FoodSaver® 11" x 16' Expandable Heat Seal Rolls, 2 Pack
Great idea for thick and shapely items!
My husband smoked two whole chickens and 3 beef roasts in preparation for a future family get together; I couldn't wait to try out these expandable bags and get the meat in the freezer without having to cut them up. I only failed with getting one of the chickens sealed but I am pretty sure that I did not leave enough of the suggested 5" for sealing (you need to be able to manipulate the plastic sufficiently for a good seal).
January 6, 2014
Perfect for chicken
We raised and processed our own meat chickens and I wasn't sure how I was going to package them for the freezer until I found this product. I have an older model FoodSaver, but I had no problems at all with this expandable bag (the trick is to not open it when you seal the bottom end; and make sure there's plenty of slack is left in the bag to allow the open end to be properly folded in for sealing). Will absolutely buy again!
July 8, 2013
This is the second time I've bought this product. There are a few problems: 1) difficult to use. I need at least two pairs of hands to get the bag positioned. It helps to have lots of extra bag but it's still really awkward for one person. 2) I'd say 50% of the bags loose their seal. 3) The bags puncture easily.
October 19, 2015
Not as good as the original
These rolls were the only ones available at my local Bed Bath and Beyond. I didn't realize they were pleated until I had them home. I use my Foodsaver constantly and these pleated bags were very difficult. They were difficult to cut, difficult to fill and very difficult to seal. It seemed I was using an extra large portion of bag and they didn't properly remove the air and seal. I will not buy this product again.
May 7, 2013
I thought my sealer was broken
I spent a week trying to vacuum seal corn, returned my sealer and exchanged it for a new one, it wasnt working, only to find out that it did not like to suck the air out of these,the bags that came with the food saver work great! the texture of these bags are different than the bags that come with the sealer. I dont recommend using these bags. I am leary about buying bags, not knowing if they will work or not.
August 15, 2013
This product met my expectations
I have been a Food Saver user for years, I'm on my third machine because I use the heck out of them. This product fills a gap in the regular bags in that you can get thicker cuts of meat and other items in them that were not possible with the straight bags. I was concerned that with the expansion it would be difficult to seal but there was no problem pulling a vacuum or sealing.
January 3, 2016
We are in Florida and we fish a lot... vacuum sealing the fish keeps them fresh as the day they were caught! Don't know how we lived without this tool! The canisters are great too! Love apples but they spoil anything near it! We vacuum apples in the canisters and not only do they last longer, they don't spoil things around it! Great product!
January 22, 2013
Great idea but hard to seal
I've been loving the system for a number of years and was excited to find the pleated bags for larger items however, I must say that so far this item is missing its mark! I'm trying to seal casseroles and despite following all the instructions, it's just not pulling the air out. I was hoping to find some online tips and nothing was available.
November 22, 2012
I really like these bags as I can use them to freeze casseroles and transport them as needed. I have also used them to do my wedding dress and other bulky clothing items. These really can be used for about everything.. especially if you need the extra space if limited closet spaces. Thank you for a great product!
February 12, 2013
Good but not what I need
This expandable concept is OK. I did not know that it would be so picky going into my 845, but I got it to work. I really don't "suck" large bulky items, as I usually cut them into meal size portions. But if you want to put a chicken or a turkey in them it will probably do the job just fine. As or me, I don't need expandable bags.
January 25, 2015
the inherent design of these bags prevents them from sealing properly. Not worth a plugged nickel. Been using FoodSaver for years and will continue, but will avoid these bags.
November 5, 2015
this product was very hard to use
this product was very hard to use. Getting it to fold properly at the sides before sealing was definitely a challenge. Often they wouldn't seal. I found that you had to use about a foot beyond the product you were sealing to make them work. They expand well but not worth the money in wasted bag space.
September 10, 2015
Not bad at all if you have a third hand
I found that using a pair of clip type clothes pins helped stabilize the bag while I was straightening out the wrinkles on each side. Once I got the hang of it, it was pretty simple. I will be making a simple clamp to help hold the bag while trying to insert it into the machine with a heavy load in the bag.
October 28, 2013
these bags are very economical
You can fit anything with ease in these bags. They seal awesome. Large items that have to be frozen are no longer a problem to seal. My husband loves them for venison. These bags make it extra easy to freeze venison. I also seal my granddaughters large stuffed animals for her to keep them clean.
March 8, 2015
Glad to have larger options
Now that larger bags are available, I prepare several pie crusts, seal them with these expandable Bags and freeze them. I am prepared to whip up a pie whenever the mood hits us taking a lot less time. Of course these homemade crusts are much better than the purchased ones.
February 26, 2014
Loving my vacuum sealer
I'm disabled, so I decided to vegetable garden to keep myself active. Success! The vacuum sealer has allowed me to store my vegetables for future use. Also, buying in bulk meat purchases and breaking them down for individual meal use.
Absolutely recommend this product!!
September 7, 2015
Not easy to use
I only got these bags to seal twice out of 8 uses.. Even after tucking in the pleats and making sure the end was flat - it still failed to get all the air out and ended up sealing with it not being airtight. On top of that you need to use 5 extra inches - not a good value!
January 12, 2013
perfect for turkeys
I harvested eight turkeys this year. The 10 lb Bourbon Reds fit effortlessly into the expanding bags. The biggest Broad had to be boned out to fit, but I managed to squeeze a 24 lb Bronze whole into a bag. Thanksgiving is covered.
October 21, 2014
I threw a whole box ful,l away in the trash can. the pleated edges because of it being expandable do not steal it takes so much time to seal one package because it keeps leaking never again will I buy expandable bags.
August 1, 2015
not doing the job
I am on my fourth or fifth Food Saver, so I know how to use the machine. It was impossible to get all the air out almost every time I used one of these bags.
Yes, they are a great idea for large items...as long as you don't need an air tight seal.
December 30, 2013
Please send a refund for the pleated bags...
The pleated bags are too difficult to seal. Maybe it has to do with our style of FoodSaver, the upright V3825. We are no rookies either, as we are using our second FoodSaver in a span of 15 years.
January 18, 2014
Perfect for large items
This bag is perfect for large items that do not fit in the normal Food Saver bags.
Just make sure to tuck the sides in correctly before you vacuum the bag or the seal will not be correct.
January 10, 2015
Not a fan
I am not a fan of this product and won't reorder. It is a great idea, but too hard to fold, tuck and get to seal. I can usually get it to work, but you really need two people to get wrinkles out and then try to seal it.
January 20, 2013
Fantastic for Storing Turkeys!
These bags are great for large foods such as turkeys! I cooked a 10 lb. turkey for thanksgiving including stuffing. It was fantastic that the sealable bags are large enough to store 3 quarters of the turkey, aluminum pan and all!
December 25, 2015
Great for large, oddly shaped items!
So glad there is finally bagging material that will accommodate large cuts of meat - roasts, ham, fowl, etc., as well as oddly shaped items! Great for protecting & storing non-food items, as well. Thanks FoodSaver!
August 20, 2013
Got a roll after Thanksgiving. I made lasagna (12 of them) to give as gifts for Christmas.Took awhile to get it lined right to seal,but after the third,I had no problem.Really like these bags and all their products.
January 21, 2013
I just love these expandable bags. It has opened up a better variety to my freezing needs than ever before. Now am I not only freezing vegetables out of my garden I can also freeze meats. Keep up the great work.
January 22, 2013
Works great for large items
I have had really good luck using the pleated bags for storing large items. It is nice to be able to get bigger stuff sealed for long term storage and it is still fresh. Tastes like it was just picked. Thanks.
February 3, 2013
These are for large items
The bags are best for larger items like a pork roast or whole chicken because they expand. They are pleated to expand but a little harder to seal vs the regular bags.
January 16, 2016
Great for large items only.
Product works great for sealing large food products (briskets, roasts, whole chickens, etc.) but not as easy to use for normal sealing (chops, individual steaks, small amounts of ground meat, etc.)
April 28, 2015