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Contributors to this thread:
Bowriter 05-Nov-18
APauls 05-Nov-18
TravisScott 05-Nov-18
Bowriter 05-Nov-18
JohnMC 05-Nov-18
jdbbowhunter 05-Nov-18
Dooner 05-Nov-18
Bowriter 05-Nov-18
JohnMC 05-Nov-18
APauls 05-Nov-18
Bowriter 05-Nov-18
APauls 05-Nov-18
BOWNUT 05-Nov-18
Bowriter 05-Nov-18
From: Bowriter
05-Nov-18
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?

From: APauls
05-Nov-18
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.

From: TravisScott
05-Nov-18
X2 on the Weston

From: Bowriter
05-Nov-18
Thanks. Looks like a good machine.

From: JohnMC
05-Nov-18
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!

From: jdbbowhunter
05-Nov-18
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.

From: Dooner
05-Nov-18
I have an older model of the MaxVac 500 that I've had for years. Works great:-)

From: Bowriter
05-Nov-18
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.

From: JohnMC
05-Nov-18
Sarcasm - You can see it in my above post in response to one old Hemorrhoid.

From: APauls
05-Nov-18
Definitely do not use it for fish. I always freeze fish in ziplocks full of water. Fish frozen in water are perfect indefinitely.

From: Bowriter
05-Nov-18
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.

From: APauls
05-Nov-18
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.

From: BOWNUT
05-Nov-18
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?

From: Bowriter
05-Nov-18
Went with the 500. I'll see how that does.

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