Sort of what I thought, maybe my bf got one with his too and I just don't know it. I was thinking it would be good for tomato sauce--only two of us and opening a whole can for a pizza wastes a lot of sauce. Thanks!
I absolutely love mine. I freeze anything I can in the bags. Right now I have hamburger crumbles, turkey slices, ham cubes, shredded chicken, and ham and chicken broths in the freezer. The turkey I've had since last Christmas and it still tastes fresh!
I know there's more in those bags in the freezer, I just can't think of them right now.
mommy2two, It is a vacuum sealer. You place the item in a special bag (they can be washed and re-used) lay it in the machine, press a button and presto vacuum packaged food!
The machine sucks all the air out of the package (so no freezer burn) then heat seals the bag. You can also do dry staples. This helps things stay fresher longer anywhere from 3-5 months longer than normal.
Darlene, I just got mine and it came with a few bags. I did purchase another roll yesterday at Walmart. 8" wide by 22' long for $9.82, they wanted $12.99 +S&H on the website for the same thing. The rolls you can cut to fit the object you are saving.
They say it would be great for camping stuff (like keep your matches and stuff dry) and to seal keepsakes too. I just wanted it because I was tired of throwing out food. I hated going in the freezer, picking up a ziplock bag, and trying to figure out what it was! :yikes: We bought the freezer to be able to save money not throw it away!
Tammy, yes I still love it! I bought a lot of candy after Halloween and packaged it up with a little of everything in separate bags. I've used it for fresh meat, no freezer burn. When doing the meat, it said not to re-use the bag, because of contamination. Well what I did was double wrap the piece of chicken or ground beef in plastic wrap and then seal it in the bag. Worked great! You don't realize how much moisture is in those items until you vacuum seal it! As soon as I take it out of the freezer, I cut open the bag and remove the item, place it on a plate or in a container and let it thaw in the plastic wrap. Thus it saves the bag for another use. I still wash it out with soapy water, but there isn't any blood or juices from the raw meat in the bag.
I ordered the canning jar attachments (reg. and wide mouth) weeks ago and haven't received them yet. As soon as I do, I will let you know how they work.
On the moisture problem, I did freeze some broccoli I blanched. I let them dry on a paper towel real well and patted dry. But I also folded a paper towel to fit the width of the bag and put in before sealing. It worked great, it sucked up a lot of the excess moisture and didn't interfer with the sealing of the bag.
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