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    Vacum packer

    Can anyone recommend a good reasonably priced vac packer? What's the difference between those described as "vac sealers" versus vac packers?

    thanks

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    A friend of mine has this one, which does the job fine:

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15349/FoodSaver

    Having borrowed it, I subsequently bought this one which has a few more features. I've used it for normal kitchen stuff and for packing venison steaks and mince.

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/16733/Automated-Foodsaver

    Whichever you go with, it's worth ordering a couple of extra rolls of packing material. I recommend rolls where you cut off your own custom length bags rather than the pre-sized bags.

    regards


    Ian

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    I have the Andrew James one and like it. One of our neighbours also has the same machine.

    Buy Professional Vacuum Food Sealer | Andrew James

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    Second what the Rabbiter has said. To be honest the 30-60 vacuum packers are much of a muchness, it depends on how much you use them but the motors will burn out over time.

    I had a 30 quid one which lasted me 2 years and in that time did a lot of work, created a good vacuum quickly and gave a good seal. after that I purchased a Trakaje one Takaje Deluxe Vacuum Machine costing 200 after a bit of research... And to be honest I was pretty dissapointed.

    It is very finnicky to work with, bloody slow to create a vacuum and temperamental when it comes to forming a seal, I thought it was defective but apparently not. My observations are based on comparisons with a 30 machine!! All that said it has lasted 4 years so far and is still working at the standard it was working at when new.

    bear in mind that I could have 7 of the 30 machines for the price I don't think it was worth the extra cost.

    My advice, buy the cheaper Lakeland one and see how you get on with it, I use a mixture of pre made bags (Very convenient) and rolls of bag material that you cut and seal at both ends to make bags of infinite size (Brilliant for freezing whole fish or Haunches, Or Saddles etc)

    Make sure whatever you are vac packing is as dry as possible, sometimes if I want to give some meat or fish away and want a really really neat finish I will put it in a cheap freezer bag upside down, slide it into the vac pac bag and then pull the freezer bag out if that makes sense, this leaves a much cleaner finish on the vac pack bag.

    Be careful how you stack or place your vac pack bags in the freezer, especially if your freezer has drawers, friction will wear a hole in the bag as you open/close the freezer drawers or slide stuff over it, this will break your seal an eventually lead to freezer burn.

    Hope that helps
    Last edited by jubnut; 18-08-2014 at 10:50.

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    Thanks all I will review the models suggested when I get a second.

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    Had a lava machine for a few years, very reliable, used constantly. Not the cheapest I've come across but certainly would recommend one.

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    How do you guys make best use of vacuum sealers? IE; do you just use them prior to freezing or do you mature your meat in them at 0 degs ?

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    vacuum packer

    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo61 View Post
    How do you guys make best use of vacuum sealers? IE; do you just use them prior to freezing or do you mature your meat in them at 0 degs ?
    I just use mine for storing meat in (prior to freezing, like you say.) all the maturing is done on the hook.

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    I've had this one for some time it's got an Internal roll of tubing which the machine heat seals both ends you can also seal individual bags aswell

    Food Saver Vacuum Sealer: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen Home

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    I also have the Food Saver and bought it to replace a cheaper one that failed, this one is better designed and easier to use than the cheap one. I do not bother with the rolls because it takes up too much time to make the bags, I buy two different sized bags by the 100 off ebay at they cover most of my needs but the roll is handy for larger items like a whole fish.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeerDucksFishin View Post
    I've had this one for some time it's got an Internal roll of tubing which the machine heat seals both ends you can also seal individual bags aswell

    Food Saver Vacuum Sealer: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen Home

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