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Old 12-09-2007, 12:35 PM   #51
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I have one and I love it! I have decided against a big bulky food saver taking up space for this little gaget.

I threw my pamphlet away but didn't it say you could use them as boil in bags? Maybe not but if it is true then why couldn't you put them in the dishwasher? Just a thought.

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Not sure if they a boilable, but I DID read on the website that the bags are mircowavable.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:33 AM   #52
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I have just bought another vacuum sealer I saw at Bed, Bath and Beyond called PackMate Vacu-Seal, it is handheld also and fits into a drawer. I think it is better than Reynolds because the bags are reusable and you can put them in the dishwasher and microwave. I like the idea of reusable products it feels more enviro-friendly.

The seals seem to work excellently and the bags are extremely strong with a special pattern in the nylon to help with them becoming air tight. I have tried it with cheeses in the fridge (which I love as it seals in the odors of those delicious smelly blue cheeses) and some meats in the freezer. Next I am going to put all my dried fruit in the pantry into their bags. I think the bags are a bit more expensive but you don't need to keep buing them. Plus they have them in small quart size for onions and cut vegies.

Has anyone else tried PackMate Vacu-Seal?
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:47 AM   #53
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Have you a pic or a link to a website?

You said that you bought it at BBB. Haven't seen it yet of tried it.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:05 AM   #54
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PackMate Vacu-Seal

Hi Corey 123,

I have found a website for you to look at their home page, vacu-seal.com.

I bought it at BBB about a week ago for $29.99 which was for the Vacu-Seal machine, batteries and 3 bags. There weren't that many of them left but they were near the Food Saver's which just look so ridiculously big next to this little handheld.

Let me know what you think if you try it.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:24 AM   #55
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I like the suction mechanism on that one better, but at 3x the price?
I used my Reynolds vac last night and had the bag standing up so as not to spill any yeast out of it original packaging. I had to fiddle with holding my fingers just right on the opposite side of the bag to get the suction to work, but it wasn't undoable.
I can see why the vaccu-seal bags might be more expensive, but not the machine itself. JMO
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:56 AM   #56
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Hi Corey 123,

I have found a website for you to look at their home page, vacu-seal.com.

I bought it at BBB about a week ago for $29.99 which was for the Vacu-Seal machine, batteries and 3 bags. There weren't that many of them left but they were near the Food Saver's which just look so ridiculously big next to this little handheld.

Let me know what you think if you try it.


Haha!!

That one looks and operates quite similar to the Reynolds unit.

Except that there is a little valve that sticks out on the bags. Same size bags
also, except they can be bought in larger quantities.

Hmm; Now I wonder whose machine hit the market first - since Reynolds is supposed to have applied for a patant pending on THEIR vacuum seal bags.

Yes Pacanis, you're right! it IS 3x more expensive. I'll stick with the Reynolds unit. But I DID notice that the bag is vacuum sealed in the upright position, which allows foods (meats) with liquids to be packaged for marinating them.

This could get to be more interesting!
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I couldn't actually find it available in the US when I did a search. I wonder if the VacuSeal is only in the UK. Even the QVC offering was QVC UK.

Did you notice you can only use the bags for that machine with frozen food? Not sure I would like that.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:08 PM   #58
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Did you notice you can only use the bags for that machine with frozen food? Not sure I would like that.


I wouldn't want that either. Thank you for pointing that out.

Both my freezers are stuffed to the hilt with frozen food. I don't have the room to prefreeze food solid before I can vacuum seal it. Unless I get another freezer, which I'm not about to do!

I'm quite happy with the Reynolds unit. With that one, you can vacuum seal the food whether it's frozen or not.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:09 AM   #59
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Vacu-Seal is for pantry and fridge ingredients

Did you look for the PackMate Vacu-Seal again,as it is definitley available in the U.S., I bought it at Bed, Bath,and Beyond but you can also get it at Linens 'N Things. It is not just for frozen food it can be used for anything. I have vacu-sealed all my cheeses and cut vegies in the fridge, which stay perfectly fresh for far longer now. I have also put dry crackers and nuts in the pantry into vacu-seal bags which actually saves me space. You should try it for stuff outside of the freezer.

It also says that it is great to store your silver in as it stops it from tarnishing, it is exposure to air that causes tarnishing - I haven't tried this yet but my sister has and she loves the idea of no more polishing.

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I couldn't actually find it available in the US when I did a search. I wonder if the VacuSeal is only in the UK. Even the QVC offering was QVC UK.

Did you notice you can only use the bags for that machine with frozen food? Not sure I would like that.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:32 AM   #60
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Bridge ~ where are you located? Neither website for the stores you list carry it. I'm googling it from what you type and it doesn't come up in the US. Personally, I'm very happy with my Handi-Vac. I can get the bags for under $3 at Wal-Mart which is around the corner verses BBB or LT that is 15 miles from me.

Enclosing veggies like that isn't good. They need air to breathe to keep from going bad. Regardless, no one said you can only use them for freezing, I said you can only use the bags in the microwave with frozen foods. That's what the instructions say.
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