Is it just me, or do other people have a hard time resealing the “resealable” bags that a vast variety of foods come packaged in these days?!!
If I was the type of person who sent emails or letters to Living Magazine or Cook’s Illustrated (two publications I enjoy, by the way), I would send in these items as some of my MOST indispensable kitchen tools:
- Kitchen scissors (at least three pairs, because even in a house LITTERED with scissors, these babies walk!)(Actually, those are gardening scissors on the left above, because FOUR pair of black-handled kitchen scissors have gone missing).
- Rubber bands
- Clothes pins
- Zip lock bags.
Why these four items, you ask? Because whoever thinks they’re making our lives easier with “resealable” bags are really NOT.
Actually, I don’t really know if they’re resealable because I can’t even get the fucking things OPEN.
Somewhere ( in the Boston Globe, maybe?), I read a funny comment by a columnist suggesting that the horrible, dangerous, impossible-to-remove-without-pliers-and-medication twist-ties that hold children’s toys to their packaging were designed by Asians specifically to drive American nuts… and I agreed. But, think about it. Toys are purchased now and then, with a big bunch of them during the holidays… but, cheese or soft tortillas packages need opened every single week! Sometimes, many times a week.
Anyway, long ago, I gave up trying to open and reseal those bags. And, I don’t make a fumbling attempt and THEN bring out the scissors. I just cut the bags open — snip, snip, snip. If there is enough plastic left, I clamp it shut with a clothes pin or roll it closed and whip a rubber band around to act as a seal. Sometimes, I shove the entire package into a zip lock bag (I like the gallon freezer size).
Not green enough for you? Well, I DO wash the baggies. And, sometimes, you can’t put a price or a carbon unit on sanity!