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#3400330 - 10/13/13 11:44 AM Vacuum packers
Fordman
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I am looking for opinions and experiences with vacuum sealers. I am looking to buy a new one. Whats everyone using out there?
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#3401152 - 10/13/13 10:12 PM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Fordman]
TAFKAP
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I bought the FoodSaver package from Costco a number of years ago. It's still holding up, although we don't use it nearly as frequently as we used to. I've heard they don't stand up well to long-term use.
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#3401172 - 10/13/13 10:25 PM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: TAFKAP]
Robtattoo
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I've got the absolute cheapest thing I could get from Wally World, made by Rival.
I processed 84 deer last year + god only knows how many fish, leftovers, out-of-season hogs, gator etc.... & so far it's holding up perfectly!
One thing I have found, though, is that the better quality bags are definitely worth the extra money.

I'm fairly sure that I'm the exception to the rule though.
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#3401634 - 10/14/13 09:24 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Robtattoo]
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I have a Food Saver and it is starting to lose its ability to seal. I have to apply pressure to it. Next time, I'm going to spring for the professional grade sealers from Weston: http://www.westonsupply.com/Weston-Professional-Advantage-Vacuum-Sealer-p/65-0501-w.htm

If you like to freeze large cuts of meat, you'll want a sealer that can handle at least 15 inches wide pouches.

I buy my Vacuum pouch rolls from Butcher and Packer: http://www.butcher-packer.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=35_40
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#3401754 - 10/14/13 10:30 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Poser]
WMAn
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Poser,

Here's the one Cook's Country recommends:

http://www.amazon.com/Weston-65-0201-Pro-2300-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B001GP81R2

It's the one I'm interested in.
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#3401875 - 10/14/13 11:53 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: WMAn]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
Poser,

Here's the one Cook's Country recommends:

http://www.amazon.com/Weston-65-0201-Pro-2300-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B001GP81R2

It's the one I'm interested in.


If I can just bring myself to spend $400 on a sealer...
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#3402987 - 10/15/13 05:56 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Poser]
WMAn
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The bags that Weston has on their web-site are 2 ply, 3 mil thick. Does that mean that the bags are made of two layers of plastic each of which are 3 mil thick, total of 6 mil? Or, two layers of 1.5 mil thick, total of 3 mil?

In the Cooks Country test, they found thickness of the bags to be the most important factor in maintaining a good seal and preventing freezer burn. They recommended the model I linked to because at the time the bags for it were 5 mil thick and cheaper than bags for less expensive models. Yesterday, when I looked, I could no longer find the 5 mil bags.
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#3403111 - 10/15/13 08:13 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: WMAn
Poser,

Here's the one Cook's Country recommends:

http://www.amazon.com/Weston-65-0201-Pro-2300-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B001GP81R2

It's the one I'm interested in.


If I can just bring myself to spend $400 on a sealer...


let me know when you do. our food saver is on the last legs and we're going down the route of the Weston but not yet unless we get it for a family Christmas present.
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#3403152 - 10/15/13 08:45 AM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: WMAn]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
The bags that Weston has on their web-site are 2 ply, 3 mil thick. Does that mean that the bags are made of two layers of plastic each of which are 3 mil thick, total of 6 mil? Or, two layers of 1.5 mil thick, total of 3 mil?

In the Cooks Country test, they found thickness of the bags to be the most important factor in maintaining a good seal and preventing freezer burn. They recommended the model I linked to because at the time the bags for it were 5 mil thick and cheaper than bags for less expensive models. Yesterday, when I looked, I could no longer find the 5 mil bags.


I have not used the Weston bags, so not sure, but a buddy of mine just bought a Weston sealer and it came with some bags, so I'll take a look at then when I get a chance. One thing about the Westons is that they are not set up for accepting and cutting a roll like the FoodSavers are. That's not a big deal to me, in fact the rolls I buy are usually too big to fit in my FoodSaver anyway, but I can see that being a complaint for those used to the sealers designed for household use. However, if you put the Weston and the FoodSaver side by side, you would find the FoodSaver to comparatively be a toy: Its fine for casual use, but not well suited for hardcore, home butchering use.
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#3403802 - 10/15/13 04:32 PM Re: Vacuum packers [Re: Poser]
WMAn
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Poser,

How much of a difference do the 11" versus 15" models make? I like the idea of spending $200 instead of $400, but if I am going to spend either I would like the vacuum sealer to do everything I need.

What type of cuts require the 15"? Can you trim down larger cuts to fit 11"?
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