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I might spend a little money, today. I my trusty vacuum packer has just about had it. Anyone have a suggestion for one that is used 300+ times a year? What does a good job and holds up? I have been going through one about every two years? I'm looking at a MaxVac 500. Anyone have any experience with that?
I've only ever bought one, and it is the Weston 2300 Commercial vac. Bought it because it had exactly that reputation. So far so good. Finally had to order more seals and they are sitting at the post office right now.
Thanks. Looks like a good machine.
Coming Bowriter you know everything. Asking for advice on what to buy is really going to hurt your reputation as knowing absolutely everything there is to know. You should be telling us what to buy because you told them how to build it!
Wrap meat n fish in plastic wrap, then freezer paper. last a year + with no freezer burn. Tried vacuum sealer a few times,wasnt terribly impressed. And bags were pricy I thought.
I have an older model of the MaxVac 500 that I've had for years. Works great:-)
John MC- true, but I like to confer with experts in a given field. That said, what do you use for hemorrhoids? I know you are an expert in that area.
Thanks to the other replies.
Sarcasm - You can see it in my above post in response to one old Hemorrhoid.
Definitely do not use it for fish. I always freeze fish in ziplocks full of water. Fish frozen in water are perfect indefinitely.
APauls- For years, I froze fish in water. In my opinion, the vacuum packer is much better in terms of freshness and shelf life. The savings in freezer space is tremendous. But, to each his own. I put up between 60-100 packages of fish fillets a year. No way I could do that if I still froze them in water. I can now get three deer, individually wrapped, in one, upright freezer and my fish. Before it took an upright and a chest freezer. Since I go through all of that in a year, indefinitely, is not a consideration. BTW- I just ordered a new machine. Thanks almost all.
Right on - I often have packages that I forget about, so I need it to last. I'm also usually packing them at the lake, where I do not have my vacuum sealer. In a ziplock I fill the bag full of water, to make sure all air is gone, and then as I squeeze water out I seal the bag. Usually there isn't too much water in there.
Where I have the option maybe I'll try the vacuum sealer. It would thaw faster as well that's for sure. A bunch of fillets in a clump don't thaw fast when a guy is in a pinch. I'll give it a shot.
I bought a Cabelas pro 15 for 199.00 last week. Its my first one and it works great. I didn't like the way my deer was wrapped by the processor so I re wrapped it. It was easy to use and did a great job. What kind did you get?
Went with the 500. I'll see how that does.