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I lay them on a lightly oiled baking sheet in the deep freeze for a few hours and then quickly dip them in cold water, which freezes instantly on the surface making a protective ice glaze, then I just throw them into a bag and put back in the freezer.
How thick a layer of ice do you get? I read you have to do that several times to get a good protective coating.
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I use a vacuum sealer. A friend of mine does all of his venison in saran wrap and then butcher paper. I have opened the packages that were 4 years old and looked like they were wrapped yesterday. Tasted great
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How thick a layer of ice do you get? I read you have to do that several times to get a good protective coating.
Not very....1/16th of an inch? Seems to work fine for my needs just to do it once, but its not a ultra long term packing method. Just something to keep it from getting freezer burned over a couple months or so.
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My last order of beef was wrapped in plastic then freezer paper. Holds decent for a year. Any off flavors seem to get magnified at around a year. I had a years worth of ground bull cull that was tough to get rid of at the end.
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Drop by Home Depot and look in their small assortment of metal bar stock for some flat 1/8 stock to rest under the wire rack.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...1917/204273967
Bar stock isn't that strong. Use aluminum angle or square stock. You want something that can be played down with a vertical rib still.
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Bar stock isn't that strong. Use aluminum angle or square stock. You want something that can be played down with a vertical rib still.
Of course a shape is stronger than flat.

Problem for the freezer owner is trying to make that fit in the rack slots without carving on the plastic interior.

My advice was based on him being able to empty just the top rack while the unit was still running and help stiffen the rack. Going for a shape would possibly mean emptying the unit, powering it down, letting it thaw, and perform modifications to the side slots that hold the rack. At some point you cross a warranty line doing that.

Thin flat bar might just slip in and be sufficient stiffening.

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What features make one vacuum sealer better than another ? My wife finally wants to get into prepping. I've been getting into prepping myself mostly for short term food storage stuff and basic emergency needs. Any Brand of vacuum sealer brands to look at or consider ?
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What features make one vacuum sealer better than another ? My wife finally wants to get into prepping. I've been getting into prepping myself mostly for short term food storage stuff and basic emergency needs. Any Brand of vacuum sealer brands to look at or consider ?
Buy a vacuum sealer for reasons other than dry food prep storage.

If you want the mason jar options, non food reasons, or frozen foods then perhaps go for it.

The price to bag up food is barely different than using mylar instead, plus then you have the unit cost. You could fill hundreds of mylar bags of dry food and not spend more than buying vacuum bags plus the vac unit. But the food you packed in mylar would be long term sealed instead of short term sealed.

Buy a vacuum unit for why it was actually made. Freezer storage, not dry food storage. The jar storage and nonfood storage aren't enough on their own to justify this either.

Those looking to store away dry foods like rice, wheat, oats, dehydrated veggies, potato flakes, and the like, who haven't bought a vacuum unit yet should count their blessings they learned before they spent. Mylar storage is under a dollar for a gallon volume, super easy, needs no tool other than a $10 drug store hair straightening iron, and will get the absolute longest possible storage. The idea that you don't care for that length of time is irrelevant because bag costs are about the same and equipment costs are much higher with vacuuming.

But if freezer storage is important then go with the Foodsaver brand as a general rule. If you find a thrift shop bargain then great. Cabellas has a pretty good house brand too. But if Cabellas isn't close and the thrift shop is a dud then buy a trustworthy unit from Foodsaver.
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