Reynolds Handi-Vac: Great Alternative to the Foodsaver
Apr 3, 2009
As a single guy, one of my biggest problems with cooking is finding recipes to feed just one person. Leftovers are a big problem because I don't know when I'll eat at home next ... plus, I like diversity in my meals. If I cook, I'll definitely have to store my leftovers. But leftovers are never as good as the original meal.
The only option for effective food storage that preserves as much freshness and flavor as possible was the Foodsaver vacuum system for the longest time. Well, sure, if you want to spend $179+ on the Foodsaver, which takes up counter-space and has bags you can't reuse, go for it. For me, that wasn't an option.
Then along came Reynolds and introduced the Handi-Vac system. For under $10US before taxes, you get the complete system: a hand-held vacuum unit (powered by ordinary AA batteries) and vacuum bag samples.
The bags themselves are what make this system unique. They seal just like ordinary storage bags, with a little port for vacuuming the air out, and, just like ordinary storage bags, they're washable, resealable, and reusable. Well, that's just awesome! I might have cooked enough for four people, so I want to be able to reseal the bags and store what I don't use.
My biggest complaint about the Handi-Vac system is that most of the time, it takes a while to get the vacuum to seal onto the vacuum port on the bag. It's a little hit-or-miss. Additionally, it would be nice if Reynolds could devise something besides a bag to use with this system - perhaps a container for soups and stews.
Aside from these small issues, the Handi-Vac system is a great alternative to the Foodsaver system. It's freezer-safe and perfect for storing everything from veggies to pizza.
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Keith Goode (keithgoode)
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Reynolds Handi-Vac Food Storage System is an innovative product designed to improve food storage. It includes a unique hand-held Vacuum Sealer that removes air from the patented Vacuum Food Bags. Storing food with the Reynolds Handi-Vac Vacuum Food Storage System helps to preserve the texture and appearance of fresh foods.