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  • fzxdoc
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      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
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      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
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      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    #61
    You and I must be in parallel universes, Randy-Phx . In my experience, the (many) FoodSavers I had were all pieces of doo-doo except for the original one, purchased back in the early millenium . It died in its teens. I got sick of replacing all the replacements and got the VacMaster Pro 350, which so far works well. I did buy an extended warranty for it though, since there were so many reports of poor performance peppered in with the abundance of "this unit is awesome" reports. It was a mixed bag of reviews, which led me to believe that you either get a good one or you don't. A crapshoot. Fingers crossed that mine continues to work well.

    Kathryn
    Last edited by fzxdoc; November 19th, 2019, 04:06 PM.

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    • randy56
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      I wish mine would have worked, Like I said must have been a Lemon. It was your review that made me get it. I had worked with on the phone a tech guy for about 30 minute's to try and solve my problems with it. They were very helpful, to try and solve my problems with it. Then we both agreed I should return it. The offered to replace it. But by then frustration had set in.

    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      Well, I don't blame you, randy56 . It's frustrating to have an item not work right out of the box. That's what happened to me with my 3rd replacement FoodSaver in just over a year. Sooner or later, your patience with shoddy equipment just runs its limit.

      Kathryn
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 2232
    • Republic of Texas

    #62
    My ziplock sealer is still going strong after years of heavy use. Did 70 lbs of pulled pork last weekend. Maybe I just got a good one.

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    • glitchy
      Club Member
      • Jul 2019
      • 203
      • Central IA

      #63
      Anova is making a vacuum sealer now. My FoodSaver just quit working today and with SmokeFire preorders soon I just ordered one of these as I cannot justify a Vacmaster right now, nor give up the space on the counter. Looks like a special price right now, maybe.

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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      • Bobmcgahan
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        glitchy how did the Anova work out for you?

      • glitchy
        glitchy commented
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        I’ve only used it a couple times so far, my vac sealing is pretty streaky. It seems just fine though. I really like the pulse vac and think I’ll use that a lot over time. It’s a little different than the food savers in that the lid snaps into locks, but has a release on each side. Nothing is wrong with that, just different.
    • Thunder77
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      • Jul 2014
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      • Weber 22.5" Kettle with SnS Brinkmann 5 burner gasser. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

      #64
      Still using my Foodsaver. Going on 3 years now.

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      • Skip
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        I'm still on my first Foodsaver that's 4-5 years old. Be sure to let us know how you like the Anova glitchy.

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Yeah, the old FoodSavers were sturdy workhorses. I was so sad when mine died and I went through a very unreliable series of a replacement and then replacements for that replacement.

        Kathryn

      • Thunder77
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        My foodsaver has a moist setting also
    • DavisBarbecue
      Club Member
      • Sep 2019
      • 10
      • Spring, TX.

      #65
      My little FS-V2450 has been working fine for many years... Yes, I've learned a few things about maintenance and storage of the unit.
      Never leave the lock handle down when storing the machine - or else it will wreck your gaskets, which I had to replace them.
      The gaskets should be removed and cleaned on a regular basis. The canisters are fantastic for marinading meats! Two hours under
      vacuum is like overnight in a ziplock bag. Veggies in the long canister will stay fresh for weeks instead of days in the crisper.

      That said, I very well may get a Chamber Vacuum to handle larger items, e.g., a 20lb turkey for sous vide! (@SousVideEverything).

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      • Bobmcgahan
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        • Jul 2018
        • 69

        #66
        Do folks on this thread primarily use your vacuum sealer for sous vide or for general long term storage? I got an Anova device for Christmas and now need to buy a vacuum sealer. Thanks all in advance.

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        • ComfortablyNumb
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          • May 2017
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          • Northeast Washington
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          #67
          Originally posted by Bobmcgahan View Post
          Do folks on this thread primarily use your vacuum sealer for sous vide or for general long term storage? I got an Anova device for Christmas and now need to buy a vacuum sealer. Thanks all in advance.
          Long term, short term, and sous vide. Anything that fits in a bag gets vacuum sealed, meat, vegetables, and, since I have a chamber sealer, liquids and powders. After long term in the freezer, they continue to reside in the bag in the refrigerator. So, for example, bacon gets taken out of the freezer, thawed, and sliced. The slices are then stored into a couple of bags and sealed. When I use it, I take out what I need and reseal. Burger gets divided into 1/3 pound meatballs which are stored in a bag. I reseal after taking one or two out. Same with breakfast sausage. Chops and steaks are sealed one to a bag. They don't even get thawed, right out of the freezer and into the sous vide bath, which thaws and cooks in an afternoon.

          Here is the ringing endorsement. Mrs. CN balked at getting one, especially the price. Now it is one of her most beloved appliances and you could not take it away from her.

          On the other hand, you don't have to get a vacuum sealer for sous vide, you can use zip lock bags and let the water squeeze out the air. But if you store lots of food (I raise and butcher hogs and chickens) and want to keep food in the refrigerator longer and cleaner (no leaks, smells) then a vacuum sealer is worth having. And if you have the money and space for a chamber, you won't regret it. Mine is heavier than sin and has a large footprint, so Mrs. CN insisted on a rolling cart so we can wheel it into a corner when not using.

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          • DavidNorcross
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            What chamber sealer do you have ? My Food Saver just died (seems to be a trend)....
        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4295
          • My toys:
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
            Weber Kettle Premium 22"
            Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
            Grill Grate for SnS
            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
            2 Grill Grate Griddles
            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
            Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
            Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
            Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
            Thermoworks Timestick Trio
            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
            Maverick ET 733
            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
            Grill Pinz
            Vortex (two of them)

            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

            Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
            Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

          #68
          You absolutely don’t need a vacuum sealer for sous vide. Ziplock bags work just fine below temps of 158deg. Above that temp, sous vide bags from Amazon work great.

          But, as Comfortably Numb says, if you happen to have a vac sealer, you will end up using it both for sous vide and for long term frozen food storage as well.

          Kathryn

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          • ComfortablyNumb
            Club Member
            • May 2017
            • 2759
            • Northeast Washington
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            #69
            DavidNorcross I have a Vacmaster VP215, I got it and the cart at Webstaurantstore.

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            • DavidNorcross
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              Very nice. Thanks

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