[quote=“dobe12”][size=70]I don’t have another option for you, but you definitely do not have to spend $100 for a vacuum sealer. I believe I paid around $45 for mine. I am down to my last roll of bags, but I’ve had mine for about 3 years and only purchased bags once (a box of 3 rolls).
On amazon, with prime, $35. Includes bags. And there are others around this price range ($30-$60).
http://www.amazon.com/Rival-FSFGSL0150- ... uum+sealer
Again, I spent around $45-50 for mine and have had no problems over 3 years. I do only use it occasionally and for hops only, so I’m not putting a lot of wear and tear on it.[/size][/quote]
I agree. It’s a very worthwhile investment. I bought my FoodSaver in the early 90s and it’s great…bought it for hops, but use it a LOT for food storage as well.
As far as the bags go, I don’t even conider them to be a big expense because they are reusable. The trick there is to purchase the rolls where you cut your own bags to size.
Always make the bags bigger than you need for the job at hand; that way, there’s plenty of bag left to reuse and reseal after you’ve cut one open. My FS cost a helluva lot more than $50 since I got the very first model when they first came out…but I have NO regrets at all. And with the combination of the vacuum and the fact that the bags are oxygen barrier, I also haven’t had any freezer burned food since then, either.