LEM MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealer Review

Weston Schrank

LEM MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealer Review

COVID affected a lot, and I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about it yet again, but I think a few things changed for the better, at least for me. One of those things was more dependency on self-supplied food in the form of venison. While my family and I have always had venison as a big part of our meal planning, 2020 was the year it became crucial. The reason was that COVID had shut down many of the meat and game processing facilities I trusted locally and there was nowhere to drop venison off. Now sitting in 2023 with insane food prices and inflation, I can’t help but smile at the situation of being forced to process my own game meat. 

LEM MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealer

Seal up 250+ times without stopping! The MaxVac® 250 is the latest addition to the LEM MaxVac® family. This industrial-grade vacuum sealer will extend the freshness and freezer life of your favorite foods. Protect your meat, game, fish, vegetables or fruit from freezer burn and seal in the nutrients. Removes air and automatically seals for an amazing storage solution.

Price: $209-229

  • 17.34″ L x 12″ W x 4.63″ H
  • Weighs 8.38 lbs.
  • 25Hg Pump
  • 220 Watts
  • 2-1/2 hour run time
  • 13.39″ Seal Bar with 1/8′ (3mm) seal
  • One 8″ x 10′ roll of bag material
  • Cord length: 40″
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • ETL approved

Getting Started 

I had to look internally at my entire setup and capabilities of being able to process deer. From hanging/aging a deer for a few days, keeping the meat cool, grinding venison, sealing or wrapping, and freezing/freezer space! Luckily I had just moved into a new house sitting overtop a two car garage. I was going to have to quickly learn how to set up and process deer in my own garage.

Besides a few major purchases and processes to set up, I point out in an article (Venison Processing Beginner Guide: How I process Deer meat in my Garage), that I had to purchase two very specific items. The first was a meat grinder. The first year I borrowed a friend’s grinder and learned what size I was going to need at a minimum, and what size I would actually want to make things go smoother. The first year of processing my own deer meat I borrowed that #5 LEM BIG BITE Meat Grinder, and for sealing/freezer storage of steaks, roasts, and tenderloins I simply elected to go with plastic wrap and Wax paper. 


If you are just starting, simply buy yourself some of the below supplies before investing in a vacuum sealer. This is super simple and honestly extremely quick compared to the vacuum sealer. I have found that if you are eating that venison in the coming months and cleaned out before the next deer season this is plenty fine to keep that venison fresh and not freezer burnt. 

  • Plastic Wrap 
  • Wax Paper 
  • Tape/dispenser 

However, I will say after purchasing a vacuum sealer, #1 pays for itself, and #2 will cause you to never want to go back to wax paper ever again with how pristine the meat is kept.

Now to get into all the finer details. 

Deciding on a Vaccum Sealer for Deer Processing 

Again, just starting out the MaxVac 250 is plenty big enough for household meats. However if you would like to be educated, there are several sizes  and options available that I summarize in my beginners guide to process venison. 

There are a few great brands but LEM Is so widespread in retailers and online that you can hunt or wait for a great deal. I personally bought mine through LEM on a sale date where I got 20% off when I joined their email list. I did this to also make sure I get the full weight of the company behind customer service, 1 year warranty, If I were to have an issue unlike some other off brands. 

I process by storing grinded hamburger meat and deer breakfast sausage in round wild game bags, therefore I don’t run all of a deer through the vacuum sealer. The main difference besides the accommodation of bigger bags in bigger units was run time, but even processing 2 or 3 deer I don’t find myself running longer than the 250(s) run time of 2.5 hours. I’m sealing several roasts, tenderloins, and 4 packages of back straps per each deer, that’s barely 30 minutes once everything is cut and prepped. If you feel like you will be running several deer or bigger animals off a homestead, elk etc… then I would def go ahead and bump up to the 500. However I did process 50 meat chickens, and lots of garden veggies last year and sealed quite a few broken down birds and the sealer chewed through em no problem!!

LEM MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealer

  • 17.34″ L x 12″ W x 4.63″ H
  • Weighs 8.38 lbs.
  • 25Hg Pump
  • 220 Watts
  • 2-1/2 hour run time
  • 13.39″ Seal Bar with 1/8′ (3mm) seal
  • One 8″ x 10′ roll of bag material
  • Cord length: 40″
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • ETL approved

PROS:

  • Walmart pickup and runs food saver bags no problem if you run short suddenly

  • 1 year warranty
  • Comes with extra heat bar
  • Quick, Easy, Straight forward for beginners

CONS:

  • I have had a few times where I made a mistake and got the meat too close causing a miss in the small seal chamber.

  • Might not last 5+ years of rigorous use with the plastic parts of the lid/closing and opening after seals.

A Family’s Meat Supply 

We eat 6-8 deer a year, as it supplies 100% of our red meat intake for hamburgers, breakfast sausage (every or 3 -4 times a week morning breakfast), steak, roasts, stew meat etc… This MaxVac 250 Vacuum sealer does more than enough for our venison processing. It was a major and perceived upgrade for my kids and wife to see sealed bags defrosting rather than leaky wax paper.


We also happen to be dabbling in a little bit of homesteading with a substantial kitchen garden and just last year running 50 meat birds over the summer. The vacuum sealer allowed us to store broken-down chicken breasts, wings, drums, etc, and summer-blanched veggies for freezing storage with freshness guaranteed! To say the vacuum sealer can handle a family’s supply of meat is an understatement, and it will more than pay for itself! 

Ready to buy?  LEM MaxVac 250 Vacuum Sealers are available in a wide variety of sites such as Academy Outdoors, Scheel’s, Amazon, and more.

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AUTHOR BIO

Weston Schrank is a hunting industry professional with years of whitetail management and hunting experience in the Midwest. He is currently expanding that experience in the mobile hunting world, and the world of western hunting.

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