“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Food Storage - Sandwich Bag „
I have tried all kinds of freezer and food bags in my time. I am not brand loyal in any way, shape or form - I simply go for what is cheapest or what is available. I have had the Value freezer bags in the past, but they weren't fantastic, so I decided to go for these ones instead. They are alright actually. They do the job for which they were intended and they don't cost the earth. They aren't the best ones I have used though and I probably won't bother getting them again . . .
===What Is Good About Them?===
The bags have a fold over top (a the name suggests) which has a bit of sticky stuff on it to seal it in place once you have folded it. They are really easy to use and the sticky stuff is quite effective although it isn't so sticky that you can't undo them again easily.
They are a decent size. I am not sure of the exact measurement of them, but I find that I can fit two whole sandwiches in them, made with standard sized bread, quite comfortably so that should give you some idea.
You get 75 for £1.30 which is pretty good value for money in my opinion. That makes them just under two pence each and the value version are just over a penny each. These are more than doubly good so, like I say, good value.
They are suitable for freezing things in as well and I often use them to split up larger packs of meat when I have bought in bulk, so that nothing is left unopened if you see what I mean.
They have a little panel on them so that you can write things on it in biro or marker. The bags are see through so you don't need to write the contents on their obviously, but I guess it is a good idea to write dates on them.
===What Is Not So Good About Them?===
Well the main problem I have with them is that they aren't air tight. I often take yoghurts to work and I put them into a freezer or food back in case they burst in transit. I have found that this has happened when I have used these bags and that the contents have still spilled out of them into my lunch box, which was a total nuisance and kind of defied the point of them for me.
The other thing that is not so good about them is the fact that they are not reusable. When you get ones with a zip lock top, you can obviously reuse them as long as they are not dirty. Not so with these because of the sticky bit that is useless once it has been stuck down and then undone once. I also think that these are pretty thin so they wouldn't stand up to reuse even if they didn't have the sticky top.
They are a good budget option and they are a decent size, but I don't think that I would use them again because of the fact that they are no airtight, so not recommended I am afraid.
I always use the great sandwich bags that Tesco do with the fold over tops. I use these each and every day during the week for packed lunches for hubby, my daughter and myself. They are really economical, work brilliantly, are always in stock in Tesco's and are just a good quality strong sandwich bag. I much prefer these ones to the Asda or Sainsbury's ones.
These sandwich bags cone in boxes of fifty and cost £1.30. They have increased in price lately, but then hasn't everything? Before I started to use these fold over bags, I was using the zip ones but the were working out really expensive, as, like most people do, I use fresh sandwich bags every day for all three of us.
The bags are see through plastic but they are quite robust and thick feeling plastic and don't seem flimsy. They are quite small but I am still able to fit in four slices of bread for my husband in his bag and two slices of bread in each of Sarah's and my own bags. They measure about 18cm x 18cm and though they look on the tiny side when you take the first one off its roll, it's actually surprising how much they each can hold.
Once I've placed the sandwich inside its bag, I simply fold the top over and then down and the sandwich will stay in place all day. They are perhaps not quite a secure as the zip topped bags, but the are sill excellent quality and they are considerably less expensive to buy.
They keep our food fresh all day long and the sandwiches don't move about too much inside the bag and the filing stays intact. I also use them for fruit / biscuits etc., if I'm placing these inside our lunch boxes too and again, I can vouch for the fact that they keep all food items nice and fresh.
They are great quality bags and so useful and versatile. They are always easy to find in the shop and I highly recommend them.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons
Mornings in our house have to be like a military operation getting my kids ready for school, and my husband out the door to work all on time. I know I could make it easier by doing packed lunches the night before but I don't feel the sandwiches stay quite as fresh when using salad ingredients, so we always have to assemble lunches alongside making breakfast.
I buy these tesco sandwich bags as I like the size of them and strength of the bag, They are approximately 18cm by 17.5cm in size, which is just ample enough to fit in my husbands two sets of sandwiches (4 slices of bread) and more than adequate for my son's 2 slices of bread or a breadbun.
I find that the foldover top on the bag is very secure and keeps the food inside fresh until they want to use at lunchtime, and my son is also able to get into the bag to get his food easily and independently. This is good as at 5 years old, he is not given lots of help at lunchtime at school.
The cost of these bags is £1.30 for 50 bags. This is less than 3p per bag. I find that if I empty out the crumbs, I can use the same one a few times for sandwiches too. It makes me feel a bit better as normally I would prefer to be more environmentally friendly. These are not good at all for the environment, being made from polyethylene, and being manufactured in Thailand.
The outer packaging for these bags is now a manilla coloured box with blue writing, and there is a blue band stating how many bags are in there and a picture of a sandwich on the right hand side. The box is slightly perforated on one side allowing you to open the box and get the bags out. I always find that I need to rip this a bit more to make the opening a bit bigger, otherwise it is very tricky to remove just one bag from the box.
The bags are all folded together, so you can remove one at a time, but it is a little tricky, but the bigger opening means that you can get the extra bags back in. Once the box is open, there is no way of resealing it, so I make sure I keep the box in a drawer to prevent the bags getting dirty.
Overall, these are decent thickness bags. They do keep the food fresh if you turn the edge back around your sandwich, and I think they are very useful to have when making packed lunches.