After years of paying for the cost of vac-packing and blast freeezing using the services of various providers located on the board walks I am, once again, thinking that it might be nice to have my own equipment. I'm considering the idea of buying a "commercial version" of a single chamber vacuum packing machine. I know that the local port packaging companies have to charge a substantial fee to make a profit. They've always done a good job for me and it's so easy just to drop off the fish after a long day knowing that the process is now in some experienced/qualified hands. I appreciate their services and the end product. However, isn't there a less expensive way to get your fish packed and frozen in a manner that will hold the quality over the winter.
I've tried the Costco vac-machines, I have one still in it's original box from last year and I've worn out others....they work for a while, their relatively inexpensive. But, there is no real performance comparison between the commercial versions and the plastic home consumer versions.
What's your experience? Has anyone bought one of the commercial machines, is it worth the substantial cost? Am I nuts to even consider this idea?