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So, I read all the reviews and wondered how on earth they could be so disparate. I mean, big time. There aren't many in the middle. People love them or think they are absolutely useless.
I figured there had to be a reason. I decided to go ahead and try them and see how it went. I can always return, right?
They work great. If you follow directions. The little line in the corner of the bag that says not to fill beyond it? They aren't playin. If you fill beyond that, you mess up the suction.
Those little slides they give you to help seal the bag? They're there for a real reason. Use them. I thought I had one sealed, but it wasn't shrinking. I double checked it. Still nothing. Then I used the slide. Turns out, I didn't seal it as well as I thought. It worked fine.
I actually have gone a little bonkers. I've used 98% of the bags included, and I haven't even touched my freezer. I got on here to order more bags, then thought I should probably write a review!
As of right now, I would absolutely purchase again (I know, obvious since I'm buying more bags!). If I find they don't maintain their seal, I'll update.
Update: anything that ripens or emits a gas doesn't do great. Don't put bananas in one! I also had fresh green beans, already washed and cleaned, blow the seal. It works great on cheeses, things like pepperoni, butter (keeps it from absorbing all the fridge smells!!), etc. Not great with things with moisture - the moisture gets sucked into the pump.
I'm super happy with my decision to purchase this sealer compared to the other, BIGGER, ones on the market. My husband catches a lot of fish so instead of filling my freezer with ziplock bags full of water to keep the fish fresh, I sealed all the fillets with the little gadget & have so much more room now! Which also, cuts down on the thawing time since there is no ice block to melt. It's lightweight, yet powerful. Its easy to clean & charges well. It comes with some many bags & they are even reusable! I should be set for awhile! Highly recommend!
I love this! At last no more wasting groceries that go badly because of not being able to seal them and hold their freshness. I love the fact that I can wash the bags and reuse them, such a money saver in so many ways!
Initially I had planned to buy a Foodsaver, but the seller let me down, so back to square 1. This handheld vacuum sealer looks more like a toy than a serious kitchen tool. It was really the videos that convinced me to give it a try. I've only had it a short time, and I'm already looking to buy more bags, because I can see using this on a daily basis for keeping produce fresh and for freezing. I often forget about produce and end up having to throw it out, so this will mean less waste and more money saved.
I've already used it to sous vide a steak, but I forgot to take a pic. Even so, these pics of broccoli (cooked), mushrooms, pecans, and tomatoes show how tight the vacuum sealing is. They look positively shrink-wrapped, don'tcha think?
Cons: The only shortcoming I've found is that you can't use it for anything wet, because the vacuum pump will suck up the liquid. For wet stuff, just dunk the bag into a container of water up to the zipper lock, which squeezes out the air, and then zip. I also wish the kit came with some sandwich-sized bags.
Pros: Less than half the cost of a "traditional" vacuum sealer, reusable bags, compact size, rechargable, quiet operation, extremely easy to use. You don't even have to hold on to it while it's vacuuming!
I'm changing my review again because I found the correct cord and it has a longer male end which actually does allow the unit to be recharged. It was my error. I apologize for my previous complaint.
Ive changed my opinion. I cant recharge it because the insides has shifted just enough so the charger cant be inserted far enough to recharge. I will hope to receive a replacement. Until then i cannot recommend this product as i see from other posts it is a common problem with this unit.
I have a little problem sealing the bags before removing the air but that is because I have very bad arthritis. I found that the wooden handle on my spatulas does a fine job of helping. I'm mostly using the bags for seasonal things like fresh strawberries (that I freeze on cookie sheets first), nuts, whole grains, anything that can become rancid quickly, and leftovers. The suction is not as strong as my bigger machine but it is more than adequate for the small daily jobs. And it is easier to store in the kitchen so my big machine can stay in the pantry until I have bigger jobs to do.
I am in love love love! This was a great price and works just as it should. Small and compact and I love the reusable bags. I have recommended this to everyone I know. I wish there was a more variety of bag sizes many they will soon make them!!