Best fish sealer

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i know I’ve seen posts before but looking for a high quality food sealer. What are my options? And what is retorting ? Thanks
 
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robodad

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Ordinarily if you eat spicy food or with a lot of onion you end up torting now and then but if you eat at taco Bell you wind up retorting over and over for a couple days and I don't recommend going fishing until the retorting subsides as it weakens your gasket and no one wants to blow a gasket !
 
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Tyestick

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Purchased a Vacmaster VP215 last year and have not looked back. Price tag is high but I can say it has been worth it so far.
 
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What's you budget and how often do you use it? If you get out a couple times a year, then anything in the $150 range will be fine. Plan on replacing it every 3 years or so. If you are going to use it a lot, then get a vac master (around $850). That is what I have and absolutely love it. Place is also a consideration. The vac master is heavy and large. It does not get moved from the counter.

The vac master will run forever. The bags are super cheap compared to the rolls.
 
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Team Sency

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I have the VP 215 and has been great on everything but my back! Take it to Neah and make sure have a buddy help move it.

I love that the bags are so affordable!

I saw something from Benjamin that he uses a make/model even better than the VP.
 
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South Sounder

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I have the VP 215 and has been great on everything but my back! Take it to Neah and make sure have a buddy help move it.

I love that the bags are so affordable!

I saw something from Benjamin that he uses a make/model even better than the VP.
Haha no kidding. We were unloading a buddies truck at La Push and he’s like “the only thing left is the vac packer.” I was like I’ll get it (thinking a food saver)...... little did I know that sucker was 100 pounds and a VP 215. My tip money is going towards the purchase of this machine. It’s a beast and the bags itself pay for it in one seasons use if you catch a lot of fish.

Food saver packs $25/30$ a box X 10 boxes a season is almost the price of the quality VP machines.
 
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robodad

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And what is retorting ?

Ok seriously. The retort bags allow you to pkg your fish in bags and then can them right in the bags so it eliminates the need for jars and also allows you to keep the fish in the shelf rather then in the freezer once it's canned !
 
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FVSerenity

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For me, I use a high end food saver, mine will do 100 consecutive seals without overheating. I have had it for 6 years now, but they don’t make that exact model anymore. It isn’t overly compact but it is easy to get out, use and put away. So we take it with us in the motorhome or wherever. Yup, the rolls aren’t cheap, I spend about 100$ a year. But my fish lasts a couple years in a deep freeze.

Yup we also can in jars and they last on a shelf at room temp indefinitely, at least we have yet to have one go bad.
 
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sgwill122

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I am sure the VP is awesome but I don't see how it can be cheaper than my $50 Foodsaver which is going on six years. If retort is your goal then you gotta spend the $. Foodsaver bags are spendy. I switched to Amazon knockoffs and spend $30 a year for 200 precut 8X12 bags which makes life so much easier than cutting off a roll. I probably use 150 bags a season.

Amazon product
 
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Fog Ducker!

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Ordinarily if you eat spicy food or with a lot of onion you end up torting now and then but if you eat at taco Bell you wind up retorting over and over for a couple days and I don't recommend going fishing until the retorting subsides as it weakens your gasket and no one wants to blow a gasket !

Thank you Allen, I needed that this morning!

Ducker!
 
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Swede

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    VacMaster. Well worth the money and preserves your food. I leave mine in our utility room so we can use it freely. I vacuum pack everything; tuna, meat, clams, berries, veggies, prepared meals.
     
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    Fireball

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    So the big difference on the VP 215 and the food savers is the VP 215 is a chamber sealer versus a vacuum sealer. That is were the money comes in. In the chamber sealer you can pack water with out sucking it in to the machine. Where if you do soup-steaks-any type of liquid items with the food saver you want to freeze them first so you do not get the liquid in to the unit. A chamber sealer you do not have this issue.

    The VP 215 I had was not strong enough to seal retort bags so I ended up buying another unit and selling the VP 215.

    Pictures are retort bags,
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    Good Luck with your purchase.
     
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    jasper hickman

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    I am sure the VP is awesome but I don't see how it can be cheaper than my $50 Foodsaver which is going on six years. If retort is your goal then you gotta spend the $. Foodsaver bags are spendy. I switched to Amazon knockoffs and spend $30 a year for 200 precut 8X12 bags which makes life so much easier than cutting off a roll. I probably use 150 bags a season.

    Amazon product


    I bought a giant pile of those amazon bags only to find they don’t work for crap with the Westin pro vac sealer I have. It seems to like the Westin bags the best.
     
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    FVSerenity

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    I am sure the VP is awesome but I don't see how it can be cheaper than my $50 Foodsaver which is going on six years. If retort is your goal then you gotta spend the $. Foodsaver bags are spendy. I switched to Amazon knockoffs and spend $30 a year for 200 precut 8X12 bags which makes life so much easier than cutting off a roll. I probably use 150 bags a season.

    Amazon product
    Ooh, cheap! I’m going to have to try those!
     
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    TonyG

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    Took some advice from a couple on this board - Benjamin in particular. I bought one of these this spring from Thom: Minipack MVS 26. I love it. I didn't buy it to save money on bags compared to my string of foodsaver models. I bought it because it does a ton better job and you can get much heavier bags and/or retort bags.

    A key reason I went with this model was for the large chamber. I decided against the vacmaster options after I saw that Thom had a huge pile of them that were in for repairs.
     
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    Genie Aye

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    The best available in 120v machine's. Take it from the guy who worked in a meat plant with lots of packaging.
    These ROCK, but not cheap, but last 1 you will buy.

     
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    Waterdog247

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    I upgraded my VP112 with a VP 210. Doing my first test batch of retorts now. The test run of seals came out perfect. Will let you know in 3 hours how they came out!

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    koopa

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    Other than it sounds like a space ship taking off and docking, I was waiting for what makes it worth that level of investment. I was expecting a closeup of a very tightly packed and sealed bad—only got far away shots.
     
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    tacklejacked

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    My Cabela's cg 15..a Weston product, has been sealing strong for over 15 years.. general maintenance is all..no seal leak issues and fresh freezer food everytime.. haven't got the retort bug yet, I still like my pressure canner and good old jars.
     
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    Deviant

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    Just did an oil change (1st in 6 years) today on my VP215.
    Hasn’t skipped a beat!
     
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    Salmonater

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    Took some advice from a couple on this board - Benjamin in particular. I bought one of these this spring from Thom: Minipack MVS 26. I love it. I didn't buy it to save money on bags compared to my string of foodsaver models. I bought it because it does a ton better job and you can get much heavier bags and/or retort bags.

    A key reason I went with this model was for the large chamber. I decided against the vacmaster options after I saw that Thom had a huge pile of them that were in for repairs.

    The Vacmaster VP215 is far from bullet proof, and probably won't last a lifetime as some have alluded too, also I don't believe the the newer ones have a sealer bar that will do retort bags. They are made in China and mine started going south with fairly heavy use, after 2 years. I traded mine in for a Minipack MVS 26, 4 years ago and have ran 1000's of bags thru it. If your serious about a " High Quality food sealer" as you stated above, there are better choices than the VP 215. The quality of fish after a year is better in my opinion with the minipack.
     
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