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What is the best vacuum sealer for food?
By Linda from Bellingham, WA
This may not be what you are looking for but for the last few years I have simply used a straw to suck out the air and have had no troubles - it may be kinda yucky of an idea but it is very frugal.
There is Reynolds that takes batteries, the other is Ziplock with a hand pump and then the $125 one. I have all three, I personally like the Reynolds but I have also used the Ziplock, I feel they are much better than the expensive one & the bags are ziplock & in some cases can be reused. It's a personal choice, with Reynolds & Ziplock on the market & very inexpensive, I wouldn't invest in the expensive one.
I've had a Foodsaver for about 8 years. We love it! Everything gets resealed and so no "throw away old food". I also use it to downsize portions. I use the plastic baby bottle bags to make individual portions of snacks as hubby still takes lunch. Much cheaper than buying the individual snacks. I seal lots of food in mason jars or the empty store bought jars of food, i.e. pickles, mustard, etc. Even gallon pickles jars! I also use the mason jars to seal my homemade fruit rollups. I dehydrate all kinds of foods, some I powder in the Vitamix and have them for year round use. Any fresh vegetable which looks like it's reaching 'retirement age' I dehydrate, powder and use until it's gone. I do this with all types of foods. My pantry is full of jars with every food imaginable. We too have been shopping in our freezer or pantry for over a year.
I feel my Foodsaver has saved me hundreds over the years. I don't use the bags at all really. They are out of our budget. I still have the 3 rolls which came with the machine 8 years ago. I cannot vote enough for the Foodsaver!
If anyone wants to they can contact me with questions. I have no connection with the company, just a very satisfied customer. Mari
Well, I finally chose a sealer. I bought the Seal a Meal for $60 from WalMart. I shopped around, and it was the best price. My new question is this: What is the cheapest roll of bags that I can buy and it still work?