Food saver bags
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Contributors to this thread:
grubby 27-Aug-19
Jaquomo 27-Aug-19
LKH 27-Aug-19
APauls 27-Aug-19
grubby 27-Aug-19
JL 27-Aug-19
Brotsky 27-Aug-19
Russell 27-Aug-19
JL 27-Aug-19
PushCoArcher 27-Aug-19
Yellowjacket 27-Aug-19
Yellowjacket 27-Aug-19
From: grubby
27-Aug-19
Has anyone had any experience with off brand vacuum bags? I like to vacuum seal meat (and vegetables too) but those food saver bags are expensive. There are more reasonable options on amazon but I hate to take a chance that they wont seal properly.

From: Jaquomo
27-Aug-19
The Food Saver rolls are cheaper than the bags and you can find some pretty good deals on sale.

From: LKH
27-Aug-19
When I lived in AK we often put up 70-100 salmon at a whack. 2 of the guys owned and I rented one of the big machines for $65 per day. You could buy the 8x12 bags for $.12 each. They were much tougher than the food saver and very reasonable.

When I brought coolers full of frozen, vacuum packed salmon down south, the food savers failed at about a 30% rate. The commercial ones at about 5%.

Trouble is the good rigs cost a bunch.

From: APauls
27-Aug-19
I get a discount at Cabelas and my favourite is just buying their bags. I used to do the rolls but I hate sealing all those bags when you need like 50 of them.

From: grubby
27-Aug-19
The problem I have with making my own bags is that I try and skimp, I cut them too small and cant seal them anyway. I think I have finally overcome this after years of struggling.....lol

From: JL
27-Aug-19

JL's Link
EBay all the way. I buy the 50' rolls of a couple of sizes and do my own. I get the 8" x 50' and the 11" x 50'. Attached is a decent deal on four 8" x 50's for about $7.25 a roll, free shipping. What I like is I can customize the sizes, not just for food but other non-food things I may want to vacuum seal.

From: Brotsky
27-Aug-19
Do not buy the cheap Walmart knockoff bags, they are absolute junk! Could not get a good seal on them at all.

From: Russell
27-Aug-19
JL,

Bought four rolls a couple days ago on ebay. Negotiated price to $27.95

This will last me many years for smoked salmon.

If I was processing many pounds, then bags would definitely be better.

From: JL
27-Aug-19
Russell, I've doing the rolls for everything these days. When I do small salmon or lakers, I'll make custom bags for the whole fillet and seal them that way. Same for deer....I'll pre-make a bunch of bags for approx 1.5lbs of meat. We scoop in approx that much in a bag, vacuum it, seal it, then flatten it out for better storage/stacking in the freezer. I put dates on it with a sharpie. I guess most folks do it similiarly??

From: PushCoArcher
27-Aug-19
I found some Weston brand vacuum bags last year on sale they worked just fine.

From: Yellowjacket
27-Aug-19
Costco sells a box of Foodsaver assorted rolls and bags. Catch them on sale and is pretty reasonable.

From: Yellowjacket
27-Aug-19
Costco sells a box of Foodsaver assorted rolls and bags. Catch them on sale and is pretty reasonable.

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