Food savers?

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Registered: 05-05-2008
Food savers?
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Thu, 03-12-2009 - 5:43pm

Hi ladies!


Does anyone have a vacuum sealer for food? If so, do you sue it? Do you like it? What brand do you have?


I've wanted one for a while, but I want to make sure they're worthwhile first. A store near me has one on sale for 40% off.


Any comments would be most appreciated!


Thanks,


Dawn

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-12-2009 - 8:31pm

I have a Foodsaver and I love it.

I use it to repackage meats from Costco. My local stores don't have the quality of meat that Costco does.

I use it for everything else too. Last week I stocked up on croissants that were on sale. I packaged them in smaller quantities and they are in the freezer.

With bread you have to be careful not to vacuum it so much that the bread smashes. What I do is put it on the vacuum and seal setting, and when most of the air is out, I switch it over to seal without letting my hand off the pressure. This way the bread keeps it's shape but 98% of the air is out of the bag.

I also tend to use the rolls of bags so I can make my own bag. That way, I can make them extra big so that when you cut them open, you still have a large bag to wash out and reuse. I don't reuse bags that had meat in them however, due to food safety. Since you are taking the air out of the bag to keep the food fresh, it doesn't really matter if the bag is extra large. Every time you seal a bag, you lose an inch or two, so if you make the bag extra big, you can reuse it a few times before it gets too small.

HTH

Laura



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Registered: 10-26-2006
Fri, 03-13-2009 - 9:23am

I have a food saver as well and love it. I don't use it a lot because I don't have the freezer space to buy in bulk, but we use it in the late summer and fall quite a bit.

DH and my brother use it to package venison when they are butchering. I use it to freeze shredded zucchini for later baking. I only grow zucchini every couple of years because I have a small garden and it takes up a lot of space, so the stuff in my freezer is probably 2 years old. A couple of years ago I bought a bunch of peeled, cored, and sliced apple that were flash frozen. I packaged them in 2 lbs bags and I used the last bag 3 years after I bought them (it got lost in the back of my freezer). The apples were still delicious and tender when baked!

I agree that the bags on the roll is a better idea because you can customize the size you need. If you freeze things that are juicy or have liquid, it's best to freeze them first. For instance, I've frozen soup, but I put the soup in the food saver bag and fold over the top and let it sit in the freezer for a couple of hours, then I take it out and seal it up.

I'm hoping to get an upright freezer this year, so I can see using the food saver more if we get that, because I'd like to buy meat right from the butcher (1/2 cow or pig or whatever).

My mom bought my brother one (the same one that butchers with DH) for xmas a couple of years ago and it was on sale and she had the 30% off coupon at Kohls so she got one for a decent price.

Kris

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Fri, 03-13-2009 - 11:56am

I've had a foodsaver for 12 years now I think.

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Registered: 12-03-2007
Fri, 03-13-2009 - 2:34pm

I too have a foodsaver and I too love it.

Emily

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Registered: 07-26-1997
Sat, 03-14-2009 - 10:45am
I have a Food Saver.

 

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Registered: 09-12-2004
Sun, 03-15-2009 - 9:42am

I love my foodsaver (this brand-i've never tried anything else)

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Registered: 10-31-2007
Mon, 03-16-2009 - 10:06am
I have the Regal brand vacuum sealer and I think it's awesome! I got it at a yard sale with 4 extra packs of bags for $10 and it was brand new! I use it to store all of my pre-cut veggies in the freezer. All the peppers, onions, squash and such that I buy or are given from others gardens I cut up right away and store in portions (1/4 cup for onions and peppers and whole meals worth for larger veggies). And of course all of the bulk meat I buy.

 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-16-2009 - 10:28am

My Foodsaver recently had enough after 17 years of service, lol. I just bought a new one, but haven't set it up yet so I don't know how it is.


I use it a lot. I also have the jar attachment which allows me to seal



 

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Registered: 05-05-2008
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 9:48am

thanks for all the responses everyone! the brand

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Registered: 12-13-2007
Fri, 03-20-2009 - 1:45pm

I had a vacuum sealer, but it broke. But I REALLY loved it, and will look for one on sale some day.

I did buy one of those cheapy ones by Ziplock. You have to buy the special ziplock bags that have a little hole in the corner where the air is sucked out. They want you to buy the special hand-held machine that's like $40. But I bought the little hand pump for $1.50 at Wal-Mart, and it works really well.

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