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Date: 2/17/09 11:53 AM

Renolds Handi-Vac

I seen this in the grocery store the other day, and almost bought one. But decided that because it was only $10, it was probably junk. Anyone use one of these? I really would like to eliminate freezer burn.

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Date: 2/17/09 1:02 PM

On the other hand, for only $10, this may represent an opportunity to try out vacuum sealing for cheap.

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Date: 2/17/09 1:32 PM

Yeah, that's what I think, too. I have a Deni sealer (old), but if I had seen something for ten bucks, I would have tried that first.

If you decide to try it, let us know how it works.

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Date: 2/17/09 5:08 PM

I have one and it works well for what it is. The bags are re-usable unless you've put raw meat or something like that in them. They reseal pretty well. Some people have had problems with the seal not holding over time, but that seems to be a problem that is specific to certain boxes of bags (if one from a box is failing, the whole box will probably fail--lot problems, I guess). I like the price. The bags aren't cheap, but whether its worth it for you all depends how much you'll use it.

They do seem to prevent freezer burn. The vacuum part of it isn't really, really strong, but it's strong enough to suck all the visible air out. It can be little tricky figuring out how to get the suction to work, but I've found that laying the suction seal part flat on the counter, then pressing down with the vacuum part so you get a good contact gives pretty consistent results.

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Date: 2/18/09 7:21 PM

I've used it to store items in the freezer. I also sent some cookies to my niece in California and tried to vaccum pack the cookies in these bags so they would not break. The seal is not very strong for regular storage but in freezer it holds up extremely well. I am planning to buy the gallon size bags also.

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Date: 2/18/09 8:20 PM

Ok, well, good enough for me. I think i'm going to pick one of these up next time in the store.

Thanks all!

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Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 2/18/09 10:07 PM

I bought one, after a favorable note in Consumer Reports, and we love it. It also works to keep cheese from getting moldy, as well as preventing freezer burn. The Reynolds brand bags keep the vacuum longer than a Ziploc variety we tried.
The technique Debbie Lancaster detailed is actually the one that the box's instructions describe . The bags can be resealed (as i do for the cheese storage, and i also add to my stash of chicken innards in the freezer til i've got enough for broth), as well as washed out & re-used. One of my smarter kitchen investments.
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Date: 2/19/09 10:30 AM

Quote: goldesdottar
The technique Debbie Lancaster detailed is actually the one that the box's instructions describe .

Instructions? There were instructions!?

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Date: 2/19/09 7:29 PM

Yeah, i'm the geek who ALWAYS looks for instructions!

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Date: 2/20/09 2:35 AM

I wish these would have been out before my DH went and bought a Seal-a-Meal or what ever those machine vacuum packer things are called. The blasted machine was like $70 and then the "material" you use for the bags is expensive--even at Walmart!
So all that money we save buying hamburger or chicken etc on sale is negated by the cost of the thing just to use it.
I would think this "little $10 sucker" would be the way to go--easy to reseal the bags. Plus you don't have to haul out the entire machine like we do and then I have to clean it with a bleach/water solution to make sure there is no bacteria from the raw meat!

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