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Canning is a great way to preserve food for long-term storage, but canning simply isn’t the best option for the deer hunters in my family who love their steaks and tenderloins hot off the backyard grill all year long! We butcher our own deer here in upstate New York; you wouldn’t believe how much money “deer butchers” charge these days! No doubt, butchering your own is a painstaking process, but there’s something to be said about caring for your own outdoor trophies from field to table. Remember the old saying, “If you want something done right, then do it yourself.”

SAVING THE DAY: After years of blowing through freezer bags and plastic wrap and paper products, etc., we finally invested in an Oliso Pro Vacuum Sealers system that allows us to stuff our freezer with pounds upon pounds of deer, wild turkey, striped bass and even some of the store-bought stuff. We have the VS97A, which sports Oliso’s Dual Seal Fresh- keeper technology. The unit allows us to vacuum-seal marinated (read moist) or dry contents like veggies and such. The VS97A Sealer retails for $200, and comes fully equipped with a water-resistant carrying case so you can bring it along on camping trips or straight to deer camp, a 12V DC 12-foot power adapter, Flexi Tube, Zip Dic, one medium Pantry bag, two quart Vac-Snap bags and one gallon Vac-Snap bag.

SEAL THE DEAL: Simply insert the bag and the fully automatic unit does the rest with its dual-motor system, no- touch operation. The 2.55-pound VS97A easily stores in our kitchen pantry, as its dimensions are 8.3 by 6.7 by 4.17 inches! For the green in you, note that the bags are BPA-free and reusable. For more information about available accessories that can help you freeze goods until the cows comes home, visit Oliso.com or call 800-899-5157.

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