“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Food Wrap „
There are 3 of us in our house who take sandwiches to work/nursery daily so we get through a fair amount of cling film so it's nice know we can buy a cheap and acceptable product.
I always struggle to find cling film in the supermarket but now I know in our local supermarket it's placed near the tinned fruit!!
I use cling film daily for wrapping sandwiches, covering over food to go in the fridge and freezer.
At 60p for 45 meters you really do get value for money. One roll will last our household for about 8-10 weeks.
Food wrap is another name for Cling Film. The food wrap is 350mm x 45 meters and is presented in a cardboard box just a little bigger than the roll itself with a perforated opening strip. The opening strip is ideal for tearing off a suitable length for the purpose needed. The food wrap is wrapped around a cardboard tube.
On use I have no problems at all with the durability of this film it never tears or rips and has a good clinginess about it. It's thickness serves purpose to the job even though it's not as thick as some of the leading brands. The width of this product meets all my needs, if it was any wider it wouldn't fit into my kitchen drawers!!
This maybe a cheap product but covers all areas in which I would like my cling film to work. I wouldn't pay £2.00 for another brand when this works fine for our needs.
Even if you're a brand snob no one would know any difference other than the packaging. I would have no reason not to recommend this to everyone who uses cling film and shop's at Tesco.
I must admit, I find it hard to see how others have raved about how good value this product is. You often get what you pay for, and I stand by what I say about Tesco Value/Everyday products, in that a large number of them are actually good value and not much of a step down from higher priced alternatives in terms of quality. Every now and then though a product comes along that is not fit for purpose and no matter how cheap it is you still feel like you've wasted your money, and this is one of them.
It's basically cling film, and although I don't know how it gets made, I do know that there's a few key things I'd like it to be able to do that I find a sheer struggle with this product. It comes in the regular Value packaging (now Everyday of course) and costs less than 50p. For this, you get a long rectangular box, with a perforation to open and reveal the contents: a roll of cling film wrapped round a narrow cardboard cylinder. To start with, finding the end of it is a bit of a nightmare, but I know this can be the case with things like this, and with things like sellotape, etc, so I didn't expect a miracle here.
However, once you find the end, you then have to be really careful as it's ridiculously easy to rip it as you're trying to unroll it to tear off a piece. If you succeed in doing so, you then have to try and tear your chosen size of cling film off from the main roll. Many products have a sharp perforation on the box, and while this one does have something that may be sharp enough to cause damage to your fingers when you're trying to separate, it seems that the one thing immune to its sharpness is the film itself!
By the time I've separated a piece that I need, it has buckled in on itself and become a mess of cling wrap that is nigh on impossible to then unfold to a flat state, often ripping with the gentlest tug. By this point, I've learnt that it's very delicate and so I'm careful when using it, and here is when the business end of the product should start. Here's where you should be able to wrap things and cover things and know that it's been done. However...
Covering things needs to be done delicately. Compared to most similar products, I find this doesn't have the same hold once it has covered the item. For example, covering a plate of food and using enough to be able to tuck the cling wrap under the edges of the plate still leaves shifting across the top and it easily gets unravelled from the sides. Pull it too tight, however, and it can rip very easily across the top, prompting you to restart your battle with the cardboard box all over again.
Similarly, wrapping something up completely also requires delicate hands, and the tightness you'd be able to expect to wrap things up has to be substituted for volume, using more cling wrap than should be necessary to ensure it's all covered and you haven't ripped anything. We've stopped using this for our son't lunch box, and would actually prefer to use kitchen roll for certain things, and as far as covering things to go in the microwave is concerned, the moment any moisture start evaporating from the contents of the plate or bowl, the moisture removes any miniscule grip function the wrap may have had.
It rips really easily, is hard to get out of the box, and generally doesn't work when you need it to. It may only cost 50p or thereabouts, but it's 50p I feel like I'm throwing away if I buy it. I'd much rather spend a bit extra and have a reliable product that will do the job and is fit for purpose. Not recommended.
~ Tesco Value Food Wrap ~
When buying food wrap or cling film as I know it, I have to say I am definately not brand loyal nor am I loyal to any particular store, but I do buy it as I use it quite often. I use it for wrapping up open foods before putting them back in the fridge, foods such as packaged ham and cheese, and also for wrapping sandwiches, sausage rolls and the like for packed lunch. I do think it is quite important for a cling film to wrap the food tightly to keep it fresh and I have never had any problems in the past with any cling films I have ever used and then I bought this Tesco Value Food Wrap!
Useless is probably the best way to describe this stuff, it looks like any other cling film I have ever bought but that is as far as the similarities go.
It comes in a thin rectangular cardboard box, one edge of the box under the flap has a zig zag egde which is supposed to make cutting the cling film easier. The film comes on a cardboard tube to make it easier to unroll.
I bought this simply because I remembered I needed some whilst I was in Tesco and at 45p it certainly didn't break the bank.
The next morning I was making packed lunch for my children and needed to wrap their sandwiches so I brought this food wrap out of the drawer and proceeded to wrap the sandwiches. Straight away I could feel the quality was quit poor, it felt more flimsy than any other wraps I have ever used, and then after taking the wrapping over the sandwich I found it just kept coming loose, it didn't stick at the edges at all and was overall quite rubbish. As this was the only stuff I had available I did have to use it so proceeded to really wrap the sandwiches, I went around the sandwiches four times to ensure they were wrapped and then made sure the sandwiches were put in the packed lunch boxes with the food wrap edge on the bottom of the box to try and keep it in place.
It also fared the same way when I re-wrapped the ham, it just wouldn't stay tight so I ended up using more than neccessary.
I won't be buying it again in a hurry as even at 45p I didn't find it good value at all.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Cling film, something most households own, something I tried in value products, something I don't buy in value products anymore.
Price and packaging ---
This Tesco value food wrap currently costs 45 pence for a 45 metre roll. It is packaged in the usual packaging for Tesco value products, a white, blue and red cardboard box. With it being cling film, the box has a spiked edge on one side when it is opened, to ease the cutting of the wrap.
The wrap ---
The spiked edge on the box is pretty useless, once you start to pull the food wrap across the top of it, the whole roll inside the box comes flying out. This means you have to try and keep the roll in the box with one hand, and try and pull the wrap down the spiked edge without the wrap wrapping on to itself.
I don't personally use the spiked edge as it's just too much hassle, I get the wrap out of the box and then cut it with a knife. The wrap is pretty useless at wrapping. When wrapping the tops of jugs and bowls to put in the microwave, it doesn't stick to the sides, I have to keep manipulating it until it eventually sticks to another piece of the wrap. Then when you go to prick air holes in the wrap, all your hard work is down the drain when the wrap falls into the jug or bowl anyway.
Wrapping food is the same, a double wrap is usually what is needed to keep sandwiches or whatever you want to wrap, in place. This is ok in theory, but it eats into your roll of wrap pretty quickly.
I wouldn't recommend this food wrap, the spiked edge on the box is useless and the wrap is useless unless you want to wrap your sandwiches using double the amount of wrap you would normally use with a branded cling film.
Originally written April 2012
I normally use tin foil or food bags but when I saw the price of this I thought I'd give this ago instead. Priced at only 45p for a 300mm by 45m roll I figured it would last a while. Tesco own brand cling film is 350mm by 50m and the price of this is £1.28 so quite a saving, the value one being only 5mm narrower is neither here nor there to me.
The picture above is outdated, Tesco value has been given a face lift and is rebranded as 'Everyday Value'. The current design is white with small purple pictures of different foods, appropriate for kitchen wrap (why purple I don't know).
This comes boxed and as I've mentioned white with a purple food pattern, so it's easy to spot on the shelf. It tells us that it's 'Everyday Value' food wrap and that it's 'Performance tested by an independent Laboratory and is PVC free- so that's good.
We're told to- Carefully insert knife under flap and slide along to open. Unroll film and carefully tear off as required- so I did. I was pleased to see a row of teeth to tear my film to the required length.
First job was to take the roll out of the box and find the end, easy enough, then put it back in. I unrolled the cling film to size then used the teeth to tear it off. The teeth aren't sharp enough, I find them to bend (if that's the right word). After a battle of ripping rather than tearing I end up with the film stuck to itself. Fortunately this is easy to straighten out or unfortunately as this means the film isn't particularly clingy. It is thin but then again by nature it would be, it doesn't smell of anything and is clean looking.
I use it mostly for a covering plates of food to put in the fridge, it is too small but with a bit of a stretch it covers fine, this doesn't tear it although it does tear easily if stretched too far. I don't find it as clingy as other brands it doesn't seem to stick to the underneath of things- plates bowls etc. I mean it's adequate for the fridge but I wouldn't trust it wrap leaky foods on the move. Sandwiches I find wrap okay, but I do have to use quite a lot of the film wrapped around them a few times to make it stick.
Would I recommend it? yes probably but only because of the price.
3 stars from me.
I absolutely hate running out of necessities in the kitchen so always like to keep stocked up on things that I know I am going to need such as cling film. I use it all the time for things like wrapping sandwiches for my lunch, covering food in the fridge and freezing things. I was coming to the end of my cling film so decided I would pick some up on my weekly shop. The only cling film that Tesco had in stock was their own one in their value range so I thought I would give it a go. At 40p it was a small risk that I was willing to take.
The packaging of this cling film is nothing special. It comes in a white cardboard box with 'Tesco value food wrap' on the top. The packet opens easily to unveil the cling film and one edge which has small cardboard spikes on in order to tear the cling film. These spikes are not too sharp so you are not in danger of cutting yourself.
Since there are spikes on the packaging it's my guess that Tesco have intended for the cling film to be rolled out from inside the box. This is near on impossible. There is nothing to hold the roll inside the box so when you go to roll the cling film out the whole roll just comes out of the box unless you hold it down. Having no luck with this method I decided I would take the cling film roll out and just use my hands or a knife to cut it where I needed to rather than using the little spikes.
At first the cling film seems to roll out easily however if you are not careful to roll it out flat it can begin to stick to itself. This can be very annoying and has lead to have to start again on more than one occasion.
I have found that the cling film is easy enough to tear with my hands but doesn't come out straight; this is not a major problem. If you do want it to be straight then it is easily cut with a knife.
When it comes to wrapping various things with this cling film I have had different results. With things like bowls and plates that I have wrapped to put in the fridge the cling film will wrap and stick perfectly. I have more trouble with wrapping food items such as sandwiches as for some reason the wrap does not want to stick. I find that wrapping the items twice seems to do the trick.
All in all this is a very average cling film, it does the job but with a bit of extra hassle. I would buy this again as it is a good buy when you are trying to save some pennies but there are better alternatives out there.
--also on ciao--
Covering food is essential to keep flies etc from landing on food in the kitchen as we all know only too well. I had never bought this wrap before and because it was so cheap I decided to give it a try.
It comes housed inside a long cardboard box, the cling film is wrapped around a cardboard tube and is quite a strong tube. The wrap is quite thin and clear. I found it was very difficult to pull it from the tube. I found I had to keep on pulling to find a beginning to start the process. Very annoying to say the least with this one. Once it is opened, the wrap is very flimsy indeed. I find that when I stretch it out to then cut it, it tends to just flop and I found it is very difficult to cut it or break it to then use.
When I finally have cut it and then placed it over my food I find that it covers fairly ok but it does not stick to the dishes etc as good as a branded one. I find that when I wrapped sandwiches with it, it did not seem to hold together very well and so my sandwiches were not as fresh as I'd have liked them to be. That is the purpose of using a wrap to keep food fresher and to cover from germs etc but this one I found not to be so good. I found that I just covered the food over the top with the wrap and not press it around the dish etc because it was just a waste of time.
I find the quality of this wrap very poor, I do not even think it is very good value for the money, even at a 40p I still think it could be much better value but I guess that is expected with some products that they are not as good as others.
There are 45 metres on the tube and that is quite a lot but considering a lot of it had been wasted most of the time, I do not think it is worth the money at all.
It seems to just constantly curl around the hands while trying to cover food etc and I found it to be that annoying I actually threw the remaining in my recycle bin after a couple of days and that is not something that I do very often but this one I just could not use any longer. Id rather use a plastic food bag or foil than use this wrap.
I would not recommend this wrap unless your budget is very low because I just think it is a complete waste of money and not worth the price. I would definitely never buy it again.
I give it 1 star.
I have now tried many of the Value products after starting to try and tighten our belts a little about a year ago when I was going onto maternity and this was one of them. I always wrapped things in foil, the Tesco value one naturally and was talking one day to a friend of mine that had popped in and she couldn't believe I was using foil all the time as she said that food wrap worked out so much cheaper so I decided I would try it and see.
The food wrap costs 40p for 45 metres and this works out at under 1p per metre so when you compare this to the Tesco Value foil that works out at 3p per metre it is much better value. The wrap is packaged in the normal style for Tesco Value, a white cardboard box with the Tesco Value logo in red and blue in the top left hand corner and the name of the product written across it in red aswell as a red strip of colour along the bottom of the box.
On trying the food wrap for the first time I knew that I would never bother again, when you unwrap it to try and cover sandwiches it clings to itself whilst you are trying to cut a piece off. To cut the piece off isn't the easiest of tasks as it doesn't tear like foil and if you try to use scissors it clings to them, I found it easiest holding it taught and using a knife but even this snagged and left an uneven edge which doesn't matter for wrapping food but when you then try to get another piece of the roll it can be difficult. The wrap actually doesn't seem to cling very well and I found the sandwiches coming open once I had wrapped them, this may be cheap but there is a reason it is cheap, I will not be buying this again and will stick with the foil in future even if it is 3 times more expensive.
I remember taking sandwich's in cling film wrap when I was younger. Since then we haven't been using cling film because it is too expensive and so we used the Tesco Value foil wrap.
When I started to take packed lunches to work I didn't really want to take them in a box because it takes up too much space in my bag. I also didn't want to take it in foil because it doesn't look so good in my opinion. My brother's take there's in a foil (if they remember that is) but I didn't want to. This is why when I saw that Tesco had started to do food wrap I picked one up.
The food wrap is basically cling film. It is wrapped around a hollow cardboard rolling pin and it is easy to unwrap from the roll. It is however very thin and when I try to cut it, it does present a problem in that when I have cut a bit it does sometimes roll back on itself and then I have to untangle it and it won't always untangle. It is also very thin and it can break easily if mishandled.
This is a cheap, thin cling film and although it is inferior in terms of quality it still does the job and does it well. Because I use cling film for covering food and packing solid food I don't have problems with the cling film and it works really well for me. I wouldn't recommend to those who need a strong and quality cling film but it is cheap (40p) and does the job so it is very good.
Anyone who has tried Tesco value products should know that they are very hit and miss. Recently, I wrote a review about how pleased I was to find the TEsco value wrapping foil such good value and actually working so well, and so due to this I decided to try the tesco value food wrap instead of my usual tesco clingfilm, which is costly enough.
This Tesco value food wrap is priced at an extremely low 36p for a 300mm by 45m roll, a price which is hard to beat. Like I had done with the wrapping foil, I kept this food wrap in an old box of the Tesco own clingfilm in order to be able to cut it well.
WhenI first got this food wrap home, I was pleased at the quality that is seemed to have and it fitted well into my old box. However, the problems came immediately when I tried to cut the film on the cutting age. The box itself cannot be blamed as the cutting edge was perfectly fine, it was definitely the food wrap itself. When I tried to cut it, not only did I struggle to really get it all cut thorougly, but when I did manage that, it either tore into pieces or left me a big hole in the film that I had just cut, and so I would end up using even more of it just to cover food for example. I also found that if I did manage to get it cut without any tears, the edges of the wrap curled up and it was near impossible to be able to unroll the edges to wrap it suitably around food. Whilst using it, I ended up havign to cut several pieces to get enough to cover a plate. My third gripe is that it very often gets caught up at one of the edges, and I find I sometimes do not notice this until is has went further down the roll. I then have to get my (very patient) husband to come and somehow untangle the roll, so I have the proer width of roll again.
I will never be buying this tesco value food wrap again, even if it is only 36p, it simply is not worth al the hassle, as a simple job like covering a plate of food, becomes a nightmare when the roll tears or curls in, and you end up using more and more of the roll, simply to have enough to cover the said plate. I hate throwing things out and so I will make sure I use up the remainder of the roll, but I have already bought a different roll to try when this is finished. As I said at the very beginning, Tesco value products are very hit and miss, and this product definitely falls into the miss category unfortunately!