When I realized all the joy I was getting out of my entry-level FoodSaver FM3620 Food Preservation System, I figured that a must-have accessory would be the bottle stoppers, particularly for wine.
They were inexpensive enough at about $7.50 for a set of 3 stoppers, so it was worth a shot. First off, it’s pretty rare that my wife and I can’t finish a bottle of wine, but sometimes you get into a second bottle and don’t want to polish it off 😉
I’ve used the bottle stopper on several bottles of “normal wine” ($10-$20 everyday grocery store bottles) as well as (much) higher dollar wines that we brought back from Napa, CA. and things seem to be working.
However, I must say that we’ve had mixed results, and in thinking about it, it somewhat parallels the experiences we’ve had with the FoodSaver sealer. I don’t believe that you can expect a perfect seal on the first try, every time, and that is visually evident when sealing a bag. It is much more difficult (nay, impossible) to know for certain if you’ve properly sealed a bottle of wine.
The best tip I can give you is to run a few cycles of the sealing process and then pull the sealer out before it finishes. You’ll hear and audible difference between the cycles and when I get two in a row that sound the same, I’ll start a third and then pull the FoodSaver accessory hose out.
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