“ Tesco / pressure closure food bags „
I keep everything that I am using to cook with in small plastic bags in the fridge to make them stay fresh for longer. Things like cheese, ginger, garlic, pate, onions. This is something I learned by trial and error over the years, after wasting enough cheese and pate for a thousand picnics.
I didn't used to bother as I thought it was a bit trivial and boring, and reminded me of what my mum used to tell me, now I have ended up doing it of my own accord !
Anyway that is why I use resealable plastic bags. These bags are only £1.95 from Tesco which works out at just under 8 p each, as they can be re used, as long as you don't mix anything that shouldn't be, they are well worth having. I do also use large plastic bags for storing loafs of bread in the freezer and fridge.
USING TESCO RESEALABLE BAGS
In this pack you get 25 what they call 'small' (18cm by 20 cm) bags which are resealable becoming air tight. They are more than big enough for what I need, you can get a whole sandwich in a bag, as long as it is not filled with an 8 oz steak !
At the moment I have some ginger in one bag, cheese in it's packet and then sealed in a bag, onions, and prob some other stuff , there are lots of bags in my fridge, I spend a lot of time rustling about looking for things ( no labels yet ).
I think they are well worth the money , and if you travel abroad you can use them to put liquids in and write on the bag. I have just used mine for food mostly in the fridge.
I also use them for car journeys though as I do log jornneys down to the south from Yorkshire. So i put a big bag in the front with all my water, food, sunglasses, hat and travel stuff, I put a few snacks in these plastic bags, and that stops the car smelling and crumbs going everywhere.
I have been buying the Tesco Small Resealable food bags for several years and although I have tried other brands I tend to keep returning to the Tesco ones.
These transparent bags come in a plastic bag with a rather insipid design of beige and blue with a couple of mint leaves on it, my last pack certainly didn't look like the Dooyoo photo. This pack doesn't exactly jump off the shelf at you so you do have to look carefully to find them. They come in packs of 25 and are £1.67 a pack. Each bag is about 18cm by 20 cm and has the press together resealable top, the sort with thin plastic strips sealed into the plastic that sort of zip together when pressed correctly. These seals can be opened and closed many times and once you have the knack they are not too fiddly.
I do not use these bags for everyday wrapping of sandwiches etc as I think that they are far too expensive for that, I prefer to use cling film. However they are really useful things to keep in my kitchen drawer for all sorts of jobs.
The bags are fridge and freezer safe. I find that they are the perfect size for putting packets of cooked meats in once they are opened. They can then be accessed and resealed easily whereas using cling-film tends to require a new piece every time you use a bit more of the cooked meats. They are also good for storing things like fresh herbs that I have collected from the garden. There is no transfer of smells once the bag is sealed.
I tend to find these bags most useful for the freezer. They have a white panel on the front where you can write on the date and what you are freezing. I use a waterproof pen which writes easily on plastic. You then simply squash as much air out as you can, squeeze the top shut and then pop in the freezer. I do take care not to overfill the bags and I have never had one split as they are quite robust. I find the small bags are an ideal size for containing a serving of soup. I like to make homemade vegetables soups and the rest of my family are not great soup eaters so I can freeze individual serving for myself and then just defrost one at a time. The bags are also useful for freezing things like chops or chicken breasts if the packets aren't a convenient size. The food seems to keep very well in the bags and they do not get brittle and the food doesn't get freezer-burn either. The closure also stays secure.
The bags state that they can be used in the microwave as long as the seal is slightly open but I have never tried that as I am a bit dubious about heating plastic.
I am not exactly sure what these bags are made from so I do not use them in contact with high-fat food such as cheese as I know that some plastics can leak chemicals into foods.
The other handy thing about these bags is that they are perfect for taking on as the liquid container for hand-luggage at the airport, they are the right size for all those little bottles that you have to keep seperate. We have several of these bags which are so well-travelled that they deserve their own passports and they are so hard-wearing that they never let us down. My husband takes about a dozen foreign trips a year and he has been using the same bag for his toiletries for at least the last 18 months. They are also a brilliant size to contain passports and cameras and since we are theme-park addicts they are always with us when we go on water rides. My son uses them to protect his camera and phone whilst hiking with Explorers as they are always out in the rain. I have recently been selling Lego Bionicles on eBay and they are perfect for packing the pieces in for posting too.
In fact I really don't know what we did before we found these little wonder-bags.
As you can probably tell I think these food bags are fantastic. They are handy in the kitchen but due to their tough nature and fantastic reusable seal they have plenty of other uses too