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Is airless freezing even possible at home? I bought a Seal-A-Meal many years ago, and I could never get the "hot bar" to make even one complete seal across the plastic.

I just bought the Reynolds Handy-Vac at Kroger's, but it's going in the Donate pile. I got it to set up small bags of dry cat food that would stay fresh -- my picky cats won't eat the kibble after awhile because air gets to it from the box being opened every day. However, HALF of the Reynolds bags got air in them, either within seconds after sealing them, or a day or two later. Either the small valve/hole where you press the handheld vacuum leaks, or the rough edges of the kibble pieces made pinpoint holes in the plastic. I'm not taking a 50% chance that liquids will leak, or a small bone tip would make a hole and let the air in after all in such expensive bags.

I don't like the smell and taste of "freezer air" in food, and plastic wrap and the white freezer paper always seem to let air in. Granted, I might only be noticing it because I haven't been turning over freezer foods quickly enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to wrap things for the freezer? Should I try again with a newer version of the Seal-A-Meal? I love gadgets, but I'm tired of spending money on experiments, expensive refills, etc. Thanks!!!

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