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I use a lot of ziplock bags every day…well I used to anyways. The other day my friend told me about these reusable silicone bags that you can get at the store so I got some. They were kind of expensive but I figured I can just get a refund if I don’t like them. I’m trying to convert more of my disposable kitchen items to be more eco-friendly. So between these bags, swedish dishcloths, and silicone baking mats, I think I’m off to a good start! The one I got is in aqua, it says on the packaging that its 15-ounce.I tried it out immediately once I got home. My first impression was that the material was very thick and rubbery…in a good way. I was a bit skeptical about how it closes since it seemed kind of flimsy but to my surprise it actually closes very securely. Its funny actually after I closed it I struggled to get it back open again. So yeah, the seal will definitely seal your food.The next day I used it to bring my sandwich to work (I usually use a regular baggie). Of course I gave it a good wash beforehand. One thing thats great about the silicone is it keeps the shape of your food…in other words my sandwich didn’t squashed like it sometimes does in my work bag. There wasn’t any noticeable smell or anything either coming from the silicone…my sandwich tasted exactly the same as before so that’s a good thing. I know sometimes if the material is bad it can leave an odor in your food which I think is really gross.Whats even more impressive is that the silicone is microwavable. This actually makes eating lunch super convenient at work…I can just put the whole thing in the microwave for 15 seconds and I’ll get a warm meal. Whereas when I used regular baggies I would never get the luxury of eating a warm sandwich. Ive already had a coworker as me about them. I guess it attracts attention when you put something like that in the microwave. Ive never used it on the stove top though it says you can. The idea of putting it over open flame kind of makes me nervous so I think i’ll hold back on that for now.Like others have said they wash up great in the dishwasher too. I don’t use my dishwasher too often though so I just clean them by hand. Just use soap and water…the regular stuff, and leave it to air dry. I always dump the excess water out first otherwise i’ll take that much longer.The bottomline is that they’re great reusable bags. The silicone is high quality and doesn’t have any smell. They’re microwavable and easy to wash as well. My only complaint is that yeah they’re a little hard to open and close. I guess thats a good thing since it means that the seal works well? Or maybe I’m just lacking power in my fingers who knows…Anyways I don’t regret buying this product though it was kind of pricey. Less stuff to the landfill is always a good thing imo.
Start with one or two (sandwich size is a good starter) and build your stash as you get rid of the ziplock bags in your drawers. We've been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year - mostly food related - and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers/chips/bread from getting stale after opened, to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer, pack sandwiches/meds/dog food or treats + so many more things. I’m not sure why some people are having trouble putting a sandwich in the sandwich size bag unless they are trying to put a double decker club in there. I can easily fit a ham and cheese sandwich in that size with room to spare. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don't leak, they don't smell, are easy to close and open, and don't take up much room compared to traditional tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. I do this a couple of times a month regardless of what is in them. If you don’t take care of them, they won’t last as long ... like most things. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work, because obviously you don't just use them once - make the switch and stop with the single use plastics.
I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher safe. There are other silicone one that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren't hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices. My only complaint is the cost - they are the most expensive and I wish they offered a bulk discount. If they were cheaper I would use them for EVERYTHING (open cheese in cheese drawer, all snacks on the go, etc)