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Anyone tried the Reynolds Handi-Vac Food Saver System?

I have seen this advertised on tv and it is sold in the regular supermarket. I have an old foodsaver that need replacing and this would be a much cheaper alternative. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that in this case, you get what you pay for. If anyone has tried it, I would love to hear opinions before I buy.

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  1. Here ar some of the previous posts:

    http://tinyurl.com/ytrrob

    I do have a food saver vacuum pack, but wondering if this is almost as good, without the cost and space. I only use the foodsaver a couple of times a year.

    1. Here are all the previous threads I could find (including discussions on the Frisper):
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/455350
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/455101
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/285933
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451032

      Is it as "good" as the Food Saver? No, it has limitations, most often seen in the freezer. It's best for refrigerated foods. You can't seal jars or canisters (that I know if). But it keeps food fresh in my fridge for over a month and does cut down on freezer burn in the freezer. And it's really small, so it's convenient to put away and take out whenever you need it. Bags are resealable, without having to cut away plastic. Plus, it's only $10 (often less!) so is it really worth debating?

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      1. re: leanneabe

        Good point. I was only questioning since I have tried other "gadgets" that just turned out to be a waste. Thanks for the threads. I appreciate the info.

        1. re: baseballfan

          In my experiece, the Handi-Vac gets used way more than I think we would use a Food Saver (we don't have one), if only because the wand is so small and the bags are zipper-resealable. This means it's easy to just pull the vacuum wand out (and put it away), zip the bag, and suck out the air. We use it all the time with cheese, herbs, pre-peeled garlic, and anything else that you just use a little of over a long period of time.

          1. re: leanneabe

            I have an older foodsaver that isn't working well now. It is bulky and not something that you can keep out on the counter plus the bags are expensive. I know that a lot of people love the newer models but I just don't know if I really want to re-invest in one thus my interest in the haandi vac.

            1. re: baseballfan

              What do you typically use the Food Saver for? If it's for long term freezer storage a few times a year, I think the Food Saver performs better. I've had a few steaks in my freezer lose the tight vacuum seal from the Handi-Vac bags, but they don't have freezer burn. So, if that's what you're doing, I'd be hesitant to praise the wonders of the Handi-Vac. But if you want to seal up things for the pantry and fridge, you can't go wrong with the Handi-Vac. And, I guess, for $10 you can buy one and buy some gallon bags to see how you like the performance in the freezer.

              My boyfriend goes deep sea fishing once a year but we pay to have the fish vacuum sealed rather than do it at home. To me, that's cheaper than buying a Food Saver system anyway.

      2. I've had a handivac for about 4 months. It's good for saving things you want to open and reseal over and over again, but I'd recommend against it as a replacement for a Food Saver for long term storage. I have one of those too.

        The handivac's batteries die out pretty quickly and when they are low it won't work. It also can be a bit fussy if the nozzle isn't exactly right.

        Most things I have vac'd and put in the freezer with the Reynolds unit have lost their seal within a few weeks. I'd say about 25% ofthe other stuff loses it's seal within a month in the fridge. No problems in the cupboard.

        I like them both but if you want to be assured of a totally permanent seal, the Handy Vac is not your tool of choice.

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          For freezer us which is better, the Handi-Vac or the Frisper? Which is the better all around unit? How much is the Frisper? Thanks!

        2. I have ons and the bags suck. They wont hold a vacuum, my failure rate for new out of the box bags is 50% to 100%

          1. I LOVE IT.... so simple and works fabulous.