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My closest Lakeland is about an hour away so it isn't somewhere that I frequent a lot, but every so often I make an effort to call in if I am in the vicinity and pick up some different bits and pieces. One such item that I picked up on my last visit that I had actually seen my mother in law use were these Klippits, which are essentially a means by which to seal food to make it airtight. A bag of 48, which was what I bought, currently costs just under £9. This bag contains not only a mix of various colours but also a mixture of sizes ranging from small to jumbo, which is useful.
For a long time I simply used the plastic covered wires that break easily and don't keep always keep a product airtight. Often I put stuff into tupperware but since my husband loves growing his own vegetables and fruit, we often have a glut and have to freeze extra fruit and vegetables and these Klippits are perfect for keeping items airtight in the freezer. Very often I would find loose peas or sweetcorn lying on the bottom of the freezer boxes however this has not happened once since using these Klippits I also think they are brilliant for the likes of large crisp packets, especially since crisps etc get soft so easily. Cereal packets are another item that I regular seal with these Klippits.
One of the reasons that my mother in law much preferred them to the little plastic wires was that they were so much more durable. My mother in law has had hers for quite a while without much sign of wear,, I haven't had mine quite so long but they are working a treat and looking as good as the day I got them, even those that have been in and out of the freezer.
At first I found it a little bit of a nuisance that you had to make sure the top of the storage bag was flat in order to secure these Klippits and seal them properly, however, I realise now that this ensures the product remains airtight unlike using the plastic wires and so may take a little bit of effort initially until you get the hang of them, but they are worth it.
All in all, these are a modern update of the plastic wires to seal foods, but these are a hundred times better and much more durable. They ensure food is airtight and the fact that there is a variety of sizes in the pack, means it isn't just food that these can be useful for - my husband has even starting using some for his shed and for various plant food etc!
Lakeland is a well known British company that sells cooking items and accessories, cleaning and gardening solutions and gifts.
The family firm has been trading for around 50 years and began by just selling freezer bags. They currently have 60 shops, a catalogue and a website.
The companies philosophy is 'always look after the customer and the business will look after itself'.
===The Lakeland Guarantee===
Lakeland have an unconditional guarantee and offers 100% money back if ever you are not satisfied - at any time.
Items can be bought in-store, from their catalogue or the website. If ordering on line postage is free if the order is over £30. They also do free returns.
Mixed Pack Klippits
Pack of 48 in various sizes and colours:
The Lakeland website state that these are one of their most popular items - and I have to agree.
They are a very clever and yet simple idea in that when the clip is closed the two sides form an airtight seal.
I have bought some of these clip fasteners from £1 shops in the past but the hinges are never very strong. These Kippits from Lakeland are virtually indestructible - unless you try to damage them on purpose.
They are made in strong colourful plastic is different colours - white, yellow, red, blue and green.
Lakeland state that 'the unique hinge can be flexed thousands of times without weakening' - and I agree.
It is such a simple idea but so useful. They give an airtight seal and can be used for anything. My main use when I bought these ages ago was to seal up opened packets in my huge freezer - as using the wire wrap tags was never so good and we often ended up with spilt items in the bottom of the chest freezer.
If you wanted to you could use the different coloured clips for different contents but I never bothered and just used the first one that came to hand. They are great for things like opened packets of peas, mixed vegetables and roast potatoes.
Outside the freezer they also have many uses - the basic one is for opened cereal packets - we often have quite a few opened at once and these clips keep them really fresh - and my son would refuse to put back the wire tags I used to use. I also use them for opened packets of bread and the large bags of salt - that once opened tend to spill everywhere!
There has never been a problem with any of my clips and they just get a quick wash every now and again and then reused. The spare ones are just kept in my utensil drawer ready for the next use.
These should last you indefinitely, and they do, though I am sure people take mine and do not bring them back! As, like socks, they tend to disappear - but that is not the fault of the items.
I have no Lakeland shop nearby but do occasionally order from their website - I order items together so as to qualify for the free postage.
There is never any problem returning any items and their customer service, to me, has been excellent.
I am sure there are many other uses for these clips - including fastening the rolled down tops of gardening seed packets that are only partly used.
Unlike lots of other things I see that Lakeland sell, which I often think are money wasting gadgets that you will never use - these clips will be in constant use and although the price may seem a lot - for 48 clips it works out at around 17p per clip - a truly remarkably low price for a virtually indestructible item.
Cat Ref: SKU 2894.
Price - £8.49.
===Would I Recommend?===
Lakeland klippits are a brilliant product, they are not the cheapest version of bag clips available in the shops, but I've found they are certainly the best quality available.
I've had Lakeland klippits that have been going for years and years, constantly in use, in and out of the freezer, in and out of the cupboards on various bags of frozen and dried goods, and they are still going strong. They are basically as good as new.
I've also had cheaper versions of bag clips which have not even lasted a week or two without the hinge snapping, or if the neck of a bag is too bulky the hinge has broken when I've first used them.
I always have a constant supply of Lakeland klippits in my utensil drawer, they are fantastic for sealing just about anything quickly and easily. They give an airtight seal to freezer bags, and opened cartons or packets of dry goods. The hinge can be flexed thousands of times without weakening.
They come in a range of sizes, you can get a mixed pack of 30 small, 12 standard and 6 jumbo for £8.49. A pack of 30 standard for £7.99. A pack of 4 extra large jumbo for £3.99. And a pack of 5 small for £1.69. I'm not sure which size we have as I've had mine for so long, a testament to how long these will actually last.
I first used these Klippits from Lakeland when I lived at home, my Mum uses them all the while so when I moved into my own home I made sure a couple of packets of these were on my list of things to buy. Klippits are little plastic clips that you can use to seal bags once they've been undone. They can be used and reused many times.
The Klippits are easy to use, you simply put them round the bag you want to reseal and clip the two ends together They aren't awkward or stiff so most people should have no trouble using them. The little plastic hinge is very strong and can withstand the Klippits being opened and shut thousands of times.
As I said I bought my Klippits from Lakeland where a pack of 5 Klippits will cost you £1.69. The Klippits are made from plastic and are all different colours. The ones I got in my packets were blue, yellow, green, white and red. They are 9cm's long which are labelled standard, Lakeland also do these in a small size and jumbo which are 13cm's long.
My Klippits are nearly always in use. I often batch cook at the weekend so we have meals ready to go on work days, The Klippits are ideal for sealing up freezer bags, especially if you only need a couple of things from the bag. Sometimes Mark has just tied the bag back up and then I cant undo it without ripping it. Klippits save all this hassle. They are ideal for things like frozen peas, no more peas spilling out in the freezer drawer, I just use one of these plastic clips to keep the bag sealed.
I always use them to keep my cereal packets secure, they keep the cereal fresh and stop any spills, the larger ones are better for using on cereal packs. The uses are endless really. They are ideal for lunchboxes and as they are easy to open children would have no problems using them. They keep items in the fridge sealed in bags once again keeping them fresh but also keeping smells sealed in as well.
I would certainly recommend these Klippits, as I said mine came from Lakeland, I'm not sure whether they are available in other places but I would certainly recommend the Lakeland ones. The quality is good and the little plastic hinge never seemed to wear out or snap. They are easy to keep clean with soapy water or if you have one they are dishwasher proof.
The uses for these are endless, just about anything that comes in a bag can be kept contained with a Klippit.
If you are lucky enough to have a Lakeland shop in your area then this is where you can buy a packet of these very useful 'Klippits'
They are a plastic fastener which, when fastened over a bag or packet, closes with a click and seals the bag or packet so it is airtight. No more fiddling with wire ties which are never tight enough.
They come in a variety of sizes and packs to suit your purse but I would recommend going for the Bumper Mixed pack - 48 Klippits for £8.49. This contains some jumbo sized Klippits which will even seal the tops of large cereal packets.
They are extremely strong and can be washed in the dishwasher.
I use mine for so many things that I am now on my second Bumper Pack.
I seal the bread wrappers, cereal boxes, biscuit packets and everything I store in the fridge and freezer - so no more peas rattling around the drawers. I even use them to seal my garden seeds and chemical packets so they last for so much longer. If you open a drawer,cupboard or shed at my house you will see the little army of Klippits have taken residence.
I thoroughly recommend them as, like everything at Lakeland, they are so much better quality than those you see in supermarkets. I have never broken one yet.