Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Discussion in 'Canning & Storage' started by jseiber, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. jseiber

    jseiber Fire Starter

    I'm looking at buying one of these soon, and was wondering if anyone has any experience good or bad with the one in this ad. (I hope the link works)

    Link to FoodSaver
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the model above that... Pro3. I love mine, and seen this one too, but I spent the extra 50 or so cause I use it ALOT.

    I'm sure someone here has that unit tho.
  3. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Others here have highly recommended them. I do not have one. I am not sure if there is a big difference in using one of these or a good zip lock with the air squeezed out of it before sealing. I generally do not leave things in the freezer very long.
    You could probably find one cheaper on E Bay
  4. philthysmoker

    philthysmoker Fire Starter

    My foodsaver is about 6 years old, I use it all the time.I would go to look under accessories and buy the foodsaver center,the sealer sits on it and it holds 2 rolls in back and unrolls under the machine and then has a slide that has a razor on it to cut the bags nice and straight.
  5. jseiber

    jseiber Fire Starter

    Thanks for the input guys.

    I'm not sure exactly which model yet, but I will be getting one in the next few days.
  6. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I'd be lost without mine. I've tried the glad bag pushing the air out, but in my opinion it's ok for short term but if you're going to be freezeing for a long time go with the food saver.
  7. osage

    osage Fire Starter

    I went by Sears today looking for one since I already had a gift card. They had a Foodsaver brand next to a Kenmore. Both were on sale. The Kenmore was $20 cheaper (109 vs 129). They looked so identical inside and out that I wondered if they came from the same factory. I took the Kenmore along with some bags. I plan to use the uncut 8" roll for long summer sausage links.
  8. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Love mine. Got it at Costco a few years ago. Works great!. Thing is, the model # is different for those sold at Costco. Lost the instruction book and I looked up the Food Saver web site, no known model #.
  9. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Bought mine at Costco about 17 years ago and it's still going strong.
  10. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Not sure of my model number, but it is a Foodsaver. It is a couple of years old and still works great. Mine also came with a jar sealer, but I've never tried it.

    Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine! [​IMG]
  11. minn.bill

    minn.bill Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    i own the food saver modle v2440 bought it a walmart for 69$ love it and it works great,but,theres allways a but,lol. before getting this one i brought 3 of the sport modles home and gave up after the third one not working. they wouldnt do nothing .not seal or vac.i had foodsaver reps on the phone for each one and couldnt come up with a solution.ecept to try another modle.
  12. nh3b's

    nh3b's Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Well, Im gonna cut against the grain here [​IMG] and say I didnt like mine. 1, I had the cheaper, smaller one and found that I could vacume seal with my mouth and a ziplock bag the same, if not better.......I can already hear the jokes away,[​IMG] lol

    2. I found the bags expensive.

    3. I freeze alot of fish.....This is how it burned out. It was really next to impossible to NOT suck in water.

    Again, I had the cheaper one with less HP on the motor and dont get me wrong, I do think its a good idea and does have some purposes, but, If I buy a vacume sealer, Its gonna be a beefy one.
  13. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Love mine! Have the Pro 3 also.
  14. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The foodsavers are awsome. I love mine only had it for a year now. But it is great. I use it for jerky and when I buy bulk meat. Great for marinating too. I got mine at Kohl's for 80 bucks and that came with three canisters. I seen some good deals on them at Tuesday Mornings store here.

  15. Nh3b's...did you put the fish in the freezer for an hour or so prior to sealing in order to solidify the juices? This is an absolute must to keep from sucking water. I can seal a bag of tomato soup with mine and not lose a drop if I slightly freeze the stuff to be sealed. Disclaimer: no tomato's were injured during this post.

    Love my foodsaver. Not the same model as the one mentioned in the beginning of this thread, but they are all great in my opinion. I shrink wrap (as I call it) just about everything these days and I dont know how I made it this far in life without one.

    Check e bay for the best deals on the units themselves and the bags.
  16. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You need to either put a papertowel over the product before vacuuming or pre-freeze or it won't seal. This is because the moisture prevents the plastic from melting together and bonding for the seal. I have the FOOD SAVER V2830--love it. Bag rolls can be bought at Sams Club. Mine was a birthday gift so it was cheap!

    It costs me 17 cents to wrap one 2.1 oz bag of Jerkey, which allows me to keep bags in the freezer for spur of the moment gifts. It even Mails well. Preserve lots of smoked meat which makes it easy weeks later to make supper because its already cooked. Also, if not freezing, its great for next weeks sandwich meat--smoked sliced turkey breast, chicken, meat loaf, whatever
  17. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I went and looked at mine... it's the Foodsaver Vac1050. It has two buttons, "On" and "Manual Seal". It will continue to run (vacuum) until one of two things occur... 1. Max vacuum is achieved, at which time the sealer function is applied, or 2. manual seal is pressed.

    I use manual seal to make bags, as I'm sure everyone else does, but I can also use it when I see juices being sucked towards the sealer to immediately stop the vacuum action and seal the bag. Works great! Actually, I've found that even when the sealer sucks up a bit of juice, I still usually get a good seal.

    This model gets great reviews, and from what I can tell by just doing a quick Google search it sells for $120 - $180 depending on attachment options. Yes, bags are a little pricey, but with proper care some can be reused and even fresh bags probably cost less than throwing away all that food, and there is really no better way to keep food.


    Ok, I've tried several times to post a pic of this thing, but it doesn't seem to be working today. If you are interested you'll have to click the link.
  18. minn.bill

    minn.bill Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    since i got the one that works .i dont know how i got by with out one.i also bag a lot of fish,and alsodo the freezer or paper towel trick.
  19. philthysmoker

    philthysmoker Fire Starter

    freeze first vacuum later,I put soups in tupeware then freeze over night, put the tuperware upside down under warm running water it will fall out into your hand, then vacuum seal
  20. nh3b's

    nh3b's Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hummmm, why didnt I think of that!!![​IMG][​IMG] Wish I discovered this forum a few years back.

    I get by fine, for my purposes. Eventually I will try it again and like I said, Im gonna go with a beefy one. For my fish, fillets or whole trout, I freeze them in water.

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