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Old 12-07-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question FoodSaver

We are thinking of purchasing a foodsaver. I would appreciate any feedback that you may have.

Is it better to use the "roll" or actual bags that are already cut?
Can the plastic be reused?
Do you store mostly raw meat or cooked meat?
If freezing cooked meat what is the best way to defrost?
Can the plastic be put in the microwave?
Is it possible to store soup or chilli? if so how?

I hope I have not overwhelmed everyone with my questions, I just want to make sure it is worth the investment. There are only two of us at my house and we tend to do alot of freezing.
Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Is it better to use the "roll" or actual bags that are already cut?
I prefer the rolls. You can cut them to any size you happen to need at the time.
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Can the plastic be reused?
Yes it can. This is another reason the rolls are better than the pre cut bags. If you plan on reusing the bags then make sure to make them on the large side as each time you open then you will lose about an inch or so off the bag. The bags can even go through the dishwasher. I used to turn my bags inside out and send them through the wash.
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Do you store mostly raw meat or cooked meat?
I do both.
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If freezing cooked meat what is the best way to defrost?
It depends, but I am a fan of putting it in a bowl of cold water and weighing it down so it is completely submerged. Make sure the water stays below 40 degrees F for safety reasons. This is a very fast and safe way of defrosting things.
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Can the plastic be put in the microwave?
Yes it can, but be sure to open the bag first or at least poke a hole or two otherwise you risk it exploding.
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Is it possible to store soup or chilli? if so how?
Yes it is possibly. The easiest way is to fill the bag and then freeze it for an hour or two before sealing it. After it is frozen or at least partially frozen it is very easy to seal. I actually take it once step further sometimes and use ziplock bags to put the chili or soup in first. I fill the bag and zip the seal working out as much air as possible. I then freeze that flat. Once frozen I take the zip lock bag out of the freezer and open the zip lock. That bag goes into a food saver bag and is then sealed. The benefits of doing it this way is that by freezing flat it takes up very little room in the freezer. Also the zip lock bag makes it so the food saver bag does not get dirty so I do not have to wash it if reusing.

I actually do not use the bags very often at all. I use the food saver canisters most of the time. The do not work in the freezer though so freezing is the only time I use the bags.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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I just got a Food Saver V2840 Advanced Design, today was the first day I used it. I love it so far, but have only sealed up a few packages of walnuts and cheeses. I have both the bags on the roll and the precut bags, used the precut ones today.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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I use the rolls, the bags, the canisters, and the mason jar sealers all the time. Since I'm single I tend to use the pint size bags the most for storing single-serving sizes.

You can reuse the bags as long as your next need is for a bag smaller than the used one so it can be resealed. Never reuse a bag that contained raw meat however.

If I have a need to reuse bags I actually will use the Reynolds or Ziplock vacuum seal bags that have zipper openings. Those get washed and reused over and over again, except the ones that held raw meat.

For defrosting I actually have one of those thermo defrosting trays that draw out the cold, but a microwave works good too. The FoodSaver bags are the only ones safe to put in a microwave. You can also boil foods in them.

To store liquids, like soup, you can fill a foodsaver bag, lay it in a fairly flat container unsealed so the liquid is flat, then freeze it. After frozen then seal it.

I also use the FoodSaver bags to store flour (kills the bugs too), rice, dried beans, dried vegetables from the dehydrator, and many other items. Also good for storing first aid items, emergency supplies, etc., so they stay fresh and clean.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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I've had a foodsaver for years and I generally love it.

But, has anyone had trouble with bags made from the rolls losing the vacuum seal? A lot of times when I make bags from the rolls, I notice that the bag gets air in it after a week or so in the freezer.
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I've had a foodsaver for years and I generally love it.

But, has anyone had trouble with bags made from the rolls losing the vacuum seal? A lot of times when I make bags from the rolls, I notice that the bag gets air in it after a week or so in the freezer.
Every once in a while this happens to me. Maybe 1 out of every 12 packages will lose their seal. I know that you have to stop to let the machine cool after a certain number of bags and I think that's why they lose their seal. I tend to just keep sealing one after the other. I seal ALL of my meat, poultry, fish, etc. and because I buy in large quantity and split up the package into small one-person servings, I have a lot to seal. And to answer the original question: I prefer the rolls since I package a lot of different sizes and the rolls keep the waste down. Sometimes the bags, being precut, will be too big or too small.

BTW, while we're on the subject, I broke my FS a couple of days ago. I know someone on this site mentioned the new models that stand vertically. I haven't seen it yet so if anyone can explain how this works vertically and/or post a picture, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:41 PM   #7
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If you have an older model FoodSaver you may experience a poor seal occasionally with the newer, thicker plastics. I sometimes would do a double seal if it was something I did not want to lose its vacuum over time.

Problem solved with with the newer units that make a much wider and longer seal. Downside is the cycle between sealings is longer than before which some people do not like.
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Every once in a while this happens to me. Maybe 1 out of every 12 packages will lose their seal. I know that you have to stop to let the machine cool after a certain number of bags and I think that's why they lose their seal. I tend to just keep sealing one after the other. I seal ALL of my meat, poultry, fish, etc. and because I buy in large quantity and split up the package into small one-person servings, I have a lot to seal. And to answer the original question: I prefer the rolls since I package a lot of different sizes and the rolls keep the waste down. Sometimes the bags, being precut, will be too big or too small.

BTW, while we're on the subject, I broke my FS a couple of days ago. I know someone on this site mentioned the new models that stand vertically. I haven't seen it yet so if anyone can explain how this works vertically and/or post a picture, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:43 PM   #9
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I think a lot depends on the model you have. I have an older model, but it is a professional model which is designed to do seal after seal after seal without taking a rest. I also have a dial on mine which lets me determine how long the seal takes. I can set it to seal very quickly or if it is something that I think might take longer to seal then I can dial it up and seal it longer.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:57 PM   #10
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DramaQueen,

Thanks for the tip. I do like you - I tend to get on a roll andseal a bunch at a time. I'll try your suggestion and give it a rest in the middle and see if that helps. Thanks again!
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