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Old 04-15-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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ISO advice/tips on buying a Seal-a-Meal

I am thinking of buying a seal a meal type machine to prepare fruits, veggies and foods for freezing and later to store dehydrated foods. I am working on plans for a food dehydrator now - maybe I will get them all going at the same time.

Does anyone have any advice about what to look for in a machine, or some tricks that you have learned by using one?

If I use this kind of vacuum process for sealing, will foods last longer when frozen? Strawberries supposedly last about 6 months when frozen - how long if they are vacuum packed? I am especially interested in things that are very seasonal here, or things that I can buy at a low price if I but 20 pounds at a time - like blueberries.

How about things like spaghetti sauce? I have tried freezing s. sauce before but have never been please with the results, even if eating it one month later. I have always been able to taste the "freezer" taste. When I make s. sauce I usually put 2 kinds of mushrooms in it, pork or beef, green peppers, carrot, garlic and onion, as well as a variety of spices. How do you freeze s. sauce and not have the freezer taste? Do you leave out the meat and then add the meat after you thaw it out?

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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You won't regret getting one.Things will last longer and be better when freezing. A leftover steak sealed and warmed in a water bath will just as good as the day it way made.

If you buy meat in bulk and freeze it will pay for itself in no time at all.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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I love mine and use it all the time. One trick to remember for things like berries is to freeze them solid first on a baking tray then seal them. Otherwise you can squash them flat.

It is also good for leftovers. I save he micowave meal dished and then seal and freeze leftover in them for a quick lunch or dinner later.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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what about putting berries and fruit through a grinder to make them require less room in the freezer? like the meat grinder attachment to my kitchen aid?
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #5
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what about putting berries and fruit through a grinder to make them require less room in the freezer? like the meat grinder attachment to my kitchen aid?
Fruit mush!? I don't think so!
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:41 AM   #6
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I have used a foodsaver pro for a long time,it is the best thing since sliced bread.
Lots of reasons to use it to save on waste, keep coffee beans fresh, confit duck, say goodbye to freezer burn and ice crystals ect, but my fav trick is pressure marination.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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What is pressure marination? Do you use bright lights and a rubber stick?
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
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Only in days gone by, I prefer water boarding .I just put the meat and marinade in the bag with some kitchen towel to stop any liquid getting sucked into the machine vac and leave for 30 mins.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:11 AM   #9
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LOL!

I love my Seal a Meal. For liquids you can get special canisters and use a hose attachment. It also works for other stuff (food or nonfood) you want to take camping or boating.

Never thought to do pressure marinating, what a great idea!
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:33 AM   #10
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The vacuum sealers with a hose port are considerably more flexible. Where possible, I prefer to vacuum seal in mason jars.
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