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Sorry to hear of your frustration sealing the bags and then going through so many bags. I wish you would have done what I did…I must have used my first bag 6 or 7 times to learn how my sealer was going to work with the UMAi Bag.
On the other hand you don’t even need a sealer as a perfect vacuum is not necessary! In fact what you can do is place the moist meat into the bag and then using your hands press the bag against the meat while forcing out as much air and not leaving any air pockets. Then at the open end insert a drinking straw or a piece of tubing in and then grab the bag tightly around the straw or tubing and finish sucking out as much air as you can. When done quickly remove the straw or tubing and tightly close the end using a bread twisty.
Now about your meat…occasionally people will report small white mold spots. Just as long as your refrigerator is in proper working order it should NOT be any issue! You will trim that mold away after the aging is done.
When you say a funky smell – aging meat will take on an earthy or nutty smell and that is natural. If the meat spoiled which is unlikely then rancid meat would smell horribly.