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question about vacuum sealer... ?

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This is my first post here, so please forgive me if I'm putting it in the wrong place. I love to bake, and since I'm single, food often spoils before I can cook it. So, I bought a vacuum sealer (a Rival Seal a Meal, made by the same company as the Food Savers (Jarden)). I know there have been previous threads on the subject of vacuum sealers (thanks to a google search), but I don't see any currently.

My question is that when I try to seal a bag that I'm made too narrow, (it's longer than it is wide, maybe 4 or 5 inches wide), the machine fails to vacuum the air out of it. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Do any of you know how to resolve this problem? I hate to waste bag material for no reason!

Thanks!

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  1. Hi, I've made bags of all shapes and sizes and never encountered that problem. Are you sure you're allowing enough overhang into the trough? It may look wasteful, but is necessary. And be sure to let each heat-seal cool thoroughly before removing from the machine.

    They're not suitable for baked goods, but for ingredients I find the canning jar adaptors the most useful:
    http://www.foodsaver.com/Product.aspx...
    You can store nuts, raisins, grains, seeds, flours, polenta, anything that fits in a jar. (I put finely-ground flour in a Hefty bag first, to keep it from clogging the machine's workings.) You can use the same metal canning lids indefinitely by poking a small hole in each lid, and covering it with a piece of scotch-tape (one end folded over to form a "handle"). Just pull the tape to open, and press it down before re-sealing.

    1. Yes, I've had that issue too, and it's usually when I'm in a hurry and don't position the open end of the bag in the trough properly. Try it again, it really is a wonderful system.