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Old 08-21-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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ISO FoodSaver for a cramped kitchen....

i am so ready to buy a food saver! i was almost sold on those green containers i've been seeing on hsn, but what i really need is a vacuum wrapper that will also save my freezer meats and things. since joining dc i've been losing more good food through spoilage than ever before. can anyone recommend a food saver that is both easy to use and takes up little space? as i am increasing the variety of food items i keep on hand, i need to be able to preserve them more efficiently than before. do i still need those green containers too?

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Old 08-21-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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i am so ready to buy a food saver! i was almost sold on those green containers i've been seeing on hsn, but what i really need is a vacuum wrapper that will also save my freezer meats and things. since joining dc i've been losing more good food through spoilage than ever before. can anyone recommend a food saver that is both easy to use and takes up little space? as i am increasing the variety of food items i keep on hand, i need to be able to preserve them more efficiently than before. do i still need those green containers too?
Vit, once you go Food Saver, you'll never go back. The newer ones stand up vertically, unlike my older model, which rests on the counter horizontally. Check out their website. Get the best you can afford. They also have some nice canisters, just don't put hot water in them directly from the fridge. I crackled mine doing that.

You will never regret it! You can nuke, boil, preserve, freeze, you name it.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:59 PM   #3
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Yeah, I saw a nifty vertical one just today. It looked like it just had one large on button.
Currently my FS rests on my toaster oven. It's handy, but also out of the way. I have just enough room in that area to set it on the counter, plug it in and have enough "bag room". That's where you really need the room, in front of the FS for the bags. I like packaging steaks and such in about 18" long bags, then I just reseal them as I go.
My current one is actually broken. It won't run automatically. I need to hit the seal button after it has drawn its vacuum, but it still work and I still use it. And when it is dead and buried I'll be buying another.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, I saw a nifty vertical one just today. It looked like it just had one large on button.
Currently my FS rests on my toaster oven. It's handy, but also out of the way. I have just enough room in that area to set it on the counter, plug it in and have enough "bag room". That's where you really need the room, in front of the FS for the bags. I like packaging steaks and such in about 18" long bags, then I just reseal them as I go.
My current one is actually broken. It won't run automatically. I need to hit the seal button after it has drawn its vacuum, but it still work and I still use it. And when it is dead and buried I'll be buying another.
you're going to bury your food saver machine? i don't think bt will be wanting you for a neighbor.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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I knew I should have put a disclaimer in there.
I'm not "green", but no, I'm not going to actually bury my FS machine. I'm going to give it to Waste Management and let them bury it

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:28 PM   #6
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seriously though, thanks dawg and pac, for your help and encouragement so far. i can see i'll be researching this for weeks--all the while in my freezer, my chicken, chops and steaks will be growing white hoary beards! there are literally dozens of different models of these vacuum sealing things to suss out there--i could easier purchase a car. the anal part of me insists on checking everything through twenty different ways, but another part of my personality actually enjoys this aspect of shopping. well okay, maybe it's all from being so anal after all. at least i'm getting away from my obsession with the ss cookware for a bit of a while.... :)
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:48 PM   #7
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This is from 09, but check it out. I've heard lots of complaints about the vertical FS on some other boards.

http://equipment.cooksillustrated.co...sp?docid=20161
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:49 PM   #8
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The FoodSaver brand has been the one I've used. It was the first one on the market that I'm aware of. I would go with that. I have one of the first ones that came out and use it a lot. I almost wish it would die so I could justify buying the newer vertical style. I've also noticed that the "off brand" bags don't seem to do as well protecting the food as the FoodSaver brand bags.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:19 PM   #9
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I have the Vertical FS and I love it. No problems with it at all.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:28 PM   #10
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Another "thumbs up" for FoodSaver brand. I've had mine for maybe 10 years and would be lost without it. For example, I got a real buy on mixed nuts in the shell just after Christmas last season. I vac sealed them and put them in the freezer. I took a bag out to eat yesterday and they're as fresh as the day I bought them. Perfect.

I use my FoodSaver for more than food, but the food preservation capabilities are wonderful. You won't be sorry.

I, too, have the horizontal model and, as someone already said, when it goes belly up, I'll definitely get a vertical model.
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