Originally Posted by ---k---
Now do you have any tips for keeping tiny food particles out of seal? I use a lot of bags. Frequently, putting the food into the bag leaves food residue on the top of the bag on the rough side. It will seal, but it leaks later.
I have an extra bag that I put the food in first, striving to keep food stuff off the outside
of this bag. Then I insert it into the bag I plan to seal with the open end toward the bottom and pull out the inner bag. That usually leaves the upper portion of the bag I'm going to seal clean and dry.
If I see the vacuum sucking moisture out of the food and toward the seal, I hit the seal button (hopefully) before it gets to the seal area. For some really moist foods I put a piece of paper toweling in the bag.
I do not store my Foodsaver with the lid latched. I just set the lid down and put a piece of tape on it to keep it from flopping open during storage. So far the seals seem to be in good shape.