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10-16-2013, 01:37 PM
I was wondering what vacuum sealers you guys may be using( if you are in to vacuum sealing:grin:) ? Any things to watch out for? Certain brands to avoid?

10-16-2013, 01:40 PM
Im in for opinions as well. Been thinking about getting a sealer lately

10-16-2013, 01:41 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 01:43 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 01:45 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 01:48 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 02:05 PM
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.

Thermal Mass
10-16-2013, 02:11 PM
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.

Just my .02 :thumb:

10-16-2013, 02:12 PM
Foodsaver here too. Works fine and has for several years.

10-16-2013, 02:26 PM
My food saver is ten years old now. Still works fine. Watch for deals on rolls of material on the internet.

10-16-2013, 03:30 PM
6 year old Food saver here--that I just keep wishing would die so I could justify buying a Weston

10-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 03:38 PM
Foodsaver...here also. Use it about 20 times a year...does a decent job.

Jason TQ
10-16-2013, 03:50 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 03:54 PM
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.

10-16-2013, 04:15 PM
I went through several FoodSavers over many years.
Got good service out of them, but...

Finally broke down and bought a chamber type machine.


I should have done that many years ago 8)

Cheaper bags (by far) and no more concerns about liquids and powders in the bags.
And not that much more than the conventional baggers with less capability.


10-16-2013, 04:28 PM
I have the big one from Cabelas that does 15 inch bags. I do buy the bags from Weston and they work well with alot of sealers. I buy bulk food and seal in family portions. Saves me money.

10-16-2013, 04:44 PM
I am on my third Foodsaver, it works fine, I just don't seem to have a lot of luck keeping them going. If I did more volume than I do now I would get a Weston, or the Cabela's version of it in a heartbeat.

That said I saw a commercial for this new unit Foodsaver has that seems interesting. It's a little pricey but if it is a little more industrial strength than the basic units it may be worth it.


10-16-2013, 05:50 PM
I have a six-year-old food saver and have not had a problem with it at all. Friend of mine just bought a automatic seal food saver from Costco and had to take it back. Seems like he had problems getting it to seal properly. The gentleman at the customer service desk said that this was the fifth one brought back last weekend and they are sending their stock back to food saver. Probably just a fluke as many on here said they have had no problem.

10-16-2013, 06:44 PM
I use the Weston 2300. I have had it for two years with no problems. It can use the 15 inch wide bags if needed, but I mostly use the gallon bags.

While it may cost more than a foodsaver, it is serviceable and parts are readily available to the end user.

82's BBQ
10-16-2013, 07:33 PM
I am using the FoodSaver® V3880 Vacuum Sealer - The Master Chef Kit. So glad I went with one. You can love BBQ all you want, but you start to run out of meals to eat it all.

10-16-2013, 08:20 PM
12 year old food saver . still going strong

10-16-2013, 08:48 PM
I have a Cabela's Pro Series that uses up to 11 inch wide. got it about 6 months ago on sale. it has been working good.

10-16-2013, 08:53 PM
I have a Food Saver. It works pretty well for me. The seals are kind of crappy so you just have to put some pressure on the lid when it is sealing and everything works fine. I think my next one will be a Cabela's. I believe I read on here that they are just like the weston, only packaged as a Cabela's brand.

10-16-2013, 09:01 PM
I have a Foodsaver that I got as a Christmas present. It does its job well enough, but when it dies, or I get tired of it and want to give it away the one I would buy is:

10-16-2013, 09:14 PM
I feel like a black sheep. I got the Weston Pro 2300.

10-16-2013, 09:37 PM
After going through 3 foodsavers I bought the Weston Pro 2300. Very well made. I should be able to pass this down to my grandchildren when I'm gone!

10-16-2013, 09:40 PM
Foodsaver here also! Make sure the seal strip doesn't have a fold!
If in doubt, seal a 2nd time.

10-16-2013, 11:17 PM
Another person who went through several FoodSaver's before i bit the bullet.

I bought the model pervious to THIS (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Home-Cabin/Food-Processing/Vacuum-Sealers|/pc/104798880/c/104723280/sc/104668380/Cabelas-12-Commercial-Grade-Vacuum-Sealer/1661927.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fvacu um-sealers%2Fcabelas%2F_%2FN-1101302%2B1000002949%2FNe-1000002949%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMMcat104798880%26WTz_ st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104798880%3Bcat104668380) unit. Super solid and works like a top.

...found it.... HERE (http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=732110&categoryId=0&parentCategoryId=0&subCategoryId=0&indexId=0&itemGUID=47f70bf49e0fcde39279071f37d3c1d5&destination=/checkout/basket.jsp)

10-16-2013, 11:49 PM
Bought a Weston 2300 last week. It works incredibly well. Other than it being pricey, seems like a well built machine.

So easy, I have been looking for things to vac seal.

Drunk Monkey
10-16-2013, 11:53 PM
5 year old Food Saver, love it, buy one.

Tom Sr
10-17-2013, 12:00 AM
I have the Foodsaver VAC 2490. It's over 10 years old and works like a champ. Work with the new ziplock rolls too.

10-17-2013, 01:43 AM
Bought my first Foodsaver in 1967, still have it , and it works, but after buying a new one for Xmas present for son and daughter , I decided to buy myself a new one.. New is nicer but wish they would build in a recoil cord as the wind-up pegs are a pain..

10-17-2013, 07:31 AM
I have a Foodsaver and have been happy with it. Every now and again I get a no-seal or partial evacuation, but it is pretty obvious when it happens. I just cut it off and go again. You have to keep the rubber clean or the grease will build up and it may not seal well. I just wipe off the rubber every 4-5 bags and it seems to work fine. If you buy from them, you will periodcally get emails with deals on bags and rolls. I bought mine as a package with a buch of extra bags and rolls. I like the bags better than rolls because you only have to seal once instead of both ends.

10-17-2013, 08:41 AM
I was wondering what vacuum sealers you guys may be using( if you are in to vacuum sealing:grin:) ? Any things to watch out for? Certain brands to avoid?

So glad you asked this question. Been looking at these this week. FoodSaver appears the choice brand. Not that I have a lot of leftovers after a cook, but its nice to be able to save a couple pounds to nibble on when the urge hits.

10-17-2013, 10:11 AM
1) Fill your cooker FULL of food when cooking. Takes about the same amount of fuel to cook 6 slabs of ribs as one slab. Same with Pork Shoulders... I ALWAYS place a minimum of 4 in the cooker, if not 6!

2) A quality food vacuum sealer is part 2 of efficiency. Place small amounts in each bag and seal for later meals without leftovers! We have served and eaten ribs 3+ months out of the freezer and folks think I made them THAT DAY!

3) A freezer (of course). Ours is a simple 13cu ft sears unit. Cost $300 and stores LOADS of food.

With a well planned cook/eat/store and serve later you will reduce the amount of leftovers (got to admit, sometimes I just DON'T want any more for a while) without waste. I also share and "infect" many of my friends with quality "q" and now THEY have cookers too!