“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Disposable Plates „
Tesco extra strength paper plates are disposable paper plates ideal for picnics and a variety of other uses. Flat plates with a raised rim around the edge (about 1cm high), they are made from tough card with a waterproof coating.
The packaging is minimal - just sealed plastic wrap with a label stuck on it. You get 25 in a pack and prices range from £2 to £3 depending on the time of year. While this is considerably more expensive than standard paper plates, these are a lot more hardwearing.
These plates are not just useful for picnics. Given their strength, they have a range of other uses, including arts and crafts. They have what I would call limited waterproofing: while they can happily take wet food, I would not put liquid on them for long periods (e.g. growing cress on them makes a mess). In the short term e.g. mixing paints for play they are actually OK.
For arts and crafts use, the waterproofing does mean that colouring or drawing on these is best done with crayon not paint or watercolour.
We actually started using these when one of the cats had to have medicine in his food which could not be mixed with our own, so we couldn't put his plates through the wash. Rather than try to preserve sterile conditions in the kitchen it was simpler to use disposable plates, and I stumbled on these. They are solid enough that if they are down for the day with catfood on them, the food had not soaked through by the end of the day and the plate could be easily disposed of.
When we used these on a picnic, the rim makes them easy to hold (and it's simple to put clingfilm over them if you need to to keep flies away) and they are very strong and unlikely to bend unless you really overload them, or absolutely soak them over a long period of time.
In environmental terms, they are compostable and recyclable, which is useful as we have a food and green waste collection. I did phone up to check and Tescos confirmed that they could go in the recycling, so there isn't a landfill concern.
I tend to keep a packet of these around the house as a fallback, simply because they are so useful, and so robust. Highly recommended.
Having four children I throw a lot of birthday parties; add to this the fact that over the years I've got into the habit of doing a buffet at my house for various other family birthdays, and I have people eating (and dropping) food around the house around once every eight weeks.
I always provide paper plates for two reasons: a) I wouldn't trust certain members of my family with the proper plates and b) I'm usually using all my crock plates for the buffet. I bought these Extra Strength Plates from Tesco for Alice's party in March and was so impressed I went back and got another set for Hollie's birthday last month.
There are twenty five plates in a pack, which is just right for me as this is roughly how many I'd need for an average gathering. I also bought a pack of decorated Barbie plates for Hollie to give out to a select few, these Extra Strength plates are available only in white so if buying for a kids' party you may need to do the same and top up with some prettied up versions.
The plates are visibly different to standard paper plates, the lip is definitely more pronounced than the standard Tesco variety I've bought in the past and the plates do have a stronger look about them. The raised lip is an excellent idea as it (usually) prevents food from sliding off the edge of the plate when being carried around.
The plates have a stiffer than usual cardboard feel; while most paper plates you buy will feel fairly flimsy and bendy, these need you to get slightly physical to bend them in half. They feel more substantial in my hand, and watching how much food Mark's mum put on hers I can tell you they're definitely strong enough to hold plenty! Joking aside, they really are surprisingly strong. Mark made one of his *fabulous* curries to go with Hollie's buffet and despite serving a normal sized portion along with rice, the plates hardly bent at all. In hindsight I'm glad the plates have the shiny coating that all paper plates tend to have as imagine the mess if they soaked up the curry sauce and disintegrated!
Twice I've used these plates now, and twice I've been impressed by the lack of mess in the house when everyone has gone home. I have, in the past, watched helplessly as paper plates flipped themselves over under the weight of a chicken drumstick or two - this simply doesn't happen with these.
Obviously they're disposable, so after everyone's finished eating it's simply a case of throwing the plates in the bin along with the leftovers. Again the strength of the plates struck me at this point as they need more squishing down than the standard variety to put them in the bin, they are also recyclable for all you green types - although maybe not if they're covered in food!
A pack of 25 Extra Strength plates costs £1.98 in Tesco, which is more than their standard plates, but personally I don't mind paying the extra as they're worth their weight in gold thanks to the distinct lack of floor cleaning required after each of my parties.
I bought these for a party I was having, as it was an adult party and I knew there would be plenty of people getting drunk I decided to buy extra strong plates, as with the normal strength plates they can easily be bent if over loaded with food and not held correctly. So I bought these from Tesco for £2.50 per pack and you get 25 plates in each one.
Even though you would expect them to still feel like paper they have a more cardboard feel to them, and the thickness is quite dense too. I found on using these plates they were just like any normal plate and did not bend easily, unless you forced it yourself. The plates went down a treat and I had no food at all to pick up off the floor.
Normally when I do have a kids party I would just have used the normal paper plates, but I do think in future I would buy these again, as they were really good and saved on a lot of cleaning up too, as no food got dropped.
As for if you could give these a wipe and reuse I am not sure as I just threw all mine in the bin, maybe some people will think what a waste of £2.50 but in my eyes it was not, I did not have to do as much cleaning, and it was also cheaper than if I used glass plates that would have got broken, so it was money well spent.
The extra strength you would normally expect to be only a slight difference but the density of this plate compared to normal plates is probably about double, so you pay the extra money but you do get good vale from it and this is something I will be buying again should I have another party.