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Im considering purchasing a vacuum sealer. Not looking to spend a bunch of bucks on one. Looking for a basic one that will get the job done. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a basic Foodsaver brand. It does okay and wasn't a huge cash investment
 

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Foodsaver... I've had one for many years and it's still working perfect.
Foodsaver runs tons of special sales, some of them not lasting long so you would want to get their mailer.
I was just thinking the other day of running a Foodsaver thread here.
 

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Foodsaver... I've had one for many years and it's still working perfect.
Foodsaver runs tons of special sales, some of them not lasting long so you would want to get their mailer.
I was just thinking the other day of running a Foodsaver thread here.
Okay. Its running!
I know nothing about them so the more info the merrier.
 

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I am interested in seeing if anyone has tried any of the other brands. Like Cabela's line of sealers. I have often considered those as a replacement if mine ever stops working.
I have a 10" Cabela's slicer and I would not recommend it. Slicing meat winds up spraying remnants everywhere off of the blade. I have to tape off plastic in my kitchen like a Dexter kill room to slice meats. Their newer design has the blade on more of an angle, but I don't see how that could help with the blade flinging meat off of it
 

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Food save works great. Look for bags that have thicker layer. I've been buying ZipLock vacuum bags as they are much thicker than the FoodSaver bag and that is essential if you end up moving things around in your freezer over the course of a couple of years. Key is not damaging the frozen bag.

I had a good chunk of on of my briskets in a Foodsaver bag that was 4 years old, but still sealed well and no freezer burn. I reheated it on an induction hotplate set to 150 degrees for several hours before dinner.

It turned out fantastic. You could still smell the smoker when I cut the bag open. Amazing!
 
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Food save works great. Look for bags that have thicker layer. I've been buying ZipLock vacuum bags as they are much thicker than the FoodSaver bag and that is essential if you end up moving things around in your freezer over the course of a couple of years. Key is not damaging the frozen bag.

I had a good chunk of on of my briskets in a Foodsaver bag that was 4 years old, but still sealed well and no freezer burn. I reheated it on an induction hotplate set to 150 degrees for several hours before dinner.

It turned out fantastic. You could still smell the smoker when I cut the bag open. Amazing!
If worried about thickness, would it be possible to double bag?
 

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If worried about thickness, would it be possible to double bag?
yes but that's probably more $$ than just buying thicker bags... I've never had a Foodsaver bag fail but I don't do the kind of storage GrillMeister does.
 

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Im considering purchasing a vacuum sealer. Not looking to spend a bunch of bucks on one. Looking for a basic one that will get the job done. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I bought a cheap one last year by Ziploc on Amazon, under $50 and some rolls of vacuum bag material.
It works great, I've mainly used it for jerky, and as soon as is cools off will make cold smoked salmon and seal up portions.

You don't have to spend a lot to get great results, here's something similar as the Ziploc brand ones seem to be gone at the moment;


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I bought a cheap one last year by Ziploc on Amazon, under $50 and some rolls of vacuum bag material.
It works great, I've mainly used it for jerky, and as soon as is cools off will make cold smoked salmon and seal up portions.

You don't have to spend a lot to get great results, here's something similar as the Ziploc brand ones seem to be gone at the moment;


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That pretty much what I'm looking for and in the price range also!
 

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I suspect with all of the lock downs, sales of these sealers went way up.
The Ziploc unit was $42 well spent! Fortunately there seem to be more choices now.
 

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I personally do not recommend the food saver one, I have it and it works but the Quality just isn’t good compared to some of friends and family members vacuum sealers
 

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I personally do not recommend the food saver one, I have it and it works but the Quality just isn’t good compared to some of friends and family members vacuum sealers
I have a food saver and would not buy another. It has too many limitations. Too many times the bag wrinkled while shoving it in blind and it caught. Get one that lets you place the bag and then close the lid to seal. As soon as it dies or I get mad about another ruined bag and chuck it. I'm getting a Geryon for a cheap bag sealer. $57.?? on Amazon.
 

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I have a food saver and would not buy another. It has too many limitations. Too many times the bag wrinkled while shoving it in blind and it caught. Get one that lets you place the bag and then close the lid to seal. As soon as it dies or I get mad about another ruined bag and chuck it. I'm getting a Geryon for a cheap bag sealer. $57.?? on Amazon.
My cheap Ziploc unit has that open door type operation, I agree, this allows you to perfectly place the bag and then clamp shut, never fails.

I didn't even think that they would not make all sealers like this!
 

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I've had Cabelas and Food Savers brands of sealers. The Cabelas one had stronger suction but always seemed to have issues sealing the bags. The Food Saver brand that I had, I bought for $7 at Savers or Good Will, someplace like that. It worked fine. The problem with all of them is the price of the bags. It's almost $1 per bag. And serious issues sealing anything a little wet.

I finally gave up and bought a real machine. I now own a VacMaster VP321 and a VP230 (the VP230 is small enough to go with me to Canada fishing...) Yes they are expensive. But... The bags end up being around $.07 each. You can seal liquids. All parts are replaceable. Many different bag materials to choose from.

I understand not wanting to spend a lot of money, but when you look at how much gets spent on everything else... (Boats, licenses, trucks, rifles, grills, smokers, etc...) It seems silly to then not want to spend any money preserving the food that you've already spent plenty on.

Short of spending (real) money on a VacMaster Chamber vac. My vote would be to pick up a Food Saver style one for almost nothing at Savers, Good Will, etc. and when it dies, go get another one for under $10. I did that for years until I decided I wanted something better.

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