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Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA
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I just now read Marianne's response on the top blog about how she uses her food saver and would have to immediately replace it if it broke. I want to know more. Is it worth the money for this item and the bags you have to continue buying? Does it keep foods longer than just proper wrapping? I am trying to not buy any appliances that are not extremely useful (like cake pop makers, fajita warmers, fro-yo makers, etc.). Any information you can give me would be appreciated.

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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2013 11:23 am
Posted: Feb. 9, 2013 10:09 am
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Feb. 9, 2013 10:20 am
I love mine, we use it to wrap meat for the year. Half are wrapped well with waxed freezer paper, the other half is done in the food saver. I use the paper wrapped pkgs first, then the food saver wrapped. No freezer burn and I have meat that is more than a year old in the freezer at times. We buy huge blocks of cheese and I cut it into chunks and use the saver to wrap cheese, easily lasts 4 months in the fridge. I am elcheapo and when I cut the food saver bags, I slice it along the top edge, then wash the bag and can reuse it a few times for smaller portions. Buy nuts in bulk, I FS 1/2 the pkg and place in the freezer for months as well. We also pkg survival gear to keep a small pkg that is water proof in the boat, for camping, hunting, etc. I notice when we make sausage that the FS pkgs last longer than the paper wrapped pkgs and I like the see through pkgs for easy to find items. Especially for left over meat that gets turned into lunch and sandwiches. Good investment but I use mine often.
Feb. 9, 2013 10:24 am
Feb. 9, 2013 10:26 am
There is nothing I like better than to be able to pull out enough chili from my freezer for the two of us! Or enough pulled pork for a sandwich. Or a new batch of yeast from Costco's big offering. or......
Feb. 9, 2013 10:58 am
Paula, I think this is one of the best appliances to have around, I use mine for meats, nuts, cookies, berries and really like it when we butcher chickens, I can freeze a whole chiken in these larger bags and have no freezer burn at all.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:16 am
Paula,our daughter gave us one(thought what a waste)best thing ever,nary a freezer burn to be had again.Great investment,pays for itself in no time.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:23 am
My foodsaver has a permanent place on the counter. I use it several times a day. I honestly don't know what I'd do without it now. I use it to portion out meats and freeze. I bag dinners in them for the fridge or freezer. I repackage items like cheeses once I've cut into them or re-seal bags like chips or crackers. Its great to downsize and store sweaters, leggings, or to keep items dry and safe in the basement. I marinade in them too. Possibilities are endless. I don't think you'd be sorry.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:44 am
I love mine. I package leftovers in servings for the 2 of us. When we come in out of the field I can grab something out of the freezer, throw it in hot water to thaw while I shower, then just nuke. I get so tired of sandwiches durning the day the idea of eating them for another quick meal.....uuggghh. Nice to have a hot meal before going to bed and starting the long days over the next morning.
Feb. 9, 2013 12:53 pm
I utilize my food saver all the time. Whether it's in the freezer, refrigerator or just on te shelf. I can keep things longer and fresher no matter what. I've had a food saver now going on 15 years and when my MIL chatted when we 1st moved to Oregon about costs of food for just the 2 of them, how wasteful and expensive it is for them 2....we bought them one for Christmas as well. When she saw me in action with mine. She told me she saves now 200 dollars a month in food by buying bulk, divid out the portions for her and my FIL and food finally lasts longer in the freezer. I have in the past done the wrap in plast and then in foil like my G'mas would do....and you still get freezer burn. I can't think of my kitchen food life with out it. Love when I can take chili out of the freezer and throw it into a boiling pot of water in the freezer bag it froze in.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Feb. 10, 2013 11:12 am
I love my foodsaver. It is worth it to spring for either the vertical model or the model that locks into a vertical position. The first one I had was a pain to store and I could never push it in the right place to get it started. The one I have now a button to push, thank goodness!
Thisni Caza
Feb. 10, 2013 11:15 am
I cook for one or two 99% of the time. I use mine for meats purchased on sale and large packages purchased at Sam's (nuts, cheese, etc). I also use it to freeze extra portions of soups, stews, and casseroles.
Thisni Caza
Feb. 10, 2013 11:18 am
Okay, can you tell I love my foodsaver? Well, I'm also a penny pincher and was concerned about the cost of bags. You can reuse the bags if you do not heat/boil food in them. So I cut my bags a bit longer than I need the first time. When the bag is too short to freeze a serving of soup or whatever, I use them for nuts, teabags, ETC. I buy bags from Amazon.
Thisni Caza
Feb. 10, 2013 11:23 am
I usually put the frozen food back into the dish in which it was frozen (for a perfect fit), or if frozen in plastic, then into a casserole dish to nuke/thaw, for two reasons: first, so I can re-use the bag, and also because I think it's less messy to get the food out of the bag frozen than when it's heated. But that's just me!
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