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Food Saver machine for camping food

FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer, America's #1 Selling Brand of Home Vacuum Packaging Systems

Friend of mine bought two a year back from Costco.
His is an older model, a horizontal one, not the newer upright versions.
It could be this one.
FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer, America's #1 Selling Brand of Home Vacuum Packaging Systems

What are the advantages to one of these for camping?
I have never used one, but would like to pick up his extra one of get a newer vertical style.

I imagine I could precook some stuff at home and then throw the bags into the ARB fridge?
Can you boil with these type of bags too to heat up your dinner?

Lets say you want to cook up a stroganoff dish at home, then you can bag it, freeze it, then take them camping and simply drop the bag into a pot of water to warm it up?

I am trying to justify the need for one of these for the upcoming camping season next year.

They have a recipe area on the website, and indeed it looks like you can do pasta to boil in the bag later.
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Pasta Dinner Recipe
Print Recipes

Cooked Pasta – With out sauce.

Cooked spaghetti, angel hair, linguine, noodles, and other flat pastas can be vacuum packaged with FoodSaver® Vacuum Packaging Systems.

Tubular shapes, corkscrews and similar shapes flatten out and are not recommended for vacuum packaging.
Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Drain.
3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and drain very well.
4. For leftover pasta, rinse and drain very well.
5. Loosely fill FoodSaver® Bag so that pasta is no more than 2 inches thick for easier stacking in freezer and faster thawing.
6. Label, vacuum package and freeze for up to 2 years.

Thawing:
Place FoodSaver® Bag on dish and thaw in refrigerator overnight or until thawed.

Reheating Suggestions:
Use thawed pasta, cold, in salads such as Asian noodle salad and pasta primavera salad.
Or, for hot dishes, reheat frozen or thawed pasta using one of the methods below.

Stovetop Directions:

1. Immerse sealed bag of frozen or thawed pasta in boiling water.
2. Turn bag several times while heating.
3. Boil until pasta is soft and hot.
4. Or, remove pasta from bag and place directly into boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
5. Drain and serve with your favorite sauce.
This looks like a good model here, the one featured in their index page.
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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

Corey,
Not really an expert on the subject - the real advantage is being able to vacuum seal food. so that it can be preserved longer (especially good against freezer burn).
It is fairly thick material that is heat resistant, so that you could re-heat a meal/portion in boiling water. Never tried it on the road - but does work at home.
Other advantage is that make the portion sizes easy to pack - compact for the fridge.
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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

Yes you can boil in the bags. I have had one for years and love it.
You can also marinate, season before hand, and that cuts down on the things you need to take along.
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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

Thanks for the info guys.

I think one of these would do it then for prepacking food ahead of time, then just drop it on the camp stove in some boiling water.

Less space and wastes with taking boxes of pasta or other food along.
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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

I have one of these. I use it to freeze stuff with. Works great for home storage of food items. It is a great machine to have. Just don't microwave plastic bags. Things can go a little toxic on ya. LOL

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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

These are great for saving leftovers, marinating steaks/chops/whatever, freezing ready-made meals for rainy days. I sometimes make extra omelets and freeze them this way for boil-in-bag breakfasts in a pinch.

Bags are dishwasher safe and reusable as well!
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Re: Food Saver machine for camping food

Thats how we pack our meals when we are on a dog sledding or snow shoeing trips. The food stays frozen. Just boil up a pot of water reheat, make coffee, tea, whatever with the boild water. Eat right of the bag.

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