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Old 11-14-2017, 01:31 PM
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which food savers have you found are best for fish and who has the best price ? I know you have to buy replacement bags etc so that is part of the consideration . I have burnt out 2 of them in the past due to water . looking for easiest as well. thanx in advance
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I've had no problems with the below model in the past year or so of owning it.

https://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-Gam...70_&dpSrc=srch
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I like the Food Saver Gamesaver model. I have had it for several years and it really helps to keep the fish fresh. I used to be concerned about the bags expense but with my Amazon Prime I seem to be able to find a bag deal that I am happy with.
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I have a Foodsaver that is similar to the V3250...mine is a few years old so not sure of the exact model. I use it all the time and fish is one of the main uses. If you have a Kroger grocery store nearby, they sell an off brand bag that works super good. They have them on sale pretty often and I keep a stock of them at home.
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When bagging items with a lot of moisture, freeze it first.

No mess with excess water.
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Originally Posted by aFORDable View Post
When bagging items with a lot of moisture, freeze it first.

No mess with excess water.
that's what I heard
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Originally Posted by finman View Post
that's what I heard
Watch that you only par freeze the item,solid frozen will poke thru the freezer bags.
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so which is best as far as price,bags and easy to use as well as longevity .
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What would be the point of using a foodsaver if the fish is already frozen in water?
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I've had an original foodsaver for about 5 years... it saw limited use and worked "okay". Over time it got to where it doesn't like to seal. the bags would leak air in. I would have to seal each bag twice. It also has a pretty short duty cycle.... kept using it but wasn't overly happy with it.

I purchased a weston pro 2300 commercial grade vacuum sealer last year and it is very well built machine. It is made for continuous use and has a built in fan to keep it from overheating. I bought mine on sale for around $300. It works great and makes a 1/4" wide seal. I process about 6 deer a year and a few pigs. I make my own sausage, burger, snack sticks, cube steaks, etc. I seal a lot of fish with it as well. You can stick a wet rag in a bag and it seal through the water no problem. I don't bother pre freezing or drying off fillets. I rinse them off, stick them in a bag, and seal. It has performed great and every single part to the machine is replaceable.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GP81R2...detail_3?psc=1

I buy cabela's pre-made bags when they go on sale. This is the best route to go IMO. When bought on sale they come out to 10 cents per bag (come 100 to a pack). I use the bags with zippers for homemade snack sticks and beef jerky. Besides being affordable they really give a quality look to your food. Doesn't matter much but it is nice when you give a lot to family and friends.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...gs/1577766.uts

Here's a pic of vacuum sealed red snapper from this summer...

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Here's some king mack. You can see how wide the seal is. All the fish I have eaten has tasted just like fresh but they are only 5 months old so far.

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Here's the zippered bag. You can see how wide and clean the seal is.

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If you are like me and get tired of buying a new foodsaver vacuum sealer every couple of years, save up your pennies and buy a chamber sealer. We have the vacmaster vp210 and it was the best investment I have made as far as food storage. The bags are so much cheaper than the bags for a regular vacuum sealer. The chamber sealer will seal liquids, even bags of water, without freezing. They are kind of pricey, about $700 and they are heavy, approx 80 pounds. But they are worth every penny.
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Originally Posted by mafhuntfish View Post
What would be the point of using a foodsaver if the fish is already frozen in water?

We use the Foodsaver.
Vacuum sealing is far superior to freezing in water or other methods. Air is the enemy.

If the fish is very moist we bag it and leave it in the freezer for 12-24 hours and then seal the bag. The fish stays in great shape for a long time if done this way.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
I've had an original foodsaver for about 5 years... it worked okay. Over time it gets to where it doesn't like to seal. the bags would leak air in. I would have to seal each bag twice... kept using it but wasn't overly happy with it.

I purchased a weston pro 2300 commercial grade vacuum sealer last year and it is very well built machine. I bought mine on sale for around $270. It works great and makes a 1/4" wide seal. I process about 6 deer a year and a few pigs. I make my own sausage, burger, snack sticks, cube steaks, etc. I seal a lot of fish with it as well. You can stick a wet rag in a bag and it seal through the water no problem. It has performed great and every single part to the machine is replaceable.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GP81R2...detail_3?psc=1

I buy cabela's pre-made bags when they go on sale. This is the best route to go IMO. When bought on sale they are 10 cents a piece. I use the bags with zippers for homemade snack sticks and beef jerky.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...gs/1577766.uts

Here's a pic of vacuum sealed red snapper from this summer...

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Here's some king mack. You can see how wide the seal is. All the fish I have eaten has tasted just like fresh but they are only 5 months old so far.

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Are they Kingfish balls wrapped in bacon? They look great whatever they are.
Any secrets to cooking them besides wrapping and grilling?
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Originally Posted by conchydong View Post
Are they Kingfish balls wrapped in bacon? They look great whatever they are.
Any secrets to cooking them besides wrapping and grilling?
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I like fried king mack and smoked king dip but this is the best way to cook them hands down. Steak him out then pop the 4 center loins out of each steak (king balls). I marinate in roughly 70% zesty italian 20% dales 10% worcestershire (at least an hour up to overnight). Wrap in bacon and grill. They taste just like backstrap done this way except they are more tender. I use frozen king balls and they taste just as good. Do not overcook.
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works for me


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I use a foodsaver that's a few years old that looks comparable to the V3425. Works fantastic. Had year old trout a few weeks ago. We just pat fish dry with paper towels after rinsing. Never had any issue with water. You can get replacement bags cheap on ebay.
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Originally Posted by Boogan1 View Post
If you are like me and get tired of buying a new foodsaver vacuum sealer every couple of years, save up your pennies and buy a chamber sealer. We have the vacmaster vp210 and it was the best investment I have made as far as food storage. The bags are so much cheaper than the bags for a regular vacuum sealer. The chamber sealer will seal liquids, even bags of water, without freezing. They are kind of pricey, about $700 and they are heavy, approx 80 pounds. But they are worth every penny.
This is pretty good advice, but get the vp215 because it has an oil pump (this is the biggest diff in a commercial machine).

They are $659 at a popular restaurant supply place and is well worth the money if you hunt and fish.

You will save a lot of money on the bags themselves.

Most popular size bag is 8x10 4 mil.
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The 215 came out right after we bought our 210, the unit with the oil pump at that time was about another 150 bucks and the 210 had good reviews. The biggest savings is in the bags. We order ours 1000 at a time and the 8x10 are I think 40 bucks shipped.
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I stopped buying bags for my old Foodsaver and got the rolls instead. That way you can cut them to the best size for what you're freezing. The ones I have came from Walmart and were available in 2 different widths. I use a lot of paper towels to try to pat most of the water out before bagging.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
This is pretty good advice, but get the vp215 because it has an oil pump (this is the biggest diff in a commercial machine).

They are $659 at a popular restaurant supply place and is well worth the money if you hunt and fish.

You will save a lot of money on the bags themselves.

Most popular size bag is 8x10 4 mil.
When my current foodsaver bites the dust this is what I'm buying.
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