FoodSaver 18-0163 Food Saver User Manual

The Original Home Vacuum Packaging System™
Vac1200
User Manual
©2002 by Tilia, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be copied or reproduced in any
fashion without written permission from the publisher.
FoodSaver ® and Tilia® are registered in the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office by Tilia International, Inc.
The Original Home Vacuum Packaging System™ is a
trademark of Tilia International, Inc.
First printing, July 2002
Printed in the United States of America
FoodSaver Patent 4,941,310
FoodSaver Bag Patent # Re. 34,929
Item# 18-0163 (7/02)
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Welcome
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Table of Contents
You have just purchased an appliance that will soon
have you wondering how you ever got by without
it. The FoodSaver vacuum packaging system is so
convenient and versatile, you’ll find yourself using
it every day. We guarantee that if you make room
for it on your countertop, you will quickly see how
indispensable it becomes in your kitchen.
Welcome
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The FoodSaver Vac 1200
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FoodSaver Accessories
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Important Safeguards
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Important Tips
Foods Will Keep Their “Just Bought” Freshness,
Flavor and Nutritional Value 3 to 5 Times Longer.
◗ Meats, poultry, fish and produce stay fresh and
flavorful in your freezer.
Operating Instructions: How to...
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Make a Custom-Made Bag with FoodSaver Rolls
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Vacuum Package Using Ready-Made and
Custom-Made FoodSaver Bags
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Use the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch
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Use the Extended Vacuum Button
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Use the Instant Seal Button
You’ll Save Money, Time and Effort.
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Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Designer Canisters
◗ Buy in bulk to reduce your grocery bills.
◗ Repackage your purchases in portions sized for
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Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Bulk Storage Canisters
and Square Canisters
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Vacuum Package Using the FoodSaver Jar Sealer with Mason Jars
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Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Universal Lids
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Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers
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Care and Cleaning Instructions
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Food Preparation and Storage Guide
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Vacuum Packaging Non-Food Items
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Troubleshooting
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Warranty and Service Information
◗ No more freezer burn.
◗ Foods stay fresh longer in your refrigerator.
◗ Dry ingredients stay fresh and insect free in
the pantry.
...to the world of FoodSaver.
your family’s needs.
◗ Prepare meals in advance so when you don’t have
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time to cook, you and your family will still have
great-tasting homemade meals.
Take bags right from the freezer or refrigerator
and boil or microwave.
Reduce waste and spoilage.
Prepare your own healthy frozen dinners. You
control serving portions, calories and nutritional
content.
Make and deliver home-cooked meals to those
who can’t get out.
Keep non-food items dry and free of dust and mold.
Stop silver from tarnishing because the metal is
not exposed to air.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
The FoodSaver Vac 1200
Instant Seal Button
Cancel Button
Extended Vacuum Button
Sealing Time
Adjustment Switch
Accessory Port
About Vacuum Packaging
FoodSaver Bags and Rolls
Air is left in most food storage containers and plastic bags even when
they are sealed tightly. Oxygen is
one of the main reasons that food
goes bad. It starts a chemical
change – robbing food of its nutritional value, texture, color, flavor
and overall quality. The FoodSaver
vacuum packaging system removes
the air from FoodSaver Bags and
then seals the bags so that air cannot
re-enter. It is also designed to be used
with a wide range of FoodSaver
accessories that will keep a variety
of foods fresh longer. Finally, you
can maintain the same freshness at
home that you get with professionally vacuum-packaged items you
purchase at the grocery store.
◗ FoodSaver Bags and Rolls are made
from a special 3-layer plastic
material with patented channels
that remove the air. The outer
layer of nylon seals freshness in,
while locking air and moisture out.
Patented 3-Layer Design
Patented FoodSaver Bags are designed to
remove air and seal in freshness.
◗ FoodSaver Bags and Rolls can go
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Sealing Strip
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straight from the freezer and
refrigerator to the microwave or
boiling water.
FoodSaver Bags and Rolls are
reusable, washable (including in
the dishwasher) and recyclable.
FoodSaver Bags come in readymade pint, quart and gallon sizes
to offer convenient, one-step storage.
Your Vac 1200 also works with 8
inch and 11 inch wide FoodSaver
Rolls, which allow you to make
custom-sized bags for the items
that you are vacuum packaging.
Most FoodSaver users like to keep
both bags and rolls handy for the
greatest packaging convenience.
Vacuum Channel
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FoodSaver Accessories
FoodSaver Canisters
◗ Vacuum packaging in the
FoodSaver Regular Jar Sealer
FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers
◗ There are three styles of FoodSaver
FoodSaver Square Canister is an
excellent way to marinate foods
because the
process opens
the pores of
the food and
seals in the
flavor. With
the FoodSaver vacuum packaging
system you can marinate food in
20 minutes so you don’t have to
wait all day or overnight for that
special taste. All FoodSaver
Canisters work for marinating,
but we recommend the Square
Canister because less marinade
will be needed.
◗ The Bulk Storage Canisters are
designed to store pantry items
such as cereal, chips, rice and
baking goods.
◗ The FoodSaver Regular Jar Sealer
◗ FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers allow
Canisters – Designer, Square and
Bulk Storage. They are ideal for
storing delicate items and liquids,
as well as dry goods and cooking
staples. The canisters come in a
variety of sizes and all can be used
in the refrigerator and pantry.
Canisters are not to be used in
the freezer.
◗ FoodSaver Designer Canisters are
especially attractive for use on
your countertop.
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allows you to vacuum package in
regular or standard-mouth mason
jars. Note:
FoodSaver
Jar Sealers
are designed
to fit mason
jars manufactured in the U.S., such as
Ball® and Kerr® brands.
FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer
◗ The FoodSaver Wide-Mouth
Jar Sealer allows you to vacuum
package in wide-mouth
mason jars.
FoodSaver Universal Lids
◗ With this great kitchen accessory,
you to vacuum package in bottles
to protect the taste and extend
the life of liquids such as wine,
liquor and cooking oils.
Purchasing FoodSaver Bags,
Rolls and Accessories
◗ To find the nearest retailer,
visit our website at
www.foodsaver.com or call
our Consumer Services
Department at the number
listed at the back of this manual.
you don’t have to transfer many
foods out of their original containers. Vacuum package and
extend the life of foods in their
original glass jars and metal cans.
◗ Available in two sizes – 4 inches
and 51⁄2 inches in diameter.
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Important Safeguards
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Important Tips
For Your Own Safety, Always Follow These Basic
Precautions When Using the FoodSaver Vac 1200:
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Read the instructions carefully.
2
Do not use the appliance on wet or hot surfaces, or near a
heat source.
3
Do not immerse any part of the appliance, power cord or plug in
water or other liquid.
4
To disconnect, unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
Do not disconnect by pulling on the cord.
5
Do not operate the appliance with a damaged power cord or plug.
Do not operate the appliance if it malfunctions or is in any
way damaged. If the cord or the machine is damaged, it must be
returned to an authorized service center.
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Do not use an extension cord with the appliance.
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Use only accessories or attachments recommended by Tilia, Inc.
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Use the appliance only for its intended use.
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Closely supervise children when using any electrical appliance.
Do not allow the appliance to be used as a toy.
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Important Tips When Vacuum Packaging:
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Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute for refrigeration.
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Use ONLY bags and rolls manufactured by FoodSaver.
3
Do not allow the Vacuum Channel to fill up with liquids. This
will render the machine unusable. To prevent it, avoid overfilling
the bags and freeze liquids first.
4
You can prevent liquids from being drawn into the unit by
placing a folded paper towel at the top of the bag, but below
the seal area, before vacuum packaging.
5
Do not attempt to create your own side seals for a FoodSaver
Bag. These bags are manufactured with special side seams which
are sealed all the way to the outer edge. Creating your own side
seams can actually leave air channels exposed which will cause
leakage and prevent a vacuum from being formed.
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Always make sure you leave at least one extra inch of bag
material for each time you plan to reuse the bag.
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If you are not sure whether you have achieved a complete seal,
simply seal the bag again about 1⁄4 inch above the first seal.
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Bulky items sometimes make it difficult to achieve a smooth
sealing surface. Gently stretch the bag flat along the Sealing Strip
before closing the lid.
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When packaging products with sharp edges (dry spaghetti,
silverware, etc.), protect the bag from punctures by wrapping
the products in a cushioning material, such as paper towels,
styrofoam, tissue, etc. Products can also be vacuum packaged in
canisters or mason jars to avoid any possibility of puncturing
a bag.
120v Machines Only: The Vac 1200 has a polarized plug (one
blade is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electrical
shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one
way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug.
If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not
modify the plug in any way.
For Household Use Only • Please Save These Instructions
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Avoid drawing powdery or fine-grained products into the unit.
This will inhibit the vacuuming and sealing process and may clog
the unit, preventing it from drawing a good vacuum. To prevent
this from occurring, avoid overfilling the bags.
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How to Make a Custom-Made Bag with FoodSaver Rolls
When using FoodSaver Rolls you first need to make a bag. If you
are using ready-made FoodSaver Bags, go to page 10.
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Place the appliance on a flat, dry surface and plug the power cord
into a standard electrical outlet.
2
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “2.”
3
Lay the item(s) you want to vacuum package near the FoodSaver
Roll so you can see where to cut the bag material. IMPORTANT:
Leave at least 3 extra inches at one end of the bag. Leave more
(one inch per reseal) if you plan to reuse the bag.
4
Cut the FoodSaver Roll to the desired length, making sure you
cut straight. The marks on the side of the roll are at 3 inch intervals
and will assist you in cutting straight.
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Open the lid of the appliance.
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Place one end of the bag on the Sealing Strip. Do not let the bag
slip into the Vacuum Channel.
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Close the lid.
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Press on the lid with the palms
of your hands then release. The
solid green light will turn on.
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When the green light goes off, the sealing process is complete.
Open the lid and remove the bag.
NOTE: Let the appliance cool down for at least 20 seconds before
using it again.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the end of the bag does not go over the
black foam rubber ring, or into the Vacuum Channel.
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How to Vacuum Package Using Ready-Made
and Custom-Made FoodSaver Bags
1
Place the appliance on a flat, dry surface and plug the power cord
into a standard electrical outlet.
2
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “2.”
3
Open the lid of the appliance.
4
Place items to be vacuum packaged inside the bag. Place the
open end of the bag down into the Vacuum Channel.
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When all the air has been removed the green light will
turn off. The vacuum and sealing process is complete.
Open the lid and remove the bag.
NOTE: Let the appliance cool down for at least 20 seconds before
using it again.
IMPORTANT: You will need to pre-freeze foods that have excess
liquid or moisture before vacuum packaging in FoodSaver Bags
because the liquid can be drawn up into the vacuum pump.
Do not allow the Vacuum Channel to become filled with liquid.
This may allow liquid to get sucked into the motor and permanently
damage the appliance.
Wipe out any excess liquid from the Vacuum Channel after each
time you vacuum package.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the open end of the bag touches the
blue label on the bottom of the Vacuum Channel.
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Close the lid.
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Press on the lid with the palms
of your hands then release. The
solid green light will turn on.
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How to Use the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch
This Three-Level Sealing Time Adjustment Switch lets you control
the length of the sealing process. It can be set from 1 to 3. Set the
Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “1” when vacuum packaging
with Canisters, Universal Lids, Bottle Stoppers or Jar Sealers. Set
the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “2” for creating a bag
from a FoodSaver Roll or for normal vacuum packaging. Set the
Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “3” when vacuum packaging
foods with excess moisture and juices (example: meats, chicken
or fish).
How to Use the Extended Vacuum Button
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
How to Use the Instant Seal Button
Use the Instant Seal Button when you want to seal a FoodSaver
Bag before a complete vacuum has been created. This feature is
useful when vacuum packaging fragile items such as bread, baked
goods and berries so they don’t get crushed.
1
Open the lid.
2
Place the items to be vacuum packaged into the bag.
3
Place the open end of the bag down into the Vacuum Channel.
4
Close the lid.
5
Press on the lid with the palms of your hands then release. The
solid green light will turn on and the Vac 1200 will automatically
begin the vacuum process.
6
To stop the process before all the air is removed, press and release
the Instant Seal Button. The vacuum will stop within 3 seconds
and the sealing process will begin. The light will turn off when
the bag is sealed.
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Open the lid and remove
the bag.
When using extra large canisters and bags, the Extended Vacuum
Button is useful. This extends the vacuum time to ensure that
the maximum amount of air is removed.
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To use, simply press and hold the Extended Vacuum Button
during the vacuum process.
2
Release the Extended Vacuum Button once you feel enough
additional air has been removed. This will return the Vac 1200
to the normal cycle. The sounds will stop and the green light will
turn off when the vacuum process is complete.
NOTE: It takes approximately 2 to 3 seconds to stop the vacuum
process and seal the bag. If you are using a small bag or packaging
a fragile item, we recommend that you press down on the Instant
Seal Button immediately after releasing the lid.
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How to Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver
Designer Canisters
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
How to Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Bulk
Storage Canisters and Square Canisters
FoodSaver Designer Canisters are an excellent way to store
delicate items in the refrigerator, pantry or on the countertop.
1
Place the item(s) to be vacuum packaged inside the canister. Leave
at least one inch between the contents and the rim of the canister.
3
Place the lid on top of the canister.
4
Insert one end of the Accessory
Hose into the Accessory Port on
the appliance. Insert the other
end of the Accessory Hose into
the hole on the top of the canister.
Twist the gray hose fitting while
inserting to ensure a tight fit.
5
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment
Switch to “1.” Vacuum package
as per instructions on page 10,
steps 5-7.
6
Remove the Accessory Hose
from the lid by gently twisting
the gray hose fitting and pulling up.
MPORTANT: Remember to remove the Accessory Hose from the
Accessory Port on the appliance before you vacuum package in
FoodSaver Bags. Remove the hose by gently twisting the gray
fitting while pulling it out. Never yank or tug the hose as this
may damage both the hose and the fitting.
Bulk Storage Canisters are an excellent way to store food in the
refrigerator or pantry. The Square Canister is great for marinating
since vacuum packaging opens the pores of food and cuts
marinating time down to 20 minutes. They both operate the
same way.
1
Place the items(s) to be vacuum packaged inside the canister.
Leave at least one inch between the contents and the rim of
the canister.
2
Turn the knob on the lid so the
arrow points to “Vacuum.”
3
Place lid on top of Bulk or Square
Canister.
4
Insert one end of the Accessory
Hose into the Accessory Port on
the machine. Insert the other end
of the Accessory Hose into the
hole on the top of the canister.
Twist the gray hose fitting while
inserting to ensure a tight fit.
5
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “1.”
Vacuum package as per instructions on page 10, steps 5-7.
How to Open the FoodSaver Designer Canister
To open the FoodSaver Designer Canister, press and hold the
gray rubber button in the center of the lid. This will release
the vacuum and allow the lid to be removed.
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How To Vacuum Package Using the FoodSaver
Jar Sealer with Mason Jars
How to Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Bulk
Storage Canisters and Square Canisters
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Remove the Accessory Hose from the lid by gently twisting the
gray hose fitting and pulling up.
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Turn the knob on the lid so the arrow points to “Closed.”
Use the FoodSaver Jar Sealer to vacuum package food in mason
jars. There are two sizes of jar sealers: the FoodSaver WideMouth Jar Sealer for wide-mouth mason jars, and the FoodSaver
Regular Jar Sealer for regular or standard-mouth mason jars. If
you wish to store mason jars in the freezer, make sure to use
tapered and tempered freezer-safe mason jars and leave extra
space between the contents and the lid to allow for the normal
expansion of liquids.
IMPORTANT: Remember to remove the Accessory Hose from the
Accessory Port on the appliance before you vacuum package in
FoodSaver Bags. Remove the hose by gently twisting the gray
fitting while pulling it out. Never yank or tug the hose as this
may damage both the hose and the fitting.
NOTE: Always pre-soak new metal lids. Bring water to a boil, then
turn off. Pre-soak lids 5-10 minutes.
How to Open the FoodSaver Bulk Storage or Square Canister
To open the FoodSaver Bulk Storage Canister or Square
Canister, turn the knob on the canister lid so the arrow points
to “Open.” This will release the vacuum and allow the lid to
be removed.
1
Place the item(s) to be vacuum packaged inside the mason jar.
Leave at least one inch between the contents and the rim of the jar.
2
Place the mason jar lid on the top of the mason jar.
(IMPORTANT: Do NOT use screw bands when
vacuum packaging jars.)
3
Insert one end of the Accessory
Hose into the Accessory Port on
the appliance. Insert the other end
of the Accessory Hose into the
hole on the top of the Jar Sealer.
Twist the gray hose fitting while
inserting to ensure a tight fit.
4
Place the Jar Sealer on top
of the mason jar. Push down
firmly until the Jar Sealer
covers the entire rim of the jar.
NOTE: Do NOT attempt to vacuum package any contents that
are warmer than room temperature since the vacuum may
cause the contents to bubble out of the canister.
C A R E A N D S TO R A G E
O F F O O D S AV E R
CANISTERS
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FoodSaver
Bulk
Canisters
FoodSaver
Designer
Canisters
FoodSaver
Square
Canisters
Freezer
No
No
No
Bases in Microwave
No
No
Yes
Lids in Microwave
No
No
No
Bases in Dishwasher
Yes
Yes
Yes
Lids in Dishwasher
No
No
No
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How To Vacuum Package Using the FoodSaver
Jar Sealer with Mason Jars
5
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment Switch to “1.” Vacuum package
as per instructions on page 10, steps 5-7.
6
Remove the FoodSaver Jar Sealer by twisting gently while
lifting up. Make sure that the metal lid on jar is securely in place.
It should not move.
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
How To Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Universal Lids
The Universal Lid is ideal for keeping foods, such as sauces,
peanuts and coffee, fresh longer in their original containers.
These lids work with metal cans, thick glass jars and rigid
plastic containers. Remember, perishable goods should still be
refrigerated. Also, if you plan to store food in cans for more
than a day, it is advisable to transfer food into a plastic or glass
container to prevent "off-flavor" from developing from the can.
IMPORTANT: Remember to remove the Accessory Hose from the
Accessory Port on the appliance before you vacuum package in
FoodSaver Bags. Remove the hose by gently twisting the gray
fitting while pulling it out. Never yank or tug the hose as this
may damage both the hose and the fitting.
CAUTION: FoodSaver Universal Lids are not to be used with thin
glass, crystal, plastic or aluminum containers. The force exerted
by the FoodSaver vacuum packaging system is very powerful and
could implode a thin glass or a non-rigid container.
How to Open the Mason Jar
To open the mason jar, wedge
a spoon between the mason jar
lid and the highest part of the
threaded rim. Twist the spoon
gently to release the vacuum.
When opened this way, the
mason jar lid can be reused
many times.
IMPORTANT: To avoid accidents, do not use a knife to remove
the mason jar lid. Also, do not use a bottle opener to remove the
mason jar lid as it will bend the lid and prevent its reuse.
Vacuum packaging is not a substitute for canning.
NOTE: Do NOT attempt to vacuum package any contents that
are warmer than room temperature since the vacuum may
cause the contents to bubble out of the jar.
1
Turn the knob on the Universal
Lid so the arrow points to
“Vacuum.”
2
Place the Universal Lid on top of
the open container. Leave at least
one inch between the contents
and the rim of the canister.
3
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment
Switch to “1.” Vacuum package
as you would a Square or Bulk
Canister. (See page 15, steps 4-5.)
IMPORTANT: Remember to remove the Accessory Hose from the
Accessory Port on the appliance before you vacuum package in
FoodSaver Bags. Remove the hose by gently twisting the gray
fitting while pulling it out. Never yank or tug the hose as this
may damage both the hose and the fitting.
How to Open the FoodSaver Universal Lid
To open the FoodSaver Universal Lid, turn the knob so the arrow
points to “Open.” This will release the vacuum and allow the lid
to be removed.
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How to Vacuum Package Using FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers
FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers are the best way to keep wine, oils and
non-carbonated bottled liquids fresh longer. You will keep their
delicate taste from going stale by not exposing the liquids to air.
FoodSaver Bottle Stoppers are not to be used with plastic bottles.
Also, do not use with any carbonated or sparkling beverages.
Carbonation happens under pressure. A vacuum removes this
pressure, releasing the bubbles and causing the beverages to
become flat.
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3
Insert the Bottle Stopper into the neck of the bottle. Leave at
least one inch between the contents and the bottom of the
Bottle Stopper.
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Care and Cleaning Instructions
The FoodSaver Vac 1200
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Always unplug the appliance before cleaning.
Do not immerse the appliance in water.
Do not use abrasive products or materials to clean any of the appliance components. Such cleaners can scratch the surfaces and damage
the black foam rubber pads, preventing a vacuum from forming.
Clean using a mild dishwashing soap and a warm, damp cloth.
Wipe away any food residue from inside or around the Vacuum
Channel, Sealing Strip and black foam rubber pads.
Dry thoroughly before using.
FoodSaver Bags
Insert one end of the Accessory Hose into the Accessory Port on
the appliance. Insert the other end of the Accessory Hose into the
hole on the top of the Bottle Stopper. Twist the gray hose fitting
while inserting to ensure a tight fit.
1
Set the Sealing Time Adjustment
Switch to “1.” Vacuum package
as per instructions on
page 10, steps 5-7.
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2
Wash bags in warm water using a mild dishwashing soap.
Bags can be washed in the dishwasher by carefully turning the
bags inside out and spreading them over the top rack of the dishwasher so that all surfaces are exposed to the washing water.
Allow bags to dry thoroughly before reusing.
IMPORTANT: We do not recommend reusing bags that have been
used to store raw meats or fish. Also, bags may not be reusable
if they have been used to store greasy or fatty foods. Do not
reuse bags that have been microwaved or boiled.
FoodSaver Accessories
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IMPORTANT: Remember to remove the Accessory Hose from the
Accessory Port on the appliance before you vacuum package in
FoodSaver Bags. Remove the hose by gently twisting the gray
fitting while pulling it out. Never yank or tug the hose as this
may damage both the hose and the fitting.
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3
4
How to Remove the FoodSaver Bottle Stopper
To remove the FoodSaver Bottle Stopper, simply twist and
pull up on the Bottle Stopper to release the vacuum.
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All FoodSaver accessories should be washed in warm water using
a mild dishwashing soap.
Dry thoroughly before using.
All FoodSaver Canister bases (but not the lids) may be washed in
the dishwasher.
Square Canister bases (but not the lids) may be used to reheat
foods in the microwave.
Designer and Bulk Storage Canister bases and lids are not to
be used in the microwave.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Food Preparation and Storage Guide
Guidelines for Vacuum
Packaging Food
Vacuum packaging is not a substitute
for canning nor can it reverse deteriorating quality; it can only slow down
changes in quality. It is impossible to
predict how long a specific food will
have top-quality flavor, appearance
and texture, because it depends on
the age and condition of the food
on the day it was vacuum packaged.
Any perishable foods that require
refrigeration still must be refrigerated
or frozen after vacuum packaging.
Vacuum packaging extends the life of
foods by removing nearly all the air in
a sealed container, thereby reducing
oxidation which affects nutritional
value, flavor and overall quality.
However, most foods contain enough
water to support micro-organisms
which can grow with or without air.
While micro-organisms are present
everywhere, only certain ones cause
problems, and only under certain
conditions:
◗ Mold: Easy to identify because of
its characteristic fuzz. Molds are
virtually eliminated by vacuum
packaging because they cannot
grow in a low oxygen environment.
◗ Yeast: Results in fermentation,
which can frequently be identified by
smell or taste. Yeast requires water,
sugar and a moderate temperature
to grow, but can grow with or
without air. Refrigeration slows
the growth of yeast, and freezing
stops it completely.
◗ Bacteria: Frequently results in
discoloration, soft or slimy texture
and/or an unpleasant odor. Clostridium botulinum (the organism that
causes Botulism) can grow without
air under the right conditions,
cannot be detected by smell or
taste and, although extremely rare,
can be very dangerous.
Maintaining low temperatures is a
critical factor in preserving foods
safely. Growth of micro-organisms is
significantly reduced at temperatures
of 40°F (4°C) or below. Freezing at
0°F (-17°C) does not kill microorganisms, but stops them from
growing. For long-term storage, always
freeze “perishable” foods that have
been vacuum packaged.
Always thaw foods in either the
refrigerator or microwave – do not
leave “perishable” foods at room
temperature to thaw.
To microwave in a FoodSaver Bag,
cut a corner of the bag and place on
a microwave-safe dish. You can also
place the FoodSaver Bag in boiling
water to heat.
Where to
Store
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
Beef, Lamb, Pork
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
6 months
Ground meat
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
1 year
4 months
Poultry
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
6 months
Fish
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 years
6 months
Preparation Guidelines for Meats/Fish:
Option 1: For best results pre-freeze
meats and fish for 1-2 hours before
vacuum packaging in a FoodSaver
Bag to ensure the retention of juices
and shape, and to help guarantee a
good seal.
Option 2: If it is not possible to prefreeze, place a folded paper towel
between the meat/fish and the end
of the bag. Leave the paper towel in
the bag when vacuum packaging to
absorb excess moisture and juices.
NOTE: Beef may appear darker after vacuum packaging due to the removal
of oxygen. This is not an indication of spoilage.
Thawing and Heating Vacuum
Packaged Foods
NOTE: Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute for refrigeration or freezing.
Any “perishable” foods that require refrigeration prior to vacuum packaging
still must be refrigerated or frozen after vacuum packaging.
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M E AT S /F I S H
CHEESES
Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan
Where to
Store
Refrigerator
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag
4 to 8 months
1 to 2 weeks
Preparation Guidelines for Hard Cheeses:
Keep cheese fresh even if you use
it everyday by vacuum packaging it
after each use. Make your original
FoodSaver Bag extra long. Simply
cut along the sealed edge, remove
the cheese and slice off the amount
needed, then place the cheese back
in the bag and repackage. Allow
approximately one inch of bag
material for each time the bag will
be opened and repackaged.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Food Preparation and Storage Guide
V E G E TA B L E S
Blanching
Times
Where to
Store
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
Where to
Store
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver
Canister
2 weeks
3 to 6 days
Asparagus
11⁄2 to 3 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Whole kernel corn
4 to 5 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Preparation Guidelines for Leafy Vegetables:
Corn on cob
6 to 11 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Wash vegetables, towel or spin dry
and vacuum package. You can then
Snow peas
11⁄2 to 2 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Sugar snap peas
11⁄2 to 2 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
3 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Broccoli
3 to 4 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Brussels sprouts
3 to 5 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Cabbage
3 to 5 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Green beans
Cauliflower
3 to 4 mins.
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
8 months
Preparation Guidelines for Vegetables:
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L E A F Y V E G E TA B L E S
◗ Vegetables should be blanched
◗ Place baking sheet in the freezer
before vacuum packaging. This
stops the enzyme action, which
will eventually cause loss of flavor,
color and texture.
◗ Blanch vegetables by placing them
in boiling water or in the microwave until they are cooked but
still crisp. Immerse in cold water
to stop the cooking process. Dry
vegetables on a towel, then freeze.
◗ To freeze vegetables in individual
servings, place them on baking
sheets and spread out so that pieces
are not touching. This way they
will not freeze together in a block.
for 1-2 hours until the pieces are
solidly frozen.
◗ Vacuum package in a FoodSaver
Bag and return to the freezer for
long-term storage. Remember, you
can microwave and boil FoodSaver
Bags right from the freezer.
◗ Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli,
Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
cauliflower, kale, turnips) emit
gases during storage. Therefore, they
must be stored in the freezer only.
Lettuce, Spinach
Refrigerator
open the canister and take what you
need each time you make a salad.
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
vacuum packaging)
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
1 to 3 years
6 to 12 months
Softer berries
(i.e. Boysenberries,
Blackberries, Raspberries,
Strawberries)
Refrigerator
FoodSaver
Canister
1 to 2 weeks
1 to 6 days
Harder berries
(i.e. Blueberries,
Cranberries)
Refrigerator
FoodSaver
Canister
2 weeks
3 to 6 days
FRUITS
Apricots, Nectarines,
Peaches, Plums,
Where to
Store
Normal Storage
Life (without
Normal Storage
Life (without
Preparation Guidelines for Fruits:
When freezing soft fruits or berries
in a FoodSaver Bag, it is best to prefreeze for 1-2 hours or until solidly
frozen. To freeze fruits in individual
servings, place sliced fruit or berries
on a baking sheet and spread out so
the pieces are not touching. This
way they will not freeze together in
a block. Then vacuum package in
portions for baking, or in your
favorite combinations for easy fruit
salad all year round.
Keep berries fresh longer in the
refrigerator by repackaging them in
a FoodSaver Canister. You can open
the canister and take what you need
for snacks or fruit salad, then reseal
to maintain freshness.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Food Preparation and Storage Guide
BAKED GOODS
Bread, Rolls,
Bagels, Pastries
Where to
Store
Freezer
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag
1 to 3 years
6 to 12 months
COFFEE
Where to
Store
NUTS
Walnuts, Pistachios,
Almonds, Peanuts,
Sunflower seeds
Where to
Store
Pantry
shells and vacuum package the extras
for later use. Also, you can vacuum
package treats such as peanut brittle
and fudge to send as gifts.
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag,
Canister
2 years
6 months
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vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag
2 to 3 years
6 to 9 months
Ground
Freezer
FoodSaver Bag
2 years
6 months
Beans
Pantry
FoodSaver Bag,
Canister
1 year
3 months
Ground
Pantry
FoodSaver
Canister
5 to 6 months
1 month
Preparation Guidelines for Coffee:
When vacuum packaging ground
coffee in a FoodSaver Bag, leave
coffee in the original bag or place
into a regular plastic bag and then
place that bag into a FoodSaver Bag
P R E PA R E D L I QU I D S
what you need for baking or snacks
and then repackage. If using a
FoodSaver Bag, allow approximately
one inch of extra bag material for
each time the bag will be opened
and repackaged.
Normal Storage
Life (without
Freezer
Where to
Store
Preparation Guidelines for Nuts:
Vacuum packaging eliminates the
stale or rancid flavor nuts often get
when stored. Plus, it eliminates the
growth of molds that commonly
occur with nuts. Keep nuts fresh
by vacuum packaging them. You
can open the container and take
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Beans
Preparation Guidelines for Baked Goods:
Before vacuum packaging soft or airy
baked goods, pre-freeze for 1-2 hours
or until solidly frozen so that they
will hold their shape. You can bake a
double batch of bread or multiple pie
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Soups, Stews,
Sauces, Other liquids
Freezer
for vacuum packaging. This will
prevent grounds from being drawn
into the vacuum pump and help
guarantee a good seal.
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag
1 to 2 years
3 to 6 months
Preparation Guidelines for Prepared Liquids:
To vacuum package liquids for freezer
storage, pre-freeze them first in a casserole or loaf pan until they are solid.
Remove from the pan and vacuum
package in a FoodSaver Bag. These
“frozen bricks” stack conveniently in
your freezer and can go right into
boiling water or the microwave when
you are ready to use them. This same
technique can be used for pre-cooked
dinners and leftovers.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Food Preparation and Storage Guide
B OT T L E D L I QU I D S
Oils (with no preservatives
such as safflower, canola,
corn oil)
Wine
Where to
Store
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
Pantry
Bottle Stopper
1 to 11⁄2 years
5 to 6 months
Refrigerator
Bottle Stopper
2 to 4 months
1 to 3 weeks
Preparation Guidelines for Bottled Liquids:
Leave at least one inch of room
between the contents and the
bottom of the Bottle Stopper before
vacuum packaging bottled liquids.
Also, good for keeping the leftover
D RY F O O D S
Rice/risotto, Pasta,
Beans, Grains
Where to
Store
Pantry
oil from deep fryers from turning
rancid. After the oil has cooled down,
strain it into mason jars or FoodSaver
Canisters and vacuum package.
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag,
Canister
1 to 2 years
6 months
Flour, Sugar, Dry milk,
Brown sugar,
Dried coconut
material, like a paper towel. This
will help protect the FoodSaver Bag
from punctures.
Where to
Store
Pantry
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver Bag,
Canister
1 to 2 years
6 months
Preparation Guidelines for Powdery Foods:
For best results when vacuum packaging powdery foods in a FoodSaver
Bag, leave the item in its original
bag, then place that bag inside a
FoodSaver Bag. This will prevent
fine or powdery food from being
drawn into the vacuum pump and
help guarantee a good seal.
Keep powdery foods fresh and
protect them from insect infestation by repackaging them with the
FoodSaver after each use. You can
open the container and take what
you need for baking or cooking.
NOTE: Placing a box inside a FoodSaver Bag may puncture the bag. Therefore, it
is best to use the inner bag in which most powdery foods are generally packaged.
SNACK FOODS
Preparation Guidelines for Dry Foods:
Before vacuum packaging dry foods
with sharp edges, such as rice and
pasta, wrap the food in cushioning
P OW D E RY F O O D S
Crackers, Chips, Cookies
Where to
Store
Pantry
Recommended
FoodSaver
Container
Vacuum
Packaged
Storage Life
Normal Storage
Life (without
vacuum packaging)
FoodSaver
Canister
3 to 6 weeks
1 to 2 weeks
Preparation Guidelines for Snack Foods:
Keep snack foods fresh even if you
use them every day by vacuum
packaging them. Open the canister,
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take what you need, then repackage
it to maintain freshness.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Vacuum Packaging Non-Food Items
Your FoodSaver vacuum packaging
system also protects non-food items
from oxidation, corrosion and
moisture. Just follow the directions
for vacuum packaging using the
FoodSaver Bags or accessories.
◗ Vacuum package your silver.
Without exposure to air, the silver
will not tarnish. Be sure to cover
fork tines in something cushioning,
like a paper towel, so they won’t
puncture the bag.
◗ Vacuum package your children’s
clay, so that it won’t dry out and
get cracked.
◗ Camping and hiking gear stays
dry and compact. Vacuum packaging your clothes and equipment
will help save space in your pack.
Vacuum package matches, maps
and anything you want to stay dry.
◗ For picnics, fill a FoodSaver Bag
with ice and seal. When it melts,
you’ll have fresh water for drinking or you can put it back in the
freezer as a reusable ice pack.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Troubleshooting
◗ Vacuum package your food and
equipment for a boating or sailing
outing. Food will stay dry in the
cooler, batteries and film won’t get
damaged by water and you’ll appreciate having a dry change of clothes.
◗ FoodSaver Bags are also great for
storing extra keys or any spare parts
you need for your boat. They will
be dry and in one place.
◗ Vacuum package first aid kits and
emergency kits for your house,
your boat and your car. Items will
all be in one package and will stay
dry and without dirt and mold.
Include flares, batteries, flashlight,
candles and matches.
◗ Vacuum package extra spark plugs
and precision tools that always
seem to get lost. Seal nuts, bolts
and screws by size in separate bags.
Nothing Happens When the Lid is Pressed:
1
Make sure the power cord is firmly plugged into the electrical outlet.
2
Make sure the power cord is not damaged in any way.
3
Make sure the electrical outlet is operative by plugging in
another appliance.
4
Wait 20 minutes to allow the Vac 1200 to cool off, and then try
using it again. The appliance will shut off automatically if it
becomes too hot. To keep the appliance from becoming too hot:
a. Wait at least 20 seconds for the appliance to cool down after
vacuum packaging and/or sealing before attempting to vacuum
and/or seal another bag.
b. Keep the lid open before vacuuming and/or sealing another bag.
Air Is Not Removed From the Bag:
1
Make sure the open end of the bag is resting entirely inside the
Vacuum Channel. Make sure you are not putting the edge of the
bag beyond the Vacuum Channel.
2
Check the bag for leaks. Seal the bag with some air in it. Submerge
it in water and apply pressure. Bubbles indicate a leak. If the bag
has a leak, you need to use a new bag.
3
If using a custom-sized FoodSaver Bag, check the seal of the bag.
There may be a wrinkle in the bag along the seal, which causes
leakage and prevents air from being removed. Cut the bag and
reseal the edge.
4
Do not attempt to make your own side seams for a FoodSaver
Bag. They are manufactured with special side seams, which are
sealed all the way to the outer edge. Making your own side seams
may leave air pockets, which will cause leakage and prevent air
from being completely removed.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Troubleshooting
Air Was Removed From the Bag, But Has Come Back
Into the Bag:
1
Check the seal of the bag. There may be a wrinkle in the bag along
the seal, which caused leakage and allowed air to come back into
the bag. Cut the bag open and vacuum package it again.
2
Moisture or food material (i.e. juices, grease, crumbs, powders, etc.)
along the seal may have caused leakage and allowed air to come
back into the bag. Cut the bag open, wipe the top inside of the bag
material to clear away any moisture or food residue, then vacuum
package the bag again. See the “Food Preparation and Storage
Guide” in this User Manual for guidelines for specific foods.
3
4
Food items with sharp edges may have punctured the bag. If you
find a puncture hole, you will need to use a new FoodSaver Bag.
Make sure to protect the bag from puncture holes by wrapping
the items in cushioning material such as a paper towel.
If you find none of these conditions identified in 1-3 (above), and the
bag appears to have air inside, fermentation or the release of natural
gases from inside the foods may have occurred. This could indicate
that the food may have begun to spoil and should be discarded.
The Bag Will Not Seal:
1
a. Wait at least 20 seconds for the appliance to cool down after
vacuum packaging and/or sealing before attempting to vacuum
and/or seal another bag.
b. Keep the lid open before vacuuming and/or sealing another bag.
The Mason Jar Will Not Vacuum:
1
Make sure the Jar Sealer is centered and pressed firmly over the
lid on the mason jar.
2
Make sure the rubber gasket on the mason jar lid is free from
food materials, crumbs, etc.
3
Make sure the rim of the mason jar does not have any cracks or
scratches. Any gaps can prevent a vacuum from forming.
4
Make sure you aren’t filling the mason jar too full prior to
vacuum packaging. Always leave at least one inch (1")
between the contents and the lid.
5
Make sure the metal lid of the mason jar is not bent.
The Bag Melts:
1
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The Sealing Strip may have become too hot. Always wait at least
20 seconds for the Vac 1200 to cool down before vacuuming
and/or sealing another bag.
Wait 20 minutes to allow the Vac 1075 to cool off, then try using
it again. The appliance will shut off automatically if it becomes
too hot. To help prevent the appliance from becoming too hot:
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Troubleshooting
The FoodSaver Designer Canister Will Not Vacuum:
1
Make sure the rubber gasket on the lid is free from food
materials, crumbs, etc.
1
Make sure the Bottle Stopper is fitting snugly inside the bottle.
If it is loose, air may leak in and prevent a vacuum from forming.
2
Make sure the rim of the canister does not have any cracks or
scratches. Any gaps can prevent the a vacuum from forming.
2
3
Make sure you aren’t filling the canister too full prior to
vacuum packaging. Always leave at least one inch (1")
between the contents and the lid.
Make sure the neck of the bottle and tip of the Accessory Hose
are free from food materials, crumbs, etc. Any gaps will prevent a
vacuum from forming.
The FoodSaver Universal Lid, Bulk Storage Canister, Square
Canister Will Not Vacuum:
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The FoodSaver Bottle Stopper Will Not Vacuum:
1
When using the Universal Lid, make sure that the rim of the
container is smooth and flat. Ragged edges will prevent the
Universal Lid from forming a vacuum.
2
Make sure the rubber gaskets underneath the lids and the rim of
the canisters are free from food materials, crumbs, etc.
3
Make sure the knob on the lid is closing and opening properly
and that there are no food materials caught inside.
If You Cannot Fix the Problem:
Call our Consumer Services Department at the number listed at
the back of this manual.
NOTE: For all accessories, make sure that the Accessory
Hose is completely inserted into the machine and the lid of
the accessory.
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T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
T H E F O O D S AV E R U S E R M A N U A L
Warranty and Service Information
O N E - Y E A R L I M I T E D WA R R A N T Y
The following warranty policy
applies only to the original consumer
of this product and is not transferable. Evidence of original purchase
is required for warranty service
(this could be the sales receipt or
packing slip, etc).
Elements of Warranty
Tilia, Inc. (“Tilia”) warrants, for one
year from the date of purchase, to
the original consumer, this product
to be free from defects in materials
and workmanship under intended
normal use, subject only to the limitations and exclusions set out below.
Warranty Limitation and Duration
This warranty to the original consumer shall terminate and be of no
further effect 12 months after the
date of the original purchase. This
warranty is invalid if this product is:
a. Used for commercial or
rental purposes.
b. Damaged or carelessly or improperly maintained, misused, abused
or is not operated in accordance
with the operating instructions as
explained in the User Manual.
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c. Serviced or repaired by persons
other than those authorized by
Tilia, Inc.
d. Modified, aligned, altered or
tampered with.
e. Damaged due to natural disasters
including but not limited to
lightning or power surges.
f. Used in any conjunction with
equipment or parts or as part of
any system not manufactured
by Tilia.
Statement of Remedy
In the event the product does not
conform to this warranty at any
time while this warranty is in effect,
Tilia will repair or replace the
product (at Tilia’s option) and return
it to you without charge for parts,
services or any other cost (except
shipping and handling) incurred by
Tilia or its representative in connection with the performance of this
warranty. The limited warranty set
forth above is the sole and entire
warranty pertaining to the product
and is in lieu of and excludes all
other warranties of any nature
whatsoever, whether express,
implied or arising by operation
of law, including, but not limited
to, any implied warranties of
merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. This warranty
does not cover or provide for the
reimbursement or payment of
incidental or consequential
damages. Some states do not
allow this exclusion or limitation
of incidental or consequential
damages so the above limitation
or exclusion may not apply to you.
Legal Remedies
This warranty gives you specific
legal rights. You may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
This warranty is void outside North
America (the United States, its
possessions, Canada and Mexico).
Procedure for Obtaining
Performance Warranty
Before you return your product for
warranty repair, call Tilia’s Consumer
Services Department listed below
for complete shipping instructions
and a Return Authorization (RA)
number. Any product returned for
warranty repair must be delivered
freight prepaid in either its original
packaging or packaging affording an
equal degree of protection.
IF YOU NEED SERVICE
If you have any questions concerning service of this product, please contact:
Tilia, Inc.
P.O. Box 194530
San Francisco, CA 94119-4530
www.foodsaver.com
customerservice@tilia.com
Toll-Free Consumer
Services Support
United States: 1.800.777.5452
Canada: 1.877.804.5383
Evidence of original purchase is required, so it is important to hold onto
your sales receipt or packing slip.
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