While sealing the milk in jars is a great idea, and re-using the canning lids works beautifully most of the time, sometimes the lid has a little nick or kink in it. When there is the FoodSaver will suck up milk through the hose.
The FoodSaver company would probably not want me to take off the bottom and service it myself. But I decided if there were screws on the bottom and I have a screwdriver that fits, well.... I might as well see how it was put together inside. I might come up with a way to either replace the hose or clean it out.
Cleaning the hose involves taking off the bottom of the FoodSaver. There are 8 small Phillip's head screws that need to be removed.
|Next I removed the 3 screws that hold the white hose wheel assembly to the bottom.|
|This is what the inside of the bottom looks like. The hose wheel assembly is already removed from the bottom, as is the hose that was filled with milk.|
|This photo was taken while the plastic hose was still attached at the base of the hose assembly.|
Then I used an old fish tank air pump to dry out the inside of the FoodSaver hose.
|This is the pump we used. Nothing fancy, but you need the hose from the air pump.|
Can you tell I use rubber bands alot?
|Put the small end of the hose back into the hose wheel assembly. Then wind the hose around and out the hole on the side (by my thumb).|
Next screw the hose assembly back on with the three small screws.
I'm hoping I don't have to do this too often. Three times is plenty. I always worry that I will either loose screws or mix them up. I'm getting faster at it, though. Is that a good thing?!