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Old 10-17-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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Who Has a FoodSaver?

I am thinking about getting a food saver. Was wondering if anyone uses one and what they think of it. The kind I want to get is around $100 on Amazon. Not sure if I should spend that kind of money for a food saver, on the other hand, would I save enough by using it to justify the cost?

maybe I've been watching too much Suze Orman......

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Old 10-17-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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You should also look at Reynolds Handi Vac - Available in grocery stores.

I have both, I use them in different ways. Handi Vac - can be opened and resealed. It's basically a zip lock in steroids. The vacuum unit is hand held and battery operated. Very convenient. The food saver is more work to use and makes a permanent seal on the bag. The bags are reusable witht he food saver. Reynolds does not recommend reusing handi vac bags, but, I do.

Lots of threads here on this subject. Here is one example
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:24 AM   #3
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I have a Foodsaver and I love it.

I also have a Handivac and hardly ever use it anymore because (1) it can be hard to use and (2) almost always comes unsealed over time.
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:58 AM   #4
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I have a Tillia Foodsaver and LOVE it. It is well worth the cost. I have no need for a Handivac because the Foodsaver can do the same things for the most part. I hardly ever use bags with my Foodsaver. I have sanisters with I keep all my food in. The canisters and be sealed and opened and sealed over and over as often as you like. The only time you can not use them is in the freezer. that is when I use the bags.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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I have a Tillia Foodsaver and LOVE it. It is well worth the cost. I have no need for a Handivac because the Foodsaver can do the same things for the most part. I hardly ever use bags with my Foodsaver. I have sanisters with I keep all my food in. The canisters and be sealed and opened and sealed over and over as often as you like. The only time you can not use them is in the freezer. that is when I use the bags.
The Tilla is the one I want! It is sale at Amazon for 52% off the price and my BD is coming up - I may tell my DH to get me the food saver.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:07 AM   #6
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Hi Toots!!! It is well worth the money IMO. Just like what others have said, just LOVE it!
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:09 AM   #7
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You should also look at Reynolds Handi Vac - Available in grocery stores.

I have both, I use them in different ways. Handi Vac - can be opened and resealed. It's basically a zip lock in steroids. The vacuum unit is hand held and battery operated. Very convenient. The food saver is more work to use and makes a permanent seal on the bag. The bags are reusable witht he food saver. Reynolds does not recommend reusing handi vac bags, but, I do.

Lots of threads here on this subject. Here is one example
thanks for posting that thread - I did a food saver search for threads and came up with alot of threads about other stuff - duh.
My sister has the Handi Vac - she likes hers too.
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:14 AM   #8
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I wouldn't trade my Food Saver for any other brand. I tried the Handi-Vac and took it back for a refund. The FS is one of the best and most used appliances in my kitchen. ALL of my meat, poultry, fish and some other things go into FS bags and they keep in the freezer for months. The food looks exactly as it did when I bought it. No freezer burn or ice crystals. Go for it, but get a good one. You'll use it to death.
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:17 PM   #10
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I cannot survive without my FoodSaver unit, which I'm now on my third one and I got their newest vertical one and love it. Ordered online since I was able to get free shipping and lots of extras. I use mine almost every day.

I also have two (2) Reynolds "Handi-Vacs" and love them too because of their ziplock bags. Lots of needs for that which the FoodSaver is not as convenient for.
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:50 PM   #11
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I have one and I love mine. If you have a Big Lots near you, they have factory refurbs there that are quite a bargain. I got mine and one for my daughter there and I've had no problems at all.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:29 PM   #12
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I'm another "got both a FoodSaver and a Handi-Vac" club member - love both, and use them for different things. Can't say anything bad about either one. They both have their advantages and uses in my kitchen.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:50 PM   #13
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I have Rival Seal a Meal. I think I paid $40 for it. It works great and I use it all the time.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:55 PM   #14
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Got one and LOOOOOOOVVEEEEE it!!!!!!! I use it almost every day!
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:33 PM   #15
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Got one recently and have used it practically every day. Also have the Reynolds Handi Vac.
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:09 PM   #16
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I ordered a FS just yesterday morning, can't wait for it to arrive!!! I'm also considering the Reynold's Handi Vac. I had a friend call me from the grocery store asking me to research it for him. I've got him interested in a vacuum sealer, but he doesn't want to spend the money on a FS. I see it as a worthwhile investment! At any rate, I'm considering getting the Handi Vac for portability purposes.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:56 PM   #17
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I also have a food saver, love it love it! I have sent cookies back home...2000 miles and they got there safely and in one piece. I have canned pickles with the lid attachment and it worked great, it's a gadget I don't use all the time but when I need it I am glad I have it.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:10 PM   #18
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Just a slight note. You can't "can" using a FoodSaver since there is no pasteurizing process to kill harmful bacteria.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:12 PM   #19
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Don't forget you can use Mason canning jars with the food saver and save on bags...I have Pecans & walnuts in mine and keep them in the fridge. for a snack.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:33 PM   #20
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Interesting, if there was bacteria is never showed up we all enjoyed the pickles and are alive to tell about it...:)
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