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Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

Posted by livvysmom (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 11, 07 at 9:09

I have been buying a lot of meat in bulk at Costco -- I am really thinking a Food Saver might be great to have. I went to and there are many models and price ranges. The most expensive V2840 ($150.00) got almost all perfect reviews.

Anyone have any advice on which to buy and where to get a good deal?

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RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

I've had one for many years and wouldn't be without it. Replaced my original one a few years ago with a Professional II model, which was top-of-the-line at that time, I think. It's worth the extra $$ to get an automatic model so you don't have to keep pressing down on the button to make it work. Try shopping around on the Web to find a good price (unless you live in a big city, that is). I like using, but there are also other helpful sites, like or Once you decide on a model, you could also check eBay.


RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

I've had one for several years ... use it mainly for packaging meats which I buy on sale. I buy Certified Angus chuch roast on sale and have it ground. I then use a cookie cuter and form hamburger patties ... just plain meat which I cook on my Cuisinart grill/griddle/panini press. I also pre-brown hamburger meat for my daughter to use in tacos, etc for a quick meal.
When I first got mine I tried packing complete meals on styrofoam plates and smushed everything. Wish I could get one of the new ones, which I understand don't do that.

RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

I'm on my 3rd one after 20 years of using them (and the next one is in the basement in storage). No two have been alike, interestingly enough. I wouldn't be without it.

I have a special cart to hold it, right by the refrigerator. If you can keep it out, you'll find you will use it much more than if you have to haul it out each time.

The FoodSaver is on the top, for easy access, and already plugged in. I keep an assortment of the rolls of bags, the tube for sealing the canisters, and jar attachment in a nice basket on another shelf. I also keep scissors to cut the bags, and a couple Sharpies there to mark them. On the bottom shelf of the cart I keep an assortment of canisters and canning jars (which you can also use for vacuum-sealed storage).


RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

Looks like Costco has the top of the line model for $125. Maybe an early birthday gift.

RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

just put my food saver to a new (for me) use.

I like cornbread, but can't find the kind of meal I used to get in Atlanta -- white stoneground, White Lily preferred.

went on line and found where I could order it, but had to get 20 pounds. Ordered it and vacuum sealed three of the 5# bags and popped 'em in the freezer. They'll keep a long time.

RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- think again?

Over the last 5 years I'm now on my 3rd foodsaver model. Each time I've upgraded to a better model .. the lastest one is a gamesaver pro-Plus (200.00 + shipping) .. what a nightmare .. the 1st one I rec'd vacummed but didn't seal ..cost me 16.00 to return it the 2nd one just arrived this one doesn't vacuum or seal .. by the time I return this one .. I'll have invested 48.00 in shipping on a 200.00 unit .. 2 months of wasted time and back to the beginning using ziplock baggies.
My other 2 units still vacuum, but the sealing strip burnt out and that's the one item Tilia won't replace .. when I asked why .. Their comment ..."posses a fire hazzard". Duhhhh ... it's more like planned obsolescence to me ...

RE: Thinking about a Food Saver -- have one?

I'm on my second foodsaver. I just bought a V2860. It's not the top of the line but it works for me. I loved my first one and I love this one too. Check out for foodsavers and accessories at good prices. They also have deals where you can get extras with the different models.


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