Vacuum Sealer Bag Advice Needed
I decided to buy one of the Weston vacuum sealers. Like many of you, I try to buy in bulk and when things are on sale. I will be using it for large chunks of cheese, uncooked pork butts, steaks(porterhouse, rib eye and so forth), chuck roasts, hamburger patties, corn on the cob and other vegetables from my garden and, of course, meat that I have smoked but wish to freeze for a future meal. I am at a loss at to what size bags to buy and where to buy them. I would appreciate any advice you might have as to my bag confusion. Even if you use another brand of vacuum sealer, I imagine you are sealing the same types of things I mentioned so your thoughts would be valuable.
We buy rolls and just cut them to fit. As far as where to buy, we've bought them from Wally world, Publix, and Ebay. Depends on who has the best price. Also, get on foodsavers email list, they sometimes have some descent sales.
+1 on the rolls. I use both 8" and 11" rolls.
I also have the Weston 2300.
I use both rolls and bags, but find myself using the bags more than the rolls.
I mainly use rolls when I am vac-packing rubs for travel or shipping, other than that it becomes a real pain. But it will all depend upon your volume of use. Making a few bags at a time isn't bad, but when trying to weigh contents, seal one end, and seal can take a lot of extra time when you are on a tight schedule.
I buy the bags in boxes of 100 on Amazon.com.
6 X 10 (Pint - 2 Cups) $16.99 per 100 plus free shipping
8 X 12 (Quart - 4 Cups) $23.20 per 100 plus free shipping
11 X 16 (Gallon - 16 Cups) $34.95 per 100 plus free shipping
I use pint for single servings, quart for 2-3 servings, gallon for whole meals. The gallon will also hold a pork butt raw or cooked either whole or pulled.
You can use any manufacturers bags, but the Weston bags are heavier and are dishwasher safe and can be re-used. Many other manufacturers bags do not recommend putting the bags into boiling water or microwave to reheat the contents.
Like anything else, you get what you pay for...
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