“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Food Storage „
As Dave - hubby - works away a lot I need to have single portions of food in my freezer for when I need to cook just for myself. If I am to buy larger packs of food and split them before freezing I need something to put them in.
This is where Tesco Tie Handle Food and Freezer Bags come in. They are available as a box of 60 small bags or 45 medium sized bags and both of these currently cost £1.50 per pack. This means that the small ones are two and a half pence each and the medium ones are about three and a third pence each. Obviously since they are a Tesco branded product these particular bags can only be bought from Tesco's but I am guessing the other major supermarkets have their own versions too.
The bags come in a long square lightweight cardboard box. It is mainly cream in colour with a diagonal stripe across it and a capital S or M depending on whether the contents are small or medium bags. There is a Tesco logo and the name of the product across the side of the box too and a picture of some fruit, presumably to show one of things that you can freeze in these bags,
Inside you will find a neat roll of pale blue translucent bags and all you have to do is unroll the first one and tear it from the rest of the roll. This is easily done and doesn't damage the bags at all. They are easy enough to open too but, if you do have a problem, I suggest moistening your finger tips and rubbing the top of the bag until the two sides part and the bag is open.
There are lighter boxes on the front of the bags where you can write the contents and the date of freezing. That way, when things look alike, it is easy to tell which is which.
When I buy a tray of chicken portions or pork steaks I put each one in a separate small freezer bag, tie the top tightly and then pop them all in the freezer. This way I can just defrost one at a time if I am here on my own, two if Dave is at home or more if we have guests. The bags are strong and, once tied, there is no leakage and so no contamination of any other food in the freezer.
I also buy large bags of carrots and parsnips. I peel and slice them and then freeze them in the medium freezer bags. This time I tie the tops loosely so that the bag can be opened, a few carrots or parsnips removed and then the bag can be retied.
The other way that I use these bags, especially the medium sized ones, is when I have opened a bag of frozen vegetables and taken out what I need for the meal that I am cooking I then put the open bag inside a freezer bag before I return it to the freezer. That way, if any vegetables come out of the original bag, they are caught in the freezer bag rather than rolling about in the bottom of the freezer. I also put open boxes of things like fish portions into these bags as well to stop them coming out in the freezer.
I also use a medium sized bag in which to freeze my fruit when I have been blackberry picking in the autumn. Again I use a loose tie on the handles so I can fetch out just how many I need for whatever I am doing.
In conclusion I would recommend these bags - I use them all the while and no matter when you were to look in my freezer you would always be able to find at least half a dozen of these - often considerably more!
Tesco tie handle freezer bags do exactly what they say on the tin, they have tie handles and you freeze stuff in them, so if this review were based purely on whether their advertising gimmick is true they would get 5 out of 5.
Price and Availability:
For the medium bags, a pack of 45 bags costs £1.50 so roughly 3p per bag, this is comparable to Sainsburys own version which are 15p cheaper and Asda medium freezer bags which are 15p more expensive. Obviously this product is only available in Tesco.
The bags are blue, probably to symbolise the freezing element, they come in a roll and as with most storage bags you need to tear the perforated edge to obtain one, they open easily and have a small area for you to write the contents on. There are some general freezing instructions included too, which are helpful. The bags come in a nice enough box which fits easily into any kitchen drawer, unless space really is at a premium and then you could ditch the box and leave the bags in situ, although being honest this wouldn't save you too much space.
The bags are 26cm x 47.5cm and are a good size, I freeze roughly a portion of food in each one, so 300g of Kidney beans or bolognese. I have used the bags to freeze everything from berries to chicken and haven't had a problem at any point. No bag has ripped or torn, they haven't stuck to other products in the freezer, or the contents haven't gone off in the bag. Overall I would say you could probably at a real push get about 400-450g of anything in these bags, but I like to leave some space in the bag to be absolutely sure.
I also use the bags for making spice mixes and smashing cornflakes for coatings for chicken, they are hard wearing and despite being thrown around and battered, none have ever ripped on me.
Comparison with Ziploc bags
Well for me the comparison is that unlike Ziploc bags, when you tie the item you rely on your own tying skills. I have used Ziploc bags where the zip hasn't locked as imagined and been left wishing for a simple bag which I could tie. I prefer these, they are no nonsense, a box lasts me about 3 months and I don't have to worry about faulty zips.
£1.50 for three months use is good value to me, the product is no nonsense, reliable and doesn't take up much space, I would recommend these to others.
I like to try and batch cook for my freezer especially for in the winter months when plates of salad are simply not satisfying.
I bought these bags from Tesco and since these bags are one of their own products you can only buy them from Tesco although obviously you can buy similar in other shops. The bags come in 2 different sizes that I have seen, you can buy a pack of 45 medium bags or 60 small bags. A box of these freezer bags costs about £1.40.
The bags come packaged in a cardboard box which is mainly cream in colour and has the name of the product along with the Tesco name on the box on one side along with the fact that these are tie handles then there is a diagonal stripe down and on the other side of it is a picture of a pot of cherries which seems a bit of a strange picture to put on the box.
The bags inside the box are in a roll so that they are rolled around each other, the bags are a pale blue in colour and are pretty thick. The bags unroll easily and they aren't too hard to open but I find the easiest way to stop them sticky is to lick the ends of my fingers so they grip the bag and move my fingers against each other like you would with a carrier bag.
Like I said I use these bags for bath cooking so when ready to freeze food I put the bag inside a plastic tub and fill with whatever I have made and then freeze it, once frozen I pull the bag out of the plastic tub and then tie the handles together tightly. I find that the bags hold onto my food well and when the food defrosts nothing ever leaks from them. The bags are strong enough for purpose and I find that the medium ones are the best size for portioning.
I would recommend these bags, I use value style products for food bags but freezer bags I prefer to be a little bit thicker to protect the food and these do the job well and they don't cost the earth either.
Food bags are a really convenient way for me to store food items. I mainly use them myself as a way of freezing portions of meat. I shop at Costco, and I buy large trays of meat which then need splitting up into about 10 smaller amounts before freezing. Whether this is chicken portions, mince or sausages, they all freeze well in these bags. I have also cooked and frozen excess veg when we have grown our own cabbages and onions in the past, and I find that they last quite a while in these bags.
The bags are available in medium and large. I mostly buy the medium bag, and they are usually £1.50 for 45 bags from Tesco. This works out at just over 3p a bag normally, though until the end of this month they are a little cheaper at £1.25.
The bags are packaged within a cardboard outer package as are most of the Tesco bags these days. They are then in a roll within the box, so you need to tear one off along a perforated edge. This is really easy to do, and the bags are sufficiently good quality to not tear as you do this.
They are a blue colour, but the plastic is overall transparent so you can see the contents through the bag. There are some tips for freezing foods safely printed in white on the side of the bag, and a white rectangle so you can write on what is in the bag and the date you froze it. Personally I don't bother filling this in, as I don't really pay much attention to dates, and go more on what the food looks and smells like, and you can see the food through the bag and see it is ok.
The bags open fairly easily, and the medium ones I use are 26cm x 47.5. I freeze about 300g of mince, or 8 sausages, or a couple of chicken breasts, and I find the bag is more than ample, but I like the extra space so I can squash out the air before tying the bag handles and freezing.
These bags are very reliable. They stop my food getting freezer burn, they don't stick together in the freezer, and I have never had any leakage from the bag. Further testimony to this, is we watched a science show at Magna where the man doing the show filled these bags with water before putting kebab skewers through them, and he said he always prefers to use the bags from Tesco as they don't leak whereas other brands do.
These bags are a great buy because they just work, and they are fairly inexpensive.