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Old 08-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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"Zipper" storage bags ineptitude

I have no idea where to post this. I don't recall ever seeing a discussion on baggies

I bought some 2.5 gal Hefty storage bags with the zipper. I hate the zipper and have never bought bags with the zipper, but I've handled plenty of them and I apparently do not know how to. It seems it is too easy for the zipper not to work correctly. Sure as doo-doo, I opened two of them up, slid a pork belly into each, and they would not close. No matter where I slide the little plastic zipper thingy the bags remained open.

What's the trick? Can that zipper be broken off and the bags used like regular zip-loc baggies? I'm ready to scream here.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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I feel your pain, Pac (well, not quite like your picture, nice likeness BTW), but I hate the zippers! Mine have frequently zipped the zipper thing right off the bag. I have not found any other way to close them, other than squeeze all the air out and use the Seal-a-Meal seal thing on just Seal.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #3
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I feel your pain, Pac (well, not quite like your picture), but I hate the zippers! Mine have frequently zipped the zipper thing right off the bag. I have not found any other way to close them, other than squeeze all the air out and use the Seal-a-Meal seal thing.
Whoa. You can heat seal these? Do you think a Foodsaver would work?
Probably worth a try, as my FS doesn't vacuum anymore anyway... My future bacon is really giving up the juices and I know these bags are going to need sealed real soon
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:44 PM   #4
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Whoa. You can heat seal these? Do you think a Foodsaver would work?
Probably worth a try, as my FS doesn't vacuum anymore anyway... My future bacon is really giving up the juices and I know these bags are going to need sealed real soon
I just checked it out with a little ziplock bag of leftover expired turkey, just the seal setting, and it worked. I know you can seal leftover potato chips and crackers in their original bags, maybe test something else first.

I was impressed! I'll have to do this with other stuff, it didn't burn or stick.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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Wow. Thanks! I'm glad I didn't throw that thing out.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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I don't care for Hefty brand.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #7
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The zipper part of the bag means the bag doesn't open as fully as finger press bags, making larger items not insert into the top of the bag as easy. Then again, getting a finger press seal on those type bags can be a chore sometimes. Some company will eventually come up with plastic food storage bags with an adhere to itself design, doing away with zippers and finger press type seal type bags.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:00 PM   #8
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You probably got left-handed ones. Look for the right-handed ones next time. They'll work better.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:08 PM   #9
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You probably got left-handed ones. Look for the right-handed ones next time. They'll work better.
Andy, you're my hero! You fixed it!
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:28 AM   #10
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You probably got left-handed ones. Look for the right-handed ones next time. They'll work better.
And be sure to curl the left side of your lips upward, into a smirk. And don't forget to squint your eyes at the same time. If you fail to do these things, no only will the bags fail to seal, they sometimes will decide to act like they're sealed. Then, after you put them into the fridge, or freezer, they'll pop open and spill their contents all over everything else.

One last thing, avoid the bags with the "bag half empty, personality. All ways look for the "bag half full" ones.

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