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Tilia FoodSaver Vac 550 Kit Vacuum Sealing System

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  • Vacuum system keeps food fresh longer, prevents freezer burn
  • Reusable, resealable, dishwasher-safe bags conveniently go into microwave or boiling water
  • Includes one 11- by 10-inch roll for bagging, three quart size bags, and two gallon bags
  • Also works with bottles, jars, and canisters; 3/4-quart canister included
  • To help get you started, it comes with a how-to video
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Product Description

Buy in bulk, prepare meals in advance and save leftovers from spoiling by keeping air and moisture out, locking in freshness and preventing freezer burn. The Tilia Vac FoodSaver seals food in bags and canisters! This quick and convenient vacuum sealer comes with a unique accessory hose that allows you to package food in a special 3/4-qt. canister. FoodSaver's reusable VacLoc bags can go right from the freezer to the stovetop or microwave. Includes one 3/4-qt. canister with accessory hose, five 1-qt. bags, five 1-gal. bags, plus one 22'x 8" roll and one 18' x 11" roll for creating custom bags. Vac and accessory hose are compatible with a variety of FoodSaver canisters and VacLoc rolls and bags (sold separately). Made in USA with some imported parts. 4Hx18Wx7-1/2D".

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Ingenious and simple to operate, Tilia's FoodSaver system seals food inside containers after vacuuming out the air--and the oxygen that causes foods to spoil. That means food stays fresh longer than when it's merely refrigerated or frozen. Meat, for example, remains good in the freezer for about six months; frozen inside a vacuum package, it remains good for two to three years--and it doesn't suffer freezer burn, either. Fish, coffee, cheese, crackers, sugar, nuts, oils, and wine all stay fresh three to five times longer when stored in a vacuum, whether they're frozen, refrigerated, or at room temperature. Also, silverware and other metal items won't tarnish when stored in a vacuum-sealed bag.

Like all FoodSaver machines, this one vacuums air from containers and seals bags with a simple one-touch operation. The machine measures 15 by 5-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches, weighs 5 pounds, has a cord-storage compartment, and cleans easily with a damp, soapy cloth. It carries a one-year warranty against defects. An instruction booklet and video accompany the machine.

The basic FoodSaver container is Tilia's three-layer VacLoc bag: it has two plastic layers and an outer nylon layer to keep moist foods (such as meat loaf or chocolate cake) moist, dry foods (such as brown sugar or flour) dry, and all foods from leaking odor. Included in this kit is one 11- by 10-inch roll for bagging, three quart size bags, and two gallon bags. For cooking, the bags can go directly into a microwave oven or boiling water. They're resealable, reusable, and dishwasher-safe. --Fred Brack


Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.5 x 6 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 8.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 10.7 pounds
Manufacturer Tilia
ASIN B00004Y2RN
Item model number 00-1400-01
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3.0 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #82,661 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#174 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Specialty Appliances > Vacuum Sealers
#441 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Fishing > Accessories > Food Processing
Date first available at Amazon.com September 15, 2000

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I bought this product 2 months ago and now have a freezer full of frozen meals just waiting to be popped into boiling water. As a single person who likes to cook I found this product especially helpful since you don't necessarily want to cook up a pot of chili or stew or something and have to eat it every day for the next week to keep it from going bad. I just pop it in the bags and freeze it where it keeps for months. Also very helpful for things like cheese which we all know does not have the refrigerator life we'd like it to have. While the bags and rolls are expensive, if you think before you seal you can get good repeat useage out of them. I use the rolls and if I buy beef or chicken in bulk I seal them in a bag that is bigger than the piece by about a half, when I use it I wash the bag, and keep it for the next bit of chicken and so on. And if I seal something that's not raw meat I wash it and use it for incrementally smaller things such as cold cuts then maybe cheese. That way you get alot of good uses out of one bag. You can also use the wide mouth mason jars over and over. And if you get the ones you can put in the freezer you'll have no problem.
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I picked up one of these at a local store and have overall been satisfied with it. It's particularly great for a single person like me, to buy in bulk and freeze out portions that won't go bad before I can eat them. My main issue is with using larger bags. I have a hard time getting a good seal, as it almost always wrinkles at some point, no matter how careful I am. It often takes me two or three tries to get it sealed right. Again, this is only with the really large bags that I had this problem. Smaller ones seem to work fine.
As others mention, you will get the best value and use out of this if you leave room in the bags so they can be reused. They are stiff enough to be easy to wash out so this is well worth doing.
One other comment I would have is that you are most likely to use this if you have counter space for it. I have to keep it in a cabinet and often find I don't want to go to the trouble of dragging it out to use it. So I often don't seal stuff that I could unless I have a number of items to do.
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I had seen the infomercials and whatnot. Seemed like a good idea but the cost sealing media turned me off. Then I had a bountiful year of deer hunting and looked at the freezer bag packed freezer burnt remains from last years harvest and realized I needed to do something different. So I went ahead and sprung for the Vacsealer.
The postive side is that it is small and easy to use. It sucks most of the air out and really seems to be working. I did some comparisons where I stuck some meat in a regular freezer bag vs the vacsealer. The regularly packaged stuff is starting to go and the vacsealer packed stuff is still doing fine. I'm foraying into stews, roasts and other freezable items that I can cook in batch quantities. So far so good.
What I have learned
-I use the pre-cut bags. I get about 3 uses of out them before something takes them out (moldy growth because I didn't wash them, over microwaving them, too small to reseal). I tried the rolls but discovered I ended up creating bags the same length of the pre-cut ones. Trying to get the bottom cut even to not "waste" bag material is frustrating. If you just accept the fact that a bag will last about 3 uses and quit trying to squeeze that 4th or 5th use out of it you will be much happier with the product.
-I loose about 2 inches of bag per use. When you have a fresh bag you can seal it about an inch or less from the top. Re-used bags don't reseal as easily and it seems the solution is to always leave more space from the top.
-Food arrangement in the bag will affect performance. Sometimes I get air pockets if I don't arrange the food so. Try to leave space around all the edges and no pockets in the food.
-The seal is not always perfect. I've had a few leaky seals that I had to recut and reseal.
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By A Customer on April 10, 2001
I like this product a lot - BUT -- Here are some words of advice. The bags are very expensive. I do my best to save things in WIDE-MOUTH Mason jars to save money. There is an attachment that comes with this model which allows you to seal a WIDE-MOUTH mason jar pretty well. BUT IT DOES TAKE PRACTICE and PATIENCE! We reuse the bags as much as possible. The PRESEALED bags work best but of course are the most expensive. It seems when we buy a roll and seal them ourselves then we can never get a good seal. I am so cheap that I hessitate using the bags the way they do on the infomercial ie. taking the cheese out, cutting an ounce off and resealing it. "Ya, I saved $1.00 per pound on the cheese but it cost me almost a buck for the bag! You decide.
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I love this product. I bought it a year ago from an infomercial when it was known as Compact II. First off, I know I have already saved money using it. It is easy to use and convenient. I had another product like this years ago, but it was big and heavy and took up too much room on my counter. Not so with this item, it is small enough so you can leave it right out on your counter, which I recommend - when appliances have to be stored, you tend to use them less. And you will want to leave it out, because once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it! I leave it on the counter between my stove and refrigerator and it gets used constantly, whether it be leftover meat, sauces, vegetables, or whatever. I just bag the leftovers and freeze them. You can also write on the bags what you are storing and the date. It keeps food so fresh, when you take that piece of frozen chicken out of your freezer 3 - 4 months later, you'll swear you just bought it! It's great for any type of food. I do recommend however, like they say in the brochure, that you do freeze your liquids first in a container, pop them out and them vacuum save them in a bag, it's less messy that way. The bags are economical also, I reuse them if I have just frozen something in them, of course you can't if you have cooked in them! But you can cook in them, just pop them in boiling water! I really recommend this product to anyone, especially if you buy your meat in bulk or you have a large vegetable garden. You can freeze any size quantity you want. I could go on and on, but really, if you have considered this item in the past, buy it! The money you save in the first year of using this will more than pay for the price of this product! It also makes a great gift!
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