ThriftyVac Food Vacuum Packing System
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- ThriftyVacÂ® works by placing your food bag inside a larger plastic bag, and pumping out the air
- It's as easy as one two three. (1) Close all but one inch of your food bag's sealing strip. (2)
- ThriftyVacÂ® works without batteries or electricity, making it ideal for camping and fishing. Also,
- ThriftyVacÂ® vacuum packs any resealable plastic bag that is capable of holding a vacuum.
- ThriftyVacÂ® comes with 5 free high-quality TV2 Vacuum Bags. The TV2 is made of a high-strength
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ThriftyVacÂ® vacuum packs any resealable plastic bag that is capable of holding a vacuum. ThriftyVacÂ® consists of a plastic Housing, a 12x15 inch outer bag that serves as a flexible vacuum chamber, Check Valve, hand-operated Vacuum Pump, and an adapter that works with FoodSaver-type vacuum hoses. This patented, compact system measures just 6 x 2 x 2 inches and easily fits in any kitchen drawer. It works like this: 1. Close all but one inch of your food bag's sealing strip. 2. Place your food bag inside the ThriftyVacÂ® outer bag, with the open inch resting on the curved Sealing Ramp. 3. Close the outer bag; pump out the air; and PRESS THE OPEN INCH CLOSED. Open the ThriftyVacÂ® outer bag and withdraw your vacuum packed food. PRESS YOUR THUMB ALONG THE ENTIRE SEAL TO MAKE SURE IT IS CLOSED. ThriftyVacÂ® works best with TV2 Vacuum Bags, which costs only 17 cents each (plus shipping), 1/3 the cost of other vacuum bags. A ziploc-type bag will only hold a vacuum if specifically labeled as a Vacuum Bag. Ordinary bags may hold a vacuum on oily foods, such as Salmon, because the oil causes the sides of the bags to cling together. The ThriftyVacÂ® TV2 Vacuum Bag holds a vacuum on all types of foods or objects for over two years. ThriftyVacÂ® comes with 5 free high-quality TV2 Vacuum Bags. The TV2 is made of a high-strength blend of Nylon and Polyethylene that resists punctures and is impermeable to air. Three sides of the TV2 are permanently closed with a 1/4 inch band of fused plastic. The resealable side features a high-quality, double-seal sealing strip whose ends are fused into the sides of the bag. The TV2 has smooth, air-tight sides. All other resealable vacuum bags have vacuum ports in their sides, which may leak over time. You can quickly switch out the 12x15 inch outer bag that comes with the system for an even larger bag, that will let you vacuum pack extra large items. ThriftyVacÂ® uses no electricity, making it ideal for camping and fishing.
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I like to spend some time fishing in Alaska and over the last ten years or so, I have tried various methods of storing and bringing my fish home. The nice thing that makes the ThriftyVac stand out above all others is the fact that I can cut, chop, fillet, and vaccum seal fish on the bank of a remote river in the middle of nowhere. Sure, there are some electric models that do this, but again, they require batteries, special bags, and can break down or simply not work. Thriftvac works flawlessly every singe time.
For those of you complaining about a lack of seal, I would counter with this, buy better bags. I am storing Sockeye Salmon that I fished for myself in Alaska. I am not going to think of storing my priceless fish into some dollar store generic chinese bags. You may not have to spend $1 a bag like the pro models, but go ahead and drop a quarter on a good zip-top freezer grade food storage or vaccum bag if you plan on putting a decent cut of meat or expensive item in it.
I love the comments from the chefs in here stating that they can't get their zip locks to seal with their boiled in a bag recipes. Most standard zip locks are not made for cooking in, why would you think this system changes the properties of the bag? This contraption is made for one thing, economically removing the air from a standard zip-top bag. It doesn't claim to be better than vaccum sealers, it claims to be cheaper.
Does this work as well as my old industrial grade vaccum sealer? Nope, but not having to pack mine when I fish in Alaska is well worth it.
The real cost of vacuum packing machines is not the vacuum machines themselves, but the bags you need to purchase to use with those machines. At 40 of 50 cents a piece, a meal using a few items or portions would easily cost $2 each time I cook. Now imagine doing that over a year. For many people, their vacuum packing machine just ends up sitting in a corner of the house after a while. It is like a printer, where the real cost is with the ink. With the ThriftyVac Food Vacuum Packing System, it is the cost of a ziplock bag - which you would probably already use anyway to store food in your refrigerator,
I bought this to be used in Sou Vide cooking, and to individually vacuum pack meat that I buy in bulk at the market so that it stays fresh for much longer in the freezer. Much much longer. I live alone, so packing my food this way in portion size packets makes things more convenient when I have to thaw something for a meal. With the ThrifyVac Food Vacuum Packing System, I now purchase food in bulk and save a lot as the food last a lot longer in the freezer.
Tom, the owner of ThriftyVac apologized for me not getting what I expected and shipped the items that were missing from my order with a few more items. Excellent way to do business!!! The ThriftyVac works as intended and suits my family's needs. Review upgraded to 5 stars.
I use Ikea istad ziploc style bags. They are BPA free, good for sous vide, suitable for freezing, have double press closures at the top so do NOT open, hold a great seal (I have some bags that have been sealed for 3 months now and still as secure as the day I did them) and they are dirt cheap. I haven’t needed to use oil or grease inside the zip as suggested.
I upgraded the supplied bag to a 6 litre istad (about 6.3 US quarts) and put all the bits inside it, close it and stick it in a drawer when I’m not using it. Its quick, easy to set up and use, inexpensive and can be taken and used anywhere as it doesn’t require power.
It’s not often that I buy something and wonder what took me so long, but that’s the case with this. So much so that I’m considering buying the mason jar lid attachments and then finding mason jars here in Ireland.
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it didn't work well for me.
it's another junk to add on kitchen shelf,