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OT: best vacuum sealer?

OT but highly relevant to our pursuit of culinary greatness........ Do any of you use vacuum sealers? If so, which one? Are they worth the investment? They look huge... thanks! Parker
Dallas,TX
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  • I use a foodsaver...works well for me.
    Making the neighbors jealous in Pleasant Hill, Ia one cook at a time...
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  • LuvfltLuvflt Posts: 63
    +1 for the Food Saver. Does a good job but the bags are a little pricey.
    Palm City, FL
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  • shadowcastershadowcaster Posts: 548
    edited December 2013
    food saver is decent but depending on what your budget is you might want to take a look at a chamber machine by VacMaster. Hands down the best type of vacuum sealer. The way it works is you put your food in a bag (which unlike the Food Saver bags, are dirt cheap) then you put the bag in the chamber. The air is sucked out of the chamber and then the bag is sealed, once sealed air is blown back into the chamber and boosh its vacuum packed. They are expensive but worth it in the long run. It works great on on everything and is better for wet meats or fish as it will not suck the juice out of the meat and bag.


    Update: the bags on their website are on sale for $28.99 for a 500 count box, thats $0.17 per bag, I have seen them cheaper but it is not a bad price
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
    If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went
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  • LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • FoodSaver
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  • Go figure
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  • Works better when used the other way
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  • Well even more than the budgetary issue with the vacmaster is the space issue...they look MASSIVE. I'd probably be served divorce papers if I tried to put that on the counter....
    Dallas,TX
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  • Beanboy said:
    Well even more than the budgetary issue with the vacmaster is the space issue...they look MASSIVE. I'd probably be served divorce papers if I tried to put that on the counter....
    haha yea they are about the size of a big bread maker and weigh 70lbs. It is definitely not something to be stored on the counter top. However, if you are one that uses the a vacuum sealer all the time then it might be worth the investment. You will spend the difference in bags if you were to get the food saver, not to mention that I have been through 2 of them. If you just use it occasionally than I am confident the food saver will work just fine. My parents have had one for a few years and don't use it that often and it is starting to act up on them. Just my 2 cents on what i think the "best vacuum sealer" is. Good luck in your decision and I hope whatever you choose works great for you.
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
    If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went
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  • I bought a foodsaver and am glad I did cause I use it quite alot and it's probably paid for itself in the year I've had it.  Now that I know how much I use it and would miss it, if I had to get a replacement, I'd probably spend a little more and get a better one.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

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  • Just got this and I am absolutely thrilled with it.

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    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,525

    Just got this and I am absolutely thrilled with it.

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    Swishy pics again LS.
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol cock? 



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
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  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 1,095
    I've had one of the original Foodsavers for about twelve or so years. Cheap as chips and works like a charm. This thing would suck a golf ball thru a garden hose!

    Tony in Brentwood, TN.

    Medium BGE, New Braunfels off-set smoker, 3-burner Charbroiler gasser, mainly used for Eggcessory  storage, old electric upright now used for Amaz-N-Smoker.

    "I like cooking with wine - sometimes I put it in the food." - W. C. Fields

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  • Just got this and I am absolutely thrilled with it.

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    Swishy pics again LS.
    Na, come on!

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • I have the Gamesaver Silver kit and am happy with it, but right now Cabellas has their vac sealer on Christmas sale and it looks heavy duty.  Visit their website.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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  • wolfgang puck is really nice and is easier to clean. 
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  • yogi84yogi84 Posts: 142
    I just picked up a vacmaster 305
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  • Wow, what does that weigh?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • twlangantwlangan Posts: 293
    I bought a Weston Pro Series sealer a few weeks ago. I have done a fair amount of sealing with it and I'm more than happy. They are expensive, but my main motivation for springing for one of these is that you can get replacements for EVERY part on the machine. These are not throw-away units like so many things are these days.

    I also bought a 50' roll of 11" wide bags. You cut to whatever length you need, seal one end, fill, and seal the other end. We have also cut them in half lengthwise and made 5.5" wide bags for smaller stuff. A roll of this is $20 through Weston. Still working on the first roll and we've sealed a bunch of stuff so far.

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  • yogi84yogi84 Posts: 142
    It ways like 15lbs
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  • yogi84yogi84 Posts: 142
    Its not a chamber the 305....
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