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Old 10-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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I was wondering what vacuum sealers you guys may be using( if you are in to vacuum sealing) ? Any things to watch out for? Certain brands to avoid?
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Im in for opinions as well. Been thinking about getting a sealer lately
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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I have a Foodsaver and it does fine for my needs. I seal stuff up about once a month or 2 after a big cook.

I like the auto seal mode on mine so I don't have to press a button to initiate the seal cycle.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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I use a Foodsaver brand, got it on sale for around $80 a couple years ago. Still going strong. I use it to freeze leftovers and also for comp meat prep.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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I also have a Foodsaver. It's several years old and does a good job. I have been eyeing the Weston sealers to be able to handle bigger things, like a whole brisket.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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I have a cheep Seal-a-Meal (a couple of models ago). It does what it is supposed to do and has never given me any problems. The thing I remember best is that it came with a bunch of bags and rolls even at its low price.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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Foodsaver here as well. Got it a year ago on special for $120 IIRC. Like Peeps, it is plenty for me and does the job. If you're going to use it constantly then I would like at the more expensive ones at Cabela's, Scheels, Basspro etc.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #8
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I have a Foodsaver VAC550 that is well over 10 years old and have had Dozens and Dozens of rolls packed with it. Never had an issue with it.
I like some of the options the newer, bigger units have such as manual sealing option for soups etc.

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Old 10-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #9
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Foodsaver here too. Works fine and has for several years.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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My food saver is ten years old now. Still works fine. Watch for deals on rolls of material on the internet.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:30 PM   #11
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6 year old Food saver here--that I just keep wishing would die so I could justify buying a Weston
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:37 PM   #12
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I use a foodsaver. Costco and internet retailers tend to put them on sale during the holidays at great prices b/c they make fantastic gifts. I highly recommend. I use it when I cook pulled pork, chicken, etc. I put the cooked meat in a bag with some juices then freeze. When its time to eat, boil and serve. As close to fresh as you can get.

Not to mention it lets me buy meats in bulk then seal what I don't immediately need in portion sizes more appropriate for 2 adults.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #13
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Default also. Use it about 20 times a year...does a decent job.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:50 PM   #14
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I have one of the more basic food savers I bought used for $20 on ebay and it works pretty well. I want one of the automatic ones where you don't have to hold down the top part for it to work and might get one for xmas. I actually find I use it more on non bbq food too. Things like when I make meatballs, buying chicken in bulk or cheese in bulk. For pulled pork leftovers I find the quart zip lock freezer bags work quite well because pork is pretty easy to push all the air out of and seal without a food saver.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #15
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Food Saver here as well. It's a great little machine and they make an inexpensive attachment that will let you vacuum seal large mouth ball jars, great for keeping dry goods fresh.
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