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Foodsaver - bags or roll?

Just picked up a Foodsaver V2460 and am wondering if there are advantages to using rolls over bags. The roll will obviously give me more choice so far as the size needed. Have those of you who own Foodsavers noticed a difference in the quality of the bags as compared to roll material?

Thanks.

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  1. We use both - the bags when they are the right size for whatever I'm working on, and the roll when I am working with different size items. The only issue with the roll is that you have to create two good seals, instead of one. Don't be skimpy when you are making a bag from the roll, leave a good inch of material below the seal at the bottom in case you need to re-seal. The bottom seal you create for the roll material isn't as strong as the bottom seal on the pre-formed bags.

    I have found that washing and re-using the bags doesn't work reliably, regardless of what the Foodsaver folks say.

    1. Most Foodsaver plastic bags and film are not biodegradable and not reusable. It will finally degrade, but it takes several thousands of years. I don't mean to preach, but I would like to suggest that we all look into food storage solutions that don't end up in landfill.

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      1. re: andreas

        Like the new Reynolds one. The bags are reusable.

        1. re: andreas

          I can't speak for biodegradability, but the Foodsaver bags are advertised as being reusable with the caveat not to reuse them after using them with things like raw meat.

          1. re: andreas

            That's probably true, but the best thing about the Foodsaver (in my opinion) is the optional jar sealer - which allows me to use reusable and recyclable mason jars and lids for most of my food storage... I do use plastic for stuff I freeze, but I'll never need to purchase another piece of tupperware/gladware/rubbermaid or the like again.

            1. re: mimilulu

              Per the excellent resources at www.judyofthewoods.net I have used a modified Vacuvin and home-made one way valves for some time with glass jars and metal tops. A very ingenious person runs that site!

            2. re: andreas

              >> Most Foodsaver plastic bags and film are not biodegradable and not reusable. It will finally degrade, but it takes several thousands of years. I don't mean to preach, but I would like to suggest that we all look into food storage solutions that don't end up in landfill. <<

              :-/

              OK, but I have already bought the unit, look forward to using it, and would appreciate any feedback from those of you who have Foodsavers and have noticed any difference in the quality of the bags as compared to roll material. Thanks

              1. re: Jimmy Buffet

                I have one and I have also struggled with the degradeability question. In the end, I think if I'm not wasting food -- much of which is based on a life -- I'm at break even with the degradeablity/indestructibility thing.

                That said, I use the rolls and always begin with a much larger piece than I think I'll need. It's counterintuitive, but that way I feel I have a big enough bag to reuse the maximum # of times. And I reuse them even if they had raw meat in them -- I just hand wash them thoroughly with detergent and then give them a trip through the dishwasher and the hot dry cycle for insurance.

                Another tip for reusing them is not to label them on the white strips designed for that purpose but to do it along the edge that just got sealed. That way, when I open the bag, I cut that part away and can relabel it for the next contents. And, contrary to what the manufacturer says, you can seal the sides as well and break a bag you make down into narrow containers or reseal a leak in the side that prevents a vacuum from being successfully formed.

                I reuse my bags until they are about the size that will hold a single burger or even a couple ounces of ground meat. My husband likes eggs with ground meat and veggies like a Denver omlette with beef instead of ham. When I freeze an ounce or two, I don't even have to thaw it before I brown it.

            3. I personally prefer using the rolls, they allow me to make a bag just the size I need it to be. Plus, the rolls are available at Costco fairly cheap!

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              1. re: LabRat

                just got my foodsaver, V3840 and while I like the quality of the seals Iam not so much liking where the machine puts the seal. Wen I am making a bag I want to get it to seal with out creating sides over an inch deep, which wastes bag material. Anyone know how to sidestep whatever the internal system is that only triggers the sealer when the bag material is inserted deeply into the slot?

                Thanks

                1. re: sarafinadh

                  I actually had the same issues with the V3840 in addition to the machine not making consistent vacuum seals. IMHO, the vertical units are pretty but not efficient. The V3800 series does not guarantee continuous sealing which you can get with select FS models.

                  My resolve was to return the machine and get the Professional FoodSaver (III). While it was more expensive, I still got a good deal through Kohls. This unit works so much better than my my old FS. I can control the seal level, seal location, and the vacuum function is excellent. No complaints.

                  Consider looking at more traditional FoodSaver models to get better control on seals and vacuum options.

              2. Try Vacmesh bags and rolls they are less expensive and stronger www.vacmesh.com

                1. I have had a FoodSaver for more than 20 years (tho not the same one) and would not want to be without it. Current model...2840.

                  I have generally used the rolls, both the 8" and 11" ones because they seem more economical than the bags. For our house (just me and DW) smaller packages are usually frozen. i.e. We buy chicken breasts in bulk when on sale and freeze them individually.

                  I also have a roll of 6" but don't find them as useful. I have reused bags successfully, but do not reuse bags that held raw protein.

                  Brand matters. FS rolls/bags seem to work best. Stay away from WalMart ones. They are hard to get a good vacuum on and a good seal.

                  1. Rolls and wide-mouth canning jars for liquids or items you'll need access to more than once - like grated cheese.