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VacuVita Food Saving System

sandiasingh Sep 3, 2013 08:32 AM

Does anyone have a VacuVita Food Saving System? I'm thinking of getting the big box for now and trying it out to keep homemade baked goods fresh.

Any advice?

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    wkstat Dec 5, 2013 08:18 PM

    Interesting, but if they are made in China forget it. We should buy American if possible

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    1. re: wkstat
      rhondaanne Jan 24, 2014 10:48 PM

      It's a Dutch product.

      1. re: rhondaanne
        Chris VR Jan 25, 2014 06:02 AM

        The designers are Dutch but they are not manufacturing it. There's a post on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VacuVita/pos... from January 15, in response to someone who wants an ETA, that says: "Since we don't have an estimate ourselves, it's a catch 22. Either we provide you with a deadline we're not sure we can meet, or, we do it the way we are doing right now: being honest we don't know it exactly ourselves. Rest assured, every single day our team is dedicated to bring the VacuVita to your doorstep, but we don't want to compromise on quality. For example, extensive quality testing is simply very time consuming. Another reason why we can't give an estimate is that we have to rely on several third parties, for things like molds, manufacturing, warehousing and shipping"

        Other messages from the company on their Facebook page are similarly vague and don't have a single concrete detail. I would think that by this time, they would be able to supply some sort of actual, concrete details about who is making their product, or where, or when people may expect delivery, when their original ship date was supposed to be September 2013. I love crowdunding as a concept and for that concept, I hope it's not a fake, but they'd better get some details out there if they want to convince their backers otherwise.

        1. re: Chris VR
          rhondaanne Jan 25, 2014 08:47 AM

          Thanks for the info, Chris. I think I'll wait a bit to purchase.

          1. re: Chris VR
            thimes Jan 25, 2014 09:00 AM

            This was a kickstarter thing right?

            It could certainly be a scam . . .

            But, investing/buying things through kickstarter has this inherent problem - you are buying something before where/how/when it is going to be produced has been established.

            I purchased a "Porthole" through kickstarter, when I first "invested" I think it was thought be be delivered in August. Because of design issues, production issues, changing factories, class cracking because of poor tempering decisions, etc, etc, etc I think I ended up getting it almost a year laster (maybe a little over that). I did eventually get it but we went through months of vague silence and you do start to worry that you've just invested in something that is just never going to happen.

            It's a risk . . .

            1. re: thimes
              Chris VR Jan 25, 2014 10:40 AM

              Not Kickstarter, but Indiegogo is the same concept. Crowdfunding definitely comes with a risk. People accept the risk because they want to see the idea succeed, but also because they want the discount on the product that early funders get. But once the project reaches 100% funding and people's payments are taken, I think there's no refund if the project later falls through. I haven't seen a lot of crowdfunding projects go kaput, but it's bound to happen sometime...

      2. sbp Sep 23, 2013 04:52 PM

        Does it do anything you can't do with a Foodsaver (and some of the variously sized canisters it comes with)?

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        1. re: sbp
          HomemadeMama Sep 23, 2013 05:24 PM

          It doesn't use the disposable foodsaver type packaging (bags, or that shrink wrap material) it's simply a bpa free box that expels the air when closed. The smaller containers are attached to the main unit through a hose that "sucks" the air out (the company is making an adapter to accommodate other brands of food saving products as well). I would recommend checking out their website (vacuvita.com) the FAQ section is great! I decided to get one after pricing the current market vacuum storage and not being a fan of the disposable plastic. Reduce, reuse, recycle right?! So for me the whole system can accommodate my storage needs, freezer needs (they're also producing freezer safe reusable bags), and my need for an on the counter bread box. I'm pretty excited, but patience is the key here. It doesn't even ship until the end of December!

          1. re: HomemadeMama
            sbp Sep 23, 2013 05:52 PM

            I looked at the site briefly. Certainly is cool looking. But Foodsaver makes a full line of storage canisters in all shapes - some look about the same size as the Vitavac. I just thought for the same money, the Foodsaver gives you both disposable bags and canisters.

            1. re: sbp
              HomemadeMama Sep 23, 2013 06:25 PM

              Yes, that's true. For me I don't like the added waste. The vacuvita also has reusable bags, and 3 sizes of containers. They're also making an adapter to use with other products, like Foodsaver

              1. re: HomemadeMama
                sandiasingh Sep 24, 2013 07:09 AM

                HomemadeMama, those are the same features I'm looking for. Vitavac claims to do the same thing as the Foodsaver only it's very esthetically pleasing and can sit on the counter. I also don't want plastic bags. I'm sure when it arrives in kitchens in December we will hear much more about it. I do a lot of baking in the cooler months and would love to have something to keep my muffins and cookies in that will keep them really fresh without all the waste of plastic bags, so it's looking pretty good.

                1. re: sandiasingh
                  HomemadeMama Sep 24, 2013 07:53 AM

                  That's why I decided to bite the bullet and just buy it. I don't have a bread box, so my counter is littered with bags of homemade bread, muffins, and cookies.

                  1. re: HomemadeMama
                    sandiasingh Sep 24, 2013 09:27 AM

                    Exactly--I hate that!

                  2. re: sandiasingh
                    Chris VR Sep 24, 2013 08:55 AM

                    If you don't want to wait that long, I have these http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-T02-0052-01-4-Quart-2-Quart-Canister/dp/B00005Q4OD which I use with my FoodSaver and they look nice enough to stay on the counter. If you don't already have a Foodsaver, these seems to be a great alternative, using a hand-held pump http://www.amazon.com/VS2-S-1703-Rect... and only $30! They're not as pretty as the VacuVita container but the VacuVita is also pricey and wouldn't work well for those with limited counter outlet space since they always need to be plugged in.

                    1. re: Chris VR
                      HomemadeMama Sep 24, 2013 09:17 AM

                      Those are cool. I may have to buy those as extras for my vacuvita. The one thing I love the most about the vacuvita is it's large bread box size. Also, it is constantly plugged in because you don't have to hook anything up to open and close it repeatedly. It's all automatic, which I love because I would never pull out the handvac or FoodSaver multiple times a day!

                      1. re: HomemadeMama
                        sandiasingh Sep 24, 2013 09:33 AM

                        That's a great point, HMM. Keeping it plugged in is not an issue for me as I have tons of outlets in my kitchen. We are in and out of there constantly as we both work at home and snack frequently, so the Vacuvita will work hard to keep things fresh at our house. I definitely would not pull out the other equipment every day.

                        1. re: HomemadeMama
                          Chris VR Sep 24, 2013 09:36 AM

                          I'll admit I do put my lips on the nozzles on those jars and suck the air out when I only need it to be sealed for a day or two. It works surprisingly well, still a little air resistance when I open them.

                        2. re: Chris VR
                          sandiasingh Sep 24, 2013 09:29 AM

                          Chris VR, are those clear plastic? Do you know if they are BPA free?

                          1. re: sandiasingh
                            Chris VR Sep 24, 2013 09:39 AM

                            They are clear, no idea about BPA.

                            1. re: Chris VR
                              sandiasingh Sep 24, 2013 10:41 AM

                              Thanks, I will look into it. Good points.

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                HomemadeMama Sep 23, 2013 04:35 PM

                I don't think anyone has one yet. The Vacuvita is in its Crowd Funding stage. Product delivery is set for the end of the year. I ordered mine through the IndieGoGo Crowd Funding (May-July) but the second crowd funding is available on their website. The cost increases significantly after the crowd funding is over.

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                    thimes Sep 3, 2013 08:44 AM

                    how strange that your post came right when their banner ad started showing up on my computer on CH - I've never heard of them before . . .

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                      sandiasingh Sep 3, 2013 01:26 PM

                      Haha, that's interesting. I just started seeing ads for them too and watched their video. I would love to know of someone who has it.

                      1. re: thimes
                        firecooked Sep 3, 2013 02:12 PM

                        Its not strange... the banner ad people are watching what is on your screen!

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                          thimes Sep 3, 2013 02:14 PM

                          I know. It freaks me out when these things happen online. Or like when u search for something and then all the ad placements are around that search term.

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