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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: 45m Roll of Cling Film

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      22.03.2013 15:00
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      A decent cling film from the Sainsburys basics range.

      In my home I do lots of batch cooking and making things from scratch. Some days I will make one or two loaves of bread and then turn that in to sandwiches, fill them, wrap them in cling film, then foil and then freeze them. This means that when we are pushed for time in the mornings or called in to work unexpectedly that we always have a freezer drawer full of delicious sandwiches waiting. In addition to this I will make up buns, cakes, and other sweet treats and freeze those also. I always wrap my frozen goods in cling film and then foil as this, I find, helps ensure that none of the items suffer from freezer burn or get ruined in the freezer.

      I also use cling film for a number of other purposes. When I have something going in to my fridge that is open or potentially could leak I always wrap cling film around it and I find that this works well at keeping my fridge looking and smelling clean and hygienic at all times.

      I normally buy a value or basic range cling film and the one I have been using recently is the 60 metre one from Sainsburys. This costs 60p now but used to be 45p until a few months ago. I believe back then it may have been 45 metres though so it is still the same price per metre it would seem, which makes a change. In the past I have tried more expensive ranges but I have never found any obvious difference so now I stick to the cheap stuff.

      This cling film comes provided in a white and orange cardboard box which has a lid you can lift open and then a serrated edge in one place to allow you to supposedly break the cling film off with ease. This cling film is 30cm wide which is an ideal size for me as I can wrap most items up using just one width of this and one short length. For example with sandwiches I normally rip off two or three times the size of the sandwich and find that this is ample for wrapping it up completely and folding over the ends also. When it comes to ripping off this cling film I always find the beginning of the roll difficult to start and often this means that a few cm is wasted which I don't like much but not much I can do about that! I find that stretching this cling film down and then pulling it over the serrated area usually gives me the best results but sometimes this does still get tangled up slightly.

      This cling film, like any really, can be difficult to untangle but because I don't like wasting anything I normally spend a few seconds doing so unless I am really frustrated then I might screw it up in a ball and just throw it in the bin! When I spread this cling film over something it sticks well to it helping to stop any air getting to the food and stopping any liquids from leaking out. If this cling film has touched something it can be quite messy when taking it back off so I normally undo the edges and then lift up the centre to allow me to ball it up without getting whatever foodstuffs it was covering all over my hands.

      One downside to this product is that the serrated edge on the box is not particularly sharp so I do need to stretch it and pull it over quite fiercely to get this cling film to tear where I want it to. Sometimes I just end up taking the film out of the box and ripping where I want to with my hands. Obviously this can lead to it ripping in uneven places which can be annoying but really is something that I have got used to over the years.

      I probably go through a roll of cling film every month or two and I have found this one to be fantastic value for money. It does tear unevenly sometimes but I've never found one that doesn't do that. I am happy with the quality of this for the price that I pay and I just wish that the box was sharper on the edge but then again I would most likely cut myself on it so perhaps that is why they don't do that!

      It is fair to say that patience is required when using cling film but I like the results that I get from it and it helps me bath cook and freeze items as well as get lunches ready if I am going to be away from home for a few days so that my husband doesn't eat loads of rubbish while I'm gone! I am awarding this 4 out of 5 stars and feel that for the price it really is worthy of them!

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        10.02.2013 19:43
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        Still buying this one in preference to branded films

        The last time I used a lot of wrapping film was Christmas just gone. We'd had a lot of friends and family over to our house and I gave a few bits and pieces of spare food left over from the buffet to both my mum and my sister when they left to go home. I'd been using disposable tableware such as plates and bowls, so with the food that was left over and that I didn't want to go to waste, I put on the paper plates etc and then covered this with cling film.

        The cling film I was using at the time was one of Sainsbury's own basic range. I have bought this particular cling film lots of times as to me, cling film is JUST cling film, and even when I've paid higher prices for the premium brands, I have never noticed any difference in quality at all. The same applies to Sainsbury's.

        The packing is very simple and plain and the roll of 45 metres of film comes in a long cardboard box which is coloured in white and bright orange. This amount of cling film costs me less than 50p so I consider this to be really excellent value for money. Width wise, it's plenty big enough at 300mm and it certainly wide enough to cover most standard plates and bowls.

        It sticks well and I'm able to stretch it right over and across the food and then press it around the ends of bowls and plates and it holds well. This cling film is ideal for keeping foods fresh in the fridge. It sticks well to the paper plates I buy and also to more conventional every day plates we at home.

        The only problem I have with this cling film is that it's hard to start it off. By this, I mean that when it's brand new it's quite hard to find the end and also when trying to cut it off with the cutting end on the box, it's almost impossible to get a good clean and sharp cut. Part of the problem is that the teeth on the cutting edge are just too blunt and nowhere near sharp enough. It then becomes a two-person job, as I have to get my husband to cut it for me whilst I pull off the amount I need and try to lay it flat on the work surface.

        Overall though, I still think it's good value for money and I'd not consider using a branded cling film roll, simply because I still find I have the same problem with all of them when I come to trying to get it off the roll.

        One roll of this size will last me for months, even though I use it on a fairly regular basis for covering foods I keep in the fridge.

        Great stuff but fiddly to use.

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          07.02.2013 11:10
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          complete waste of money!

          I don't really think of myself as a mega stingy person, but where I can save some extra pennies I am always willing to give it a try. I am a big sainsbury's shopper and often find their basics products are just as good so some time last year I tried out their basic's cling film....oh what a mistake that was!

          I bought the Sainsbury's Basics' Wrapping Film which costs around 50p for a 15m roll. This seemed good value and I didn't think it could be that bad. Packaged in the usual sainsbury's basic design of a white background with an orange border it screams "budget" but once hidden away at home I had thought it wouldn't be too much of a problem.

          I don't use cling film too much, usually for wrapping some food to take to work - sandwiches, bagels etc or sometimes for covering leftover food at home to put in the fridge. The film is actually so useless I could find no purpose for it! For starters it is really thin, and tears awfully easily. It was extremely hard to peel off a straight sheet of this as it kept ripping in places and doing that awful thing where it goes round and round and you can't remember where the cling film starts/ends to try and rectify it! This made it near to impossible to gather enough cling film off the roll to be able to wrap any food in it.

          My next issue with this basic cling film is actually the packaging. Strangely enough even though the film is thin as anything, the box is made so cheaply that there is meant to be a "sharp" perforated edge for tearing the cling film off in a straight, even line and this is so incompetent it can't even do so. To try and tear a piece off I had to either use scissors or I actually on more than one occasion used the cutting edge on my foil box to try and cut a piece off to use. What an effort!


          Overall, it is definitely fair to say that this wrapping film is nothing short of a disaster and should be avoided at all costs. The cheapness of it really does not outweigh the benefits as there are clearly none. It is genuinely a waste of 50p or so, so I would recommend even the Sainsbury's brand (not the basics) which costs a bit more but does the job fantastic.

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          06.02.2013 23:22
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          Basic is an understatement!

          I made the mistake of buying this cling film once, it was cheap around 50p and I truly got what I paid for - rubbish!

          Sainsbury's value range tends to be a bit hit and miss in my opinion, but I thought that you couldn't really go wrong with a cling film.  However the "design" of this one is utterly flawed!

          My main problem with it is it's really thin so you can very easily stick your finger through it, or it snags on what you are trying to cover.  I also found it hard to tear, you are supposed to use the perforated cardboard on the side of the box but all this does is stretch the cling film out!  I resulted to cutting it with scissors as it was the only way of getting from the roll in any vaguely unsnagged, unstressed format.

          Another problem is this cling film doesn't cling! To get it to stay on the vessel or food I was covering the cling film had to be completely touching itself, it would vogueing cling to itself although it need quite a bit of helpanne I would sort of roll the edges together. Sometimes wrapping the film around the item twice would keep it in place.  Basically you need so much film to make it cling it works out super false economy!

          I checked online and this roll is 45 metres long, it would be better being only half as long but twice as thick - I threw mine out before I used it up.  It comes in a long thin cardboard box as with most cling films with the usual Sainsbury "basic" brand logos/colours and was a standard width for wrapping film of around 30cm.

          There is a reason it's so cheap, it's useless!!!  I think this has to be the worst item i have reviewed yet. It deserves a big fat 0 stars but unfortunately the system makes me give it one.

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            07.01.2013 15:28
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            1 star

            I like to save money where I can so I bought this cheaper clingfilm hoping it would be really good and a great saving... however it is just awful!

            I dislike cling film at the best of time as it always seems so awkward and doesn't do what I want it to do, it always sticks to itself but this is awful stuff!

            The cardboard box is very thin so doesn't support it well, when you pull the cling film out and then lean it over the sharp edge of the box it is supposed to cut it but it doesn't because it's so flimsy the box just kind of folds in on itself and gets bent. Anyway, this isn't actually possible to get this far anyway as getting enough cling film out of the box so that it can actually REACH this part of the box is almost impossible!

            It just doesn't seem to want to come out. It will not unroll and it takes a lot of tugging before you eventually get a decent amount. It then tends to quickly stick to itself making it worthless and then you have to begin again.

            I really dislike it. It infuriates me spending so long just trying to get a little bit of cling film out. It needs about three pairs of hands to work it. When you do get it it works okay but isn't anywhere near as efficient as other brands.

            Do not bother buying this. The stress it brings is not worth the savings!! Definitely stick to spending a bit more money so you can have something which works properly and doesn't take such a lot of effort to try to get out of the box. This is just awful, awful stuff!

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              04.03.2012 20:42
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              Not good and one to avoid!

              One product up until recently I hadn't had a lot of contact with was cling film. Now that I live on my own though I use it plenty for covering food and the likes because cooking for one I have a lot of leftovers and the likes I want to stay fresh.

              This I bought in Sainsbury's costing me only 45p and I thought as it was so cheap I'd give it a go.

              The Packaging:

              Well the 'wrapping film' comes in an oblong white, orange and yellow box and on three sides of that we are told that it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Wrapping Film 'It wraps it covers' and that the size of it is 300mm wide and 45 metres long. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to open the product up and how to use it and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. Also on that section of the box there is a perforated line (to cut the wrapping film off with allegedly!) as well. All in all this is cheap looking packaging though it gives us all the information we need on it to be fair to it.

              Using It:

              Well of course this is see-through film and can be used to wrap or cover food and is suitable for use in refrigerators though of course not microwaves or conventional ovens and you do have to let foods and crockery cool before using this of course cos it will melt if you don't!

              First off using this is a complete nightmare. The film is really thin and the cutting section on the box simply isn't sharp enough to cut through the film even though its thin and I end up in a right mess with it. Secondly its rubbish for wrapping foods in. Say you make a sandwich, wrap it, well the sarnie simply falls apart and falls out of the film that should hold itself together! Its ok at covering food though again, not all that sticky however you try taking this off the roll without it all sticking together you're a better person than I am! I only have one pair of hands and somehow I have to get this off the roll and use scissors and if it's a large piece then it's a really bad nightmare so I simply only use this when covering small items.

              All in all this is rubbish quite honestly. Hard to deal with and not sticky unless it all sticks to itself! Terrible!

              Only available in Sainsbury's stores or from Sainsburys.com

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