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Old 01-31-2005, 07:43 PM
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Hi Donna! I don't know about now but when we bought our Food Saver about 2+ years ago there were two different models at Wal-Mart. One was less than $ 100.00 and the one we bought was $ 129.00.

DH's niece bought one at Sam's that is supposedly better than ours (I haven't seen hers yet) and it cost $ 150.00+.

I have found that we have made our money back that we spent on the Food Saver...plus saved even more!!

We gave my parents one just like we have for Christmas 2003 and my parents LOVE it! Even though it is just the two of them, they can go to Sam's and buy meat in bulk for a cheaper per pound price and then break it down into smaller amounts and put it in teh Food Saver bags before freezing.

No worry about freezer burn like when you put raw meat into the freezer in even a freezer ziploc bag!

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Old 02-01-2005, 05:02 AM
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Food Savers

Hi Donna,

Food Savers are sold many, many places now. Wal-Mart, Sams, Target, Kohls, Bed, Bath & Beyond ( they usually have 20% off coupons), KMart. They are not cheap, but I have found mine to be an excellent investment. My DH always has a huge garden, and some of the things cannot be canned, but I can blanch them & freeze them for long periods of time by vacuum sealing them. I also use the jar sealers a lot. You can even seal the jars & use them in the freezer. Wal-Mart has another brand that I have heard very good things about. The bags for the other are much cheaper, and can be used with the Tilia Food Saver. Yahoo has a FoodSaver group that has some very helpful information and you can get some good information about the features of different models on the Tilia web site. The minimum features that I suggest are the manual seal, the vacuum port for jars & cannisters and one that will handle the wider bags. A lot of things just can't be put into the 8" wide bags. I use a lot of 1/2 gal jars for storage as they are much less expensive than the cannisters; I buy the rolls of bag material so I can make the size bag I need (much more economical than the premade bags). The bags can be used several times, especially if you make them larger than you actually need for the item you are sealing.
Can you tell that I my Food Saver? This is my second Food Saver in I don't know how many years and I can honestly say that I have recovered my initial investment many times over.
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Old 02-06-2005, 03:13 AM
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I love my food saver too. Specially on meats.. I was playing with my and put soup crackers in a 1/2 gal jar. Sealed it open it a year and half ago the crackers were still fresh..

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