FoodSaver® 11" x 16' Expandable Heat Seal Roll
I've used a lot of different types of food storage bags but the FoodSaver bags are the best yet. The zipper-lock bags tend to break at the corners of the opening and some do poorly in the freezer. Some other brands of heat-seal bags are too stiff and have to be sealed twice to ensure a solid seal. The FoodSaver bags with their pleats allow a better fill, they seal on the first heat and I have had no problems with their becoming brittle in sub-zero freezing. I've found they take a better vacuum than I was able to achieve with other brands and, overall, I'm happier with them than I've been with any other brand or type freezer bags.
December 31, 2012
These bags are wonderfully large!
We got the 11" x 20" expandable rolls to bag up 25 freshly butchered chickens for freezing. Each chicken was about 6 lbs and they fit perfectly. The instructions, which are printed right on the bags, say to cut 5 inches more than the height of what you're packaging. You don't want to skimp on that because you need enough room when placing the pleats in the machine. Also, I was a little concerned that they wouldn't seal through the double layers, but they did fine. It would be cool if these bags had the liquid block feature. I just placed a folded paper towel in each bag before sealing to soak up the extra "juice".. One roll did all 25 chickens wih some to spare. We'll definitely order these again.
October 29, 2015
A nice addition to the Foodsaver line
I bought these bags because they had a B1G1 sale on them so I thought "why not try them?" I like how they expand to fit thicker foods like roasts. They are also good for bulk storage of things like whole wheat flour that you must keep frozen to keep it from going rancid. The jury is out on the value at this point since they are expensive and you do have to use quite a large "tail" on the bag to allow for repleating before sealing. The instructions say 5" but that was almost not enough on the one thick roast I have frozen so far. I still think when you compare how much you have to use of the regular 11" roll compared to this it will work out about the same in pricing but be more convenient. Thanks, Foodsaver!
December 20, 2012
This product has been a money saver for this family. We were losing a LOT of hamburger meat before sealing with this product. Now, the hamburger and other meats, have no frostbite, and are fresh. We have ordered more products on line from the Food Saver organization, and have received them in just a couple of days. Very fast shipping when ordering on line. I love my food saver and have used it for things other than food. You won't regret getting this, and I highly recommend the product. In fact, other family members have purchased a Food Saver based on my recommendation.
December 29, 2012
Not just for Food saving!
I use these bags to store extra clothes/shoes while camping, hiking or canoeing. It keeps the clothes dry and also keeps out bugs, ants and moths. They work best when you vacuum seal most of the air out, but let the bag stay soft and pliable. The space saver bags are too large for a single change of clothes and tend to leak over time. But Foodsaver bags stay sealed. I also keep a change of clothes and a pair of shoes in the basement for weather emergencies. They stay dry and moth free sealed in the FoodSaver expandable bags! Add a dryer sheet for extra freshness.
August 8, 2014
We've only had our FoodSaver since Christmas but we just love it. Shopping day is so much easier when we get home and have to package the meats for the freezer. We even vacuum seal our lunch meat and it stays fresher so much longer. These expandable bags are great for when we buy a ham, turkey, or a chicken. My husband is just a "Vacuuming" fool. He's always been really cautious about keeping food in the freezer or the fridge. We always got freezer burn no matter how carefully we packaged it. Now we know it's safe and fresh when we need it.
April 17, 2015
I wasn't happy with the expandable bags.
This expandable bags is a pain to use. With my new V3880 I received 3 or 4 rolls of them. If you cut one off lets say 4 inches extra bag not 5inches or 6 or 7 it is difficult to fold the bag back up and get it in the sealer to vacuum it closed. You have to cut these bags off much longer then the normal 11 inch bag. If I'm correct the roll is shorter then the rolls of 11 inch thus causing you to blow through a box in no time at all. I will not be buying any of these bags unless I can find a real reason for them.
January 1, 2013
Perfect for standing rib roast
I bought a real nice 5 rib standing roast and was not able to cook it right away. I was so worried, it has been in the freezer for over 2 weeks. I got an e-mail from foodsaver and to my suprise I found this expandable heat seal. Perfect! I ordered it and I got it in less than 2 days, brushed the ice off the rib roast and Walla! As good as fresh! It's hard to find these standing rib roast, so I buy them when I find them. I'm thinking of using the same bag to marinate it in, when I am ready to cook it.
January 22, 2013