FoodSaver® 11" Expandable Heat Seal Rolls, 2-Pack
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
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
So excited to see this product
During the holidays I was wishing there were vacuum seal bags large enough for turkeys. Imagine my excitement when I actually saw them available now.
I have tried them only once so far and not with much luck. I tried them on a half sized aluminum pan of lasagna. The Initial end appeared to seal fine, but when I vacuumed it the air didn't stay out. I attempted to reseal both ends, but no more air was suctioned out so I was stuck with a floppy bag full of air.
The bag is a bit difficult to handle when folding the pleat on both left and right and trying not to have wrinkles in it. There is a lot of bag waste on the ends, also.
So, my first attempt was not a success at all. I will try again soon and update the review. I would recommend these bags simply because they are large enough for turkeys, etc. Perhaps they take a bit of practice.
April 24, 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
Love the expandable bags!
These bags can be used to seal LOTS of items. I use them when I buy family sized trays of boneless chicken breasts. I put two trays in the bag and seal it. I use the chicken to make jerky treats for my dog and the dogs of family, friends and neighbors. When I'm ready to use the chicken, I open the bag, but save it to dispose of the smelly empty trays and other odor causing items. Using it that way not only keeps the chicken fresh, but also keeps my rubbish smelling fresh no matter the temperature, and keeps flies and maggots away! Yippee!
I love the fact that I can now vacuum seal large items. I use it for roast turkeys, chickens and beef, as well. ,
The only draw back is the wasted ends. You need to over cut the size by at least 5". I hate wasting that much. But, overall, it's worth it!
August 22, 2014
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
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
The bags drive me CRAZY!!!!!!
The concept is awesome!!!! Until the end of the roll they wouldn't work. I raised my vote from a 2 star to a 4 star cause I found a way to make it work. I have used 2 hands and 4 and they never worked. The VERY Last bag I tried something. I taped the bag together in several places. 3 times on sides and 4 places on top. I used very little duct tape so as not to seal with bag or to keep bag from sealing. By myself I sealed the bag and not only did it vaccum it stopped AND sealed!!! I wish I had more to try, so when I have money, I will again with my experiment. Meanwhile, I hope they will read this review and maybe find a way to hold bag together easier than with the tape. Every time I would try to carefully get bag to be flat and then insert and it would crinkle in machine. Roll was given to me when I called to order other bags.
January 21, 2014
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
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
Product is exactly what we wanted
We are a 2 person family and have 2 Foodsaver machines. All Foodsaver products are top quality and we have never been dissatisfied with anything.
January 22, 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
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
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
Love the food saver products
The bags are a great addition to my appliance. I love the convenience and durability of the product. These bags are wonderful for large items such as roasts and turkeys.
March 26, 2013
This is a great product
From my experience and all the years I have been using a food saver they pay for themselves in no time. The bags are durable and last for years with proper care.
February 8, 2013
Im used to breaking down my larger protein purchases so it was a nice change being able to throw my roasting hens into one bag and. BAM!
January 22, 2013
My previous vacuum sealer was not hands free. The hands free and high/low settings of the Gamesaver is very convenient to use.
March 1, 2013
Expandable Rolls are perfect for larger items
Used the bags for pizza shells, ham, and chicken to date. The items look great and and make storage a lot easier.
February 7, 2013
expandable bags for bulky items
Nive to be able to seal the bulkie items. Expands to accommodate thicker items like a whole chicken.
January 22, 2013
Have struggled freezing casseroles and large pieces -- no more. This is a great product!
September 6, 2013
Great for packaging large pieces of game like neck or roasts.
February 12, 2013
The expandable bags; Challenging
the pleated bags can be difficult to fully vacuum.
May 30, 2013
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
vacuum sealer unit is somewhat cantankerous to use and the sealed food items do not stay fresh after sealing as long as advertised. However, the unit is a good product for the money.
February 6, 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
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
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
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
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