Well Santa was good to old Philsey. My bride got a hold of Lisa B and secured a Vacmaster 305. Works great!
And, of course I ordered more bags from Lisa.
CHEF'S CHOICE 615
Used some of my "Santa Cash" to buy a meat slicer. The Chef's Choice 615
to be precise. Takes a little practice to work this thing effectively and not cut
your finger off. But before long I was slicing some boneless Chuck Shoulder
that I got for $2.50/# on sale at Kroger.
Learned a couple of things. One, you don't have to thaw the totally frozen meat
very much at all to be able to put it on the slicer. (in the future I would trim excess
fat before I did the initial freeze storage). Two, I got carried away with just how thin
you can slice frozen meat. Sliced for jerky at about 1/4". After a 24 hour marinade,
this slices were REALLY thin. Came out like "beef crisps". In the future I think
I would increase the slice size to about 3/8".
Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2014!