Vacuum sealing machine

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:06
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Hi folks,

Last night I read the great thread (no 79127) which gave good details of pre-preparing meals for camping trips. Today I went out and bought a Sunbeam vacuum sealing machine and just used it for the first time. Gotta say I'm not that impressed with the amount of vacuum pressure it seals with. I was expecting a very tight vacuum similar to what you get from a butcher shop, but this unit just sucks out most of the air but it's not really "tight". Does that make sense? Anyway, if you've got one of these units please let me know if this sounds normal. Thanks, Rohan.
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Reply By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:29

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:29
hi Rohan

the wife bought one of those sealer's, another brand though off ebay for $45 we found that to get all the air out she would do the suction twice and seal the bag twice. Hope that makes sense! This worked for our recent trip we had no problems with the meat staying frozen in the fridge for 4 weeks.

Dick
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:35

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:35
Hi there. I've been using one for several years. The vacuum you get with the Sunbeam is quite good, as long as:
You use only the right bags/tubes;
The neck of the bag is perfectly clean and dry in the area where the weld happens;
There's no liquid in the bag that can get drawn into the neck as the vacuum pump does its job; and
The open neck of the bag MUST sit in the vacuum channel of the machine, and not poke further through.
On mine, the machine EITHER goes into top gear and vacuums well before it welds, OR it keeps on half-sucking, but doesn't stop or seal.
I usually freeze meat etc before I vacuum it, just to avoid the problem of moisture tracking through.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 22:30

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 22:30
Hate to state the obvious, but you haven't got the little hose plugged into the unit as well, have you? It's just that there are so few things you can do, then perhaps the unit is faulty, unless it is something obvious.
The machine works really well, normally!!
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Reply By: Member - Keith C (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:46

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:46
G/day Plasnart, with most of the home machines you will find they work best if you don't leave any air pockets, push the goods to the bottom of the bag to expel as much air as possible before sealing. sometimes our Sunbeam needs 2 goes to get it right. also don't over fill the bag
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 04:18

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 04:18
Keith

I agree. !
As I have worked in the Dairy Industry most of my life, the one thing we were always taught, is that if you get most of the air out first, then the final job is much better.

Cheers
Bucky
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Reply By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:03

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:03
Rohan,

We've had such a machine for years and find it fantastic, but use the right bags. We wrap sausages, mince and 'wet' meat like them in glad go between and the seal. Good for vegetables too.

Di and Bruce
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi_In_Aussie(Wagga) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:14

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:14
I have had a Sunbeam "FoodSaver' for about 3 years now

It pulls a fantastic vaccum

Bags are very tight

I dont do anything 'special' - just plunk the food in and seal

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Follow Up By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:15

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:15
Yep, us also.
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Reply By: D200Dug- Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:32

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:32
We just bought the $99 aldi one and it seems to work just fine
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Follow Up By: Mike DiD - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:50

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:50
Same here.
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:52

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 21:52
It sounds like the seal around the bag isn't working well and the pump can't get the vacuum low enough.

Or the machine is defective - the Aldi $99 really sucks the bag into any cavities.
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Reply By: Plasnart - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 23:00

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 23:00
Hi folks. Thanks for all your responses, I appreciate it. I just tried the unit again but this tme with some sweet potatoes in it (was perviously sealing a vegetable stew) and it worked great. Really sucked the bag tight. I know I should freeze the stew first so that's what I'm doing now. Was just too keen to use it I think!

Cheers, Rohan.
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Reply By: Steve and Viv - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 00:41

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 00:41
Yea, same. Had one for a year and using that would get a good two weeks out of steaks etc. I found it to seal really well.
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