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What am I doing wrong? Foodsaver

MickeyMickey Posts: 15,256
Busted down 4 lb Costco bacon to 4oz packs. Half the bags would not pull a vac. Got to doing then 10 extra inches so I could cut and try again. Worked sometimes. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,571
    I don't know about the food saver but I'll take the bacon off your hands.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • CP92CP92 Posts: 186
    Sometimes it's the bags themselves.  For what ever reason they won't seal. Are you using pre-cut or sealing your own off a role?  How long have you had your sealer?  I know with mine (lesser model than yours) often it will "overheat" and not want to seal after running several batches through (8-10).  Let it sit for 5-10 mins and try again.  To be honest I don't think they are the greatest vac sealers out there, but for the money and amount I use it, they are at the price point I need.
    Chris
    LBGE
    Laurel, MD
  • I've never been able to seal the 8" bags...only the 11" bags. I only buy those now.
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  • same issue here sometimes with the stand up model. Unplug and plug back in and see if that helps.



  • +1 on CP92.  I've had a roll of bags that would not seal.  I called Foodsaver and they shipped me new rolls.
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  • krobertsmsnkrobertsmsn Posts: 530
    edited October 2013
    Try to freeze or partially freeze the meat first on a pan with parchment paper under the meat. Leave at least 4 inches of bag between the bacon and edge of plastic. My problems have usually arisen from moisture creeping to the end where it should seal. This prevents a seal. Also make sure enough of the edge is sitting in the "well" when you are sealing. Attention to these 2 things have helped me with this issue
    LBGE 4/2012, MBGE 6/2012 & Mini 11/2013
    Rome, GA
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,241
    I had that standup model.  It sucked, or rather, it didn't suck properly.  The vacuum is used to apply pressure to the heater.  We ditched that model and got the simple gamesaver style with the lever. 
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,697
    edited October 2013

    It makes no sense that it would be the bag's fault.  A bag is a bag is a bag.  If the machine doesn't "melt" the plastic to seal the bag off, then there's a problem with the machine's sealing mechanism.  Am I missing something here??
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,241

    It makes no sense that it would be the bag's fault.  A bag is a bag is a bag.  If the machine doesn't "melt" the plastic to seal the bag off, then there's a problem with the machine's sealing mechanism.  Am I missing something here??
    Yep, that's the problem.  I've had that model and others.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,221
    I'll bet it's V I's fault !!!!! L-)

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Make sure you turn the end of the bag inside out (like the cuff of a long sleeved dress shirt) before you put the meat in.  This will keep grease off the sealing surfaces.  Won't seal well if greasy.  Watch out for wrinkles too.
  • CP92CP92 Posts: 186
    If it's as he explained and the same problem I've experienced has nothing to do with sealing.  The machine never vacuums out the air.  While it might seem counter-intuitive, process of elimination proves it's a bag. I can try with a bag that won't vac, replace it with on that will, and then try the one that wouldn't and still get the same results.  Just throw them away and move on.
    Chris
    LBGE
    Laurel, MD
  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I have that same machine and I've never had a problem with it. Works well for me.
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • LitLit Posts: 3,087
    I have the same one also and no problems in 2 years.
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 564
    No problem either. Works great. If your model has the moisture setting switch, use it and be sure to clean out the moisture tray.

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 26,703
    I don't know that model Mic but when I have problems with the gamesaver I take a toothpick to the suction inlet in the chamber. Also if the gasket is mis-seated you will get problems.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,068
    Mine is the 3840, same as the re-designed 3880 Mickey has. My Gamesaver pretty much sits on the shelf now, unless doing large amounts. There is a slight learning curve with the Foodsaver. Best results for me is with frozen product. For bacon, I freeze in 1/2 pound packs by folding  the bacon over (so they fit in the 8" roll bags) and spread them on a cookie sheet, freeze them. This keeps the grease and oil off the edge of the bag, no effect on sealing. I use the small rolls for bacon. Make sure the edge is clean and the cut is straight. 
    With pre-frozen packs, you can line up two or three packs in the same bag, leave a small space between them and re-use the bag when you take one out. 
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  • TonyATonyA Posts: 549
    I had one of the originals and then one similar to what's pictured.  Loath the new one .. slow and I've been through this as well.  I actually stopped using it. Since you have to use so much I just started pressing and rolling over freezer bags. It seemed to me that the shorter bags did not line up right with any quantity of food in them and therefore would never appear to have sucked all the air out and in turn never seal.  It can work but you can't put much in them.
  • FiremanyzFiremanyz Posts: 464
    I have a very similar one and have had trouble getting some bags to seal also. A trick I have found that works is before you start using it wet the foam gasket that seals around the bag. Every time I do this I don't have anymore problems. Hope this helps.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 12,412
    Get vi to come over... He sucks.

    =))
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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