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Unread 03-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hey gang, Costco has this FoodSaver minus the marinator http://www.costco.com/FoodSaver%C2%A...100014659.html for $149.99. Do you guys have experience with this product? its got great reviews. Anything i should know before purchasing it? I also plan on getting the bags. http://www.costco.com/FoodSaver%C2%A...100022562.html. These bags good? or can i find them cheaper elsewhere.

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Unread 03-26-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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I just got some bags and rolls from Vacuum Sealers Unlimited. They arrived super fast are great quality and very cheap. Just Google that name. I found them from a different forum.I'm not sure what the rules are for linking to another forum, they offer a 10% discount code.

I can't comment on the specific model you referred. I do have a similar unit from target that works well. Food saver just had a promo of 30% off plus a 20% code attacked on top for bags. I almost did that but they place I got them from was still a little bit cheaper including shipping.
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I have a similar one at home and have no complaints. The only thing I notice is to take a few minutes between seals if you are doing a bunch of vacuum packing.
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I just got some bags and rolls from Vacuum Sealers Unlimited. They arrived super fast are great quality and very cheap. Just Google that name. I found them from a different forum.I'm not sure what the rules are for linking to another forum, they offer a 10% discount code.

I can't comment on the specific model you referred. I do have a similar unit from target that works well. Food saver just had a promo of 30% off plus a 20% code attacked on top for bags. I almost did that but they place I got them from was still a little bit cheaper including shipping.

Thanks, you think you can PM me the link?

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I like mine and I have yet to have any issues. Was a life saver with my chicken last comp.
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Thanks guys. I'm mostly going to need this when i start using my WFO. I plan on roasting/Qing lots of stuff and bagging them away for the week.
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I'll also note that the rolls and bags go fast! I got a 10-ft roll with the unit and was able to vacuum seal just under 8-lbs of bacon and ran out. I ordered 2 large rolls, 2 small rolls and 20 of the gallon, quart, and pint bags so we would try all of them and see what we like before stocking up on a lot of one thing. I ordered the stuff on Mon morning and they arrived from Cali on Thurs.

I like the ease of use of the bags since they are already cut and sealed at one end. The problem is you have to store them somewhere handy. The rolls are more versatile since you cut them to whatever size you want but then you have to seal one end, fill it, then seal the other end. To me this seems like it will make it die faster doing 2x the sealing, maybe I'm over thinking it. Storage is easy because the roll fits inside the machine. The extras just keep in a box out of the way. As I write this, maybe the bags could be rolled up and stored in the machine.
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That is where I got mine- same model I like it
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I have the same exact unit I scored for $120 on special and I'm very happy with it. I recently packaged a bunch of sausage back to back for about 40 mins total and I didn't have any issues of having to wait a few minutes inbetween the packaging process. I've actually used it a a lot in past 5 months and so far has worked flawlessly. It's a nice unit plus Costco guarantee you can't go wrong brother.
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I've got an older model that lays flat on the counter. It's probably 6-7 years old and always seems to work.

PS: ZipLock makes some quart and gallon bags, if you can fing them they are great!
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I have the same exact unit I scored for $120 on special and I'm very happy with it. I recently packaged a bunch of sausage back to back for about 40 mins total and I didn't have any issues of having to wait a few minutes inbetween the packaging process. I've actually used it a a lot in past 5 months and so far has worked flawlessly. It's a nice unit plus Costco guarantee you can't go wrong brother.

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I have a 2880 that I'm very happy with. I pack pulled pork, ribs, brisket and so on before freezing and they seem to keep well. The Foodsaver sucks the air out and I believe the bags are oxygen tight. I also freeze stock, soups, gravies, hummus and other soft stuff in plastic containers and then pop the stuff out and freeze them. I also buy some things like frozen corn and peas and repackage them in Foodsaver bags.

The only thing it does not do well is stuff with high moisture because it tends to pull the moisture into the seal zone and then not seal well.

The last time I got bag rolls, I got Weston which are recommended on the foodsaver mailing list. They were a little cheaper than the foodsaver bags.
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