Originally Posted by KP44
These are great devices and useful for what they do. They provide a vacuum seal that keeps out most of the air and delays freezer burn.
I have a large freezer box and a big cold box for unfrozen foods. Even with the large freezer, I seldom keep anything frozen longer than two months. So the foodsaver is not something I need on the boat
When we were starting, I bought a bread machine. But we never brought it onboard.
We also carried a microwave for about 15 years. We used it less and less. I finally left it ashore two years ago.
I have a little 4-cup food processer that is small and very useful.
I have a full-sized coffee maker and a grinder that I use every day.
I still carry a good pressure cooker. But I think I have only used it once in many years of galley
Your needs will be different and your lifestyle is your own. That is our experience.
I have held off buying
one as I don't like the garbage aspect of used plastic.
We also have a large, deep, top loading freezer.
We maximize space, while reducing plastic garbage, by prepairing, curries/stews/soups/sauces ahead of time to last months and store them in 4 serving sized, labeled Lock n Lock containers that are washed and reused for our favorite savouries.
Stacked and stored as tight modules ready to use when travelling, nothing moves around at sea.
Large capacity Lock n Locks with lid handles line the freezer bottom and store the trimmed meats, seafood, poultry in 3 seperate containers for when we want to BBQ or restock at local markets.
This all makes for modular packing, no deep diving
to the bottom of the freezer and minimizes time opening the freezer.
With a Set Temp of -22°C frozen meats or meals
are taken out days in advance and stored to thaw slowly in a similar sized Fridge box where veggies are storred in a similar modular fashion.
My mechanical spares are all wrapped in oiled cloths and placed in sealed boxes for storage
mostly under the floor on a sub level.
So have still held off on buying
a vacumn sealer.