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Boiling Food Saver Bags

sbp Aug 12, 2010 07:27 AM

I've had a Foodsaver for years, it is great for all sorts of things. About 3 months ago, I had sauteed some wild mushrooms, and promptly portioned and sealed them in 8" bags I made from the roll.

Clearly, the seals worked, since the air got sucked out fine. Put them in the freezer. A few weeks ago, I took one out- it was still airtight, so seal appeared fin. But after boiling for a few minutes (in a large pot), I grabbed the bag to pull out of the water, and the contents spilled out into the pot. Looking closely, the entire seam had opened up, as if the heat loosened it up.

Was this a fluke occurence, or has something changed and "boil in bag" doesn't work anymore?

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    kayakado Aug 12, 2010 08:58 AM

    I haven't had this kind of problem. I seal and reheat things all the time. The only thing I can think was the sealer was not as hot as needed, but I would think it would have sucked in air over time.

    I've sealed huge bags of rice (I only use rolls), bounced them around in the freezer and cooler, hauled them out camping and then reheated them with no water intrusion or failing seams.

    1. ted Aug 15, 2010 05:03 AM

      I have an older Foodsaver- finally used my Mom's new one a week ago and was impressed by the improvements.

      I have a hard time sealing wet stuff. I had a bunch of red peppers a few weeks ago and I figured I'd roast them and then seal/freeze for later use. I even put the sealer up on a box to be above the bag, and it still sucked in enough liquid that I was double and triple sealing the bags to get them completely sealed. And I'm not convinced that that even worked.

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