Cryovac Units

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 17:38
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Just wondering the most commonly used cryovac units members may be using or have used. Only have limited storage, so looking for advice on a good unit to get.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 17:53

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 17:53
Sunbeam Cryovac unit .
Have a look at them in Big W or Harvey Norman and like stores.
Get the small one and also a couple of boxes of the rolls for your products.

Ours is about the size of a large pencil case so is easily stored.
The rolls are cut to the length you desire for your food etc.
Have had it for about 5 years and use it regularly. SWMBO swears by it.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:42

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:42
Ditto - the Sunbeam is easy to use, effective and trouble free for us too.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 19:10

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 19:10
Ditto: on our 2nd one a later model up date ....but bags not cheap ....

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 20:19

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 20:19
Another vote for Sunbeam if you make the bags long you can just waste the sealed bit and reuse the rest, otherwise the bags work out to be about $2 probably a small price for what you can achieve. We have used meat about six weeks old and it appeared and tasted fresh.

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Follow Up By: Mandy B - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 20:39

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 20:39
Yes Sunbeam is the way to go. I use ours all the time and have had no trouble with it. I get the rolls and cut them larger than required just wash them and reuse them. I get the rolls from Hervey Norman $30 for a box of two rolls.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:01

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:01
I can't believe you wash the bags!
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:24

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:24
Any yet another vote for the small Sunbeam.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:51

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:51
What model Sunbeam are we talking about, is one model better than another?
I have looked at a few on Ebay but it's hard to tell the differances between the models except the model numbers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:08

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:08
sunbeam it works well small & you can get bags/rolls easily & the heating is not that many amps so will work on a inverter if you have enough amps
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:39

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 22:39
I have an Italian made "Reber",purchased from a butcher`s supply shop.
It vacuums to -830 mbar which is 83% vacuum which is far better than most other brands available from fleabay or electrical retailers that get about 70%+ vacuum.
They are also a fair bit more expensive.
There are bags and rolls available for the Reber or the Sunbeam rolls work fine also.


Google "Reber" for more info.

I have no connection with this product I am just a very happy owner.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 03:53

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 03:53
kevmac
We have an Aldi, and Eurolab Cryovac units.

Personally I recon the Aldi version is better.
Harvey Norman sell Sunbeam units, and their bags work fine in both machines

Before our Canning and Kimberley trrip in 2009, Lyn did about 80 meals, (meat and sauces only) and we then frooze all bags flat, and fitted them in to an 40 lt Engel fridge running on freeze.
We ate like royalty.

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Reply By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 07:24

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 07:24
We have a Magic Vac "Genius" Works really well.
Quality unit made in Italy. Sold by an outfit in Qld. Prompt attention to delivery of bags, they will send to wherever you are on the road.
Better vacuum than the cheaper Sunbeam units.

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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H - West NSW - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 09:37

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 09:37
I'm on my second Sunbeam. The first decided to hand it's chips in.

We used it at home and on the road, and we also consumed meat that had been packed a month previously. It was not tainted in any way and tasted as steak should.

But one word for the wise. I purchased a cheaper brand roll of bags a month or so ago. Absolutely hopeless, would not hold a vacuum any longer than a day or two.

I certainly shows that you don't travel second class.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:54

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:54
As you queried above................
Ours is a Sunbeam Food Saver 550 (the Model number moulded into the base is VS5500). Just another point........ we don't use ours much now because our van has a decent freezer compartment - we just put tucker in a zip bag and put it in the freezer - I see the cryovac package as applicable to food kept in a fridge or esky.
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 21:05

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 21:05
I'd like to offer a different point of view here. The zip bag, with all the air you'll have inside it, will induce freezer burn and that's not very good for any food. The vacuum bags reduce freezer burn to almost zero. They don't leak if your freezer carks it and can be refrozen very quickly.

I do agree that vacuum bags are just brilliant for your car fridge/freezer and esky. I'm off west on Saturday with the 50L Engel and a goodly portion of frozen vacuum packed food as base to make sure my beers stay cold.
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Reply By: Wombatx8 - Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 23:03

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 23:03
I use the Freshield - a bit expensive but works so well. Bought it at the Brisbane 4x4Show at a great price.
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