I've decided I need to get a vacuum sealer. I live aboard my boat (alone), so I'm constantly having too much food for one meal and I need to divide it up. I'm thinking a sealer will make the leftovers last longer, especially if I use it to seal the raw ingredients instead of the cooked meal. I want one that is small and reliable, and the bags for it don't cost too much (i.e. total cost of ownership is low). Any recommendations?
For those of you that have one already, how often do you use it? Does my planned usage seem correct? How much longer does stuff last when you use it? Thanks.
Don't forget, they're not only great for sealing up individual portions of food and make it really quick to re-heat them later—since you can boil the vacuum sealed packets of food to re-heat them in many cases.
They're also great for protecting equipment and parts from corrosion and environmental damage for long term storage. Rarely used tools and such can also be vacuum sealed in a lot of cases and they won't rust or degrade as easily.
Many parts, like water pump impellers, oil filters, etc, can also be stored in the heat-sealed bags, but may not need to be vacuum-sealed.
Not only can you buy the 1 qt. and 1 gallon bags, you can buy rolls and make custom sized bags too.
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