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TC-350FLR Fish Chamber Vacuum Sealer Review

Monday, July 1st, 2013

TC-350FLR Fish Vacuum Chamber SealerOne of the best ways to package a fish is to use a vacuum sealer. One of the most effective ways to package fish on a full scale commercial level is to use a chamber vacuum sealer (found here). These large industrial machines can be used all day to package fish for storage, transportation, preservation and much more. They can be used to package fish cutlets, supremes, steaks, fletches and much more. If you are trying to vacuum seal full size fillets or the entire fish, you may have run into a few space issues.

While most chamber vacuum sealers are excellent for packaging meat, fruits, vegetables and more, many people who are packaging fish need length, not necessarily width. Most chamber sealers, however, feature square-shaped sealing basins that just don’t work with larger fillets or trying to vacuum seal the entire fish. This is where the TC-350FLR (found here) really finds its place.

The TC-350FLR features a rare design. It is far longer than it is wide, designed to package fish on a commercial level. This sealer measures in at almost 40” wide by 15” wide. The front sealing bar itself is just shy of 33” long. This long chamber is perfect for packaging fish or other long food items. It also features two 14.1” sealing bars on the left and right side of the machine.  There are many reasons why this sealer is such an excellent option for fish packaging purposes.

This fish vacuum sealer features a stainless steel design. Anyone familiar with the chamber vacuum sealing industry knows that BUSCH vacuum pumps are some of the best in the business. This sealer features a durable BUSCH vacuum pump. This allows the sealer to be used on a continuous basis without suffering the wear and issues found in vacuum sealers that utilize cheaper components.

The sealer itself contains an MPC 20 microprocessor that helps assist with the sealing process, ensuring a solid and professional seal every time. The LCD control panel is extremely easy to navigate and the electrical box is IP 65 rated against water. The control panel also features the ability to store up to 20 programs and includes an oil indicator light for maintenance purposes.

The cycling time, which includes sealing and removal of air, takes about 25-35 seconds, depending on the size of the object being packaged. This means you can easily package several hundred items a day without a problem. It is designed to be used with vacuum sealing bags up to 6 mil thick and seals these bags shut using a 6mm sealing wire. Bladder activated sealing and helps assist with the sealing quality and vacuum removal.

Overall, this is the perfect machine for fish vacuum sealing and packaging. You couldn’t ask for a better designed machine. It can be used for packaging small and large fish and is the perfect addition to any fish processing plant or even the die-hard fisher that wants the ability to pack and freeze his / her own catch.

If you still have questions about this vacuum sealer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with chamber vacuum sealers and we would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here.

Best Machines For Vacuum Packing Fish

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Vacuum Packing FishI have been working with and dealing with vacuum food sealers (found here) for over a decade now. I have used machines ranging from basic tabletop external sealers all the way up to industrial-grade chamber vacuum sealers. One question I commonly get is, “Which machine is best for packing fish?” Having sold several machines over the years, and receiving feedback from customers, I have a few personal favorites I would like to share with you.

Packing fish using a vacuum sealer has many advantages. For one, it locks in the smell and preserves the fish several times longer than without using film. It also provides a professional appearance and makes sanitary transportation and retail sale easy. It allows customers to pick up and handle the fish without the fear of contamination. It also provides a barrier to prevent freezer damage for cold storage purposes. The list of reasons why you may want to vacuum pack your fish is long.

I have used several brands over the years and I have to say that Minipack is by far my favorite vacuum sealer brand for packaging fish, meat, fruit, veggies and other food products. They aren’t always the cheapest, but when you take into consideration that their machines will outlast most other models by years, it is well worth the investment. Minipack machines are Italian made.

Vacuum Packing Fish w/ MinipackWhile their chamber sealers are excellent for packaging food on a large scale, their external machines are really good for packaging fish. They can be used for packing an entire fish, or fish fillets. My favorite all-around machine for packing fish is their line of Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealers (found here). These sealers come in 13″, 17″ and 21″ wide models. The Cyclone sealers use vacuum bags for packaging. The 4mm wide seal is extremely durable and holds up well.

Using the Minipack Cyclone for packing fish is as simple as a few steps:

  1. First take your vacuum bag and position it flat on a table or countertop.
  2. Take your fish (on or off a tray) and place it in the bag.
  3. Place the open end of the bag into the Cyclone’s sealing arm.
  4. Activate the machine and wait for it to remove the air and seal the bag shut. This usually only takes a few seconds.
  5. Remove the bag and if needed repeat the process.

The Cyclone sealers have 3 adjustable program settings and are made from non-corrosive aluminum construction. The digital controls are easy to use and it even comes equipped with a moisture collection basin. If you have more questions about vacuum packing fish using a Minipack Cyclone, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

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