DO NOT get the Vac-Vida VS301! I bought one through Amazon in January 2020 because supposedly the company would stand behind their product. That’s a lie! Mine started giving me trouble in Dec. 2020. It would go through the vacuum cycle, try to seal, then repeat the vacuum cycle. I couldn’t get it to stop other than turning the machine off. After turning it off, the vacuum would eventually leak down enough so that I could open the machine > This usually took about 12 hours. I tried contacting the company but my phone calls and e-mails went unanswered. I finally bought another one from Ultra-Source. They are pricy, but I believe well worth the extra money especially if you want to package something delicate as they have the gas capabilities.
Fairly basic question. What is you all’s process for vacuum sealing brats? I made a small batch of brats the other day, put in the freezer for about an hour and then vacuum sealed. Noticed a few days later there was some ice crystals on the meat. Looked like a good vacuum seal. How do I avoid this? Did I not freeze long enough or need sit the brats in the fridge to air-dry before freezing / sealing? Thanks for any thoughts.
mbroos Freeze them before vac sealing them. Dont leave them in there too long (we have all done it) or they will get some frost damage but if you try to vac seal a fresh, uncooked brat it is going to flatten out at best, and get squeezed out the ends if you are unlucky. I have seen some places put the brats on a foam tray and vac seal around that, but that probably isn’t something most home people can do.
For the ice crystals you might have had too much moisture on the skin of the brat. You want it to be really dry, why a freezer is a good idea and go right from the freezer to vac packing, don’t let them warm up too much.
I get ice crystals sometimes if i dont get the perfect seal. I just eat that package first!