Reynolds 00590 Handi-Vac Vacuum-Sealing Starter Kit
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- Vacuum-sealing starter kit protects food from freezer burn and spoiling
- Compact and efficient handheld sealer operates on 6 AA batteries (included)
- Includes 3 quart-size polyethylene freezer bags with patented zipper closures and air valves
- Sealer removes air in seconds; microwave-safe bags offer convenient thawing
- Measures approximately 4 by 9-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches
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I could not be easier to use. Use a sharpie to label with bag with contents and date packed, put the food in the bag, zip the bag closed and then vacuum. You are done. No rolls, cutting, making sure that the seal area is clean or getting a bulky sealer out using it and then putting it away again.
It is less expensive to use. You can buy a carton of 17 one quart bags or 9 one gallon bags at Wal-Mart for $2.84. This works out to 17 cents per bag for the quart size and 32 cents per bag for the gallon bags. The quart FoodSaver bags list on Amazon for $19,99 for 48 or 42 cents a bag and the gallon bags list for $19.99 for 32 bags or 62 cents per bag. In other words, the FoodSaver bags cost 100% to 150% more.
The bonus for me was finding that the Reynolds Handi-Vac worked perfectly with the FoodSaver wine corks. I no longer have any reason to hold onto my old FoodSaver and will value the newly found counter space.
It's tricky to figure out the best placement for the nozzle at first, but you get the hang of it and the wand sucks air out pretty well. I love that you can seal something for the fridge, open it to pull part out, then reseal the bag like it was new. Usually green onions start to go brown after a week in the veggie drawer. I sealed some up a month ago and they still look like new, and I've even opened the bag twice to pull onions out.
It's not recommended that you seal soupy or liquidy items (I guess something you could do with a Food Saver). Also, if you're sealing meats, you have to be careful that any juices don't get near the sealing spot or it won't seal properly. If it happens, just wipe the inside of the bag dry and start over.
We've had ours for a month and every day I'm thinking of new ways to use the bags. For such a cheap price (in store price), you really can't go wrong.
I decided to give it another chance last night. It failed. It is a great concept...it just needs to be more user friendly. With the cost of the bags, I cannot accept hit or miss when I need to use the sealer. Sorry I cannot recommend this product.
I have an update. I called Reynolds last week and complained. They quickly sent me a coupon for a replacement unit. I just used the unit for the first time today. So far working as it should.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warning to anyone considering buying this unit. This vacuum pump ships with 6 AA batteries installed, not packaged separately. Read morePublished 10 days ago by ObxRex
While I love this product, this particular one arrived looking perfect, but when I opened it and it didn't work, I discovered the batteries had corroded and ruined the inner... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MKHD
Received this item the beginning of March . Used it one more then it stopped .I haven't had any problems with any items that I have purchased. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dianne Roberts
I used one of these for years and always loved it. When I finally wore my old one out I thought to order a replacement. Sadly, I discovered they'd been discontinued. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marshall Gatten
It works great. The only issue i had was that the batteries that came with it were no good. I did have to use my own batteries. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer