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Old 12-18-2007, 11:44 AM   #61
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There isn't any reason why you could only use a vcacusealer for frozen food.

The Reynolds one works great. I bought a bunch of them for stocking stuffers!

I also polished and vacusealed my silver the other day. What a great idea!
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:52 AM   #62
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There isn't any reason why you could only use a vcacusealer for frozen food.
I think the confusion on that is that there was one UK site for the VacuSeale that Bridge posted that said to only use the bags in the microwave for cooking with frozen foods. Personally, I'm leery of any bag that goes in the microwave, I've had one too many melt on me. Scary stuff! Stinks too!

And jennyema ~ you have some lucky people if you're giving Handi-Vacs. Lucky them!!
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:55 PM   #63
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I usually place the bag in a microwave-safe bowl or dish, then I open the bag a little to let the steam escape. Works every time.

Jennyema, won't the forks poke holes in the bag?
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:59 AM   #64
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I thought about buying one of these, but then I remembered what happened to my Deni vacuum sealer.

It got used twice, and has been collecting dust in my garage for almost 2 years now.

Nothing in my house lasts long enough to vacuum seal it, I guess.
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:59 AM   #65
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This one WILL work. Trust me.

Haven't had one bit of trouble with it at all! It uses no heat sealing to work. It juswt merely pulls out all the air and the bag STAYS sealed until you want to open it.

I think that the problem with those regular vacuum bag sealers is that the heater strip starts to fail prematurely. and their vacuum bags end up failing to hold the vacuum seal.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:58 AM   #66
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Jennyema, won't the forks poke holes in the bag?
So far so good. I put them in sideways.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:32 AM   #67
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Another way is also to put some soft paper around the mouth ends, such as paper napkins or paper towels.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:16 PM   #68
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I have the FoodSaver which I've used for years for just about everything in the kitchen, garage, first-aid kit, car, travel, etc., and I've been using the Reynolds Handi-Vac for about a month. Wal-mart had them first it seems, but no extra bags, so I was reusing the 3 bags that came with the starter kit. I love them both and each has their purpose.

The Handi-Vac is excellent for leftovers or items you tend to get access to on a regular basis -- cheese, luncheon meat, onions, croutons, etc -- and keeps them fresher longer. The ziploc feature is what makes it so special, to open, close and reseal in a matter of seconds. Considering its a manual seal I am impressed that the seal holds. I've only had one instance where it "unsealed" itself. I resealed it, making sure the ziplock was positive, and it stayed sealed after that. I am cautious about sharp items, especially once an item is frozen and gets bumped in the freezer.

Super great item. For $10 I highly recommend it.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:01 PM   #69
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So glad to hear that you like it!

If for some reason Walmart doesn't have the extra vacuum seal bags, you should be able to get them at Target, Walgreens or Kmart.

I find that kind of stupid and dumb that Walmart does not have the extra vacuum seal bags, unless they ran out of them.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:11 PM   #70
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WooHoo! I scored a couple of these Reynolds Handi-Vacs at Target last night. There were plenty of bags there for sale, too. I'm so glad to have read about these here because I doubt I would have tried it if ya'll hadn't been raving over them. I already have a Food-Saver but man, this thing is so much easier. I've been sealing up stuff all day!!!
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