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Offline gmwoodturner

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Vacuum sealer
« on: January 23, 2011, 05:05:47 PM »
My last piece of equipment to get then ready to start playing. I have had a few FOOD savers but they are expensive on bags and never got more than 1 1/2 years out of them. I have been considering a VACUPACK machine because they show it as being able to handle liquids that can seep out of the bag during the vacuum process and this is where I have had problems with the FOODSAVER brands. The big question is has any one here had any experience with this brand ?
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Offline mjdeez

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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 05:44:12 PM »


Never used a VACUPACK but if you change your mind about the food saver, there's a deal on their website right now.
http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=20542.0

I bought a cheap (basic) food saver off of Craigslist for $5.00 a couple years ago and it is still as crappy as the day I bought it but hey it works ok.  So I bought another today, from that link i posted, if I don't like it i'll sell it and keep the bags.

Yeah the bags are expensive but you can use any brand of bags. They're all expensive.  If I could find a cheap model that had a wider / thicker sealer I would take that.  Mine has basically a wire with a plastic film over it and the seal is only as thick as the wire. I like the kind that gives a good 1/4" seal.

I have the same problem you do w/ liquids, but I don't worry about it too much. I just sanitize it when i'm done with it.

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Offline unclebuck

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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 06:56:41 AM »
Depending on your budget, Cabela's has quite variety of vac sealers.  I purchased the CG-15 several years ago and could not be happier.  It has a seal width of 1/4" which holds well.  We use it to package all of our meats, & veggies that we freeze, fresh pastas, and have not had a case of freezer burn.  Cabela's sell the bags for all of the sealers they sell, and have a rebuild kit for the CG-15.
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Offline mlhawken

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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2011, 06:58:11 PM »
If you are going to freeze the vacuum packed food, then if you pre-freeze the food (at least half frozen) before vacuum packing, the problem with liquid in the seal will be taken care of.  It is more time consuming but works great.  I use the aluminum cookie sheets to pre-freeze on.

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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2011, 07:08:23 PM »
the link that mjdeez gave you is a good deal if it still works. i purchased one and received it yesterday. it works very well!
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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 09:53:32 AM »
Hello ...

Not sure if this helps but ... I currently own the Vac-u-pak and really like it a lot.  It gives you much more controls on sealing the bags and allows you to seal as many bags as you want to without stopping.  I previously owned a Foodsaver from Costco and, while I liked it, I did find that I lost seals on some of my bags if I was doing many in a row.  The Vac-u-pak is better built, you can repair it yourself if necessary, does a better job sealing and gives you full control over the sealing process.

Not sure if this helps at this late time. Peter

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Re: Vacuum sealer
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011, 10:12:44 AM »
Vacuum packers wont use them.......
The ideal environment for a Pathogen to multiply is in a vacuum...10,000 quicker than in air