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Old 08-18-2013, 12:38 AM   #11
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I must say Chief, you and Andy are so helpful. The next time I have a problem, I will know right where to go. Straight to hell for even listening or entertaining any thought of listening to either one of you. The two of you are definitely an asset to this forum. Even for a laugh or two. Thank you.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:14 AM   #12
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I dunno pac, I never have problems with those bags. Must be operator error. Then again, the largest I've ever had was a one gallon. Maybe size matters...
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #13
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Speaking of size, they are too big to fit in my FS unit to try sealing them.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:26 AM   #14
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I've read through this whole thread with interest. I used to scoff at the zipper bags, thinking they were someone's idea to help get some of our money in the name of convenience. After all, we already had the finger-press ones.

Then...my not-so-good friend, Arthur, decided to take up residence in my hands, making the finger-press bags nothing short of impossible to close. That's when I changed my attitude about the zipper ones.

However, I should say that I've never encountered any problems sealing/unsealing these types of bags. I'm not much on name-brand anything, so most of the zipper bags I have came from my local Dollar Tree store. They've always performed perfectly.

Sorry you're having difficulties, pacanis. But I think Andy might be on to something.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:03 PM   #15
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And be sure to curl the left side of your lips upward, into a smirk. And don't forget to squint your eyes at the same time. If you fail to do these things, no only will the bags fail to seal, they sometimes will decide to act like they're sealed. Then, after you put them into the fridge, or freezer, they'll pop open and spill their contents all over everything else.

One last thing, avoid the bags with the "bag half empty, personality. All ways look for the "bag half full" ones.

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I think it also helps to stick your tongue out on that smirking side.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #16
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Speaking of size, they are too big to fit in my FS unit to try sealing them.
Bummer Pac. I wonder if it would work if you scrunched it, or did half the bag at a time.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #17
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I don't know, Dawg. It stinks, that's for sure.
I bought these large bags with the sole intent to use when I'm brining pork belly and the first two I use have the same problem.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:06 PM   #18
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Pac, I am wondering if when you tried to insert the pork belly (which I assume is quite large) that perhaps there was enough pressure applied to skew the closing mechanism from its track enough that it will not zip. I have had this happen the odd time and was able to reposition the (WTH, do you call that thing?) mechanism and viola back in business. ;)
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:25 PM   #19
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That's a possibility.
So you are saying the piece can be repositioned? Does it make a difference which side it starts closing from?
I should probably figure something out soon. These bellies are really giving up the liquid. I need a better seal than folded over and taped.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:29 PM   #20
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Pac, if you don't have any success mechanically sealing the bag and, as you report, tape isn't working, how about trying to fold over the top of the bag(s) and securing them with several binder clips? I always keep several binder clips in my "tools" drawer in the kitchen for assorted uses. They might do the trick if other solutions fail.
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