August 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm #527017
If anyone is interested just found it cheaper on ebay
Bags are a couple of $$$ more, but not if you take into account the free postage.
Hopefully the links work now!August 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm #527018
Having trouble posting the link, keeps trying to play a video I think!August 17, 2012 at 12:53 am #527019
Haha, what a waste of plastic! 🙂
Oh doh, that was in response to Snags comment of vacuuming the vacuumer. I lost the quote :pinch:August 17, 2012 at 1:00 am #527020
I think the reason mine got left unused was I found the bags to be a bit of a false economy since I never had any spoilage with ordinary ziplock bags. Ziplock bags are 3c each compared to vacuum bags being 30c-$1.00 each depending on the brand. But then I’ve never experienced freezer burn so I don’t know what I’m missing there.August 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm #527021
I use rolls I bought on ebay cut to size for small portions ,it adds 10 to 30 cents on each item but when you dont get any wastage that is money well spent.
I bag up lots of portioned deli stuff that is impossible to get in the middle of nowhere.
I dont bag up all my frozen food,but it is amazing the taste of frozen fish from a bag is almost as fresh as the day you bought/caught it.August 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm #527022
No. i don’t have but i’ll buy as soon as possible !!August 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm #527023
Lady B – thanks for the advice, hubby is looking into this for me, I know it would add to the price but it may be such a versatile option (being able to seal the ball mason jars) that the extra $$ would be justified. Fortunately for me my husband is a tech head and is right into this sort of thing so we will make sure everything is good before we make any purchases.
Kristy – it is also a good idea to price the canisters for each machine, if you used it enough it may be worth the money to buy quite a few of them. Another thing you can do with cheese is to put wax on it and keep it in your fridge til you need it, I’m going to try this with the cheaper brands of cheese as I understand that when they have the wax coating they continue to mature which (in my mind) should mean that they taste as good as the more expensive brands if you leave them for some time. That in itself would be a worthwhile savings for my family. I have made my own cheese before so I have the wax already but I couldn’t tell you what it would cost to purchase as I’ve had it for years, I think that Udder Delights in Hahndorf (where I did a cheese making course) would probably sell it – since they do the cheese making courses for TAFE also.August 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm #527024
I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy this pay or not, but checking the prices on ebay, they reduced it by about $5,so I bought that and 10 metres of plastic bags for $75 inc delivery. Fingers crossed it works ok!August 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm #527025
I have a Unika one. I bought it from the local field days. Ive had it for about 3-4 years.It get used a lot. I vacuum seal DH meals for while he is working away. 🙂 It is also great for camping so we can fit more in the freezer. Meat keeps better in the fridge in a vacuum sealed pack I find.
Is there any reason I cant buy the rolls of bag from ebay rather than use the brand name ones? Are they thinner? 🙂August 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm #527026
I doubt it.
Try a packet and see
Who ever told you that its probably more to do with them making money than you saving moneyAugust 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm #527027
If you have one that requires rippled plastic on one side then it’s important not to buy bags online without the ripple. Mine was a nozzle type that worked with any kind of plastic bag, with or without ripple, so it was a bit more expensive upfront, but at the time I bought it the non-rippled bags were much cheaper and it was better economy. I think these days most bags/rolls are rippled one side so you shouldn’t have a problem if you need them.August 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm #527028
My vacuum sealer has arrived, which is great service as only ordered Thursday after lunch. Tested sealing all the packets of open things in my pantry, very quick and easy! Also tried vacuum sealing sugar I bought the other day, very quick and very easy. I always have problems with ants in summer, so I can see that sealing/vacuum sealing sugar etc will stop the ants. I never have enough containers for all the food in the pantry.August 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm #527029
Glad you’ve started using you vacuum sealer straight away Kristy, I had mine out just the other day as I picked up a big portion of ham for less than half price, I sliced it on my manual slicer and sealed quite a few weeks worth of portions in bags so we are set for sandwich ham for hubbys lunches.
:laugh:August 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm #527030
I don’t eat meat, but the animals do, so I am thinking I will buy meat for them on special and portion up. It’s got me thinking about what I can buy now to save me money. It does make it easier to buy things in bulk and then divide up and vacuum seal. There are things I haven’t bought because I haven’t had anyway of storing things. Also Gaganis bros sells plastic tubs for $3.50 with proper sealed lids, don’t know what litre they are, but they fitted maybe just under 10 kg’s of flour in one. I’m planning on buying a few more for storage of flour rice etc…August 29, 2012 at 3:26 am #527031
I have a crazy sales vacuum and have vacuumed
Flour, Sugar, Rice, Tea bags, Dried fruit and veg.dried herbs, Sultanas,Seaweed,
rice biscuits and they stayed crisp.Olives in liquid,( bought a 2kg bucket)
Panadol,bandaids,coffee,dried milk,powdered eggs, yeast packets,home made powdered soup. Powdered soap, cakes of soap.
You can also make up mixtures of say dry cake ingredients,soup mixes, spaghetti herbs, things that take a while to find and throw together,good for camping. 😉
I also use oxygen absorbers. This is all in long term storage and is working fine. There is probably more but I am not going to investigate now. Buy bulk is handy for this type of stuff.You can reuse the bags for instance if you open a large bag it can be used again for something smaller as long as there arent any holes. Occasionally they lose suction so you need to check now and then. I have no idea why, may be a pin hole.
I personally dont use them for freezing but its also good for that. I also write goods and date on the top that ends up being cut off when opened and keep a log of things. Basically if you put it in a zip lock it can be vacuumed.
As it shrinks the package you can fit quite a bit in large plastic storage bins to keep rats and mice out.
Hope this has given you some ideas.
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