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Old 08-24-2011, 12:42 PM   #51
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BTW raw meat seems to vacuum pack better if it is first wrapped in saran wrap and frozen before being vacuum packed; otherwise there is a tendency for the meats to release much of their juices if subjected to the vacuum before freezing.
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Likewise, when thawing vacuum packed frozen raw meats, I prefer to release the vacuum prior to thawing because it seems to minimize the creation of a bloody mess.
Thanks for that info Bill........now I can put to rest any consideration of me getting a FS. Like I said before, I have good results by wrapping my meat in saran wrap and then placing it in a heavy duty zip lock freezer bag. Hmmmmmm, let's see now, since I just saved myself a ton of money, what other cooking gadget can I covet?
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:09 PM   #52
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Thanks for that info Bill........now I can put to rest any consideration of me getting a FS. Like I said before, I have good results by wrapping my meat in saran wrap and then placing it in a heavy duty zip lock freezer bag. Hmmmmmm, let's see now, since I just saved myself a ton of money, what other cooking gadget can I covet?
Yes. but they still make sense for their superior food keeping capabilities if you buy high end meat once every month or so; or like to stock up on sale priced expensive cuts.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:34 PM   #53
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Yes. but they still make sense for their superior food keeping capabilities if you buy high end meat once every month or so; or like to stock up on sale priced expensive cuts.
I don't have a huge freezer so I'm limited to how much I can buy and freeze. Actually I like it that way, as I have to use up what I have on hand before I can buy more. I do like taking advantage of sales, but I suspect those with huge freezers have food get lost in there for years. My girlfriend told me the other day she had a "buy one, get one free" turkey in hers from the turn of the century.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:46 PM   #54
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I suspect those with huge freezers have food get lost in there for years

Which was, sadly in fact, true until I started an inventory because...."there's an app for that!" I'm trying to clean it out, but I think I hoard food.

I go downstairs, open the door, and whatever I pull out is what were having tomorrow (after it thaws.)
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #55
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Uta, how's your foodsaver adventure going?
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Uta, how's your foodsaver adventure going?
Hopefully they will say it "sucks"
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:34 AM   #57
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Uta, how's your foodsaver adventure going?

well good morning, fin man!

the new fs machine just came in the mail the other day! my adventure is momentarily stalled, though, awaiting supplies. this machine came with no fs wrapping materials at all.i'm not complaining though, the price was very reasonable. with irene blowing through here, my freezer is emptier than usual, so it's an ideal time to restock, and initiate my new fs wrapper. stay tuned....
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I love my new fs. Mine has a marinate feature which my old one did not. This one will suck the air out and hold fir a few minutes then release the vacuum and then cycle over again a few times over ten minutes. I did a test with beef jerky. My recipe calls for marinating the beef for 6 hours. With half my jerky I did it for 6 hours and the other half I used the 10 minute marinate feature. I could not tell the difference in the end product.
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I love my new fs. Mine has a marinate feature which my old one did not. This one will suck the air out and hold fir a few minutes then release the vacuum and then cycle over again a few times over ten minutes. I did a test with beef jerky. My recipe calls for marinating the beef for 6 hours. With half my jerky I did it for 6 hours and the other half I used the 10 minute marinate feature. I could not tell the difference in the end product.
good to hear you're happy with your new fs machine. is yours the one they're calling the gamesaver? my new fs is plain black, but easier on the eyes than i had expected. we're still settling in. i need to buy wrapping supplies. and meats.... :)
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I don't know if they call it the gamesaver. This is the one I have.
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