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[pct-l] Sealing Machines
I used a foodsaver model 1050 vacuum sealer to package dehydrated
food for my 2003 thru-hike. It worked fairly well for the most part.
- I packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 2 people for the entire
5.5 month trip. (that's a lot of packaging!)
- Granola packaged in March was still crunchy in october
- I encountered no food spoilage for the entire trip. Meals packaged
in January were still good 10 months later. I never froze anything.
I just packaged the food and put it in a box.
- The model i used was never meant to handle the amount of use i put
it through. You could perform about 10 seals in a row before the
sealing bar became too hot and melted the vac-seal bags instead of
sealing them. The sealing bar eventually developed "hot spots" which
caused a lot of sealing problems.
- The foodsaver vac-seal bags puncture easily if the contents have
sharp edges. The was a big problem with several types of granola.
- I would definitely use a vacuum sealer for packaging food for my
next thru-hike. However, I'm going to look for something a little
more "commercial-grade" next time -- both in the vacuum sealer and
the vacuum sealer bags.
I hope that helps
--- Jeff Moorehead <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I think the real expensive ones ($$?) produce a hermetic seal and
> greatly extend the shelf life of foods-- especially dehydrated
> foods. I am
> also in the market but haven't done the research so I'll just
> repeat your
> general query here.
> Along similar lines, I am pretty sure I'll be investing in both a
> dehydrator and one of those vacuum-seal machines. I would be
> interested in
> whether anyone has set up a system, specifically to dry and seal
> backpacking pantry items. hat do you think?-- well worth the
> investment of
> money and time?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Hiker97@aol.com>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 2:57 PM
> Subject: [pct-l] Sealing Machines
> > What is everyone's opinion about those sealer/vacuum machines for
> > you can buy at SAMs and other stores. I saw a demo today and it
> > interesting for backpacking foods. But I have heard that for
> boxes they will
> > leak eventually. May be they would be good for general
> backpacking and
> > for long term use. I think the kit at SAMs was $100 and the
> extra bags
> box was
> > $30. Probably the best buy around. Thanks, Switchback
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