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Old 02/10/10, 10:17 AM
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problems with vac seal

I have a Rival Seal a meal food sealer, as well as the attachments to vac seal mason jars.

I have always had trouble getting the bags to seal properly. Success rate being maybe a bit better than %60. With the attachments I have even less success.



I called the Rival corp. and the person I spoke with, said they where unfamiliar with the attachment I was speaking of. I have not been able to find an online manual.

Does anyone have suggestions for success in sealing canning jars with this attachement?

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Old 02/10/10, 10:57 AM
 
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Vac seals always seemed more trouble then their worth to me. I just went back to wrapping in plastic bags and squeezing the air out as I rolled the bags up. Seemed I had less air with this method and it's a lot cheaper and faster.

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Old 02/10/10, 11:07 AM
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Make sure the edge of the jar is clean - wipe it before putting on the lid. Also, if you're sealing something powdery like sugar, flour, etc., it can poof up and foul up the seal. For that reason I don't use vac seal powdery stuff in jars with my Foodsaver. I use the jar attachment all the time on rice, beans, popcorn, etc, and usually it works. Maybe something is wrong with the vacuum in yours? Can you open it and clean the inner parts where the foam seals are? Check that the hose is connected properly?

For vac sealing flour I put it in a regular gallon ziplock, gently squeeze out most of the air and zip it all but about an inch. Then I put that bag in a vac seal bag and do the normal process. This cuts down on any powder getting in the sealing area.

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Old 02/10/10, 11:39 AM
 
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Found this page that may be of help.
http://www.sealameal.com/hints/

Scroll down for the troubleshooting tips and the cleaning tips.

Check here for the manual that applies to your unit.
http://www.sealameal.com/customer/manuals/

Hope this helps.
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Old 02/10/10, 11:50 AM
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Some times the height of the jar neck is shorter than the attachment needs to seal. So you can put a second used lid on top of your good one to allow the seal to happen.

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Old 02/10/10, 12:06 PM
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NCLee

Thank you for the links.

I am specifically looking for hints on operating the "Cap Suction with seal ring"

I have not been able to find a manual specifically for that item.

tips, anyone??

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Old 02/10/10, 01:31 PM
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I second the double lid tip, it works great. The only problem is getting the top lid off LOL

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Old 02/10/10, 07:11 PM
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I second the double lid tip, it works great. The only problem is getting the top lid off LOL
I use a very old wore out one.
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Old 02/10/10, 10:05 PM
 
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When you use the double lid trick, I found if you put the top lid on upside down they don't stick together. It's only the regular size mouth jars I have problems getting to seal and need to use two lids. No problems with the wide mouth ones.

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Old 02/11/10, 01:29 AM
 
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I searched too and couldn't find any manuals or instructions other than NCLee posted. I did find this site, which still sells the Seal-a-Meal Cap Suction with Seal Ring:

http://www.jardenstore.com/productde...&CJ_ID=1869786

Maybe you could contact them and see if they can help you.

I also found a couple of sites where they were talking about problems with sealing jars with a jar attachment, not sure if they'll help but you might check them out:

http://www.cutestyleshop.com/foodsav...th-jar-sealer/

http://www.amazon.com/Tilia-FoodSave.../dp/B00004Y2RM

Last but not least, here's a Yahoo group about all kinds of Food Savers hints, tips and problems, in case you want to try it, lol:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoodSaver/

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