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Favorite Vacuum Sealer???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by miss_jayne, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    getting ready to dispatch the meaties and want to invest in a GOOD vacuum sealer. not a namby pamby gonna burn out, over heat and stop working type.

    who has what? what do you like/dislike?

    any info would be great....because perfectly preserved frozen chicken is tasty chicken!
     
  2. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Thanks for posting this, miss_jayne. I don't have any recommendations, but I am in the market, same as you.

    With the amount of knowledge on the BYC, somone will have good input, I'm sure.
     
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:i agree, someone has to have a good one. i just am afraid to buy one 'blindly' and then be unpleasantly surprised while packaging 103 meaties.

    and you are more than welcome...i only posted it because i sensed your needs![​IMG]
     
  4. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have one I have used for years.
    its a Food Saver from off the shelf at Walmart.
    The bagging material is a bit expensive but well worth it.
    I cant tell you how many Deer and Chickens have gone into these bags. plus One van struck moose.
    The trick to food sealers is not to overstuff the bags , ensuring a tight heat seal, leave yourself enough room at the end to seal properly.

    As long as you keep the heating element free of dust and fluids any brand of sealer will last a long time.

    The $40.00 one off the shelf at walmart is no better or worse than one of the most expensive ones I have found.
    My first one was one of the top end , I cant remember the exact name it worked wonderfully but unfortunately it didnt survive the house fire 3 years ago. I replaced it with the cheapie walmart one and havent looked into getting a more expensive one as yet.

    hope this helps.
     
  5. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    miss_Jayne wrote:
    and you are more than welcome...i only posted it because i sensed your needs!

    That makes you & Buff Hooligans our BYC Resident Mindreaders!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    miss_jayne -

    Have you visited this site yet? Seems to have a lot of info:

    http://www.vacuumsealerguide.com/

    Yes, they're trying to sell you a "Vacuum Selaing Guide for Dummies" book, but it looks like you can view the first 16 pages of the book.
    .
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  7. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I have a Rival Seal a Meal from Wal-mart. It was $40. I have had it for 4 years now and haven't had any troubles with it. We will be using it also to vacuum seal our meaties in a few weeks.

    Hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I have the food saver one, no problems - but then I've never had to bag up 100 birds (yet)
     
  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:That makes you & Buff Hooligans our BYC Resident Mindreaders!

    [​IMG]

    i knew you were going to write that. i knew it two weeks ago....[​IMG]
    it's the lip gloss....
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I have a higher end Food Saver I bought at Costco.

    I do have some problems with it. It works great for fish, beef, pork,
    and spices.

    It doesn't work with shrimp or anything with a shell that can poke a
    tiny hole in the bag.

    It doesn't work that well with chickens either. Half the bags I pack chicken
    in seem to lose their seal and puff up, making them no more effective
    than a Ziplock.

    The other problem I have is Foodsaver doesn't make a bag that will
    fit a chicken 6 pounds or larger. For those I now use the larger zip
    lock backs (2 gallons and over) which still cost a lot.

    The bags cost a LOT too.
     

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