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Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:49 am
by vundu
Hi, I know this is an old subject, but I want to buy a vacuum sealer and would like to know what brands work okay without breaking the bank? Any advice appreciated, thanks. :D

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:10 pm
by Casualtyward
I have this one: ... ekQAvD_BwE

Seems to work well enough, though I do wonder if a more advanced model might get a better/tighter vacuum. I don't have anything to compare it with though - I've never tried a different one. :lol: Briscoes is bound to have a half price sale eventually...

I also use the vacuum bag rolls from the Warehouse because they're much cheaper.

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 5:15 pm
by Azza1978
I have the Russell Hobbs one from briscoes does a awesome job

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Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 6:48 pm
by dedant
I have the warehouse as seen on tv one, bought during a sale. It has been ok but some of the other club guys have more expensive models that do seem to be better . I have done a lot of fish and venison with mine and two tips are remove all bone and spines where possible , they can puncture the bags and pat dry fish so the juice doesn’t get sucked up to the end of the bag and interfere with the seal or burn in the machine. I tend to use longer lengths to help avoid this.

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:49 pm
by Hairy Little Dwarf
I use the Warehouse one with no issues over several years.
Re: juicing, put a folded length of kitchen towel in the bag just before the seal to catch them pesky juices and ensure a good, dry seal.

Also use it to make a quick and dirty drybag for my phone, and also my flares (put a nail in with the flare to allow easy opening).

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:50 pm
by vundu
Thanks for the response, I eventually bought a Sunbeam vs7850 model which costs $399.00.and Briscoes had on special 40% off for $239, then checked on price check and found 100%NZ had them for $215. The machine is versitile but also has a 60 day trial period and if you are not happy with it you can get your money back, I feel a pretty good safe incentive, time will tell. Your input helped and even though most stuff is made in China,I normally go with known brand names. Hopefully my fish will freeze well. Thanks. 😊

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:57 am
by matwould
I got this one for my Dad a couple of Xmas' ago: ... vac-fv500/

It is $299 but they had an Xmas special for $199. I remember a few KFNZ members had recommended it. While it is good, I would recommend getting one with a separate 'seal' button rather than just 'seal and vacuum' in one button.

I get the bags from The Warehouse as they're the cheapest I've found. And I haven't found any difference in quality from all the different bags I've used from various suppliers.

Happy vacuum sealing. Chur.

Re: Vacuum sealers.

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:26 pm
by matwould
As an extra to that, I generally only use the vac sealer when I'm up north for my yearly week long fishing trip with my dad.

We catch the fish, and they're iki'd and on ice/slurry straight away. Once we get back they stay on ice for a few more hours so the fillets can set properly and are easier to fillet.

Then we fillet them all and put the fillets in a container in the fridge for a few hours. I've found that this helps the juices drain/drip to the bottom which is handy because then you're not sucking up juice in the vacuum packer machine. I've found leaving the fillets in the fridge (uncovered) for a couple of hours has been very good for vacuum packing, without drying the fillets out at all once frozen and thawed again.