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Foodsaver vacuum sealer helps preserve game meat


Deer hunters rely on local processors to provide them with cuts of meat in vacuum-packed bags. Vacuum sealing of bags can make a lot of difference regarding freezer burn on more delicate game, such as turkey meat or fish filets. Anyone who has lost game meat to freezer burn in the past will be glad to learn about the FoodSaver countertop device that allows him or her to better preserve their hard-earned table fare.

After trying out the FoodSaver GameSaver Silver, which retails for $200, I was surprised by its ease of use. With turkey season in full swing, it is time to prepare the pink and delicate turkey breasts for storage in the freezer. Using a roll of plastic provided by FoodSaver, I can adjust the size of the plastic bag used to seal up for freezer storage. The GameSaver appliance has a sliding cutting blade that makes a clean cut on the plastic each time it is needed.

One end of the bag is inserted into the GameSaver appliance and the ‘Seal’ button on top is used to heat seal one end. Load the game meat into the bag and then place the open end of the bag into the GameSaver appliance and press the ‘Vacuum’ button. The machine makes a bit of noise as it sucks the air out of the bag, before finishing by heat-sealing the bag. The meat becomes somewhat flattened in the process and any juice that is sucked out of the bag is caught by a tray in the GameSaver which can be easily emptied.

The entire process takes only minutes to set up the machine, seal the bags, and to clean it all up and label the bags. It definitely takes more time to hunt the game and to clean it than to use a Foodsaver, but consider the benefits. Venison put away in regular Ziploc bags may last pretty well for up to six months, but venison put up using FoodSaver should be good to go for two years, or up to four times longer. Having some leeway in the time that one enjoys or shares their freezer game keeps one from having the feeling of having to hurry up to eat that same game meat.

Besides a regular power cord, the GameSaver Silver also comes with a 15-foot power cord that works in the cigarette lighter in your truck. This means that you can take it everywhere you travel to hunt or fish. Imagine knowing that your game was put away fresh within hours of when you harvested it, even when you are visiting a fish camp or camping out while hunting. The unit comes with a convenient carrying handle, and the accessory bag helps to contain the appliance and the bags in one place.

FoodSaver bags are made with polyethylene plastic and an outer layer of nylon for added strength. I certainly want to put the FoodSaver bags to the test once shrimping season comes around, since they are billed to be quite sturdy. Only FoodSaver plastic rolls work with the GameSaver appliance, and they can be found at Costco. For more information, visit the Internet at www.FoodSaver.com.

 Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com