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Posted: 9/17/2002 8:56:54 AM EDT
My wife has decided to pick one of these up and done a bit of research, and she asked me to do some as well. The part that has me puzzled is the different bag types. Some special bags are needed for certain machines because of the way they pull the air out. Where others can use flat bags because they use a "snorkle" to get the air out. Just wondering if anyone knew why the difference or is it just to make money on bags? And if any of you have them, any recommendations?
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[Last Edit: 9/17/2002 9:09:09 AM EDT by markl32]
Ditto Beer Slayer. We also store home made dried fruit in vacuumed packed bags. Frozen food tastes much better when stored in a vacuumed packed bag as well.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 10:57:08 AM EDT
The_Beer_Slayer- What type of bags does yours use? Do you have any links from places you buy from? markl32- What type did you buy?
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Link Posted: 9/17/2002 2:36:25 PM EDT
Thanks for the info guys.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 6:37:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2002 6:39:22 PM EDT by tatjana]
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 6:44:17 PM EDT
I have the Foodsaver brand vacuum sealer. The one handy feature I found on the models that cost a little more than the bottom of the line model, is a manual seal button. It lets you seal a bag when most, but not all of the air is out, which is handy if sealing a fragile item you don't want crushed by the vacuum force, but still want most of the air out. I sealed some ammo with dessicant and found it worked well to stop it just when the cardboard boxes started getting squished, otherwise the boxes would be crushed into the ammo.
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 11:37:59 PM EDT
Pre-y2k we used one to seal up all kinds of bulk food for long term storage. Right now it would be a wise investment for packaging BOB components for when the time comes.
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 8:00:59 AM EDT
i use it for everything . Being an avid fisherman i use it for bait , chum, extra hooks etc, ammo,all the leftover fish fillets, when steak is on sale. I just love the thing
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 8:28:52 AM EDT
Been using the pro model for 2 years and love this thing. I seal up everything. You can use other bags but they don't seem to work as well as the food saver bags (something to do with "ridge" design) allows a smoother vacuum process w/out alot of hassle. Was skeptical at first about dropping the money on something I never had the chance to use but it turns out to be one of the best and most useful things I purchased in quite some time. Thinman
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 10:18:45 AM EDT
Thanks for all the help. I think she has decided on the one that uses regular bags. They are way cheaper to get than the ridge type and seem to be as good. Unless someone know why the ridge type might be better?
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 10:31:20 AM EDT
Here's a cheap source of vacuum bags: [url]http://www.associatedbag.com/pdfs/34.pdf[/url]
Link Posted: 9/18/2002 10:40:33 AM EDT
Ok, Now I am interested to and I have been doing some price research and this is what I have found. Food Saver Professional ll. 1. Cooking.com- $279 + shipping 2. Chefs .com - $274 + " 3. Ferns - $270 including shipping. Now I am off to check e-bay!
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