Vacuum Sealer/Bags

Hi guys, I asked a question a while back about Vacuum Sealers. Time was finally right and my old FoodSaver finally started to go.

I wound up with a Cabelas CG-11 pro-series. Just arrived yesterday and so far I love it. If anyone is interested I can answer more questions anytime.

I wanted to let everyone know about some vacuum bags I ordered off of eBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...em&item=270763918951

I did what I think, was extensive research all over the net and wound of with these. I think the price is pretty good. The quality of the bags seem to be really good. They are patterned inside on both sides and work great with mostly all machines. I had the opportunity to correspond with the company and they respond to email quickly and answered all my questions completely. She explained that they upgraded their bags to an even better quality than what is listed in the eBay description (just didn't get to changing all the descriptions.)

Just wanted to share what I think is a good deal. Gotta take care of all that great BBQ we make!!!
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I guess I must be inherently lazy. I buy my bags already cut and sized to what I need. I use 3 mil bags and very rarely ever get one that fails. If I get a fail, it is more because I did not wait enough time between seals. The machine I use is a Weston which is similar to the CG-11.
Yes I know the Westons well I researched them also. I decided to go with the Cabelas because it has the air port pull air from the top which will help When sealing bags with some moisture that may leak out. Although I really liked the look of the Weston and I wish I had the blue color on mine. The Weston was My second choice it's a great machine with great reviews as well.

By the way if you can cut a straight line I think these bags are a really great value especially for our machines. Smiler
Pags, So far my cuts are mostly straight. With a little more practice I should be able to find a system that works. What I like about the Cabela's that I purchased and the Weston is that they both have a quarter inch seal bar. Lol, Food saver commercial on TV right now. My mother loves her food saver.
The cabelas 15" commercial grade unit is no longer made by Weston, but I think the CG 11 may still be. I wanna say yes for sure, but i forgot. The product specialist that the cabelas rep transferred me to spent about 1/2 hour with me and went through all my questions and differences between machines as well. He owns the CG11 himself.

John, I have a feeling you won't need a new one for quite a while.
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Originally posted by RibDog:
I guess I must be inherently lazy. I buy my bags already cut and sized to what I need. I use 3 mil bags and very rarely ever get one that fails. If I get a fail, it is more because I did not wait enough time between seals. The machine I use is a Weston which is similar to the CG-11.


Glad to see that I'm not the only one getting lazy. I've had a lot less broken seals by doing it like this. While I've only got a cheap Foodsaver, I've found that after sealing these bags, I'll trim a little off and do a double seal on the bags...works much better than buying a roll of bags.
The reason I like the rolls is because especially with the 8 inch bags I can cut the length of rib slabs and individually seal each rib slab after purchasing multi-packs.

The bags are nice and easy though. I never priced those compared to the rolls.

By the way, if anyone is interested, CAL what you do seems to be popular, because the rep told me that Cabelas new Commercial grade machine is designed with a two row sealer, like what you like to do manually.
I double seal my bags manually, just by doing it twice. I do get some of the bags loose seal, but it's usually from a roll and usually with Ribs: Espec. Baby backs. Once in a while, you'll have a sharp bone somewhere that pokes a hole in the bag. I use food saver bags, which adv. about 22-25 cents a foot, as I bought them in bulk with coupon codes and such.

One day, I’ll get a better one, but have to use up all these bags first.
Chef BA, well, I am gonna make this even more tempting. I just got $80 back from Cabelas. I got an advertisement for Spring Sales at Cabelas and they start 2/28. I told them that I just reveived mine a week ago and she said since you are a good customer we will make an exception and credit your account. Well, if anyone was contemplating purchasing one, the brochure says its running from 2/28 - 3/24.

Yes, the bags from Canada that I mentioned have the waffle weave inside on BOTH sides. They worked well with the old FoodSaver I currently have and mine is the old 1500. I have had it for many years and just got tired of the seals leaking on me. I would suggest that if you use the thicker bags that you double seal them cause my OLD FS has the thin line sealer. The new Cabelas is 1/4 inch and you can see a nice clear seal.
Vicki, you sure know how to hurt a fella. I’m trying to save up to replace my manual meat mixer with an electric meat mixer and you start tempting me with this

Excuse me while I go get a bag of jerky and contemplate my next move Roll Eyes
Chaplain, I checked the link again and the manufacturer says 4.5, but when I corresponded wi her she mentioned they upgraded their production for the new year and I believe she said they are all now 5.0 mil. They respond pretty quick to emails, so you can ask directly if you need to verify.

When I spoke to the product specialist at Cabelas about the vacuum sealer, I didn't ask about bags cause I had already purchased mine from eBay.

BTW, Cabelas 50' rolls in the bag cutter box are on sale as well, 15.99 instead of 19.99.

I don't get credit or anything, but, if anyone decides to order or ask about the bags I bought, I would love it if you mention that a friend from the forum recommended you. I want her to know that I am a good person and did what I said I would and posted about them if I really liked them.
Hi again Chaplain, I know you posted earlier today, but it seemed to disappear. You were askings about the FS Gamesaver bags. I had nothing to do so I called FoodSaver and asked them. They said they are 5 mil bags (considered their heavy duty).
I just looked at the 170 model and I am betting that is similar to the cabelas I have. I saw a you tube video and it featured one of vacmasters chamber units (so out of my budget for a home use vacuum sealer). But it seemed to work very well and seemed to be thought of as a reputable product. I am guessing the rest of their line is as well.
Ms. Vicki. Yes I posted about the bags, but pulled it off after rereading your post, which answered my queston about you bag's thicknesses. Wow, thanks for you snapshot memory and calling FS for me. I knew they were pretty thick. Even at 5 mil, I still lost about 20-30 percent when doing ribs. I think the thick is the foodsafe bone pads they sell, I think on the website where you got your bags.

Anyway, one day, maybe a larger one. I like the canister ones, but I don't know if you could get an entire rack of ribs in them, and it's a crime to cut a rack in half.

When I get my Hogs, I'll have to figure out a way to legally process some of the fine pork, but taking them to the abbatior at over 100 dollars a head, really cuts down on the profit margin.
Your welcome.

I would say make good friends with a butcher and start taking hog butchering lessons from him. Something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Thought it would be fun to do. I am guessing you have a lot of research to do when you get home. What about local farmers markets. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of hearing all about it.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Vicki B:
Hi guys, I asked a question a while back about Vacuum Sealers. Time was finally right and my old FoodSaver finally aftermarket parts started to go.

I wound up with a Cabelas CG-11 pro-series. Just arrived yesterday and so far I love it. If anyone is interested I can answer more questions anytime.

I wanted to let everyone know about some vacuum bags I ordered off of eBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...em&item=270763918951

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I am late to this post regarding vacuum sealers but for what it is worth here are my two cents worth:  I had a food saver professional for roughly 20 years and never a problem.  One day all I got was flashing lights.   Started looking for another sealer, one that could run for several hours at a time.  Settled on the LEM MaxVac.  A heavy, solid and nearly quiet unit.  Never even gets warm.  A great purchase, but sort of pricey.

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