“ Brand: Asda / Type: Food Storage - Food Bags „
A basic essential
This is definitely not one of the most glamorous items I buy when shopping, but it is a bit of a household essential I think, and I'm sure lots of you have food bags in your kitchen!
The bags look slightly different to the packaging pictured here, although it is more or less the same - white and green with very basic simple writing. A pack of the bags currently costs 73p for 100 bags, so these are certainly cheap and cheerful!
A rip off
The bags come in a roll and it is very simple to rip the bags off the roll, as there are perforations inbetween each bag. These are about average size for a sandwich bag, but you do instantly notice that these are very thin bags!
I tend to use these bags mainly for storing items in the fridge - for example vegetables such as peppers that I have cut and used half of, or halved onions, that I wrap in a bag before placing into a container to stop smells! For these jobs, I find these bags are perfect and never tear or rip. I also occasionally use these to take sandwiches to work or out and about at the weekends - although in all honesty it is rare that I'm this organised. Again these do the job, although I think if I used these for sandwiches every day I would prefer slightly stronger, thicker bags. But for quick everyday use, I do think these do the job and at under a penny each it is very difficult to find fault with them.
For the price, I can't really fault these bags. For so little you would be mad to expect the bags to be the strongest or thickest out there, but for the jobs I need them for these do the job. So it's five stars from me.
My youngest daughter stays with her Granda when I am at work but I always prepare her food for her or send the bits for him to put something together for her. I picked up these food bags in my local Asda store for putting her bread in for her morning toast.
As the bags are part of the Smartprice range they can only be purchased from Asda and they cost 74p for a packet of 100 medium bags.
The food bags comes packaged in a white plastic wrapper with green accents on it which shows straight away that it is part of the Smartprice range. Inside the packet the bags are all rolled up one on top of the other with a perforation between each one there is also a strip of little plastic covered wires for fastening the bags.
The food bags are pretty thin but you get what you pay for, as I only really use the bags for a slice of bread or a few grapes they are strong enough for my usage. The bags tear of the roll easily without ripping the bags which is good as some brands I have used rip the bag when the perforations aren't good enough.
The ties are a little fiddly to use and I tend not to bother with them as I only take the food next door and if I am taking food further away it gets wrapped in foil. The bags are easy to tie a knot into which is what I usually do for a bag of grapes otherwise my daughter dives straight into them as she loves her grapes.
I can't really find anything wrong with these bags, they do the job I need them to and they are an excellent price. The bags are a good size and fit in a slice of bread with enough space left at the top to fold the bag over, the only drawback is the thinness of them which is you wanted to use them for heavier or sharper items then this may be a problem.
We get through heaps of food bags in our house and while I'm not at all fussy about which brand we use we've been using the Asda smart price ones just lately, simply because we often do our grocery shop there so we just grab a few packs whenever we're in there. I find that when it comes to really boring cleaning and kitchen essentials, supermarket own brands are often the best value.
These are no exception - at just 74 pence per pack of 100 bags, these are one of the cheapest brands of food bags around. Although 74p is very cheap, it's not worryingly/ridiculously cheap which means I wasn't worried about the quality maybe not being very good. According to Asda's website, these are one of their best sellers, which I'm not suprised about as they're so cheap.
I love that the food bags come in a pack of 100 as a majority of brands sell their food bags in smaller packs, eg 30 or 60. I usually buy two packs of these and they will last for a good few months despite how often we use them. The bags come in a basic plastic package which is white with the usual green Asda smart price logo.
The product name is written clearly on the front of the pack in white writing over a green rectangular background and by looking at the packet it is clear what it contains. Asda state that the food bags are medium which is the only size available as far as I'm aware. The packet is easy to open - I usually rip the top open so that I can keep the food bags in there then just pull one out when I need to.
The food bags are all rolled up together - just like bin bags are. To get a bag off of the roll I simply tear and pull where the line is and this is easy to do - I've never had any issues with bags ripping or anything. The bags themselves are a decent size and they're made of thin plastic bag type material. The bags are quite thick which I was suprised by considering the price.
The bags are white but they're transparent as well if that makes sense - this comes in handy as I am able to see what each bag contains as I use these for a variety of stuff. The bags have handles which are also very handy as I'm able to tie them together to seal the bag up and prevent the contents falling out while in the fridge or freezer.
I use these mainly for my boyfriend's work lunches as these keep bread/sandwiches nice and fresh. They also come in handy for freezing chopped up bananas and various other fruits ready for a smoothie. I also make a lot of fresh juice and I find that freezing the pulp then adding it to a smoothie is a good way to minimalise waste.
These bags can hold quite a lot of food; a large sandwich or two chopped up bananas and various other items of food. It keeps the food fresh and the bag is durable enough not to rip or break. Overall, I can not recommend these food bags enough - they're an absolute bargain and I will be re-purchasing them again.
Food bags come in handy for a variety of purposes, something to keep sandwiches in for packed lunches, freezing different foods and even keeping little bits and bobs in the same place. I have been using these Asda Smartprice food bags.
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These food bags are part of Asda's own Smartprice range, therefore, can only be purchased in Asda stores. 100 food bags currently cost 83 pence.
The food bags come wrapped up in a plastic white and green bag. The food bags are all rolled up into one big circle, also inside the pack are lots of ties so that the bags can be tied, keeping whatever food stuff is inside nice and fresh.
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The food bags are easy to unroll from the main roll, they are rolled up like bin bags, so each one has to be pulled off from the roll along the perforated edge. It's easy to just simply rip them off. Open the food bag up and pop whatever in then use the ties to do the up, that's it, you've used your food bag!
I, personally, don't use the ties to tie the food bags up, I just usually put a knot in the bag myself. My most common use for the food bags is portioning my daughters meals, as there is only 2 of us, it means a lot of leftover food after I've made a big meal, so I tend to put left over casseroles, cottage pies and the like in the bags and freeze them. Using food bags means I don't have to use any Tupperware which saves a lot of room in my freezer.
I've been using the bags recently to bag up my penny jar into £'s as I haven't got any money bags until I go into town. It holds on to the weight of coins well without ripping or tearing. Despite this, the food bags are very easy to rip with your fingers when you want to get into your sandwich or whatever is in them, without having to mess around trying to undo the knot or tie.
The food bags are a nice size, if I use them for putting sandwiches in, I've found that I can put a sandwich in whole, instead of cutting it in half and then stacking them on top of each other. The only problem by putting a sandwich in whole, is that it makes it difficult for me to put a knot on the end of the bag, if I kept the ties then these would have been perfect to do the bags up
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I'd definitely recommend these bags, they are so cheap at under a penny a bag and there are so many different uses for them. I haven't experienced any problems using the Smartprice food bags, so will continue to purchase them.
Originally written April 2012
Whilst doing a recent online shop at www.asda.com, I decided to buy some small plastic food bags as I had ran out. Having bought food bags from Asda in the past, I knew that their own-branded product would suit my needs perfectly.
I use food bags for a variety of purposes around the home, and find them convenient and easy to use. The main reason that I buy plastic bags is for the purposes of food storage. I find that when it comes to freezing food items such as bread or rolls, the plastic bags are hygienic to use and keep my food fresh whilst it is in the freezer.
Furthermore, my husband takes a packed lunch to his work with him every day and I find that putting his sandwiches in a little plastic bag keeps them fresh and hygienic until lunch time. I also find that cost wise, the little food bags usually work out to be better value than using another product to package his lunch, such as tin foil.
The package of food bags that I purchased was from the 'Asda Smartprice' range, which is a 'basics, or no-frills' type of brand within the Asda brand itself. I find that all of the items within the Asda Smartprice range come in very basic-looking, plain packaging, which seems to be the case with all budget brands within all of the major supermarkets. This does not put me off from trying more basic products whatsoever, and I am inclined to judge the product itself rather than the packaging it comes in.
The pack of Asda Smartprice food bags that I got contains 100 bags, and for this I paid 83 pence. I believe that there is a small package of the food bags available, which contains 50 bags, and I think this costs around the 50 pence mark.
The outer packaging for the Asda Smartprice food bags is made of white plastic and it has the usual Smartprice logo and green coloured writing, informing me of the product name and that the size of these bags are 'medium'. I am unsure of whether there are alternative sizes of the bags available such as a large or small size. The packaging for these food bags states that the size of the medium bags is 230mm x 350mm (approx).
The bags themselves are supplied in a roll, so you simply 'unroll' a bag each time you want to use it. There is a perforated line dividing the bags from each other and you simply tear a bag from the roll when you want to use one, much in the same way as a roll of bin liners. I have found there are no problems with doing this and have found it easy to remove the bags individually, which has not always been the case with alternative 'budget' brands of food bags that I have bought in the past.
The Smartprice food bags are a sort of clear plastic and there are a couple of strips of bag ties supplied with the bags in the outer plastic packaging, which let you tie up the bag once you have stored your food inside. Personally, I seldom use the little white-coloured bag ties as it is just as convenient for me to tie a small knot in the top of the bag, but from time to time I will use them when using the food bags to store food in my freezer.
I should point out that the packaging for the Asda Smartprice food bags states that the bags are not suitable for use in either conventional ovens or freezers, but I had been using these food bags in my freezer for several months without incident before I noticed this statement on the item, and so have continued to use them this way in my own household. I have not used them in either the microwave or my oven and wouldn't recommend doing so.
All in all, I am happy with the cheap and cheerful Asda Smartprice food bags and will continue to buy them. They meet my needs perfectly without breaking the bank and I think they offer an affordable solution to my food storage requirements. They definitely get top marks from me and are highly recommended.
The Asda Smartprice food bags can only be purchased from Asda supermarkets. There is a website for the supermarket which can be found at www.asda.com.
I tend to do my shopping between both Asda and Tesco depending on where I am when I realise it needs to be done. Asda is closer to home but Tesco is close to where I work. I do generally buy the bulk of my shopping from Asda though due to it being easier to get home. Food bags are something I always like to have in the house as they're good for many different things, not just for food storage.
Packaging, product and price!
These food bags come in a white plastic covering which is easily ripped open at one end. The packaging is nothing fancy but it is to be expected from the Asda Smart Price Range. On the front of the packaging is the product name, brand name and how many bags are included. For something like this, I really don't think that the packaging is important at all as it is what is inside that counts.
The bags come rolled up and in order to use one, you need to rip along a perforated edge to remove one bag. Inside the packaging is also a few strips of bag ties. While you get 100 food bags in this product, I have never counted how many ties you actually get as I tend not to use them. I would hope that there are 100 though. These bags are supposed to be medium but I actually think they are quite large and could easily be classed as so instead. The bags are not completely see through but have a bit of a tinted colour to them. To open one of the bags, you need to rub the top part together so that it opens but this can sometimes be a little tricky and takes practice.
One packet of these bags will only set you back 83p so you are getting amazing value for money here. A pack of 100 bags will last me a really long time, normally at least 3 months. Even if I went through a packet a month, at 83p I wouldn't be complaining!
Use of the product
While food bags are good for many things, I tend to use them most for sandwiches. There is no where close to where I work where I can get something nice to eat which is easy and cheap so I take sandwiches quite often. I used to take them in a box but along with books, my purse and other things, the box took up a lot of room in my bag. These food bags easily fit in sandwiches made with 4 slices of bread if you stack them on top of each other and there will still be some room left over. This is enough space to tie the bag at the top. While these food bags do not protect my sandwiches from being squashed at all, they still usually manage to come out looking ok once I get to work. The bags keep the bread and the sandwich filling nice and fresh as well.
Another thing I use these bags for is keeping food in the fridge. As I have to share a fridge with two other people, space is a big issue for me. I find that using bags instead of boxes saves on a lot of room and still keeps food fresh and usable. Something I do a lot is grate cheese and keep it in a bag in the fridge so it is easy to get to and can be tucked away in a small space somewhere.
When I was moving back to my mum's house for the summer, I used a lot of these bags to keep little niggly things in. They came in really handy for things like bobbles and hair grips. For some reason, these always end up all over and these bags were a great way of keeping them together. As well as this, I put all of my nail polishes in bags just in case any of them managed to spill on the 3 hour drive home.
As you can see, these food bags come in handy for many more things than storing food. At such a low price as well, you are definitely getting value for money.