WARNING.. for those with a vacuum chamber sealer...

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I was sous-viding some chicken thighs in some great seasonings at 138F... They had been in long enough to pasteurize and there was a bunch of liquid in the bag, per normal... I thought, "Humpf, I should let those thighs marinate in that fine liquid until tomorrow...
I was trying to think of how to seal the vac-bag, so the liquid didn't run out in the refer and AHA, my chamber vacuum sealer is perfect for the task..."...
Into the Costco LEM Max-Vac Pro chamber sealer, the bag, thighs and liquid went... I checked to make sure there wasn't too much liquid that it might run out of the bag.. Perfect... No chance...
Set up the bag and START it went... About 6 or 7 seconds into the run, there was a foamy liquid full of seasonings erupting all over the chamber and it's lid... Like a bubble machine had been turned on...
A myriad of ideas flashed through my brain as to what to do... I just watched, in disbelief, as it finished and sealed the bag... Perfect seal... Then I had to open the lid... I was holding it down with my left hand as my right hand was busy slapping my forehead... Up goes the lid, marinade all over the place...
In hindsight, I should have pushed the KILL-SWITCH on the front of the machine... Funny how clear thinking can happen when looking through one's sphincter...
During the clean-up, I remembered how the boiling point of water lowers as the pressure decreases... Too late, WAY TOO LATE... High school physics class lab experiment, at 74, in my kitchen... Hell, cold tap water will boil under vacuum... NOTE, I did really well in physics class...
Most of you probably know all of this... I thought a timely reminder might help forgo a messy cleanup for some of my friends at SMF..
Until my next F.U.

P.S. If this info was in the directions, I missed it...
 

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Thanks for the insight... I got one not too long ago, but have not run into this yet. Now I'll have the bug in my head to avoid this issue.
 
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Jumping on this thread because the title will get people looking at it.

Another thing not mentioned in the directions, but very important to know, is that if you're sealing an open bag of really powdery spices (for me it was mesquite powder), some of it (potentially a lot of it) will escape the bag and explode into the chamber. My vac machine, and the kitchen, smelled like mesquite for a couple of weeks even after cleaning up.

The solution is to tape the spice bag shut and put a tiny pinprick into it somewhere for air to escape without bringing powder along with it.

But I absolutely love my chamber vac over the small countertop version I used for a decade (RIP).
 
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Jumping on this thread because the title will get people looking at it.

Another thing not mentioned in the directions, but very important to know, is that if you're sealing an open bag of really powdery spices (for me it was mesquite powder), some of it (potentially a lot of it) will escape the bag and explode into the chamber. My vac machine, and the kitchen, smelled like mesquite for a couple of weeks even after cleaning up.

The solution is to tape the spice bag shut and put a tiny pinprick into it somewhere for air to escape without bringing powder along with it.

But I absolutely love my chamber vac over the small countertop version I used for a decade (RIP).
good tip and info also!! thanks for sharing it!
 
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Jumping on this thread because the title will get people looking at it.

Another thing not mentioned in the directions, but very important to know, is that if you're sealing an open bag of really powdery spices (for me it was mesquite powder), some of it (potentially a lot of it) will escape the bag and explode into the chamber. My vac machine, and the kitchen, smelled like mesquite for a couple of weeks even after cleaning up.

The solution is to tape the spice bag shut and put a tiny pinprick into it somewhere for air to escape without bringing powder along with it.

But I absolutely love my chamber vac over the small countertop version I used for a decade (RIP).
The LEM sealer I have, the vacuum sealing heat bar comes down and closes the bag before air enters the chamber to seal the bag..
 

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The LEM sealer I have, the vacuum sealing heat bar comes down and closes the bag before air enters the chamber to seal the bag..
Put some talcum powder in a bag and seal and let me know how it goes. The mesquite powder is so fine that it gets pulled out of the bag, even with the bar clamped (obviously the bar clamp is not airtight or it couldn't remove air from inside the bag...).
 

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I was sous-viding some chicken thighs in some great seasonings at 138F... They had been in long enough to pasteurize and there was a bunch of liquid in the bag, per normal... I thought, "Humpf, I should let those thighs marinate in that fine liquid until tomorrow...
I was trying to think of how to seal the vac-bag, so the liquid didn't run out in the refer and AHA, my chamber vacuum sealer is perfect for the task..."...
Into the Costco LEM Max-Vac Pro chamber sealer, the bag, thighs and liquid went... I checked to make sure there wasn't too much liquid that it might run out of the bag.. Perfect... No chance...
Set up the bag and START it went... About 6 or 7 seconds into the run, there was a foamy liquid full of seasonings erupting all over the chamber and it's lid... Like a bubble machine had been turned on...
A myriad of ideas flashed through my brain as to what to do... I just watched, in disbelief, as it finished and sealed the bag... Perfect seal... Then I had to open the lid... I was holding it down with my left hand as my right hand was busy slapping my forehead... Up goes the lid, marinade all over the place...
In hindsight, I should have pushed the KILL-SWITCH on the front of the machine... Funny how clear thinking can happen when looking through one's sphincter...
During the clean-up, I remembered how the boiling point of water lowers as the pressure decreases... Too late, WAY TOO LATE... High school physics class lab experiment, at 74, in my kitchen... Hell, cold tap water will boil under vacuum... NOTE, I did really well in physics class...
Most of you probably know all of this... I thought a timely reminder might help forgo a messy cleanup for some of my friends at SMF..
Until my next F.U.

P.S. If this info was in the directions, I missed it...
I just bought a chamber vacuum unit, still in route. While doing research on them I saw a lot of people say you need to let liquids cool before putting in the chamber. Most say cool in the fridge.
 
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I just bought a chamber vacuum unit, still in route. While doing research on them I saw a lot of people say you need to let liquids cool before putting in the chamber. Most say cool in the fridge.

I was so excited I thought of a way to use the delish marinade, my age and circuit shorting occurred in my memory recall zone, maybe...
At least I learned something "new" for the second or third time... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
 
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