canister is dishwasher safe and I have washed it many times in the dishwasher without any problems. The lid of the canister must be washed by hand in order to protect the rubber gasket from the extreme heat of the dishwasher. Also be sure to store the lid in a place where there aren't extremes in temperature as extreme cold or heat could damage the gasket.
Warranties & Customer Service
Tilia warranties all of their FoodSaver line of products against defects for a period of up to one year. They require a receipt for all items returned or repaired under warranty, so save your receipt for all of your Tilia purchases. All service requests should be handled through Tilia direct.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 194530 San Francisco, CA 94119-4530
Toll Free Phone Support:
United States: 1-800-777-5452
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