Umai Vac Bag Failure

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mr_whipple

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Help please. I have two pieces of lonzino and a bresaola in Umai vac seal bags. Weighing them this morning, I found one of the lonzino bags to have lost its seal and the bag no longer was adhering to the meat. I tried cutting the bag and resealing but despite my best efforts the bag wouldn't vacuum back down. It's only 30 grams away from it's target weight so I'm not quite sure what to do... my newly built curing chamber is up and running with nothing in it yet but I'm not sure how to approach that. I have collagen sheets, or I guess I could hang it the way it is?
 
I've had them shrink away from the bag before , but the seal was still good .
I've also pulled them from the bag and smoked / cooked them at 200 and bring the IT 152 on pork . Actually pretty good like that .
 
Ok, I wrapped it up tight in what was left of the bag. It's close to done anyway and is going to need time vacuum sealed to equalize the moisture anyway. Thanks!
 
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Here's a loin I pulled a couple weeks ago . You can see it was loose .
I slice what I want , then just store the rest in the Umai bag wrapped with a rubber band .
doesn't last long .
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The bag separating from the meat is fairly normal. Especially with salami. As long as you can close the bag somehow even folded over it’s fine.
 
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The bag separating from the meat is fairly normal. Especially with salami. As long as you can close the bag somehow even folded over it’s fine.

Not sure what happened, but it was more than pulling away. It was as if it completely lost the seal. I was surprised when I vacuumed the pieces how well they sealed. Oh well, looks like things should be fine.
 
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If the bag isn't vacuuming back down, you can try a couple of things. First, ensure that the bag and the sealing area are clean and dry. Sometimes moisture can hinder the sealing process. You can also try using a new Umai Vac bag to ensure a proper seal.
Regarding your curing chamber, if you have collagen sheets, they could be a good alternative for wrapping the lonzino. Or you can even use paper grocery store bags. I hope my tips are helpful!
 
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