VACUUM SEALER - Weston Supply
ATTENTION!
PLEASE INSPECT THIS PACKAGE THOROUGHLY FOR MISSING PARTS OR ANY PRODUCT DAMAGE.
IF YOUR PRODUCT CONTAINS SHIPPING DAMAGE, PLEASE CONTACT RETAILER FOR ASSISTANCE.
For all other questions regarding product usage, missing parts, product damage, difficulty or warranty activation,
please contact the Weston Products Customer Service Team:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday thru Friday
™
CustomerService@WestonProducts.com
U.S. Residents Customer Service Line: 1.800.814.4895 (Outside U.S. Call: 1.440.638.3131)
Weston Products LLC, 20365 Progress Drive, Strongsville, Ohio 44149
WestonProducts.com
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Refer to them often and use them to instruct others.
HARVEST GUARD SPORT
TM
VACUUM SEALER
MODEL NO. 65-1001-RT
REV070113
Please DO NOT return this item to the retailer before contacting
Weston Products Customer Service.
Due to constant factory improvements, the product pictured might differ slightly from the product received.
WESTON WARRANTY INFORMATION
1
Under Seal Bar Tape
SAVE THIS WARRANTY INFORMATION FOR YOUR RECORDS!
3
Vacuum Lid
Power Cord
2
Lid Closure
Tab
Base
4
Vacuum Chamber
5
Lid Closure
Tab
Control Panel
Weston Products LLC warrants to the ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASER of this product that if operated in
accordance with the printed instruction accompanying it, then for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase,
the product shall be free from defects in material and workmanship.
The Warranty Card, along with a copy of the original receipt, must be received by Weston Products LLC
within 30 days from purchase date for the warranty to apply. Failure to send the completely filled out Warranty
Card, along with a copy of the original receipt, will void the warranty.
The product must be delivered to or shipped freight prepaid to Weston Products LLC for warranty services,
in either its original packaging or similar packaging affording an equal degree of protection. Damage due to
shipping is not the responsibility of the company. Weston Products LLC charges a $35.00 per hour bench
charge. NOTE: No repairs will be started without the authorization of the customer. The return shipping cost to
the customer will be added to the repair invoice.
Prior to returning the product for Warranty Repair, the product must be thoroughly cleaned and free from any
food particles or other debris. Failure of the purchaser to comply with this standard will result in the unit being
returned without repair. In some cases, a $50 cleaning surcharge may apply.
Weston Products LLC will repair (or at its discretion, replace) the product free of charge, if in the judgment
of the company, it has been proven to be defective as to seller’s labor and material, within the warranty period.
New or rebuilt replacements for factory defective parts will be supplied for one (1) year from the date of
purchase. Replacement parts are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period.
For non-warranty repairs, contact Weston Products LLC’s Customer Service at 1-800-814-4895 M-F 8am5pm EST (outside of the United States 440-638-3131) to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization Number
(RMA Number). Weston Products LLC will refuse all returns that do not contain this number. DO NOT RETURN
THE UNIT WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORIZATION FROM WESTON PRODUCTS LLC.
LIMITATIONS: The warranty is void if the product is used for any purpose other than that for which it is
designed. The product must not have been previously altered, repaired, or serviced by anyone else other than
Weston Products LLC. If applicable, the serial number must not have been altered or removed. The product
must not have been subjected to accident in transit or while in the customer’s possession, misused, abused,
or operated contrary to the instructions contained in the instruction manual. This includes failure caused by
neglect of reasonable and necessary maintenance, improper line voltage and acts of nature. This warranty is
not transferable and applies only to U.S. and Canadian sales.
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, no other warranties whether expressed or implied,
including warranty merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, shall apply to this product. Under no
circumstances shall Weston Products LLC be liable for consequential damages sustained in connection with
said product and Weston Products LLC neither assumes nor authorizes any representative or other person to
assume for it any obligation or liability other than such as is expressly set forth herein. Any applicable implied
warranties are also limited to the one (1) year period of the limited warranty.
This warranty covers only the product and its specific parts, not the food or other products processed in it.
CUT ALONG THE DOTTED LINE AND SEND THE WARRANTY CARD ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR ORIGINAL
PURCHASE RECEIPT TO:
Weston Products LLC / WARRANTY
20365 Progress Drive, Strongsville, OH 44149 U.S.A.
Vacuum Hose Port
DIAGRAM
NUMBER
WESTON WARRANTY CARD
SEND THIS CARD ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR ORIGINAL PURCHASE RECEIPT TO:
WESTON PRODUCTS LLC / WARRANTY, 20365 PROGRESS DRIVE, STRONGSVILLE, OH 44149 U.S.A.
COMPONENT LIST
PART
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
Seal Bar Heating Element & Vacuum Lid
Seal Bar Insulator
Seal Bar Tape (Tan)
Oval Chamber Seal
Maintenance Kit
-Seal Bar Tape
-Chamber Seal
Not Shown (10) 8” x 12” Quart Vacuum Bags
PART
NUMBER
08-1128
08-1025
See Maintenance Kit
See Maintenance Kit
08-2403
30-0302
If any components of this unit are broken or the unit does not operate
properly, call Weston Products LLC Toll Free at
1-800-814-4895
Customer Name: _____________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________
City/State/Zip/Country: ________________________________
Telephone Number: (_________) ________________________
E-Mail Address: ______________________________________
of Receipt
Original Date of Purchase: ____/______/_____CopyIncluded
Product Model #: _____________________________________
FOOD SAFETY
There are basic rules to follow when handling food.
They are COOK, SEPARATE, CLEAN, and CHILL.
COOK
It’s crucial to cook food to a safe internal temperature to destroy bacteria that is present. The
safety of hamburgers and other foods made with ground meat has been receiving a lot of attention
lately, and with good reason. When meat is ground, the bacteria present on the
surface
is mixed
o
o
o
throughout
the ground mixture. If this ground meat is not cooked to at least 160 F to 165 F (71 C to
o
74 C), bacteria will not be destroyed and there’s a good chance you will get sick.
Solid pieces of meat like steaks and chops don’t have dangerous bacteria like E. coli on the inside,
so they can beo served
more rare. Still, any beef cut should be cooked to an internal
temperature
o
o
o
of at least 145 F (63 C) (medium rare).
Theosafe temperature for poultry is 180 F (82 C) and solid
o
cuts of pork should be cooked to 160 F (71 C). Eggs should be thoroughly cooked too. If you are
making a meringue or other recipe that uses uncooked eggs, buy specially pasteurized eggs or use
prepared meringue powder.
SEPARATE
Foods that will be eaten uncooked and foods that will be cooked before eating MUST ALWAYS be
separated. Cross-contamination occurs when raw meats or eggs come in contact with foods that
will be eaten uncooked. This is a major source of food poisoning. Always double-wrap raw meats
and place them on the lowest shelf in the refrigerator so there is no way juices can drip onto fresh
produce. Then use the raw meats within 1-2 days of purchase, or freeze for longer storage. Defrost
frozen meats in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
When grilling or cooking raw meats or fish, make sure to place the cooked meat on a clean platter.
Don’t use the same platter you used to carry the food out to the grill. Wash the utensils used in
grilling after the food is turned for the last time on the grill, as well as spatulas and spoons used for
stir-frying or turning meat as it cooks.
Make sure to wash your hands after handling raw meats or raw eggs. Washing hands with soap
and water, or using a pre-moistened antibacterial towelette is absolutely necessary after you have
touched raw meat or raw eggs. Not washing hands and surfaces while cooking is a major cause of
cross-contamination.
CLEAN
Wash your hands and work surfaces frequently when you are cooking. Washing with soap and
warm water for at least 15 seconds, then dry with a paper towel.
CHILL
o
Chilling
food
is very
important. The danger zone where bacteria
multiply is between 40 F and
o
o
o
o
o
140 F
(4
C
and
6
C).
Your
refrigerator
should
be
set
to
40
F
(4
C)
or
below;
your
freezer
should
o
o
be 0 F (-17 C) or below. Simple rule: serve hot foods hot, cold foods cold. Use chafing dishes
or hot plates to keep food hot while serving. Use ice water baths to keep cold foods cold. Never
let any
foodo sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours - 1 hour if the ambient temperature
o
is 90 F (32 C) or above. When packing for a picnic, make sure the foods are already chilled
when they go into the insulated hamper. The hamper won’t chill food - it just keeps food cold
when properly packed with ice. Hot cooked foods should be placed in shallow containers and
immediately refrigerated so they cool rapidly. Make sure to cover foods after they are cool.
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed
including the following:
1. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING THE APPLIANCE.
2. To protect against risk of electrical shock, do not submerge or use this appliance near water
or other liquid.
3. Unplug this appliance from the electrical outlet when not in use or before putting on or taking off
parts and before cleaning.
4. Close adult supervision is necessary when any appliance is used near children. This appliance
is NOT to be used by children.
5. NEVER use any accessories or parts from other manufacturers. Doing so will VOID YOUR
WARRANTY and may cause fire, electrical shock or injury.
6. DO NOT operate any appliance with a damaged cord, plug or after the appliance malfunctions,
or is dropped or damaged in any manner. Return appliance to the nearest authorized service facility
for repair or adjustment.
7. Keep these instructions for use for future reference.
8. Check if the voltage indicated on the appliance corresponds to the local voltage before you
connect the appliance.
9. DO NOT use outdoors.
10.DO NOT let cord hang over edge of table or counter.
11.DO NOT let cord come in contact with a hot surface. DO NOT use on an oven or stove.
12.NEVER let the appliance run unattended.
13. Disconnect the appliance from the power source before detaching any accessory.
14.This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade of the plug is wider than the other). To reduce the
risk of electric shock, this plug will 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.
15. CAUTION: In order to avoid a hazardous situation, this appliance must never be connected to
a timer switch.
NOTE: Special considerations must be made when using venison or other wild game, since it can
become heavily contaminated during field dressing. Venison is often held at temperatures that
could potentially allow bacteria to grow, such as when it is being transported. Refer to the USDA
Meat and Poultry Department for further questions or information on meat and food safety.
Serial # (if applicable): _________________________________
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I have read the warranty information. Initial here: ____________
Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm EST. Outside the U.S. call 440-638-3131
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WARNING!
IMPORTANT
SAFEGUARDS
Refer to them often and use them to instruct others.
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WARNING!
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
IMPORTANT SAFETY RULES
WARNING!
READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL INSTRUCTIONS
AND WARNINGS PRIOR TO USING THIS UNIT. YOUR
SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT! FAILURE TO COMPLY
WITH PROCEDURES AND SAFEGUARDS MAY RESULT
IN SERIOUS INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
REMEMBER: YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY!
1. ALWAYS DISCONNECT Vacuum Sealer
from power source before servicing, changing
accessories or cleaning the unit.
“Cleaning Instructions” in this booklet. NEVER
rinse appliance Vacuum Sealer under tap.
8. NEVER LEAVE THE VACUUM SEALER
UNATTENDED. Be safe, DISCONNECT the
Vacuum Sealer from power source before
leaving the work area. Close supervision is
necessary when any appliance is used near
children. This appliance is NOT to be used by
children.
2. Plug the Vacuum Sealer into a standard 120
Volt, 60 Hz wall outlet. Avoid using extension
cords.
3. DO NOT USE the Vacuum Sealer if the
Power Cord, Plug or any other parts are
damaged. If the Power Cord or the Vacuum
Sealer is damaged, call Customer Service. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLACE THE CORD.
Be sure to not allow the Power Cord to drape
into your work area. Check that all parts are
operating properly, and perform the intended
functions. Check for any other conditions that
may affect the operation.
9. DO NOT let the Power Cord hang over
edge of work surface.
ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE
WARNING!
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
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Realtree® Manual Meat Tenderizer & Jerky Slicer
30-0101-RT Realtree® 100 Count Vacuum Sealer Bags (Quart)
30-0102-RT Realtree® 100 Count Vacuum Sealer Bags (Gallon)
30-0107-RT Realtree® 50 Count Vacuum Sealer Bags (Assorted)
30-0201-RT Realtree® Vacuum Bag Roll 8” x 22’ -3 Pack
30-0202-RT
Realtree® Vacuum Bag Roll 11” x 18’ -3 Pack
65-0505-RT
Realtree® Vacuum Canisters
33-0801-RT
Realtree® #8 Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer
2. Make sure the unit is completely cool.
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Realtree® 8 Tray Food Dehydrator
3. Open the Vacuum Lid.
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Weston Products LLC Toll Free at 1-800-814-4895
Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm EST. Outside the U.S. call 440-638-3131
Some parts of the Vacuum Sealer may need replacing after repeated use. The Vacuum
Sealer Maintenance Kit will be necessary for the Vacuum Sealer to properly function.
Seal Bar Tape
5.KEEP FINGERS CLEAR of the Heat
Sealing Bar and Seal Bar Tape AT ALL
TIMES, these areas become HOT. Doing so
may cause serious injury.
5. Set a new Oval Chamber Seal from the
Maintenance Kit (Figure 9) on the groove in the
Vacuum Chamber. Work the seal into the groove
with your fingers until done.
REPLACING THE SEAL BAR TAPE:
12. DO NOT use the Vacuum Sealer while
under the influence of drugs, medications or
alcohol.
2. Make sure the unit is completely cool.
1. Remove the Power Cord from the power supply.
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TO PROTECT AGAINST RISK OF
ELECTRICAL SHOCK: DO NOT SUBMERGE
THE VACUUM SEALER INTO WATER OR
LIQUID. BE SURE THE VACUUM SEALER
IS DISCONNECTED FROM THE POWER
SOURCE BEFORE CLEANING. Follow the
Oval
Chamber
Seal
OVAL VACUUM CHAMBER SEAL
DO NOT REMOVE!
Seal Bar
Tape
5. Make sure that there is no residue or adhesive left on the Seal Bar Heating
Element or the machine. Use a dry paper towel to remove and excess residue.
6. Remove the backing from a new strip of Seal Bar Tape from the Maintenance Kit
(Figure 9). Be careful not to allow the Seal Bar Tape to contact anything including
itself while the adhesive side is exposed.
7. Hold one end of the Seal Bar Tape in each hand. Stick the left end of the Seal
Bar Tape to the flat area on the Vacuum Lid just left of the Seal Bar Heating Element.
Apply the Seal Bar Tape from left to right over the Seal Bar Heating Element until
done. Make sure there are no wrinkles or folds in the Seal Bar Tape once applied.
The Seal Bar Tape should fully cover the Seal Bar Heating Element.
Refer to them often and use them to instruct others.
NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
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SEAL BAR
TAPE
DO NOT
REMOVE!
Figure 9
Oval
Chamber
Seal
4. Pick at either end of the Seal Bar Tape covering the Seal Bar Heating
Element with a fingernail until it lifts slightly. Grasp the loose end and slowly pull
the Seal Bar Tape back over itself until fully removed (Figure 8).
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
DO NOT REMOVE THE TAPE!
Figure 1
3. Open the Vacuum Lid.
to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For best
results, only use the recommended vacuum
bags. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD
BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum
Sealer, other than the uses described in
this booklet, could potentially damage the
appliance and void the warranty!
There is a factory installed
strip of Seal Bar Tape on the Vacuum Sealer.
4. Remove the Oval Chamber Seal from the
groove in the Vacuum Chamber (Figure 8).
11. DO NOT use the Vacuum Sealer outdoors.
13. The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended
6. DO NOT take this appliance apart; doing
so will VOID YOUR WARRANTY and may
result in personal injury.
Figure 8
1. Remove the Power Cord from the power supply.
10. Be sure the Vacuum Sealer is on a stable
work surface. Be sure all the Vacuum Sealer
Feet are stable.
4. NEVER use any accessories or parts from
other manufacturers. Doing so will VOID YOUR
WARRANTY and may cause fire, electrical
shock or injury.
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
PROTECTIVE TAPE
MAINTENANCE KIT INSTRUCTIONS
REPLACING THE OVAL VACUUM
CHAMBER SEALS:
WARNING!
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The Seal Bar Heating Element is covered with Seal Bar Tape to protect
vacuum bags during sealing (Figure 1). DO NOT remove the Seal Bar Tape.
See the “Maintenance Kit” section of this manual for information on replacing
the Seal Bar Tape, if necessary.
VACUUM CHAMBER SEAL
There is a factory-installed Oval
Chamber Seal on the Vacuum
Sealer (Figure 2). When the
Vacuum Lid is closed they form
an airtight seal so the Vacuum
Chamber can be evacuated.
The Oval Chamber Seal
may wear over time and
require replacement. See the
“Maintenance Kit” section of
this manual for information on
replacing the Oval Vacuum
Chamber Seal, if necessary.
Figure 2
Oval
Chamber
Seal
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OUTLET INSTRUCTIONS
This appliance has a Polarized Plug (one blade of the plug is wider
than the other blade). To reduce the risk of electrical shock, this
plug must fit fully into the outlet. If the blades do not fit into the outlet,
try turning the plug around. If the plug still does not fit into the outlet,
contact a qualified electrician. DO NOT attempt to modify the plug
in any way.
STORAGE
The Vacuum Sealer will automatically shut down if it overheats. If this occurs, turn
the unit off and open the Vacuum Lid. Resume normal operation after the unit cools
or about 20 minutes.
To help prevent overheating, wait at least 20 seconds between cycles with the
Vacuum Lid open. Avoid touching the Seal Bar Tape. The Seal Bar Tape will remain
hot for a brief period of time after each sealing cycle.
Q: My Vacuum Sealer shut off and will not start again.
2. Pivot the Compartment Lever over to open the Power Cord Storage Compartment
(Figure 7 ).
1.0 The Thermal Overload Protector may have been activated. In this case, allow the
Vacuum Sealer to cool by opening the Vacuum Lid for approximately 20 minutes. Be
sure to leave the Vacuum Lid open between bag sealing.
3. Loop the Power Cord up to about 3 1/2” (8.9 cm) long segments.
5. Pivot the Compartment Lever over the Compartment to keep the Power Cord in
place.
6. If storing, return the Vacuum
Sealer to the original box for safe
keeping.
7. Store the Vacuum Sealer in
a cool, dry location.
Compartment
Lever
BOTTOM VIEW
Figure 7
1. The Vacuum Sealer is only intended to be used with vacuum sealing bags. Vacuum
Bags should be used. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS with the Vacuum Sealer.
2. Check the condition of the Seal Bar Tape strips. Replace if needed.
3. Open the Vacuum Lid and allow the sealing bar to cool for 5-10 minutes. Always leave
the Vacuum Lid open between bags, and allow at least 20 seconds between cycles.
4. If none of the above steps remedy the situation, contact Customer Service.
1. The seal of the bag may be incomplete. If the seal has a crease in it, or if a liquid
or powder has been trapped between the layers of the bag, the layers may not have
been welded together properly. Cut the seal off and wipe the inside of the bag clean.
Then, try to vacuum seal the package again. When sealing a moist or powdery food,
insert a paper towel into the bag above the food before vacuum packaging. The
paper towel will prevent the food from interfering with the seal. See the “Vacuum
Packaging Guidelines” in this booklet for helpful tips.
WARNING!
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the Vacuum
Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS REMOVED
FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
Figure 3
. Power Light: The Power Light will remain illuminated when the Vacuum Sealer
is connected to the power supply.
. Normal / Extended Switch: The Normal or Extended Switch is used for
adjusting the seal time when vacuum sealing thicker bags or bags with moisture.
. Vacuum & Seal Button: The Vacuum & Seal Button starts the Vacuum
Pump, which engages the air evacuation process and engages the Seal Bar Heating
Element.
. Seal Button: This button will start the Seal Bar at any time. ONLY push this
button while the Vacuum Pump is running.
. Vacuum Only Button: Press the Vacuum Only Button when using any
external accessories (sold separately), via the Vacuum Hose Port. It is also used
when vacuum sealing crushable or fragile items to monitor the amount of air being
removed from the vacuum bag.
. Cancel Button: The Cancel Button stops the vacuum/seal process at any time
in the cycle.
Figure 3
Q: The Vacuum Pump starts, but no air is being remove from the
vacuum bag.
Figure 6
1.0 For the best results, always use vacuum
bags.
Make sure the Vacuum Sealer has completely cooled before cleaning it.
2.0 Be sure that the bag is inserted
properly. The open end of the bag
should be centered within the Oval
Vacuum Seal. Be sure not to cover the
Vacuum Port opening (Figure 6).
.
Be careful while cleaning not to peel or damage the strip of Seal Bar Tape
covering the Seal Bar Heating Element.
Dry all surfaces and close the Vacuum Lid before storing the Vacuum Sealer.
Vacuum
Ports
3.0 The bag may have a leak. If there is a
leak in the bag, air will be pulled into the
bag from the outside. Check for tears or
punctures. If you are using a bag that was
made from a roll of material, double check
that the seal on the end of the bag is welded
closed.
Leave 2”
Seal
Space
4. Slight pressure on the Vacuum Lid may be necessary to create a seal at the beginning of the vacuum process.
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CONTROL PANEL
2. If none of the above steps remedy the situation, contact Customer Service.
NEVER IMMERSE the Vacuum Sealer in water or other liquid.
Wipe clean all outside surfaces including the Plastic Vacuum Chamber and
Vacuum Lid with a damp cloth or paper towel. Most household spray cleaners are
safe to use. Avoid spraying cleaner or water directly into the vent on the left side of
the unit. DO NOT use abrasive cleansers!
.
Power Cord
Storage
Compartment
Q: The Sealing Bar melts through the bag.
Q: The bag seal pulls apart.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
.
.
.
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
1. Remove the Power Cord from the power supply.
4. Place the Plug end of the Power Cord in the Power Cord Storage Compartment first.
Insert the looped portion of the Power Cord into the Compartment next.
THERMAL OVERLOAD PROTECTOR
WARNING!
TROUBLESHOOTING
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5.
If none of the above steps remedy the situation, contact Customer Service.
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NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
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WARNING!
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
BEFORE YOU START BAG SEALING
Before using the Vacuum Sealer, familiarize yourself with the bag sealing functions.
A vacuum bag is sealed when the Seal Bar Heating Element is activated and heats
the bag to its melting point, which then permanently welds the bag layers together,
sealing the bag shut. NOTE: THIS BAG SEALER IS INTENDED TO BE USED
ONLY WITH VACUUM BAGS. FOR BEST RESULTS USE ONLY VACUUM
BAGS. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS!
The Seal Bar Heating Element of the Vacuum Sealer is covered with a high
temperature resistant Seal Bar Tape. DO NOT TOUCH the Seal Bar Tape or the
Seal Bar Heating Element after a bag has been sealed.
VACUUM SEALER CANISTERS
Vacuum canisters may be used
with the Vacuum Sealer (Sold
Separately). Vacuum canisters
come with their own hose.
(Sold Separately)
Figure 4
Accessory Hose
Sold Separately
1. Attach the Vacuum Sealer to
the power supply.
STORAGE LIFESPAN GUIDELINES
VACUUM PACKAGING GUIDELINES
IMPORTANT NOTE: Vacuum packaging is NOT a substitute for refrigeration.
Vacuum packed perishable foods still require refrigeration.
CAUTION! It is important to follow the “Food Safety” guidelines outlined in this
manual. For the most up to date instruction visit the USDA website.
.
.
NEVER thaw frozen foods at room temperature. Thaw frozen foods in a refrigerator
or microwave oven.
.
In general, the colder the temperature at which foods are stored, the longer the
shelf life.
.
Handle vacuum sealer bags with care. Avoid damaging them. A damaged bag
will not hold a seal.
.
Only use information in the following chart as a guideline! Refer to the “Vacuum
Packaging Guidelines” and “Food Safety” sections of this manual. Actual storage life
spans may vary. Check all food for spoilage before use.
FOOD
TYPE
LARGE CUTS OF MEAT
GROUND MEAT
FISH
STORAGE
LOCATION
NORMAL
LIFE
VACUUM
PACKED
LIFE
Freezer
Freezer
Freezer
6 months
4 months
6 months
2-3 years
1 year
2 years
For best results, freeze meats & fish for 1-2 hours before vacuum packing to help prevent moisture
and juices from interfering with the seal of the vacuum bag.
2. Insert one end of the accessory
hose into the Accessory Port
(Figure 4) on the Vacuum Sealer.
Accessory Port
3. Insert the other end of the
accessory hose into the port on
the lid of the canister (Figure 4).
16 months
2-3 years
1-2 years
For best results, powder or grainy substances should be kept in their original container or bag, then placed in a
vacuum bag for sealing to prevent interfering with the seal of the vacuum bag.
Accessory Canister
Sold Separately
4. Fill the canister with the product to be vacuum sealed.
5. Turn the knob/dial on the canister to the seal position.
6. Press the VACUUM ONLY Button on the Vacuum Sealer, this will engage the
Vacuum Pump. The light on the Vacuum Sealer will change to green when the process is
complete.
7. Gently remove the accessory hose from both the canister and the Vacuum Sealer.
Wait at least 20 seconds before vacuuming another canister to avoid overheating the unit.
Be careful not to turn the knob/dial of the canister to the open position.
8. To test vacuum, gently tug on the canister lid. The lid should not move.
9. To release the vacuum and open the canister, turn the knob/dial on the canister to
the open position.
NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
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Room temperature 4 weeks
Freezer
6-9 months
Room Temperature 6 months
COFFEE BEANS
COFFEE BEANS
FLOUR, RICE, SUGAR Refrigerator
Refrigerator
BERRIES strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
BERRIES cranberries, huckleberries, blueberries
1-3 days
3-6 days
1 week
2 weeks
To prevent berries from being crushed by the vacuum sealer, it is best to freeze item before packing. Spread the berries out on a
cookie sheet to allow them to freeze individually. Berries frozen in a large block will be difficult to vacuum seal due to the
many small air pockets that would form between the berries.
Refrigerator
CHEESE
1-2 weeks
4-8 months
If vacuum packed cheese is used often, make sure the vacuum bag is long enough to allow for repeated sealing. For shredded
cheese, place a paper towel inside the vacuum bag, on top of the cheese to prevent the cheese from being
sucked into the Vacuum Sealer or interfering with the sealing of the bag.
COOKIES, CRACKERS, BREADS with periodical opening Room Temperature 1-2 weeks
3-6 weeks
Freeze soft airy foods for 1-2 hours prior vacuum packing, to retain shape & texture.
Room Temperature
Room Temperature
PASTA, GRAINS, DRIED BEANS
NUTS
6 months
6 months
1-1/2 years
2 years
Dried foods with sharp edges should be wrapped in a paper towel or other matter to prevent the sharp edges from puncturing the vacuum bag.
Refrigerator
LETTUCE
3-6 days
2 weeks
Wash & thoroughly dry leafy vegetables before vacuum packaging.
Freezer
VEGETABLES
8 months
2 1/2 years
To maximize the taste of vegetables, blanch them before vacuum packaging. Blanching cooks the vegetables very briefly, sealing
in the flavor, color and texture, leaving the vegetables cooked but still crisp. Vegetables can be blanched in boiling water in the microwave,
most vegetables only require 2-3 minutes (corn on the cob requires 6-11 minutes). Then immerse the vegetables in cold water to
stop the cooking process. Dry the vegetables, then vacuum pack.
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
INITIAL TESTING OF THE BAG SEAL
Very Moist Foods: It is best to freeze very moist food items, like fish, before vacuum
sealing them. The excessive moisture can interfere with the Sealing Bar’s ability to
completely fuse the layers of the bag together.
1. ALWAYS allow the sealing bar to cool for approximately 20 seconds between bags.
Leave the Vacuum Lid OPEN between uses, this allows the Heating Element to cool
more quickly between bags.
Powdery Items: When vacuum sealing powdery items, like flour, it is best to keep
them in their original packaging before putting them into the vacuum bags. The fine
powder may get sucked into the Vacuum Pump and cause enough damage to shorten
the life of your Vacuum Sealer. Powdery items may also interfere with the bag sealing
function.
2. To open the Vacuum Lid, press down on the corners of the Vacuum Lid to unlock
the Lid Closure Tabs then lift the Vacuum Lid.
Sharp or Pointed Items: When vacuum sealing sharp or pointy items, it is best to
cushion the edges so they do not puncture the bag during the vacuum process.
4. Be sure not to cover the Vacuum Ports with the bag. Covering the Vacuum Ports
prevents the proper vacuuming of air from the bag.
YEAST & BACTERIA
5. Close the Vacuum Lid and press down while pushing in on the two Lid Closure Tabs
to lock the machine.
For best results in extending the life of foods, it is important to vacuum package foods
that are fresh. Once food has begun to deteriorate, vacuum packaging may only slow
the deterioration process. Vacuum sealing cannot completely prevent the growth of
mold. Other disease causing microorganisms can still grow in low oxygen environments
and may require further measures to be eliminated.
Yeast: The development of yeast can be slowed by refrigeration and completely
stopped by freezing food at 0oF (-18oC). Yeast causes fermentation, which will give food
an identifiable smell.
Bacteria: Freezing cannot eliminate bacteria, but their growth can be stopped. The
growth of bacteria can be easily identified by an offensive odor and sometimes a slimy
texture. Some bacteria, like the one that causes botulism, can grow in low oxygen
environments and cannot be detected by smell, taste or color. Botulism is very rare, but
dangerous. Be sure that all foods are stored and cooked properly before eating.
3. Place one end of the bag slightly into the Vacuum Chamber, leaving about 2” (5 cm)
of the empty part of the bag beyond the inside edge of the Seal Bar Insulator.
6. Press the Start Button engaging the Vacuum Pump (the Vacuum Pump must be on for
the Seal Bar to heat up).
7. Press the Seal Button immediately after the Vacuum Pump starts.
8. Remove the bag and inspect the seal. The seal should appear smooth and
consistent all the way across the bag. The seal SHOULD NOT melt through the bag at
any point. Be sure there are no creases or wrinkles that may allow air to leak into the
bag. A properly sealed bag will not pull apart, the bag must be cut open.
NOTE: Do not form side seals on the bags, the sides are already sealed.
& HEATING
.COOKING
Before microwaving vacuum-packed foods, puncture or open the bag to allow hot air
.
.
to escape while heating.
Vacuum-packed foods can be thawed or cooked in boiling water.
Vacuum-packed perishable foods like meats, vegetables and cheeses must
be refrigerated (at or below 34oF (1.1oC)) or frozen, especially acid-free or low-acid foods.
This is important because although vacuum packaging removes most air from
the bag, bacteria like Clostridium Botulinum, which produces a toxin that causes
the illness botulism, is anaerobic and grows in the absence of oxygen. Refrigeration
and freezing slow the growth of bacteria. It is also important to maintain a clean
working area to reduce the likelihood of packaging harmful bacteria with the food.
NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
Table adapted from Dr. G.K.York, Dept. of Food Science & Tech, U of California, Davis.
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PREPARING VAC BAGS FROM A ROLL
1. Attach the Vacuum Sealer to the power supply.
2. Press the ON/OFF Button on the Control Panel to turn the Vacuum Sealer “ON”.
The ON/OFF Button on the display will illuminate.
3. Press both of the Lid Release Buttons on each side of the Vacuum Sealer to release
the lid lock, then lift the Vacuum Lid to open.
4. Cut the vacuum bag to the length you want from a roll.
5. Place one open end of the bag onto the Vacuum Chamber Seal and slightly into the
Vacuum Chamber. The Vacuum Ports cannot be blocked or covered by the bag. Make
sure there are no wrinkles or creases in the bag in the sealing area.
6. Push down and close the Vacuum Lid and lock into place. The open end of the
bag should be sandwiched between the Seal Bar Insulator and the Seal Bar Heating
Element/Seal Bar Tape.
7. Press the SEAL Button, this will engage the Vacuum Pump and Seal Bar Heating
Element and seal the vacuum bag. The SEAL Button on the display will illuminate
while sealing. The appliance will stop automatically and “BEEP” when the seal process
is complete.
8. DO NOT try to open the Vacuum Lid before the vacuum has released or unit damage
may occur. Press both of the Lid Release Buttons on each side of the Vacuum Sealer to
release the lid lock, then lift the Vacuum Lid to open.
9. Remove the newly sealed bag. Wait at least 20 seconds before sealing another bag to
avoid overheating the unit.
10.Press the ON/OFF Button on the Control Panel to turn the Vacuum Sealer “OFF”.
11.Disconnect the Vacuum Sealer from the power supply.
WARNING!
Before cleaning, assembling or disassembling the
Vacuum Sealer, make sure the Vacuum Sealer is OFF and the PLUG IS
REMOVED FROM THE OUTLET/POWER SOURCE!
VACUUM OPERATION
BEFORE ATTEMPTING VACUUM PACKAGING BE SURE THAT THE
VACUUM SEALER IS SET UP IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL OF THE
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LISTED IN THIS BOOKLET.
Figure 5
1. To open the Vacuum Lid, press down on
the corners of the Vacuum Lid to unlock the Lid
Closure Tabs then lift the Vacuum Lid.
2. Place the items to be vacuum
sealed into a vacuum bag. Allow
at least 2” (5 cm) at the open end of
the bag in order to create enough
seal space. Be sure not to cover the
Vacuum Ports (Figure 5).
Vacuum
Ports
3. Close the Vacuum Lid and press down
while pushing in on the two Lid Closure Tabs to
lock the machine. Check that the bag opening
is in the center of the Vacuum Chamber.
4. Press and release the Vacuum &
Seal Button. The Vacuum Pump will begin
removing air from the bag then automatically
engage into the bag sealing process.
Lid
Closure
Tabs
Leave 2”
Seal
Space
5. The Vacuum Sealer will automatically stop the Vacuum Pump and release the
vacuum pressure moments later. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PULL THE VACUUM LID
OPEN BEFORE THE VACUUM HAS BEEN RELEASED, SEVERE DAMAGE TO
THE SEALING BAR WILL RESULT.
6. To open the Vacuum Lid, press down on the corners of the Vacuum Lid to unlock
the Lid Closure Tabs then lift the Vacuum Lid.
NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
NOTE: The Vacuum Sealer is ONLY intended to be used with VACUUM BAGS. For
best results, only use the recommended vacuum bags with an embossed or mesh lining.
DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD BAGS! Any other uses of the Vacuum Sealer, other
than the uses described in this booklet, could potentially damage the appliance and void
the warranty!
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