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Old 08-23-2014, 03:18 PM   #21
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Just curious, what do you mean they won't fit in the machine?

Too much bag length on a roll, not width. The machine is made to store a much smaller roll. You can cut off a length and roll it around an old holder and still store it in the machine.
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Old 08-23-2014, 03:55 PM   #22
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Just curious, what do you mean they won't fit in the machine?
They are too large (because they are 50ft.) and won't store in a foodsaver with a roll storage compartment.
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Too much bag length on a roll, not width. The machine is made to store a much smaller roll. You can cut off a length and roll it around an old holder and still store it in the machine.
Yup, that's what I do.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:17 PM   #24
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Yeh Andy, I do. Unfortunately it is my granddaughter and she live in northern NH. I think I will send her an email. Thanks for the idea Andy.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:38 PM   #25
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It looks like the 2 X 50' rolls is the way to go.
Anyone know if the product is of good quality?

Another question. To save on bag material and freezer bags when we had to use them, we would roll up a slab of ribs then tie it. A coil if you will.
This leaves an open spot in the middle that cannot be compressed.
I noticed yesterday when I took one of these out, it had lost its seal.

Should I be laying the slab out and use more bag material, or do you think it was just a coincidence the bag lost vacuum?
I could cut the slab in half, but I like to cook the whole slab at once.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:30 PM   #26
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I went to Costco yesterday to get some meat, refill a Rx and to check out the Foodsaver. I picked up the FS, put it in the carriage and headed to the meat department. Bought pork tenderloins, NY strip steaks, flank steak and bacon.

Then I started thinking about using the FS to seal all this meat I'd just put in the carriage. Pictured how nice it would look coming out of the freezer and being defrosted - no freezer burn.

Then I realized that's the way it looks now because of the way I double wrap meats. I put the FS back and checked out.
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I'd say that it's more than just freezer burn that's improved. Meats (to me) don't seem like they have been frozen at all. I've had a couple packets of ground beef that I found 2 years later, still sealed still just as good as fresh. This to me is the real value of vacuum sealing. I like to vacuum seal stuff in the fridge freezer because things don't stay at a constant cold temperature in there since the door opens and closes a lot, causing more rapid freezer burn, this is avoided with the food saver.
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...This to me is the real value of vacuum sealing. I like to vacuum seal stuff in the fridge freezer because things don't stay at a constant cold temperature in there since the door opens and closes a lot, causing more rapid freezer burn, this is avoided with the food saver.
Feequent door opening does cause a problem. However, I think the biggest cause of problems is the frost free feature of today's refrigerator freezer.

What's necessary to prevent freezer burn is keeping air away from the food. That's why the food saver works so well. But the fs is not the only way. I wrap meats tightly with plastic wrap then bag the wrapped pieces go into a freezer bag. This is a reliable process for me. That's when I realized that the fs was just a shiny new toy for me so I passed.
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Feequent door opening does cause a problem. However, I think the biggest cause of problems is the frost free feature of today's refrigerator freezer.

What's necessary to prevent freezer burn is keeping air away from the food. That's why the food saver works so well. But the fs is not the only way. I wrap meats tightly with plastic wrap then bag the wrapped pieces go into a freezer bag. This is a reliable process for me. That's when I realized that the fs was just a shiny new toy for me so I passed.
You really do need to weigh the value you'll get from something before spending money on it. For me, I doubt that I'll ever be without one again, so it's worth the money (although my current one was a generous gift, I would have bought a new one when the budget allowed). But if your current system works, then that's $50 plus the cost of supplies saved.
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