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Is anybody here doing the vacuum seal bag thing?
For food...and other things....
What are your good and bad experiences?
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All good. No bad. Have a bunch of food sealed for a delivery leaving first week of January.

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I do it at home, works well. The bags can get expensive though. It does seem to work better than ziplocks.
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All good here too. I do a lot of fish and crab meat keeps very well. It gets me thru the winter when the boats on the hard. I use a food saver brand about $100
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Re: Vacuum Sealing

I vacume seal pretty much everything. Food of course, ships papers, cash stashes, even rarely used tools or electronics I want to keep out of the salt air.

One nice toy is the mason jar attachment. I am loath to bring a bunch of jars on aboat, but athome we buylarge bags of staples and break them down to single serving sizes.

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......athome we buylarge bags of staples and break them down to single serving sizes.
I like the cost savings and friendly portion storage aspect...and the security of packaging.
From what I've seen so far, the vac bags will run up to about $.10 average each more than good freezer bags unless buying brand specific.

I also see this as a way to keep spares for mechanical and electrical, etc...to keep them from becoming 'lost'.
I like the idea of hanging or keeping spares near the site where they might be actually needed, rather than having to hunt thru bins.
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Love to vac seal. I'm told there is a 12v unit for the boat. I'm tempted.


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Re: Vacuum Sealing

I vacuum seal my pillows and blankets when I am not cruising for an extended time. In general it is a great idea. It saves a ton of space, seals out water, and everything springs back great with a shake after being in the bag. However great the idea seems though the reality is that about half of my bags had some sort of leak and reinflated. Possibly due to being used multiple times. As long as you stay on top of that you should be good to go. Nothing worse than vacuum sealing a bunch of fluffy items and putting them in a locker tightly only to have them fluff up again! Everything gets stuck.
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Re: Vacuum Sealing

I vacuum seal all my meats and some produce that will be stored longer than normal. The cost of the bags is negligible in comparison to the cost of a single lost filet mignon to freezer burn.

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I do it at home, works well. The bags can get expensive though. It does seem to work better than ziplocks.
I use the rolls instead of individual bags. Foodsaver has an email list and there are big sales several times each year when I stock up on rolls.

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One nice toy is the mason jar attachment. I am loath to bring a bunch of jars on aboat, but athome we buylarge bags of staples and break them down to single serving sizes.
We usually use pressure canning in jars rather than vacuum sealing but have no issue with glass on board. Very rarely break anything. Maybe two events in ten years, and none at sea.

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