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considering a food sealer [Moved from Home Cooking]

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tweetie Nov 17, 2007 09:31 AM

To make daily lunch prep easier, I bake lots of things like muffins, scones and granola bars, individually wrap them and pop them into the freezer. Love the baking, hate the wrapping (and wrestling) with plastic wrap and have begun to think a food sealer may be the solution. If you have and use one I'd love to hear you what you think. Thanks!

  1. JoanN Nov 17, 2007 09:33 AM

    Long thread on that recently. Take a look here:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444825

    1. adamclyde Nov 17, 2007 01:51 PM

      I use one extensively, but almost exclusively for meat. If it is primarily for more fragile baked items - like muffins, etc., not sure if it will work all that well.

      But if you like to buy or cook meat in bulk, then it's pretty invaluable.

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        SonyBob Nov 17, 2007 03:12 PM

        IMHO, for your use, it would probably be more trouble than it's worth, plus, you'll squeeze the crap out of any baked goods. I really like mine for meat (I catch a lot of salmon) but most meats have to be pre frozen a bit or the pressure will squeeze the juices out and make it hard to seal.
        Bob

      2. pikawicca Nov 17, 2007 03:15 PM

        Mine did not work well, at all -- after a few weeks, the seals degraded. OTOH, Candy has one that works very well, so maybe she will post with the details.

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          kkbriggs Nov 17, 2007 04:06 PM

          We have one that came from Cabela's that works GREAT. I think it was on the expensive side, but it's been great. We use it primarily when we go salmon fishing, but also use it when we get a lot of meat, and did try it for jam (that was interesting, although it did work alright). If I hadn't been so lazy about my garden this summer, it would have been great for garden surplus. But, as others have mentioned, I don't think it would be good for baked goods. Maybe granola bars, but seems like it would smush muffins or scones.

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          Susan627 Nov 17, 2007 04:17 PM

          I have just started using the canisters that came with mine for baked goods. They seem to be doing ok but I haven't had to use them yet. I have found the food sealers pretty much destroy baked goods, even if you freeze them good and hard before sealing. However, they are great for meats and anything not too fragile.

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            tweetie Nov 18, 2007 06:27 AM

            Thanks for saving my muffins from sure destruction! Looks like I'll stick to the tried, true but tedious method of plastic wrap.

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