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Finally got a Foodsaver!

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by squirrel, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds good.  She has put some shredded cheese into a bell jar and vacumned that.  So far, it looks like that worked.  Do you store the sealed shredded cheese in the freezer or the frig?

    Another thing that was a slight problem was she dehydrated some cooked angle hair pasta and then vacumned it.  The pasta poked holes in the bag and that did not work.  But if she put the pasta into an open ziplock bag it vacumned just fine -- except that the pasta got broken up some.

    Something else we are wondering -- sealing up various Christmas cookies.
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Meateater.... isn't that your car out in the parking lot? [​IMG]

    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  3. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    SQUIRREL... what the hay! [​IMG]

    That does give me an idea at work.
  4. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LOL! Johnny, you are a hot mess! Yea, meateater, I would sooooo spend $8,456.34 in plastic wrap to do that to your vehicle. I don't get out much, what can I say!!
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I needed a good laugh today, that was great. [​IMG]
  6. smokeamotive

    smokeamotive Smoking Fanatic

    Being an owner of a foodsaver for 10+ years here are a few things that I have learned.
    1. I do use the paper towel trick when packing wet foods like chicken or fresh fish.
    2. When thawing out wet or fragile foods like berries or Dales shredded cheese, cut a slit at the top of the bag just below the seal to release the vacuum. This prevents the vacuum from pulling out the blood or other juices from the meat. In the case of frozen berries if you don't release the vacuum, you will crush the fruit or for shedded cheese you will just end up with the same compreesed lump as if you didn't freeze it first.
    3. They claim that you can keep foods for up to a year........Don;t you believe it!!!! Heres how long I have kept some things without Ill effect,
               A. frozen venison  4 years

               B. frozen catfish   4 years

               C. green beans    3 years

               D. fresh cheese   6 mo. in fridge. (Thats an eterinty around here!)

        4.   The bags are also dishwasher safe.

       If you fish, hunt, garden, BBQ, or buy foods in bulk you have got to have on of these. You'll wonder how you ever got by without one.  Enjoy your new toy.
  7. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well I'll just be darn. My new sealer stoped working today. It will seal but quit vacuuming. I did fill out the warranty info and registration the day I brought it home and I emailed FoodSaver today so we'll see. I remember reading that others had this problem but customer service was good. I did use it a heck of alot since I got it though. Certainly not enough to warrant the cost, so I sure hope they replace it. You would know that I threw away the box already though. I hate clutter. Poo.
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Mine did the same and i just swapped it out for a new one . wally world has a 90 day warrenty. new one works fine .
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I guess I dont want to have to buy a new one. Ours is at least 10 years old and still going strong (knocking on wood)

    Most of the folks have had good customer service from them.  If you dont get what you want let me know and I will call them and explain how many posts I have done for them here to see if I can help
  10. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gary! I got this response today and I'm not sure about the "upper and lower gasket" part. I have taken out the drip tray and cleaned it, which is on the bottom, I have taken out some removable part from the top and cleaned it. What else? What do they mean about "flip it over" like left to right or upside down? Wha??? Blonde girl mode kickin' in about now. Let me know if you want me to take a picture of the inside of this thing! Thanks for your help!

    Here are some troubleshooting tips to try:

    1) Check the upper and lower gaskets of the machine. If either of these is damaged or dirty, the unit will not vacuum properly. Clean any food materials from the gaskets. Remove the lower gasket, flip it over, reinsert it into the unit and test the unit.

    2) Make sure the open end of the bag is resting entirely inside of the Vacuum Channel. The edge of the bag should not go beyond the Vacuum Channel. Do not make your own side seams for a FoodSaver Bag. They are manufactured with special side seams sealed all the way to the outer edge.

    3) Check the bag for leaks. Seal the bag with some air in it. Submerge it in water and apply pressure. Bubbles indicate a leak. If the bag has a leak, a new bag is needed.

    4) We recommend you pre-freeze meats and other moist foods for 1-2 hours before vacuum sealing. Excess liquids from moist foods can cause the unit not to vacuum and permanent damage can occur.
  11. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Wow !! Where did you all find these amazing little units. I thought they sounded like a great idea and just had to have one. Went to Wal-Mart and got the middle unit and it worked just great for about two weeks and then quit. Took it back four times and even upgraded to the next higher models as time progressed. Never did find one that worked properly. What a piece of [email protected]. Go to Cabelas and spend the extra for a quality unit that will last.[​IMG]
  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    There should be a rubber gasket that runs around the lower part of the unit where there is a recess in the unit. That is where the open end of the bag needs to rest when sealing. They are asking you to remove the rubber gasket and reinstall it by flipping it over. I will send you a PM with my home # so we can chat if you need
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    The best Foodsaver to buy is made by Vac-U-Pac in Italy.  It was marketed under several different names and is repairable and doesn't quit if you get liquid in them,,, In fact you clean the vacuum pump by vacuuming warm water through it.

    VacUpack Sealing Bags from Frontier Media Inc. on Vimeo.

    The VacUpack from Frontier Media Inc. on Vimeo.
  14. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    That was probably the neighbor that called the "Smoker Police" on Meateater that did this!
  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    They wouldn't have the nerve. [​IMG]Skuured they are of me. [​IMG]
  16. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

  17. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    I have the cheap handheld unit and have not had any luck with the zipper bags, they just dont hold the seal long, so i emailed them and they sent me out free replacement bags and guess what they suck too, so i just emailed them the other day just to tell them that i wanted to tell them i wont be buying any more products and i wasnt wanting more free bags.
  18. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    They should have paid someone to do the videos lol that guy will put you to sleep
  19. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    that guy will help you any way he can i have talk to him he is a nice guy
  20. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm gonna try to take it back to Sam's. I threw out the box already, but have everything that was in it. If they don't take it back, I'll just cut my losses and chalk this one up to a learning experience, a pricey one, but no point in crying about it. [​IMG]  It'll be a while before I get anything else, I've been spending money like a mad woman lately! LOL! Plus I need a new printer for my work, so maybe I'll treat myself to a nice one for Christmas!! [​IMG]