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Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/10/2011 08:54:04 MDT Print View

Looking for a recommendation for a vacuum food sealer. There are too many manufactures and model -- Seal-a-Meal, Food Saver, VacMaster, Coso ...

I will be sealing up at most 4 bags at a time. I don't expect a home unit to the same duty cycle as a commercial unit. It will be used for storing dehydrated food.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/10/2011 09:02:38 MDT Print View

I have a food saver that I got from Costco 5+ years ago. Granted it does not get a ton of use but it still works fine.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/10/2011 11:50:41 MDT Print View

Food Saver from Costco as well. Best price around for the most part. Use their bags, they are the best home bags I have found.
http://www.foodsaver.com/

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/10/2011 12:55:44 MDT Print View

Thank you for the recommendations. I will be on the hunt, since I am no longer a Costco member. Gear for making food. It does not get any better...

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/10/2011 21:14:57 MDT Print View

Check on Amazon as well :) And this is the season for sales as well - Cabelas always seems to have them on sale in early fall.

Brian Austin
(footeab) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 09/11/2011 05:37:27 MDT Print View

Note, they sell the machine cheaply, and they ream you for the bags. For long time storage, yes vacuum packed bags work good. But for backpacking, the bags themselves are very heavy in comparison to even zip-locs. Now they might have made them much lighter than my old ones, but... I wouldn't bet any money on them.

PS. CUT BAGS LONG. That way you can keep reusing them. Every time you seal a bag it uses about 3/4 inch that you have to cut off and throw away when you open it up.

Todd Taylor
(texasbb) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Pump N Seal on 09/12/2011 22:41:06 MDT Print View

I've had very good luck with the Pump-N-Seal (http://www.pump-n-seal.com/). I wouldn't recommend it if you really need things in plastic bags, but if you can do with mason jars, empty jelly jars, etc., then this thing really works.

You punch a hole in the lid of the jar (using a push pin) then cover it with a little "band aid" thing that has a rubber pad in place of the gauze part. Put the pump over the band aid and pump till it's done. The little band aids can be reused many times. I wouldn't bother with the bowl-seal lids they sell--those are awkward to use and not worth it IMO. But for jars it's great.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 10/02/2011 18:03:54 MDT Print View

I went with the FoodSaver model 2200. Works very well, so thank you all for the recommendation. The jerky looks like Hans Solo packed in carbonite.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Vacuum Food Sealer Recommendation on 10/02/2011 19:35:52 MDT Print View

Lol......love the mental image!

Btw, if you are ever sealing rice or pasta dishes I have found that a piece of new white paper towel put in the bag first, then the food will protect against any sharp edges poking into the bag. In camp you can use the paper towel for cleanup if needed :-)