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July 3, 2014
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I’m sure this has probably been discussed here before but I’ll ask anyway, couldn’t hurt! I’m in the market for a vacuum sealer and was wondering about your thoughts and/or experiences with them. Not afraid to spend a little more for something that works better than the average unit. I process my own deer, normally 2 or 3 whitetails per year. MIGHT start doing some fishing now and then but not high on my list. We also have a garden, and like to buy meat in bulk when on a good sale to repackage and stock up the freezer. Favorite makes, models, features? Things to stay away from?

 

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July 6, 2014
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Anyone?

July 6, 2014
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Dave N said
I’m sure this has probably been discussed here before but I’ll ask anyway, couldn’t hurt! I’m in the market for a vacuum sealer and was wondering about your thoughts and/or experiences with them. Not afraid to spend a little more for something that works better than the average unit. I process my own deer, normally 2 or 3 whitetails per year. MIGHT start doing some fishing now and then but not high on my list. We also have a garden, and like to buy meat in bulk when on a good sale to repackage and stock up the freezer. Favorite makes, models, features? Things to stay away from?

 

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I haven’t any experience with them, but Sportsman’s News once did a review on them, maybe they could re-post it for you.

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July 6, 2014
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Dave, I bought a Food Saver vacuum sealer 3 years ago and it’s still going strong. I’ve never had a single problem with it a I use it a lot. It’s the only one I’ve owned so I really can’t compare it to others on the market. I will tell you this, I wish I had of gotten it sooner because it really has allowed me to stock pile a whole lot more because things keep so much longer in the freezer.

July 7, 2014
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Here’s a link to a thread where Sportsman’s News staff reviewed one model

http://sportsmansnews.com/foru…..7qc8hDN58E

There’s also a video review link in there as well.  Not sure if this is what bluewater was referring to or not, but they did give the unit high praise.

July 7, 2014
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NedPepper said
Dave, I bought a Food Saver vacuum sealer 3 years ago and it’s still going strong. I’ve never had a single problem with it a I use it a lot. It’s the only one I’ve owned so I really can’t compare it to others on the market. I will tell you this, I wish I had of gotten it sooner because it really has allowed me to stock pile a whole lot more because things keep so much longer in the freezer.

Same here. Bought mine at Costco awhile back, and it’s going strong. I’ve sealed 2 black tails and a hoard of other meets I bought in bulk, and it shows no signs of failing yet. Think I paid about $160 for it or so. I picked the food saver just for the readily available bags in the stores, which can be bought pretty much anywhere.

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July 9, 2014
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Thanks for the replies. Has anyone ever used a Weston? Looking at those because they have a cooling fan for the pump motor. Have heard good things about them not overheating and having great suction.

July 9, 2014
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Dave N said
Thanks for the replies. Has anyone ever used a Weston? Looking at those because they have a cooling fan for the pump motor. Have heard good things about them not overheating and having great suction.

Never personally used one, but from the looks of them, you get what you pay for! Those certainly put my $160 Costco special to shame! Definitely look of a professional quality, which in turn to me would equate to probably a better warranty and support for parts if you were to encounter a break or malfunction. Although I could be wrong, I would just expect this with that price tag. As it is, if mine dies, I’ll probably just buy another one for the price! Laugh

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July 9, 2014
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I can get one online for $150. The Weston website lists it for $189. Thinking I really can’t go wrong with that. Yeah, their top of the line models are kinda pricey! I can’t justify the cost for what I would use it for. I’ll take the mid-level one. I’ll let you know how it works if I go this route.

July 15, 2014
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Got my unit the other day. Bought a Weston Professional Advantage Vacuum Sealer online for $149.99 to my door. Actually was the Realtree version without the camo, but WITH some bonus bags thrown in for free to get started. Had a couple pork loins to cut and freeze so I put it to work. Only did 4 bags, but it seemed to work pretty good. Figured out how to put multiple items in the bag to allow more air to get sucked out. Sure doesn’t take long to reach full vacuum and seal! So far, so good. I’ll give it a good workout this fall with my deer. I hope.

July 16, 2014
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Glad you’re happy with what you’ve settled on.  I’m anxious to hear how it handles a bigger job this fall.

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I am using a Maxkon food vacuum sealer, bought at Crazysales. Relating to fruit and meat, or vegetables, as soon as the original packaging seal is broken, it can be subjected to new air. Even putting your food components in the fridge only prolongs the inevitable rate of decay. It might seem that placing poultry in your freezer guarantees it will continue to be preserved for a long time, and you’d be right. Poultry that is vacuum-packed and sealed with a food vacuum sealer will last longer and suffer little to no freeze burns while it’s in storage, however.

Whether you’re storing food for the big event, saving leftovers after the holidays, or if you simply want to save in big amounts when preparing for that worst, there’s no greater feeling than acknowledging that your meal packaging machine could help you save money by preserving food over an extended length of time.

 

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