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Old 09-21-2004, 11:44 AM   #11
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I've considered getting one of these in the past but my fear was that the machine would be discontinued and then what would I do when I ran out of bags.

So.....if the above were to happen could I use another brand of bags and not the type that comes with the machine?

Whats a good brand of sealer to buy?

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Old 09-21-2004, 12:21 PM   #12
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There are other brands of bags out there that work, but I have heard they do not work as well. Tillia is the best brand around and they have been in business for over 20 years. If you get a machine that has an accessory port then you can use regular mason jars to seal things in instead of just using the bags.
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:39 PM   #13
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Thanks GB!!! :D
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:45 PM   #14
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You're welcome :)

Oh with the accessory port you can also use foodsaver containers. They are somewhat pricey, but I find I use these more than the bags or mason jars. Geez I could talk about this thing forever. They should hire me to do a commercial or better yet, infomercial
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Old 09-21-2004, 01:29 PM   #15
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I just saw a zip lock baggy commercial and they were talking about adding your meat and marinade to the bag and then freezing. Has anyone tried this either with the freezer bag or the foodsaver?
Will this work if you use lemon and lime in the marinade or should I only do marinades that aren't acidic? Just thought that while it was thawing the acidity would cook it some?

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should be fine Sizzlin... I have bought skinless, bonless chicken breasts before, separated them, and frozen them in their own baggies with marinade that contained lemon, lime, or orange juice.

I forgot what I was going to say now.. lol.. OH.. crewsk..that's not much of a Christmas surprise that you know you're getting one.
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Old 09-21-2004, 01:41 PM   #17
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She asked what I wanted & then went & got them both. They are sitting in her dining room! My mil is not big on keeping suprises from the adults. She dosen't care if we know what we are getting as long as the kids don't know what they are getting.
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Old 09-21-2004, 01:50 PM   #18
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I have frozen steaks with marinade (store bought :oops: ) and put it all in a foodsaver bag. It works great. As it thaws in the fridge the marinade penetrates the meat.

I have also used my foodsaver containers to speed marinate meat. It only takes about 20 minutes.
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Thanks again GB....think I'll have to go look for one this weekend.

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I love mine too. When they first came out I bought the regular size one. But when I saw how much I was freezing and using the containers, I gave it to my SIL and got the big one. It is a great kitchen appliance. What really sold me even though I already had it was, I had gotten some coconut slices at a county fair. When I got home, they were hard as a rock. I decided to put them in the foodsaver container and in two days, those puppies were like they were just made. It's also great that you can use and reuse the bags. My SIL can't thank me enough for giving my small one to her. And now her daughter got one. They just love theirs too. And it is just great that you can marinate anything in 20 minutes.
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