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Reynolds Handi-Vac: Great Alternative to the Foodsaver

  • Apr 3, 2009
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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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April 28, 2009
I know what you mean, it is hard for a single guy to make food for himself w/out leftovers. Thanks for the tip!!
April 03, 2009
I saw this product advertised and wondered if it worked. I feel like the reviewer does, that the Foodsaver is kind of an expensive and unnecessary gadget. It taught me one thing, though -- it's the air that ruins the leftovers.

After the initial investment and then running out of the bags (or having them not seal properly) and realizing that it's too much trouble and takes too much space, I ditched the Foodsaver.

Now I often use heavy-duty Zip-Loc style bags, which, simply filled and closed don't keep the air away from the food. I hold a filled bag in a way that removes most of the air and then seal it almost shut, leaving a small corner open for sucking the air out with my mouth, completing the closure with a swipe during the process. Hey! It's my house, my germs! Perhaps the Handi-Vac system is more appetizing (when someone is watching).

Until then, another way to safeguard soups and stews and other gloppy leftovers is to place the food into a storage container (freezer-safe glass with a plastic lid is my choice), place a layer of wax or parchment paper directly against the food, then secure the container lid. Easy. Air kept away from the food.

Foodsavers can be found at most garage sales throughout the country. Non-reuseable, not cheap replacement bags available at most big box stores.
April 03, 2009
I'm familiar with the FoodSavr, which my BF's parents use to preserve giant hunks of salmon after fishing trips. I had no idea that a cheaper, small version of this was available, so this is exciting! Where can you usually find it at? Target or ... ?
April 03, 2009
You can find them anywhere you currently buy storage bags: Target, Walmart, large grocery stores, etc. $10 sounds a lot better than $179, right? ^_^
April 03, 2009
Seeeeriously. ;) I'm going to be a much more efficient leftover-saver.
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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.
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