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Old 01-16-2016, 07:23 PM   #1
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Vacuum sealer/FoodSaver, observations-feedback?

My wife bought one of these about a year ago and I have never opened it. But today I bought about $60 worth of meat (on sale at the local market), so I busted it out and unpacked it.

It's a simple device. Just place the meat in the plastic bag and lock the lid down and push the button. It's automatic and shuts off when done. I think it will save a lot of money in the long run and provide better tasting food.

I think she paid about $55 for it off HSN or QVC. It came with about 50 bags. I can see this being useful for other uses besides food. Like if I want to put some items (like nuts/bolts) in a bag and seal it up.

Anyone else have one?


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Old 01-16-2016, 07:29 PM   #2
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Check out their website. You can foodsaver just about anything! I love mine.

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Old 01-17-2016, 03:18 AM   #3
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We often buy bulk beef and pork that we grind ourselves. Along with the sausage making and meat curing we do, the sealer is indispensable.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:58 AM   #4
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I love mine too!
Its faster than wrapping with cling wrap and then bagging.
It has many uses besides food.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:10 AM   #5
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For about six weeks preceeding Christmas I got an email trying to sell me a Foodsaver, at a 40%, 50%, or 60% discount, depending on the model, every friggin' day. Sorry, no sale.

Unless I need something special for a recipe I am planning immediately, I buy almost all my meats from Omaha Steaks, and their stuff already comes in individually sealed plastic so I really couldn't justify buying one, but I give them credit for being persistent.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:27 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Roll_Bones View Post
...It has many uses besides food.

Like what??
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #7
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I use our FoodSaver for things other than food.

One thing I find it particularly helpful for is to protect heirloom garments, especially baby clothes. We've had a christening gown in the family for generations and it's safely preserved in a vacuum-sealed bag. No moisture or insect nasties can harm it.

I also use it to store some items in my craft area of my studio. Things like paint pens and markers that I don't want to dry out because they aren't used frequently.

Use it when we travel for liquids and meds. Of course, these parcels are opened once we get to our destination but I usually only pack what we'll use so that's not an issue with us.

I've parceled out dry pet foods when someone has had to "babysit" our fur children. That was quite important when one of our kitties had to be on a restricted-portion diet. No error when it came to giving her the proper amount, regardless of who was feeding her.

I'm sure there are more but they don't come to mind right now.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:13 PM   #8
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In the outdoors it has many uses, mostly to keep things waterproof such as a survival kit, matches, first aid kits even your cell phones, fire starters. The list goes on and on.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:29 PM   #9
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The above are really good ideas for storing non-foods.

I love my foodsaver and use it all the time. It's about 7 or 8 years old now and still going strong. I hope I didn't just jinx it. Right now I have (other than meats, poultry and fish) shredded coconut from a year ago when I made coconut shrimp and have a lot of the coconut left over, mashed fruits for smoothies, several bags of nuts I bought in bulk, blanched veggies, mashed potatoes, soups, etc. I'm cooking for one most of the time and it's so nice to be able to pull a meal out of the freezer, one or two servings at a time. I know the bags are kind of spendy, but I still think I'm coming out ahead with how much fresher food stays.
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
Like what??
Just think.
You can keep your pot stash fresh.

I love my vacuum sealer.
Freezer burn is a thing of the past and I buy things on sale without the worry of being able to use it before it goes bad.

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