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Old 06-15-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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I just sent back the handheld FoodSaver system with the zip lock looking bags to Amazon. I had a problem with the bags letting air back in after putting in the freezer. After contacting Foodsaver they told me that the valves are not rated to go in the freezer and would leak, would have been nice it was advertised that way.

I'm looking at a larger model now. Seal-A-Meal has a cheaper $45 one on that seems to get good reviews on Amazon, actually better than several more expensive FoodSaver systems.

Which should I get? I'm not opposed to getting a FoodSaver but if the Seal-A-Meal is just as good at basic vacuum sealing then I'd rather save the money. I'll mainly use it for hops and freezing some stuff from my vegi garden.

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Old 06-15-2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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I've had both and they both work well. If it is only going to be used occasionally, then get the Seal-A-Meal. Ours gets heavy usage (not just for my brewing habits) and the Seal-A-Meal lasted only about 8 months. We are currently going on 3 years with a FoodSaver model that costs about 76% more, but was worth every penny it has saved us in lost foods and better space savings over all.

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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Well I ordered a seal-a-meal so we'll see how it holds up. It was about 1/3 the price of the Foodsaver I would have bought.

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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I have the top of the line food saver with attachments for vacuum sealing jars, marinater, and canister set love it

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I have a FoodSaver as well. I found that you can use it to reseal potato chips bags by using the the sealer function. That led me to begin using Mylar bags for sealing dry goods that don't need to be vacuumed packed. Mylar has zero breathability and can't be vacuum packed as regular FoodSaver bags can. However, it seems that it would be great for saving extra DME or Hops etc. that you want to protect from moisture. Mylar bags come in all sizes and can be found on eBay or Amazon. I use it for pipe tobacco and coffee beans. I open the bag, take what I need, reseal the bag. You can also toss in an oxygen absorber packet as well. Seems to work fine for me.

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^ fwiw, you can vac-seal those "mylar" bags, you just cut a small strip of the regular Foodsaver type bag material and place it in the mouth of the bag along the seal line before inserting the assembly into the sealer.

That said, imo I don't see any advantage over using the regular bags. When I pull out a bag of my homegrown hops, for instance, the bags are still holding a vacuum, months after sealing. Clearly, the material is an effective O2 barrier, so as long as the seal is sound the bags work as you'd want them to...

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I use mason jars with a FS bottle attachment. Any pump will do and they freeze well.

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Can't speak for the Seal-A-Meal model but we have a Foodsaver from Costco bought in 2006 that's still chugging away without any problems. We've got a few of the "attachment" pieces too that are fairly handy such as the Mason jar attachments mentioned above.

That said, the mylar idea is an interesting one. If you were really worried about it you could just allow it to suck the air out but hit the seal button right before it created the vacuum. Do that around actual vacuum bags and you'd get the best of both worlds. In fact, where did you get the mylar? I wouldn't mind throwing some of my freezer hop stores in those bags for a little extra insurance if it isn't too expensive.

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I got my Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers via Amazon. I use the 1 quart size.

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Any particular seller or brand that works best?

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