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Which Food Sealer to Buy?

JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
Friends, I am in the market for a food sealer. Any Suggestions? Thanks.
Jim
                                                                    
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Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
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Johns Creek, Georgia

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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 670

    Depends on your budget.  I have the foodsaver from Costco.  It works good for everything except wet stuff.  I have the mason jar attachment for it and use that to seal stuff too. 

    If you want to do wet stuff then look into a chamber sealer. 

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  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,164
    I have Foodsaver's Gamesaver Silver and am happy with it.  When we do liquids, we freeze first and then vac/seal.  This model is very simple to use and has several features that are nice for sportsmen.
    A poor widows son.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
  • Haws72688Haws72688 Posts: 41
    I have a VacMaster and love it.  It's a big investment though if you are going to use it sparingly.  It also eats up 1/2 the counter space in my apartment.
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,592
    I've been very happy with my food saver until recently. Ive always just used it for meats and stuff and it works well. But have stated sealing more moist items and it gets full of moisture and stops. Have to strategically stop and seal it and clean out tray between seals. I was sealling blanched veggies this weekend and it was awful until I got the tricks down.

    Chamber sealers look like amazing toys. Way out of what id want to spend thoigh.


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  • cssmd27cssmd27 Posts: 235
    edited June 2014
    Henkelman Boxer 35

    Awesome machine.  Love mine!  Went from using my Foodsaver maybe every week or two, to using this daily.  We were hesitant about such a big investment, but now it's right at the top of my list of best kitchen investments.
    Dallas (University Park), Texas
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,592
    I read back over that and I didn't mean to bash the food saver. Great machine, just isn't made for wet or high moisture items.


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  • zosobao5150zosobao5150 Posts: 131
    FoodSaver GameSaver Deluxe is excellent.
    XL BGE
  • SJ21XDCSJ21XDC Posts: 235
    Another vote for FoodSaver!

    XL & Mini-Max

    Chattanooga, TN

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
    Thanks all, I was looking at the FoodSaver 4400 at Target for $170.00 I think I want with with a manual seal from what I was reading. I read a bunch of bad reviews on the FoodSaver 3400.
                                                                        
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    You made a good decision.  The auto seal is nothing but trouble and it wastes bags.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,271
    You made a good decision.  The auto seal is nothing but trouble and it wastes bags.
    Definitely a good decision.  It can be infuriating when the bag isn't quite long enough for the auto-seal to kick on.  


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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
    Thanks @nolaegghead and @smokeypitt. I think I will get the 4400 as it is in my budget.
                                                                        
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  • GrillmagicGrillmagic Posts: 1,544

    I just bought the foodsaver 2450 from kolhs on sale for 99.00 and had a 30% coupon

    I have went through 3 rolls of bags and it seams to work great.

    I bought it for my SV Demi and it seams to be a good fit for hot tubbing

    Chuck

    Dimondale Michigan

    www.chuckkingcomedy.com

    Dimondale, Michigan XL BGE
  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 1,095
    VacMaster "Vacstrip" bags in a Foodsaver machine solves the 'wet'  problem. Cheap fix with a great machine I've had for years.

    Tony in Brentwood, TN.

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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,592
    So the 4400 lets you control the suck and seal?? Didn't know that, the auto is what's frustrating about mine.


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  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,316
    If you can find a Wolfegang Puck food saver, it cleans up much easier than the foodsaver brands.  Not sure if they are even available any more.... but, you can try :)  (there's craigslist and ebay??)


  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370

    I just bought the foodsaver 2450 from kolhs on sale for 99.00 and had a 30% coupon

    I have went through 3 rolls of bags and it seams to work great.

    I bought it for my SV Demi and it seams to be a good fit for hot tubbing

    Chuck

    Dimondale Michigan

    www.chuckkingcomedy.com


    Thanks Chuck, I didn't think about trying Kohls. My wife probably has some coupons, I will check that one out.
                                                                        
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    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
    So the 4400 lets you control the suck and seal?? Didn't know that, the auto is what's frustrating about mine.

    @mrcookingnurse Yes, there is a separate switch to control the amount of suction.
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    On my gamesaver, you can control the vacuum by stopping it and sealing via the seal switch.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,592
    @nolaegghead‌ Ok. Mine will do that. But not what @JRWhitee‌ is talking about


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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    @MrCookingNurse - yeah you right.  There's a adjustable vacuum cut-off switch.  Some of the auto-sealers don't give you any control because the seal switch needs vacuum and the manual ones don't - so you can stop the vacuum at any time with the manual sealers.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • I'm in the VacMaster boat, but let me first say, I vacuum pack ALOT OF STUFF.

    Food saver bags/rolls are very expensive, upwards of $.50/bag if you buy pre-made bags. I burned up 3 foodsavers in 2 years and spent what I would have if I had just bought the VacMaster to begin with.  Chamber sealer bags are as inexpensive as $.04/bag depending on size and quantity that you buy.

    If you are going to be doing lots of wet applications, ie raw meat, marinades, semi-cooked freezer meals etc, save time and money and go buy the chamber sealer.

    If you want to primarily seal up leftovers, and dry goods, and don't mind spending a little more for bags, then buy the GameSavr. IMO it's the best one that FoodSaver has to offer, and it is portable (can use 12v or 110.)

    Either way, www.agribags.com has some of the best prices around on sealers and on bags and rolls depending on which way you choose to go. I have researched this lots and lots and they have the best deals by far.

    Also, look into the weston brand sealers, these are a food saver type machine, and built 100X sturdier, while still being a little less expensive than a chamber sealer.

    Just my little bit of info. Message me for more if you want.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 22,331
    Good info.  I'm planning on a chamber in the near future.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,370
    Thank you @scotbradley725, great information I will check that out as well. 
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
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