FoodSaver® Regular Jar Sealer
Small Canning Lid Needs Improvement
I just bought your basic Foodsaver and find it is a great tool. I was very interested in the canning jar accessories and thought it would be a big savings since it is reusable. I tried the large jar and it worked wonders; just as it was advertised. Since I had a number of regular jars I thought that would be a good way to use the jars. The first time I tried it, it worked great. After I allowed it to rest, it went on STRIKE. Yes, it no longer wanted to seal. I discovered sometimes the lids were twisted. I am of the opinion the rubber gasket needs help. .
January 24, 2013
My wife bought the wide mouth and regular jar sealers. The wide mouth works great. The regular mouth is AWEFUL! We have only gotten two of the regular mouth jars to seal. It acts like it is drawing a vacuum but the lid comes off easily when removing the sealer. We have tried several brands of jars with very low success. It is not popping the lid off, the lid just isn't sealed at all. Overall, the design looks nice, it was affordable, and it's easy to maintain. However none of that matters since it doesn't work.
June 14, 2012
A little tricky.
The wide mouth jar sealer works exceptionally well. However, the regular mouth jar sealer is not so good. I have found that if I put two lids on the jar and vacuum it it works almost every time. The extra lid will come off and the one next to the jar is sealed.
July 10, 2012
Problems with this one
We have the sealer for the wide mouth jars and have never had a single problem with it. Ordered the regular jar sealer and finally tonight got around to using it. It does not work. One jar sealed after half a dozen tries. The others we gave up on. The lid comes right off with the sealer lid. And the rubber seal has to be put back in quite frequently. Looking at the two sealers, the regular mouth sealer has a different seal configuration than the wide mouth jar sealer. Wonder if that is the problem. Guess I could try what one lady suggested - use two lids to get it to seal. Otherwise its going back for either a replacement or a refund as it does not work as it should. The wide mouth one never fails to seal the first time. I do not know if the one I have is defective or if it is a design flaw.
December 12, 2012
Love, Love, Love IT!
I was so super excited to get this because I have so many canning jars. Easy to use. Great seal. I believe this will save me loads of money sealing items in jars to keep them fresh. I had another brand of vacuum sealer before but it was awkward to use & the heat seal finally gave up, and it didn't have the jar sealing accessory. I have been vacuum sealing like a mad woman since getting the new machine & the jar sealer. I'm getting ready to order the wide mouth jar sealer as soon as possible.
March 1, 2012
No issues with mine as others have reported. Seals first time every time. No need for dbl. lidding, punching holes, wetting the rubber, or any of the other workarounds posted here. Sealing rubber does not fall out of mine either. I use good new jars, make sure the lid rubber and jar top edge is clean and go! Before using for the first time I replaced both upper and lower gaskets in my 10 year old Food-saver machine as that was needed to restore full vacuuming operation. Very satisfied.
May 10, 2014
Works perfect everytime with this simple trick!
The trick to making this work each and every time is this: Take another flat lid and use a thumb tack to put a small hole in it. Then when you use the vacuum sealer you will use one cap without the hole, put the cap with the whole directly on top of the first one, put the vacuum lid on top of that and, voilà, it vacuum seals perfectly every time. When done, remove the cap with the whole in it to use for the next time. Works quickly and perfectly every time! Love it!
February 7, 2015
I have used the wide mouth jar sealer with no problems.
It's great! I ordered the regular jar sealer thinking it would be as good. It has not sealed any regular jar Ihave tried. It is a big disappointment.Who would go to all the trouble to return a small priced item? Do not buy this item it is worthless!!!
May 24, 2012
More than I expected
I purchased regular size mouth canning jars with lids specifically for sealing dry foods such as cereal, nuts, and the smaller jars for things like raisins, dried beans, and rice. I also wondered if I could actually seal jars of water to keep for emergencies and it did seal those jars. Since I'm not going through the heat canning process I can reuse these seals until they won't seal anymore.
February 28, 2012
The lids would not seal properly and would realese the vacuum.. I put a small amount of cooking oil (Olive oil) around the rim of the jar and now it seals and holds seal. works great.
October 27, 2012
A long term food storage must!
Long term food storage is greatly simplified when using these mason jar adapters. As a Prepper and a Mormon to boot, I have explored the many different ways to help keep my food supply fresh. For that purpose, this jar sealer is a MUST HAVE! This system allows me to work with a range of food and non-food items that wold be difficult to store otherwise. For example, I find using this jar sealer invaluable for storing cooking oils. I highly recommend this product to anyone that is serious about keeping their goods fresh for a longer term. I would feel lost without it.
January 24, 2015
i use this attachement everyday. I make a lot of fresh carrot juice for treating cancer with Gerson Therapy and it's very important to me to prevent oxydation of my juices and this jar sealer deffinitelly does this job. Without this attachement my healing wouldn't be possible.
November 28, 2011
Excellent product wiht multiple uses
The Jar Sealer works just as described on regular mouth canning jars AND just about all standard product jars that you buy at the grocery store. I purchased extra Ball Jar lids and have found that they fit just about all the glass jars of name brand sauces, peanut butter in glass, etc.... I buy large volume spaghetti sauce but only use 1/3 at a time. Now there is no loss & no extra freezing containers needed. This has saved money for food loss and grocery runs.
December 26, 2012
this is an excellent product
I have read that some people were having problems getting the smaller canning lids, that this product uses,
to seal. My husband found that if you boil the lids for just a few seconds this softens the rubber seal and they seal quickly and very tightly!
September 28, 2012
Product needs modifications to work
In order for the regular lid attachment to work I have to use a second lid with a hole punched in it to seal, and have to wiggle the hose attachment around. I think the problem may be the size of the hole where you attach the hose and the fix may be to get a second hose and attach it with silicone, but I have not tried this yet. Regular lid attachment does work and can get a seal with the modifications. Giving it two stars as you should be able to use it without any changes.
December 29, 2013
Finally found it!
I've used the "wide mouth" sealer that came w/ my original unit for many years, but have wanted one for the "regular" sized lids. I didn't realize that size was made until I recently checked the web-site. It came quickly and I started using it the next day. It works very well, just like the larger unit. Thanks for having both sizes available!
April 11, 2012
Heads up: Accessory Hose Not Included
Even though the hose that connects the jar sealer to the FoodSaver is shown on the box picture, it's not included: seems you're expected to buy an accessory for your accessory. The company did send a hose when I called to say it was missing from the box, but that meant I had to wait another week to finish my food storage project.
Also, have patience when using the jar sealer. I resorted to a tip that I picked up during a food storage class, to use two metal jar lids instead of just one. Even then, not all jars sealed the first time. Another tip from the class is to heat the jar lids (as you would for water bath canning) to make sure the rubber is soft.
I recommend using an oxygen absorber along with the jar sealer, especialy when using any freeze-dried meat products.
March 20, 2014
Jar Sealer Regular Mouth
Was having trouble with the regular jar sealer until I came to the reviews.....I could not get the jars to seal (read...not sealing at all) until I read the tip about using the 2 lids...Works like a charm!!! The second lid comes off and the 1st remains sealed! I guess that it's a thickness thing...... Thanks to all! I am now in love with the jar sealers!
March 24, 2013
Use Double lids!
I was on the site ready to order another regular jar sealer attachment when I decided to read the reviews. The sealer did NOT work. So I tried 2 lids, as suggested, and it works great now. I hope Foodsaver works on improving this sealer.
February 2, 2013
A wonderful addition to my FoodSaver products
This is such a great little gadget for sealing my mason jars for Salad in a Jar. I also used it to seal glazed walnuts for salads, and for keeping my burghul (cracked wheat) fresh. A great value for the money. I will be purchasing the one for the larger wide-mouth mason jars too.
May 27, 2012
Used it on a quart size mason jar that didn't slope under the opening. It didn't work at all. Tried it on a pint size mason jar that did slope. It sealed but when I checked on the jar the next day it was no longer sealed. Good idea. Too bad it doesn't work properly.
November 24, 2013
Nothing but problems
I bought a regular mouth jar sealer to use on pints and half pints - dried herbs and spices. The sealer never worked. I queried Foodsaver twice and got the same recommentdations - never worked. I did notice the "rubber" sealing ring on the regular size sealer wasn't attached. The wide mouth sealer was hard bonded. I tried but could find nothing compatible with both materials. Chucked it.
June 23, 2013
Necessary for food storage
I ordered this for my long term food storage. Anything that does not require refrigeration can be vacuum sealed either in jars or bags. With this jar sealer I can now preserve things in jars that are not suitable for bags. The product is well made and seals well.
April 7, 2012
Great accessory for my Food Saver
We regularly purchase locally grown produce and the jar sealers are a great way to keep it fresh until we are ready to use. Fresh cut lettuce keeps up to 2 weeks and sometimes longer. I highly recommend this accessory for your food saver.
May 28, 2012
Looks great but doesn't work well
I have experienced the same failures as koilover mentioned in her review. I wish I had seen her review before purchasing this product. I just took it on past experience that the regular mouth sealer would work as well as the wide mouth sealer and all other products I have purchased from Food Saver. Not so! This product should be recalled and purchasers should be reimbursed.
August 4, 2013
Fits the bill
I use this every fall, vacuum packing dried fruit & dried tomatoes. Works great & I love it.
As noted, the regular jar lid sealer is not as uniformly reliable as the wide mouth one. But I tried Bailey2's recommendation to poke a hole in a lid ( I recycled a used lid) and layer it on top of the lid you ate sealing and it works great!! Appears all it needed was a spacer.
October 1, 2013
The best part of having a food saver
I have both the regular and large attachment for evacuating Mason jars. I use this more than the ability to seal bags. Once you start using it, you will find hundreds of uses for evacuating mason jars. I like salads and make six at a time, storing them in 1 qt jars in the frig, That way they will keep for about 10 days. Just one of the uses I've found.
June 5, 2014
Easy-to-use canning jar lids and jars to seal quantities smaller that might require the large FoodSaver containers. The lids can be reused, too.
July 20, 2012
Great for sealing dry goods in Jars
I store my dry goods (pasta, rice etc) in mason jars as it prolongs the shelf life. I do find that the regular size jar sealer can be alittle tempermental and does not always seal on the first try. (The wide mouth size works like a charm). For the regular mouth sealer, I put an extra lid on the jar and found it works great.
January 4, 2015
Doesn't Work Right Consistently
I eagerly bought both the wide mouth and the regular mouth attachments. The wide mouth works great. However, the regular mouth attachment doesn't work correctly most of the time. I tried using 2 lids like other posters suggested, and that helps, but ultimately, that costs more money in the long run because I have to use twice as many lids. Please consider a retooling so that we can be as happy with the regular mouth attachment as we are with the wide mouth attachment. Thanks!
October 14, 2014