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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

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You can also seal wine bladders. I've carried lemonade and various juices in repurposed wine bladders.
That is a good idea. I could see even reusing them for wine. You have a much better selection in bottles.
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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

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Can I boil in Ziploc® brand Bags?
No. Ziploc® brand Bags are not designed to withstand the extreme heat of boiling.

And to think we used to heat tin cans of beef and beans right in the fire, never knowing that BPA existed.
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Can I boil in Ziploc® brand Bags?
No. Ziploc® brand Bags are not designed to withstand the extreme heat of boiling.

And to think we used to heat tin cans of beef and beans right in the fire, never knowing that BPA existed.
212ºF is extreme heat?

The manufacturer may not recommend boiling, but it works just fine. It might leach crazy plasticizers into the food, I'm not sure, but the bags hold up well in a pot of boiling water. I've done this several times and have experienced only mild side-effects, including ankle bearding, wandering nipple, and brain tooth.

But in any case, vacuum sealer sounds like a much better idea. I'm sure the sous-vide bags are designed to be used at temperature and not plasticize your food.
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From the horse's patootie:

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Can I boil in Ziploc® brand Bags?
No. Ziploc® brand Bags are not designed to withstand the extreme heat of boiling.

And to think we used to heat tin cans of beef and beans right in the fire, never knowing that BPA existed.
I think Mr. Ziplock is afraid you'll have the bag touching the bottom of your pot, which would exceed the 212 of boiling water. They also recommend you don't boil things in the "zip-n-steam" bags, which are expressly designed to withstand boiling temperatures...
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David, if you're using the mylar chip bags for your socks, they may be a little salty and crunchy when you go to wear them. You might want to turn the bag inside out next time.

I only use salt n' vinegar chip bags. They fight athletes' foot.
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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

Another vote for vacuum sealer awesomeness.

Good candidates are either things that can compress well, things that are messy/small or things that can be stored for emergencies. I tend to use zip locks for everyday stuff as the sealer bags are so expensive. The space bags I use for big stuff

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A few diapers
Small medkit
Home made mre
Home made survival kit

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Plastic fishing bait (eg gulp)
Dried foods

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Set of clothes

Couple of tips
If something can get "scrunched" by the vacuum (eg clothes, documents), insert a bit of cardboard to keep the shape.
Things that had a bit of fluid, like meat, never could seal as the liquid would be drawn out. Sea lamely now has a special bag that stops this and they seal better.

I wish their was a 12V version and the bags were more available in huge Caribbean!

Has anyone tried the new handheld "portable" version?
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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

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David, if you're using the mylar chip bags for your socks, they may be a little salty and crunchy when you go to wear them. You might want to turn the bag inside out next time.

Wait a minute...

You are saying socks aren't normally salty and crunchy?

Over the years we've used various vacuum sealers; we will be taking one will us when cruising.
Thanks for the ideas on med's, doc's and such.
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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

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Re: Vacuum Sealing Gear and Supplies

Based on some of the enthusiastic comments here I just ordered my Foodsaver sealer. I got the 12-volt version thinking that might be useful on board. So thanks all.
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I didn't know they had a 12V version, cool


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