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Foodsaver Help

reccitronreccitron Posts: 176
edited 10:26PM in EggHead Forum
I need some help with my foodsaver. I have noticed that some of my bags loose their seal. Tonight I sealed 8 steaks and 5 of them lost their seal within 5 minutes.

When I make the bag I double seal the end. I fold the bag over when I put something in it so I don't get any food on the area that will be sealed. I make sure the area that is getting sealed is flat. I then vacuum seal it and then seal it again.

These bags loosing their seal is getting really annoying and expensive. Anyone have any thoughts or tricks on how I can fix this problem?

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  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    I don't know unless the area that does the sealing needs to be replaced or cleaned. Have you had it long and do you use it much?
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Do a bag with water in it and figure out where the seal is breaking. Is it possible you got a bad roll or bag material? I think maybe folding over your bags is causing an issue in the manufactured sides.

    Are you possibly sucking too long and getting food moisture in the sealing area?
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,187
    When you say you "fold the bag over", do you mean you are trying to get the machine to heat seal FOUR thicknesses of the bag? If so, that's probably the problem. If not, I have no idea.

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 176
    2Fategghead wrote:
    I don't know unless the area that does the sealing needs to be replaced or cleaned. Have you had it long and do you use it much?

    I've had it for about 5 years but don't use it much. The bags look like they are totally sealed.
  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 176
    Fidel wrote:
    Do a bag with water in it and figure out where the seal is breaking. Is it possible you got a bad roll or bag material? I think maybe folding over your bags is causing an issue in the manufactured sides.

    Are you possibly sucking too long and getting food moisture in the sealing area?


    I just started folding them over because I thought I might be getting food in the sealing area. Sealing a bag of water to see where it leaks sounds like a good idea. How do I seal water? Wouldn't the water just get sucked out during the vacuum stage?
  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 176
    Carolina Q wrote:
    When you say you "fold the bag over", do you mean you are trying to get the machine to heat seal FOUR thicknesses of the bag? If so, that's probably the problem. If not, I have no idea.

    No I fold the bag over so I don't get food on the sealing area. I then unfold it to seal it.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    If you are folding the end of the bag over then you are trying to seal 4 layers .That won't work.I think the pooblem is that juice from your steak is being drawn into the seal area so you are not getting a good seal.I have had this problem and I have an older foodsaver.Solution-Place the steaks on a sheet pan and throw into the freezer for 30 mins to an hour,then vaccum seal them.I'll bet you a bag of lump that this will fix your problem. ;) :)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Just hit the seal only option instead of vaccum and seal. :)
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Well, sorta. Do a manual suck and seal to get most of your air out.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I just don't let the vacuum run that long. I keep an eye on it and when the juices/liquid start to migrate toward the sealing area I override the vacuum and do a manual seal.

    But I always double seal both ends with 1/4" or so gap between the seals.

    Of course, I'm like mega-OCD, so I'm kinda shocked I don't seal it 9 times on either end, just to be safe.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,740
    reccitron,

    I know what you bean about folding the top of the bags over. Are you sealling liquid ir semi liquid like chili? Freezing the open bags help with this so that when you do the seal there is no moisture in it. Failing that, many sealers have dwell or seal potentiometers to allow a longer heat cycle. You can also draw moisture from what you are sealing and you can press "manual seal" when you see the liquid running up towards the element.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • RRPRRP Posts: 20,447
    I'm suspicious of the material itself. By double sealing - and I assume inspection - you shouldn't be getting leakage. As for the fold back - I understand, but instead I just take a paper towel and wipe the inside of the bag throat before sealing if I think I smeared it anyway. Otherwise Fidel's suggestion should do the trick. If you are worried about sucking water into the FS and maybe ruining it you could always put some water in, place it in the freezer and then after frozen seal the bag and let it melt. BTW I always freeze my soups that way and then seal the next day so I know it works!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I have learned that trick too,even if you hit the moist selection.I was putting paper towels in there to catch the migrating juice but thought that was gross,I then started parfreezing.I finally figured out to do the manual overide.I also double seal.BTW,did you get my email about the 20 inch mediun flat top?
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    yea, I got it. I'm on the lookout.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Thanks.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,187
    RRP wrote:
    I'm suspicious of the material itself.

    Hmm, maybe that's it. How about trying some new bags and see it the problem persists. I've never heard of a shelf life for vac bags, but who knows. Are these bags 5 years old?

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,671
    they're fine as long as they were not between 40 and 140 for more than 4 hours
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    :laugh: :) Pat,you are batting a thousand this week! :)
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,187
    hahahaha. good one, bud! :) thought it was TWO hours now!?

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,671
    Thats only for the poultry bags :laugh:
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,187
    reccitron, just ignore this guy. :laugh:

    I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded... dead.

                                                      Woody Allen

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Using the "moist" setting will cause the sealing element to stay on 2-3 seconds longer. Like it was said, watch the level of any liquid creeping up toward the seal and hit the "seal" button before it gets there. I also position the Foodsaver near the edge of the counter so I can be sure the bag is lower than the sealer so no moisture will run onto the area to be sealed. I often double seal both ends.
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,671
    :laugh: :laugh: I'm sure the problem has already been answered with the vacuum sucking the juices into the sealing area,,, don't ask me how I know this :whistle: :blush:
  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    Moisture will create sealing challenges and foodsaver says to avoid same that a slight pre freeze helps, crazy but it works.
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  • reccitronreccitron Posts: 176
    I decided to freeze the water first like RRP suggested so I could get a good vacuum. I'll post back when it gets sealed and then thaws.

    When I was sealing the steaks, I didn't have moisture entering the sealing area.
  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    Notice that I stayed out of this one??? :evil: :laugh: :woohoo:

    Cheers Eggers,
    A new and kinder Bordello :whistle:
  • another way to keep the juices from interfering with the seal, is to wrap the meat with saran wrap first, then seal.
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