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Old 09-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Do you have one? Thoughts, feelings, etc? I am thinking about asking for one for Christmas but I'm not sure which model. Is there anything that works better than this brand? I want to start making more of my own food and would like a good way to store things in the freezer esp. veggies and meat.

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I have a very old one. It is the "original." It's 13 or so years old now.

I think it works very well. It definitely keeps our frozen food better than without it. The bags (or rolls) for it are expensive. I try to only use it on things I plan to keep frozen for a while. If I know I'll be using it within a couple weeks, I don't bother.

You do have to be careful about some things. It will squish bread and other soft things. What we do is pre-freeze those things. I pop them onto a cookie sheet in the freezer. After a few hours when they are at least partially frozen, we vacuum seal them and they won't be crushed. We do this often with hamburger patties. Buy the meat in bulk and make the patties and then freeze using the "pre-freeze" method. Otherwise the vacuum sealer will squish them too flat. LOL.

I don't know what brand or model to recommend since I still use mine. I will tell you mine is the FoodSaver brand. It's still going strong after 13+ years. So, I'd say it's good quality and recommend that brand. But, I don't know anything about any other brand. I sort of wish it would die so I could get a new fancier version.
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We have one, it's the FoodSaver brand, don't know the model off the top of my head. We tend to use it for big projects, rather than everyday things - e.g. we'll do 25 chickens at a time, or recently we did 20+ freezer meals all at once. The bags/rolls are pricey so we rarely use it for things that we'll be using within a few weeks or a month, or for marinating, etc. But frozen foods keep so much better than they would in Ziploc bags that I think it was a great investment. And we've easily saved what we paid for the machine and supplies because buying food in bulk is so much cheaper.
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I never use mine and I put a lot of food in the freezer. The bags are VERY expensive and the cheaper ones eventually leak so air gets in and the items get freezer burn. Even the food saver brand does not work 100% of the time. Also you cannot freeze liquid because it gets sucked up and food gets in the seal. It is recommended to first freeze the items and then vacuum and seal it. What a hassle. I would say save your money and buy good Ziploc bags. Stick a straw in a small opening and suck out the air. Much cheaper and works better.
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Thanks ladies! I may stick with ziploc for now then
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