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      13.09.2013 19:00
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      A cheap but reasonable quality food and freezr bag

      I store a lot of produce in our freezer, and this year we have been growing more of our own food than before. I have found myself running out of freezer containers so I decided to buy some freezer bags to tide me over. I originally intended to get some more zip lock ones but when I saw that Sainsbury's offered a pack of 50 food and freezer bags for only 56p, I decided to give them a try first.


      These bags are from the Basics range, so they are an own label product. I chose the medium size although chose isn't the right word as that was the only size actually stocked. They are a useful 23cm by 36cm approximately - I wouldn't have much use for a much larger bag because I prefer to freeze smaller portions so I don't have to defrost more than I need of something that is best not re-frozen. And they are more than big enough to use as a sandwich bag if you want to.


      The bags come in a simple orange and white wrapper, and there is a label to tell you to "pull here". This tears the wrapper neatly leaving a half moon opening for you to pull each bag out through. The bags are on a roll inside, and I found it easier to remove them from the wrapper altogether in the end and put them in a box. This is because the packaging is flimsy and the roll of bags often pops out anyway. I was also worried that I would loose the sheet of wire ties that is included so you can seal the bags, if I didn't store them in something better. The roll is small because each bag is folded up neatly but they unfold without too much faffing around. They are separated by perforations that are work vey well as a sharp tug lifts a bag free but doesn't make you pull off half the roll.


      I did think that the bags felt thinner than the others I have used, but at the price I expected them to be. I don't mean that they are very flimsy though - you won't put your finger through one when you handle them and they don't let liquid out. I filled one with water before I used them for storage and left it in a empty bowl overnight and nothing had escaped by morning. The same is true after they have been frozen too. I have occasionally found in the past that bags that are leak proof until being frozen are sometimes not so by the time you defrost the contents, but these are fine. I doubled up the bags when I first used them but I stopped doing that for the last few things as I am not sure it was necessary. I think that although they are thinner than others, they are still thick enough if that makes sense.


      I have used a bag to take some nuts and seeds to work to snack on when my lunch box was used for something else, and my boyfriend has also used the bags to protect a sandwich when he could find his brown paper sandwich bag. Mostly though, I wanted these to store a few blackberries, loganberries and tayberries that had been open froze. I prefer boxes really as they stack better in our chest freezer but the bags are good for small amounts of food. I also used one to store fruit puree and another to store soup once it had cooled down. I have a couple of food bags from Lakeland that have rigid bottoms which does make filling them much easier but I didn't think the Basics bags could be expected to have the same. I use the basic bags to line a small bowl with the edges tucked over the rim and then I gather those up and lift it clear of the bowl once it is filled which makes things easier. Once you are done, you have to expel the air and then secure the top with the wire ties. These look small but they are big enough to do the job and make the bag secure. Some of them are a bit sharp at the end so be a little careful but I can't see anyone doing themselves a real injury!


      Overall, these bags do their job at keeping food fresh. They haven't leaked for me and they are a practical size. I am sure that the roll will last me a long time. I think they represent good value for money and are worth a try if you are looking for a food bag. They are naturally only available at Sainsbury's.

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      23.02.2013 16:46
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      One of the etter basic range sandwich bags

      As a family, we all take sandwiches with us to work and school five days per week. I'm not particularly loyal to any one brand but then at the same time, I won't pay next to nothing for sandwich and freezer bags just to find that they are so poor quality that they are hopeless. I have done this a few times, especially with Asda sandwich and freezer bags. Now and again I buy the Sainsbury's Basics range of food and freezer bags and these are only 62p for a roll of 50 bags, so they last us for ages.

      The bags are very plainly packaged in a white and orange coloured plastic outer wrapper and inside there are the fifty bags all tightly wound round on a little roll. I throw the outer packaging away immediately after I get them home and I simply store the freezer bags on their roll inside my bottom kitchen cupboard, where I store a lot of my baking tins and other utensils. These little bags also come with some small wire strips which are covered with a coating of toughened paper, which in turn seems to have a little coating of plastic over the top. This plastic covering over the wire and paper gives the little ties / strips more durability and makes them nice and strong if I use them to store food in my freezer compartment.

      The bags themselves can be removed and unrolled one by one quite easily by slowly unfolding the small roll until you come to the perforated edging. It's easy to pull off a bag without fear of ripping the actual bag itself or the one that comes after it. The bags are surprisingly large at approximately 23cm x 34cm and they are also surprisingly strong, considering that they are a supermarket basic range product.

      I use these great little bags for all manner of things, and not only for putting mine and family's lunchtime sandwiches into. I always use them for freezing leftovers such as mashed potatoes, vegetables and smaller portions of lasagne and harder crust pies. We grow some of our own veg in our back garden, and for instance, this last summer we had a complete influx of green beans - we couldn't give them away. I picked the beans, blanched them and then froze umpteen bags of them in our freezer. The bags are just about the right size to take a single portion of beans or mash and I simply remove them from our outside freezer as and when I need them.

      The little wire tags work especially well in the freezer as this is where the contents often get tossed around a lot, especially as I have to take a torch out there into our garage to search for what I'm looking for and consequently, I give the contents of the freezer a good rummage. The little tags always remain intact and in place and never ever fall off.

      Also use these great little bags to store leftovers in the fridge that I will be using again soon, especially if I have run out of cling film. They are really handy to have around the house and they are useful for a variety of purposes. They are really strong, surprising large and quite robust and certainly well priced.

      Excellent value for money and highly recommended.

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      28.02.2012 16:26
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      They are quite durable, and can be used for loads of things.

      Sainsburys basics freezer and food bags.

      I recently read a review on these bags, so decided to try them. and as they are part of the Sainsburys Basic Range they have compared cheaper than the current freezer bags I have been using, they only cost 57pence for 50 bags, so they are good value for money.

      I tend to buy my meat in bulk because it works out cheaper that way, I usually devide up my meat, chops, mince into portions that are ample for just myself, I put them into the freezer bags, these freezer bags are quite thick plastic and you can fit quite a bit into them, they provide you with little plastic ties, that I tear off when i need to use them and wrap them around the neck or top of the back, to seal the items in.d I also stick a label sticky one on the front of the bag with the contents written on there and the date so I can keep track of whats in them and when they have to be used by.

      These bags are also great for making lunches in, you can fit a few sandwiches into them and seal them, they are great for putting items in when you go for a picnic.

      I find these bags are not only good for freezing stuff in, they make great cheap bags for loads of uses, popping little screws and bits and bobs into into the junk drawer, well its a drawer that I feel most housholds have with little bits and pieces in that you might need in the future.

      I was most impressed with the amount of bags you get in the carboard box, work out about 1p per bag, and they last for ages.

      I used to spend loads of money on freezer bags, and I used to but the expensive ones with the zips across the top, which i used to have to wash out to reuse, with these bags i can throw them away after use as they are cheap to replace.

      These bags are durable, and are a great idea, and well cheap. I would recommend them.

      Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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      01.11.2011 13:20
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      A brilliant food storage system for all households on a budget

      As someone who likes to make sandwiches daily and also cooks quite a lot, I have realised the importance of having a stash of plastic bags around the house for easy storage of these food stuffs. I easily use 3-4 bags a day and therefore cannot justify buying sticky top plastic bags which not only cost more but are less capable of storing bulky items. I saw these food bags in my local Sainsburys a couple of months back and am now a regular buyer of these useful little bags.

      The Product ~

      As with all the Sainsbury's Basics Range these bags come readily rolled into a small roll which is packaged in a white sleeve with an orange stripe across the middle. It is usually best to open this roll by simply splitting the plastic sleeve and upon opening you are left with a roll of plastic bags and two sections of white and grey wires. There are 50 bags in a roll and these are accompanied by two lots of 25 wires which are particularly handy for tearing off the strip and wrapping around the opening of the bag to seal food inside. The wires themselves are pretty strong and are encased in a white plastic sheath.

      As the bags come readily packaged on a roll they can be used as and when required by ripping along the perforated edge. This means that the roll can be neatly stored back in the kitchen drawer when not needed. Upon tearing off a bag and shaking open, you will notice that they are of a good size measuring approximately 35cm x 23cm, easily big enough to store sandwiches and most off cuts of food. The bags themselves are made of plastic and although flimsy enough to shake open, are quite sturdy when it comes to storing anything in them.

      A roll of these bags are currently priced in Sainsburys at £0.62 per roll which works out at just over 1p a bag, although they can only be bought in Sainsburys they will hardly break the bank.

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      These bags are particularly useful for sandwiches and when you are in a rush the bags are big enough to wrap around the sandwich and tie the top of the bag in a knot. In my opinion they are also great for sealing open tins of food before storing in the fridge, for instance I regularly store a half opened tin of sweet corn in this manner to prevent it from tipping over in the fridge. They are also freezable and, although we do not freeze a lot of food in our house being that I try to cook as much as we need, they can be used to package wet food stuffs or solids to neatly package and freeze fresh. The great thing about these bags is that they are transparent, therefore you can easily see what is inside the bag, or if needs be stick a label onto the bag to describe the content.

      Overall I have found these sandwich bags to be really useful and reliable for all our lunch needs and have therefore scored them a well deserved 5 stars out of 5.

      Thank-you for reading my review.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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      31.07.2011 08:46
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      An excellent value product/super value for money

      I don't often buy Value or Basics products when it comes to actual food; however, I do quite often buy value goods such as these 50 Sainsburys Basics food bags.


      My children take packed lunches to school and I have been using these great little food bags for their lunches for quite a few years now. They are incredibly cheap, priced at only £0.62 pence. They usually last me about 2 months. These bags are just about the right size for my kids lunches. My children don't usually eat sandwiches for their lunches but have other food snacks; I can usually fit all of their lunch in these bags.

      I have also used them for my own purposes when packing lunches for going out and also of course for freezing food.

      The size of each bag is 230mm x 350mm.

      Sainburys state some safety advice of the packet, advising not to allow children to play with the small ties to the bags. (These are handy and particularly useful when freezing food for keeping the contents fresh and secured). Sainsburys also state that the bags should be kept away from babies and small children to avoid the dangers of suffocation.

      These bags are really handy and come in a very small tube shaped bag; they are very light and certainly wont weigh your shopping down.

      Due to the low cost and their great uses, they thoroughly deserve 5 Dooyoo stars from me.

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      25.07.2011 14:26
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      Sainsbury's food and freezer bags

      In order to save myself a bit of money on my monthly shop whenever I buy chicken or mince I always split it up into better sized portions and then freeze these. This means if I buy two packets of chicken instead of getting just two dinners out of it I can get at least 4 dinners out of it. This not only saves me money but gives me better portion sizes as I find the supermarket packets of chicken are way too big anyway. The same is true of mince and if I do this I buy all my meat at the start of the month and it will last until the end of the month.

      In order to do this I need good quality freezer bags to put the meat in and the best ones I have found are the Sainsburys own brand food and freezer bags. These bags are suitable for use with all food types in the refrigerator and freezer. The bags are small, approximately 180mm x 180mm but I find these are plenty big enough for two breasts of chicken or half a packet of mince. What I really like about these bags is that they have a plastic zip locking mechanism that seals the bags really well. In the freezer once the meat is frozen there is no way the meat can contaminate anything else or no way anything can get into the bag. Also when I then get these bags out of the freezer to thaw before cooking I find no juices escape once they are room temperature which is really good, especially with raw meat inside. This zip mechanism is so much better than having bags which just fold over as I find these often leak which is not good. The plastic itself is quite sturdy and will not rip or tear so you can guarantee your contents are well protected.

      The bags are see-through but have a white space on them where you can write the date and the contents on the bag so you know when you put it in the freezer to make sure you don't leave it in there too long. I find this really helpful and a nice addition to the bag.

      I also use these bags to put sandwich lunches in for my little girl when we are out and about as well as fruit and vegetables, almost anything really and I find that they do keep things like sandwiches fresher for longer than regular fold over bags do.

      The bags come in packs of 40 and are £1 which equals just £0.04 a bag. I find I can reuse this bags (not if I have had raw meat in them, but if they have had biscuits or sandwiches in them) so I get more use out of them and I feel they are an economical way of storing food/making lunches etc.

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      04.04.2011 09:32
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      I buy lots of food bags and use them all the time and they are always handy for using for lots of things, not just for covering food etc. I buy these ones on a regular basis because they are cheap, affordable and I really do like them for the cheap price and they are a good size to fit food into with room to spare.

      They come in a plastic wrapper, the wrapper is very basic and just in the usual colours of the Sainsbury's cheaper brand of orange and white. It has the writing on the front of the bag and no fancy pattern or picture. Inside the wrapper the bags are in a roll, there are some loose tabs just placed inside the top of the roll, these tabs can be used to tie around the bags when in use. The ties come in strips and there are 2, each one has 25 ties and so there is enough to tie around each bag if you need to use them. The ties can easily be torn apart from the strip for when you need to use them. They are a strong plastic and bend very easily to tie around the bags to keep food fresh. Just a simple twist and bend and the job is done.

      The bags are a medium size and they are attached together with a perforated edge of which can easily be pulled from the roll with little effort needed, just a short tug and the bag is released just perfectly. The bags are a good size and measure approximately 14 inches x 9 inches and are rectangle shape. They are quite a large size although they are classed as being medium, they are a strong plastic bag and are transparent but not have the kind of cloud effect is the best way I can describe them. The plastic feels soft and they are shiny. To open them though can be a little tricky and you have to keep rubbing the top of them to open the top because they are sealed. Does not take much effort though but I always find it annoying as with all plastic bags they do not open immediately lol.

      They are very handy for packed lunches and house sandwiches very well, they can easily hold an average amount of sandwiches for your lunch at work etc. my hubby takes a lot of packed lunch to work with him and he takes at least 4 sandwiches and these bags are quite big enough to be used for this amount of sandwiches without squashing them.

      They keep the bread nice and fresh and they do not dry them throughout the day. They are good for also other foods such as cake or even biscuits and any food that you may want to use a bag for to keep them nice and fresh. They are fabulous for picnics because it means the food will be fresh if you are going on a long journey and need to place the food in a basket or bag.

      I freeze almost any kind of food and I use these all the time to freeze left over food to eat at a later date and they are brilliant to place meat or fish inside if you buy more than the amount at the supermarket and do not want to eat it in the next few days etc. Once taken from the freezer the food can easily be removed and the food does not stick to the sides of the bag. These can also then be recycled and so all is good.

      I use them for all kinds of other things such as for chalks that my little grandson uses as they keep together inside the bag, also for storing loose pens, paper clips, cotton wool balls, absolutely anything I like to keep together to place inside a drawer to keep them nice and tidy and so I can find them when I need them.

      They are easy to store and they can be placed inside a kitchen drawer or cupboard and take very little space. I keep them in my cutlery drawer and so they are nice and handy placed there for when I need them. The ties can be placed in the drawer too because when I stored them in a cupboard I could not find the ties and so I just find them more handy in the drawer. I did once leave the ties in the drawer and the bags in the cupboard but I found myself looking in 2 places at once and I just found myself being a little lazy and needed to have them together just to be handy really.

      These are so worth the money and they are priced at just 57p for 50 bags. They are a very good quality and amazingly good value. I highly recommend them for anyone to give them a go as I do not think you would be disappointed with them at all and they are so affordable too for any budget in my opinion. I will continue to buy these as they give me all that I expect from a food and freezer bag.

      I give these 5 stars.

      Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

      Thank you for reading my review.

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        15.02.2010 20:48
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        They do the trick.

        What are they?

        They are exactly what they say they are! Basic standard medium food/freezer bags. They come in packs of 50 for the price of £0.55. They are packaged in a non-resealable pE sleeve and also have wire ties inside.

        What are they like?

        Once opened out, they are much wider than they first seem when on the roll. They tear off from the roll easily and do not damage any of the other bags in the process - which is something I have noticed with other food bags. They are fairly long making it fairly easy to knot them or use one of their ties. They are translucent in colour and matte. I labled mine in permanent marker which did not rub off.

        The only problems I can see with these bags is that they are slightly thinner meaning crisps or other sharp foods may pierce the bags - however, I only use them for meat in the freezer so have not found this to be the case. The ties are quite short in length making it slightly fiddly to twist them but not impossible.

        They have also proved very handy for days out with my little boy - keeping his plastic spoons clean in his nappy bag has always been something I worry about so I now use one of these bags to store his cutlery whenever out and about.

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        18.08.2009 21:59
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        Give them a try, you only put a sandwich in it and throw it away after anyway!

        These food bags are from the basic range at Sainsburys and cost 54p for 50- they are often on 3 for 2 aswell.

        They are medium size (230mmx250mm) and come with wire ties as fastenings. The ties are strong and good quality but I do not use them as I find it easier just to tie a knot or wrap it around etc.

        They are packaged in a very basic plastic sleeve but If, like me, you take them out of the packaging anyway, then this of course will make absolutely no difference.

        The main reason I bought these is because I seem to get through so many of them and the cheapest alternative was 80p more expensive, I thought there surely couldnt be much difference between a basics food bag and an own brand one.

        I was right! You definitely would not notice the difference, especially if like me you use them for everyday things eg packed lunches, snacks on days out etc.

        If you use them for larger items you may find they are not as big as some alternative brands, and if you are planning to use them as freezer bags then you will be disappointed as they are not as strong or big as others.

        As a general food bag, you can't go wrong and for a saving of 80p a time, you'd be mad not to use these. If you use them for freezing or larger items then maybe stick to your usual brand.

        I however, am very satisfied with them and will definitely buy them again!

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