Originally Posted by justplainbill
Do you have any estimate of what the packaging cost adds to the cost per pound of the items being packaged. Twenty five cents?
To avoid juices from being sucked out of meats, we wrap the meats in Saran wrap and freeze for about 6 hours before vacuum packing and break the vacuum just before thawing the meat.
We try to wash and reuse bags but it's somewhat problematic because the vacuuming and or the freezing seems to distort the bags and at least one inch of the bag / sleeve is lost during each sealing process.
Foodsaver gallon bags run about 40 cents apiece but seem to be prone to leaks.
Nope.. no estimate at all. Honestly I never really thought about it. I will say I have been much happier with things I have pulled out of the freezer after a couple months that have been vacuum packed as opposed to the usual Saran wrap.
I have seen many recommendations for not reusing bags that had meat in them, and I suppose I can see the point, or not.
I don't usually like using the premade bags, they are never the right size for me. Either way too big, but you really can't cut them down and get 2 runs, or just a tad too small.
Our FS has a gentle cycle so we can pack unfrozen meats, but if I have the time and the room I will freeze first. Sometimes our freezer isn't in the right configuration to lay things flat for pre-freezing.