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Unread 06-13-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy a vacuum sealer, I have read and read and read about them but have managed to just confuse myself even more, I do not understand the specs, what does the amount of vacuum inches have to do with them? which is the best bang for my buck? I am wanting to spend no more than $250-$300 on one, hell cheaper if I can. I want to be able to vacuum seal everything from sandwiches for when we hike to left over pulled pork, briskets, and ribs (if there are any) plus buy more in bulk and portion it out and vacuum seal it to freeze, including bread if I can. anyways what do you guys suggest, cabella has a nice sale going on right now on their sealers so I want to buy quick if something from there is suggested. Price of bags comes into question to as I have some expensive ones and some cheap ones. I will not be sealing hundreds of pounds of stuff all at once so if cool down for a few seconds or even a minute has to happen than so be it. TIA
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I am looking to buy a vacuum sealer, I have read and read and read about them but have managed to just confuse myself even more, I do not understand the specs, what does the amount of vacuum inches have to do with them? which is the best bang for my buck? I am wanting to spend no more than $250-$300 on one, hell cheaper if I can. I want to be able to vacuum seal everything from sandwiches for when we hike to left over pulled pork, briskets, and ribs (if there are any) plus buy more in bulk and portion it out and vacuum seal it to freeze, including bread if I can. anyways what do you guys suggest, cabella has a nice sale going on right now on their sealers so I want to buy quick if something from there is suggested. Price of bags comes into question to as I have some expensive ones and some cheap ones. I will not be sealing hundreds of pounds of stuff all at once so if cool down for a few seconds or even a minute has to happen than so be it. TIA
My wife bought the Foodsaver V3880 model at Costco. Last week I bought the Gamesaver marinate box. The machine works awesome. It has a gentle cycle for breads and moist cycle for wet foods like rare meats. I highly recommend this unit. I don't have the exact price, but it surely wasn't $300.00 or "She Who Must Be Obeyed", wouldn't have bought it!

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For light-duty I don't think you need to spend anything close to $300. I bought a Foodsaver V3240 ($120 at Amazon) this spring and so far it works great. I use it primarily for leftover meat (both cooked and raw) and bulk hops (for homebrewing). Has wet and dry settings. I've done three back to back to back jobs sealing meat into 1.5 pound portions and it didn't complain. It wouldn't handle dozens of consecutive runs I'm sure, but it doesn't sound like that's your thing. Just a decent light-duty sealer.

A vacuum sealer is a nice tool to have. I have no regrets buying one.
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The Foodsavers work better than the Seal-a-Meals. I recently went to the Cabelas Pro Series after wearing out my second Foodsaver in 5 years:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...ler/753401.uts

It seems to be a very well-built unit, but I am a heavy user. I like that it is servicable. I buy the bags in bulk on e-Bay to save $$$.
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The Foodsavers work better than the Seal-a-Meals. I recently went to the Cabelas Pro Series after wearing out my second Foodsaver in 5 years:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...ler/753401.uts

It seems to be a very well-built unit, but I am a heavy user. I like that it is servicable. I buy the bags in bulk on e-Bay to save $$$.
That is one of the ones I have been looking at, I do not want to buy a cheap one that will not last but I also do not want to break the bank if I do not have to when I am going to be a light user overall, it will get used most after A SAMS trip.
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I own a Weston Pro 2300 and have had it for about 5 years without issue. This is the same vacuum sealer that is rebranded for Cabelas. It is a dual pump machine, which gives you more negative pressure. At this price point, the Weston sealer met all of my requirement. The less expensive units sold at Walmart, are single pump. Others will argue rightly so, that a vacuum chamber vacuum sealer is better. They are correct, but they are also $1000.00 plus. If you do not run a commercial business to repackage goods, I would go with a Weston. Another thing to consider is if you are going to try and vacuum seal mylar bags. The weston will do it, but it is a little tricky. Vacuum chamber models, no problem. Search Youtube there are several tests of the unit.
http://www.westonsupply.com/Weston-V...%20sealers.htm
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Foodsaver.com almost always has a handful of models on sale for good prices.

http://www.foodsaver.com/category.aspx?cid=87

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+1 on Weston Pro 2300. Works flawlessly and you can get replacement parts for it.
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2nd for Weston!!! You get what you pay for. I did tons of research and in the end, the Weston Pro 2300 was basically commercial grade for the homeowner. Parts are replaceable and if needed the unit can be serviced.

I ordered mine off Amazon, it was $50 cheaper than Cabelas, plus no sales tax and free 2 day shipping.

I would also recommend getting the roll of bagging, and maybe just one box of premade bags. The roll ends up being cheaper and you can make smaller bags from it with a pair of scissors.

A handy idea when sealing...partially freeze all meats to get the juice to solidify and put liquids in the bags then fully freeze before sealing. That way you won't get any liquid in the vacuum chamber.

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When my current FoodSaver bites the big one I'm going Weston without question.
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I have a $100 Kenmore that has been used to death for the last 8 or 10 years and is still working. We have a big freezer. I kill and process a bunch of deer, wild hogs, other game, fish, stuff out of the garden, on sale meat, pulled pork and such every year. It gets used several times a week. So far, it's done pretty much what I needed it to. I sure wouldn't be without one now after getting used to having one.
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This is a good one. A "home" version of what I have.
If you're gonna use it on the countertop, this is a great deal. It's heavier than the other countertop units.

http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=9883


Here's the one I have. I got the case for it. Good model. I do a lot of vac sealing.

http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=13255
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You get what you pay for I went through 4 of the cheaper ones the one I have now is a Food saver and it was around 200 IIRC it is 3 yrs old and works well. If and when it ever quits I'll spring fro the industrial ones that are about 400 that have variable vacuum.
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Foodsaver!Foodsaver!Foodsaver!Foodsaver!Foodsaver! Foodsaver!Foodsaver!Foodsaver!

I've had one for years, sucked ans sealed literally tons of Salmon, Beef, Pork, etc, etc....I Expect several more years of service!
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions and insight, I went with the foodsaver Gamesaver Deluxe, it is in my price range and will do all I need it to with no more than I will use it at any given time.
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