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Old 03-22-2015, 05:56 PM   #11
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I hear the vacuum thingies calling me with irresistible voices. Using non-vacuum methods of packing I find that cold sliced meats don't freeze very successfully unless they are in in sauce or gravy. How do they behave when they are vac sealed as slices, for sandwiches without gravy?
Very well IMO, MC. I've had my vacuum sealer for 6 or 7 years now and it's still going strong. It cost $140 when I bought it. The bags are kind of spendy, but deals can be found. Like you, I live alone and have to find ways to use up a 3lb roast, or a large rotisserie chicken.

I vacuum froze leftover medium rare slices of tri tip last month, and took a package out for sandwiches yesterday. I didn't notice any decrease in quality. I wouldn't expect great quality for long term freezing of meats, but for short term I think they work great.

I just sealed and froze 2 small packages of sliced liverwurst that I bought on impulse - I love liverwurst , we'll see how they freeze....I've never tried freezing that before.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:33 PM   #12
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Very well IMO, MC. I've had my vacuum sealer for 6 or 7 years now and it's still going strong. It cost $140 when I bought it. The bags are kind of spendy, but deals can be found. Like you, I live alone and have to find ways to use up a 3lb roast, or a large rotisserie chicken.

I vacuum froze leftover medium rare slices of tri tip last month, and took a package out for sandwiches yesterday. I didn't notice any decrease in quality. I wouldn't expect great quality for long term freezing of meats, but for short term I think they work great.

I just sealed and froze 2 small packages of sliced liverwurst that I bought on impulse - I love liverwurst , we'll see how they freeze....I've never tried freezing that before.
Thanks, Cheryl. I think I'll invest when I'm in funds again.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:11 AM   #13
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Thanks, Cheryl. I think I'll invest when I'm in funds again.
Alternately, you can still buy hand held Reynolds Handi-Vac tool ($9.99) and buy the vacuum bags made by Ziplock. The hand held battery operated vacuum by Reynolds (Handi-Vac) are still available, tho Reynolds has stopped production of their vacuum bags. However, Ziplock came out with a hand pump and they still sell their vacuum bags. To use Ziplock vacuum bags with the handheld Handi-Vac vacuum tool, place the suction nozzle off to the side of the bags suction hole a bit. It draws the air out just fine.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:10 AM   #14
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #15
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Three days for leftover meat and it goes on the plate for Teddy. After that the rest of leftovers - down the sink to be ground up.
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Some things I use the "planned over" method. We eat it one day as original. After that I may use it two or three different ways and may put some of it in the freezer to give me a head start at another time. We aren't like my sister's grandchild after having the big meal at noon and were having leftovers for supper. He told her "no thanks, I've already had that one time today.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:43 AM   #17
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I bought a piece of pork that was a Manager's Special. It wasn't pretty enough to be cut into two pork chops and it was too big to just throw away. So I seasoned it and tossed it in the oven for a small pork roast. I made a big pot of seasoned rice. (One way of getting food into me.) There is enough left over to make fried rice. The pork was nice and tender with great taste. And I used a spoonful of the Better Than Bullion (Beef) for the rice. Then I opened a McCormick Brown Gravy. Left over gravy also. Will be good over some toast. All the meat is gone. So my leftovers are all planned and taken care of. I like rice more than potatoes. So I shouldn't have any trouble eating the leftovers.
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Rob eats any and all leftovers, he doesn't let anything go to waste. I'm not a big fan of leftovers except for a few things.

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Rob eats any and all leftovers, he doesn't let anything go to waste. I'm not a big fan of leftovers except for a few things.

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Oh and I have to watch him, he doesn't really think about how old something is. A couple months ago I ask him what he's eating. He tells me that it was a biscuit, well I hadn't made biscuits, it was a week old biscuit that he brought back from Disney, yes he squirreled away a biscuit and brought it home...
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Oh and I have to watch him, he doesn't really think about how old something is. A couple months ago I ask him what he's eating. He tells me that it was a biscuit, well I hadn't made biscuits, it was a week old biscuit that he brought back from Disney, yes he squirreled away a biscuit and brought it home...

Bakechef, I can just picture you slapping it out of Rob's hand. "Get that out of your mouth!"

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