Challenge: Reynolds vacuum sealer retrofit Answered
Reynolds just put out a new vacuum sealer device for about $10.
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It's a pretty neat device, but they've designed it with a flared nose and special bags rather than the small tube most vacuum sealers have. I'd like to be able to use this with regular zip-lock bags without destroying it's ability to work with the custom Reynold's bags. Anyone got an easy retrofit mod for the tip or other suggestion.
A bonus ability would be to be able to use it with bags products come in, assuming they only have a small hole. For example, if I opened a bag of nuts or chips, and used a wire sealer to close the bag, I'd like to be able to put a hole in the re-sealed bag and then draw out all the air. The way some sealers do this is by having a circular flap over the hole which allows air out, but closes the hole to prevent air from getting back in. The stretchy gummy material used by magazines to hold samples and inserts would probably work well for this.
I think this is an interesting product with lots of possibilities beyond the kitchen. Unlike most vacuum devices which are not portable or designed for cleaning, this one is compact and moddable. I'd like to hear other creative ideas how it could be used.