Suggestions for a Good Vacuum Sealer

David Trammel's picture

I'm thinking of getting a vacuum sealer for my food storage.

Does anyone have and use one regularly? What are your experience with it.

Any recommendations? I figure the sealers aren't the big cost factor but its the bags? Kind of like how computer printers are cheap and toner cartilages cost alot.

I used to use one quite a lot for meat that I would freeze, but I find that too much trouble now as the meat I buy comes frozen and really well wrapped. They don't work on fresh produce, but they do work well on dry things like rice and beans or frozen things.

I also found that the vacuum canisters don't work as the various temperature changes around them break the seal. If you are careful, you can get a couple of uses or more out of each bag but eventually, they be come too short to use or they develop holes. I think vacuum sealers can be useful for certain long term storage, but for regular use, not so much.

Sweet Tatorman's picture

I have a Foodsaver brand sealer, model V3480, and have been using it for at least 6 years now. I have never used other models or brands so I don't know how it compares to others but it works for me. It can be a bit fiddly getting the bags inserted into the machine and it is important to have the surface of the bag where the seam will be created cleaned of food and moisture. A bit of practice and you will get the hang of it. By early Fall I will typically have 200-300 lbs of vacuum bagged stuff in the freezer. I usually buy a few hundred bags at a time to get volume discount and this will last several years. Link below for a good source of bags. You can checkout the bag prices there.