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Butcher Wraps vs Vacuum Sealers

Which is better to prevent freezer burn? The way butcher wraps the meat (twice) and then it’s placed in a zip lock bag or with a vacuum sealer? Thanks for any suggestions including bags/mfg of sealers.

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Sealer

I like the vacuum sealers better, But, buy a good one, i have had 4 different models of the Food Saver brand and would never own another one.

I ended up buying the Cabela's Commercial grade one, it is pricey, but, it is worth it, it will last a life time, and does a great job. jmo.

Kevin

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I use a FoodSaver.

I like the vacuum sealers as well.  I've had a FoodSaver model (not sure which one) for 5 years now and never had any issues with it--works just as good now as the day I got it.  Bought it at Costco for around $100.  The only annoying thing I could point out is how quickly it overheats when sealing lots of bags at one time.  (You have to give it a couple minutes rest after sealing 10-12 bags in row).  To get around this I simply make my bags ahead of time to reduce the number of times the unit has to seal bags when putting up the meat.  Other than that, it works great and keeps the meat fresh.

If you wrap your meat with plastic wrap first (and squeeze all of the air out as best you can) followed by butcher paper you will also get good results for a year or so.  If you keep your meat in the freezer longer than that I'd recommend going with a vacuum  sealer.  I also wouldn't recommend wrapping the meat in butcher paper first and then vacuum sealing it--just do one method or the other.  (Not sure I understood your original question quite right.)

Oh, and order the rolls of bag material online.  You'll save about 50% over the retail stores like Wal-mart.  I use this online company:  http://shop.vacuumsealersunlimited.com/VacStrip-Premium-Vacuum-Sealer-Bags-Rolls-for-Home-Use_c17.htm

 

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Bags

YA, order the Bags, i get mine from Lem's.
i buy the premade 8" x 12" for $24.00 a 100.

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Best Deal on Vacuum Bags

8 x 12 vacuum bags are $17.95 for 100 and there's a 10% off discount code on top of that. The discount code is SM912.

 

http://shop.vacuumsealersunlimited.com/100-Quart-Size-Full-Mesh-Vacuum-Sealer-Bags-FMQ100.htm

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I have used both and for a

I have used both and for a lot of meat to wrap I prefer to wrap the meat in plastic wrap and then in butcher paper. I have found that it is a lot faster not to mention a lot cheaper than the vacuum bags. I usually don't get much freezer burn just to the fact that most of my meat is gone within 1 or 2 years. A problem that I have found with the vacuum bags is that if the seal is broken you will never know it until you pull that package out of the freezer to use. I don't know of a vacuum sealer that will prevent that from happening.

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I've always used butcher

I've always used butcher paper. No reason to change.

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thanks for all the info

thanks for all the info

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