This model handles 15″ bags, making it ideal for hunters and anglers processing large amounts of game. The apple is shown for scale.
For as long as I can remember fishing and clamming with my family on the east coast, we have used a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer to seal and freeze our seafood bounty for later use. In my experience it certainly does the trick keeping fish and clams freezer-burn free over several years of storage, even these days when I port the frozen packs cross country to Colorado, which I pretty much try to do every time I visit Mom and Dad.
Hence my excitement when FoodSaver offered to send me their cadillac model, the FoodSaver® GameSaver® Titanium G800, to review, along with a second one to give away to a lucky reader.
This stainless steel Titanium beast is designed with hunters and anglers in mind, especially those who put up large quantities of meat and fish. It works with bags up to 15″ wide, has a powerful dual-pump vacuum, and can supposedly handle 100 repetitive seals with no waiting time, though I have not yet had opportunity to test this feature. You can set it on single or dual seal, the latter coming in handy for moist foods, as it creates a second seal past the first one. There’s also a removable drip tray, making it easy to clean up extra moisture.
Clams and fish, vacuum-sealed, frozen, and good for a couple years.
Clockwise from top: Dried wild-foraged porcini mushrooms, a pumpkin and black walnut bread I should have frozen before vacuum sealing, and boxer shorts ready for a river trip!
Operating the machine is intuitive, easy, and fast. Insert a heat-seal roll, which is used to make the bags, and pull a bit out where you want to create a seal, then close and press “Seal.” Open ‘er back up, pull out a length for the size of bag you want, close the lid back up and use the built-in bag cutter. Then fill the bag you just made with food (or your survival kit, or clothes for your rafting trip) leaving 3″ room at the open end, insert the open end into the drip tray, close the lid and choose “Vac/Seal.” It sucks out all the air and seals the bag once or twice depending on how you have it set.
Now a land-locked Coloradan, I have other sources of wild protein to investigate. I dream of one day catching massive amounts of invasive carp and freezer-packing it to feed us through our busy winters. Thanks to the FoodSaver® vacuum sealer, when that day comes, I will be ready.
In the meantime, I have been vacuum-sealing everything in sight to test this machine. Gregg’s undershorts, dried porcini mushrooms, homemade chocolate cookies. Presto! They come out airtight and perfect, and are fun to make. These particular items will store on the counter top and not the freezer. According to the guide, the cookies will last 3-6 weeks this way, which is good because I made too many and Gregg wasn’t eating them fast enough.
I also froze a London broil that I picked up on special at the grocery store to mimic the venison I hope will one day land on my doorstep, and that went fine. For fruits and soft items like baked goods you are supposed to pre-freeze them before packaging, which is what we do with the clams in clam liquor back home–freeze them first in shallow containers. We’ll have to wait and see how the food stands the test of time this time around. There are also a couple accessories I’d like to test out including reusable canisters and the canning-jar lid adapter to vacuum seal mason jars for longer shelf-life.
But for now I am impressed with the FoodSaver® GameSaver® Vacuum Sealer and its potential to save us time with pre-prepared food that we are already stockpiling for the busy winter ahead, and money by packaging up sale foods and/or wild food in quantity.
The prize: a FoodSaver® GameSaver® Titanium Vacuum Sealer.
The prize package includes the new FoodSaver® GameSaver® Titanium Vacuum Sealer along with a bunch of heat-seal rolls in different sizes and durabilities, a few gallon size bags to try, a fast vacuum-marinator, and a venison cookbook.
The contest is now over and the winner is…
Nancy Garbrandt from Nicholasville, Kentucky. Congratulations to Nancy! And thanks to everyone for playing.
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