Are replacement rolls and bags sold at Costco or some other place? Or do you have to order them from Tilia?
Also -- I read some mention that people use these to vacuum seal bags of their clothes. ???? Are they dwarfs or something? I can't see how I can stuff one of my shirts into one of these bags.
Yes, that's also where I got mine for $160. It was the full kit including the machine, 2 11-inch wide rolls, 2 8-inch wide rolls, three plastic canisters, an adapter for sealing mason jars, a demonstration video, and a bunch of coupons.
You can also get them at Fred Meyers, Target, K-Mart (are they still around?).
I think they're around $30 a box for 6 rolls (4 11-inch, 2 8-inch).
I use the canisters for storing coffee, cereals, grains...
I've sealed whole chickens, IQF (individually quick frozen) fruit and vegetables at the height of the season, individual slices of foie gras, steaks, duck breasts... you name it.
I also like to take a beef brisket, seal it, and then age it in the fridge for about three weeks. It comes out more tender.
There's a thread
on cooking lamb and mjmchef says that he used to use a cryo vac (which is what this is) to seal the meat and cook it in the bag. I'd like to try this, but I don't know what the high-end temperature range is this plastic. Since you can boil it, I assume it's okay to at least 225F.
I'd have to say that I can't live without mine.
Edit to add: Regarding clothes. If you go camping, sealing socks and a wool sweater is a lifesaver when the rains come.
Edited by Really Nice!, 23 May 2003 - 04:07 PM.