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This is one of my favourite items in the kitchen, purely because it banished for good one of my most hated tasks - getting cling flim off the roll and safely around your dish/bowl/food. Years of tangled and wasted bits of clingfilm, "cutters" torn off the cardboard, grazes off the more vicious metal cutters ... all banished to history!
The concept is that the roll of cling film sits in the box with it's edge always ready for service at your fingertips and you can easily pull from the roll over your receptacle before clipping the lid shut to cut the cling film off in a perfect straight line, giving you a perfect covering every time. A great idea - and best of all...
Since using this piece of kit I haven't wasted a single bit of cling film. It comes away easily from the roll, cuts perfectly straight every time and makes covering food up a doddle. I haven't needed a refill yet as I bought 60m, and the box states that only the Baco easycut film should be used to refil, but I wonder in theory if you could use it with any refill - it seems to me a standard size, so I don't see why not, but that's their recommendation anyway. Having said that, the Baco film is really good quality and I would probably look to refill with the same brand.
The box is white rigid plastic with the Baco labelling to 3 sides. It's dimensions are 40x 5 x 5cm approx meaning that although it appears a little bulky it fits ok in the drawer I use for my foils and other rolls.
The lid opens easily so that you can pull your required length of film away over your dish or whatever - the Baco film comes from the roll effortlessly - you press the lid firmly closed when you have the correct length, there is a slight 'snap' or click when it closes, and it cuts it perfectly straight. The cutting edge is serrated metal, fixed to the inner side of the lip of the lid, but it is somehow protected - slightly recessed I think - in the design and although it would be possible to touch it, you could only do it if you tried, not by accident.
The film then just usually falls to the surface so that you can press it to the plate or dish and stays nicely securely put. The remaining edge of the film (the bit still attached to the roll) is somehow held on the edge of the box ready for your next use, and the lid drops snugly closed to keep it all clean and tidy.
I wanted one of these when I saw my friend using one, and I eventually spotted mine in Home Bargains for £2.99, and snapped it up (pun not intended). For that price mine came with a roll 60mx300mm.
Firstly, I am not usually sucked in by gimmicky dispensers and the like, however, this one is different, it's a great purchase.
I bought this on the recommendation from a family member who swore by it - I was sceptical as the dispenser was around £4+ in the Supermarkets (including 40m refill) but when I saw it in Tesco on offer for £2.49 I decided to give it ago.
It's a plastic box with a 40 metre roll of good quality clingfilm that fits inside and it held in place by plug system that securely fits into the inner tube. There is a lid on top of the box with blades hidden inside and this acts as a guillotine. You pull the requires amount over the item you which to wrap, shut the lid firmly and it neatly and effectively cuts the cling film off where you want it and leaves the dispenser ready to be use again.
There isn't any chancce of you cutting yourself either as although the metal blade is pretty sharp, it's positioned high inside the lid and only come into contact with clingfilm in the dispenser. You'd have to really purposefully press you fingers hard into the lid to injure yourself.
There is no fangled, mangled mess of clingfilm in a ball like you get with these silly carboard dispensers and no waste, in effect I find it more economical in the long run as you literally only use what you need.
The 'downside', if you like, is, if like me, you thought when the clingfilm runs out (after an eternity - last for ages) you could pop to Tesco and buy a cheap roll of cling film and pop it in the dispenser, you'd be wrong, it is very cleverly design so that the plug system will only fit in the inner tube of the Baco refill. However, it still works out value for money, as you are getting 40 metres of very good quality film for around £1.99 with no waste.
I wouldn't be without it now, it's so easy to wrap sandwiches, leftovers, stuff for the freezer, etc.
I couldn't wait to write about this item, but had a lot of trouble finding it online to put in the Dooyoo suggestion boxes. I always have a box of clingfilm (or as it is now known film wrap!) in my cupboards as it comes in handy for covering glass bowls that have half a tin of baked beans in from lunch or to cover a salad bowl I may have prepared earlier.
So I usually buy Tesco's cheapy stripey one which costs only 35p for 45m, but what a fight I have been having with it, to start with it seemed fine and used to tear off quite nicely. Then as the box got more battered with use it began to be a nightmare to use, not wanting to be wasteful I intended to use it to the end until one day I when I lost the fight and the beans ended up on the floor where I was trying to rip it a little bit too hard my hand slipped and the next thing you know they are all over the floor, luckily the cat moved fast otherwise he would have been covered!!.
So on my next trip to Tesco's I decided to treat myself to a better quality one. Now my Tesco's isn't one of the big superstores nor is it a little metro it is just inbetween so it doesn't always have a large selection to choose from( except the booze aisle which is one long one and another half an aisle at the end THANK GOODNESS!) so when I looked there was just the stripey which no way was I going to buy or this super duper BACO Easycut clingfilm dispenser GREAT!.
Now I did have to stand and weigh up the do's and don'ts as the price difference was quite a lot of difference, but this did look the business and it was made by Baco whose foil I buy every Christmas for my turkey and that was excellent stuff. and it did have it's own dispenser so I took the plunge and put one in my basket.
I was so excited to get home and try out my new Clingfilm Dispenser that I opened a tin of beans ( I would be eating them later of course!), poured into a glass dish and then tried my new gadget. Well at first I thought that I had been tricked again into buying something useless, as I couldn't get the thing to cut the film, then I saw were I was going wrong. I hadn't put the inside arm down so it couldn't cut, hey presto and away we were cutting like a goodun!.
Now this comes in a long rigid hard white plastic casing that is clear at each end so you can see when it is coming to an end. With all the labeling around each side it is quite colourful. On the top there this is a curved lid that lifts up, inside you will see a white softer plastic long arm that is also curved and underneath this is the clingfilm.
Lift the arm up for the first time and pull the clingfilm through and cover whatever you want to cover then making sure that the inside arm is laying down just shut the outside lid and it will cut straight through quickly. After the first cut the clingfilm is sitting on top so from now on just lift lid, pull through and shut outer lid for it to cut FANTASTIC!.
This particular one holds 40m and is 35cm in width. You can use this in the microwave but off course not in conventional ovens.It is also suitable for fridges and freezers. This dispenser is disposable, recyclable and is 40cm long and 6cm deep.
The price for this in Tesco's was £1.99 which is a lot more than 34p, but worth every single penny, the cat is now safe from getting a covering from flying baked beans!.
A well deserved 5 Dooyoo Stars from me!