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I just recieved a vaccume food sealer yesterday. I have a dehydrator and I usually make my own meals and dehydrate them, put them in freezer bags and I eat right out of the freezer bag. I was wondering if it would be worth it to vaccume seal the meal, then drop it in the freezer bag and pack it that way...maybe it would save minimal space??  Does this make any sense? Should I just skip the sealing and continue packing it like I already do?

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PostIcon Posted on: Dec. 06 2012, 7:24 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I've been looking into this one as well.
A sealer, while it may cut a tad bit of room, it's actually going to add a little weight due to that extra plastic. However, they do make a ziplock bag style sealer that actually seals into a zip lock bag, and I'm looking into that. Seems like the bags are expensive though.
http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/VacuumFreezerSystem.aspx
Primarily, the sealers are to extend the shelf life of the dehydrated meals. I usually just freeze mine and call it a day, as they usually never sit in the freezer for more than a month or so.
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If you are not using a hard sided canister, then I would seal all of the meals in the vacuum bags, and eat right out of them. They work just fine as FBC.  Reason behind this approach would be longer shelf life, even in the freezer.  I can dehydrate some meals from leftovers all year, and eat them during my BPing trips.

Hard sided canisters present another problem when trying to pack the most food into them.  In that instance, I just use freezer bags and allow the contents to settle into the shape of the space allotted.  Mash them down, and then mash them some more.  


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You are telling me the vacuum bags will work to rehydrate the meals with hot water? How would i close it up to keep the heat in it or keep it from spilling in the cozy? Doesnt the sealer suck all the air out and then seal the bag pretty close to the contents...not leaving much room to open and add hot water?

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After you vacuum seal, the bag will shrink, but once you open it up it will return to the original shape. It only collapses due to the atmospheric pressure around it, and having no air inside. But I would pack it inside a freezer bag anyway, because I like having a clean way to pack things out.
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I roll the top down a couple of turns, and paper clip it shut.  (binder clips work also)  No leaks so far.  I do carry a gallon baggie for trash purposes.  

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ok, cool. thankyou. I am gonna test this method out this weekend at home. Thanks again..

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The Vac bags are actually THICKER and more heavy-duty than freezer bags. SO they make a great bag to eat out of. As Zeke points out, just roll down and clip while it hydrates :-)
One quick tip - if you are sealing pointy items such as rice or pasta, it pays to line the bag with a clean new paper towel, then add the dry food, then seal. This prevents most of the chance of a puncture. When you go to eat, remove the paper towel and proceed. And hey, then you have a handy napkin ;-) I would suggest a brand that isn't bleached or printed of course......


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One quick tip - if you are sealing pointy items such as rice or pasta, it pays to line the bag with a clean new paper towel, then add the dry food, then seal. This prevents most of the chance of a puncture. When you go to eat, remove the paper towel and proceed. And hey, then you have a handy napkin

ahhhh..funny you posted this because I vaccume sealed some bbq spaghetti and all was well...I put it in the freezer and a few hours later I went to check it out and saw that it had lost its seal...I was thinking,"What the f&#k?"...and then realized that the dried spaghetti was so sharp it made a pin-hole puncture in the bag....Later in the day I caught your post about the paper towel trick...great idea, thats what I will do, thanks.

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Trust me, I learned that the hard way as well :D

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Great idead with the napkin Sarbar! I'm gonna use that!!!

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Sarbar...is this your book by any chance???

Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple

I bought it sometime last year and I think its a great book..already made a bunch of the meals in it. I own a few different backpacking cook books and this is one of my favs...along with one called One Pan Wonders, which is also excellent.  Well, thanks for all your info and help..its always greatly appreciated.


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Sarbar...is this your book by any chance???

Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple

I bought it sometime last year and I think its a great book..already made a bunch of the meals in it. I own a few different backpacking cook books and this is one of my favs...along with one called One Pan Wonders, which is also excellent.  Well, thanks for all your info and help..its always greatly appreciated.

Yes, it is :)

One Pan Wonders was written by Dicentra - so you have lots of books by us peeps :D


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Nice...very helpful. Thanks for all your hard work!!

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