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May 15, 2005 05:08 PM

New "Premium" Saran Wrap with Cutter from Hell

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Is anyone but me annoyed that the geniuses at S. C. Johnson have ruined Saran Wrap by adding a razor-like cutter on the box? I was a faithful devotee of regular Saran Wrap. It always performed great, never stuck to itself. I had no problems pulling out the wrap and with a flick of my wrist cutting it against the serrated edge of the box. Now I have to hunch over the box, lining up my plastic wrap exactly right and forcefully sliding the cutter through the wrap to make it cut. At least 50 percent of the time the wrap catches in the cutter and bunches up into accordion pleats so that it's impossible to cut and I have to throw it away.

Although I must say with the poor performance of the cutter I'm having to go through much more wrap which may be the objective on the part of the nice folks at S. C. Johnson.

Anyhow, I'm one pissed-off mama and have to strike Saran from my regular shopping list. What do the Chowhounds recommend as an alternative?

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  1. I am in a deeper degree of hell than you right now...

    After wrestling with the cutter for two months, yesterday it popped off into the depths of our pantry, leaving me no way to cut my Saran Wrap except with a scissors. Or perhaps I could gnaw it apart with my teeth.

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    1. re: MkeLaurie

      hey, that happened to me too, about a week ago when the roll was still half full. i was wondering if that was a common occurence or if i was using the cutter improperly. now i know.

    2. Can you place the roll of saran wrap in an old box with the serrated cutter?

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      1. re: Grace
        Barham Turner

        I think it would be possible to use an old box, but I didn't save one, not knowing that it was the end of an era.

        Maybe there's a black market in old, serrated-edge Saran Wrap boxes starting up. I'll check eBay.

      2. I got some Reynold's Wrap brand plastic with a similar mechanism and I really dig it. So much nicer for me than a little serated piece of aluminium to cut myself on.

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        1. re: Becky

          I agree with Becky that it is much safer, although annoying. The company probably wanted to avoid liability for people gashing their hands when they reach into the drawer.

          1. re: parkslopemama

            THAT explains it. Liability!

            Personally, I hate that thing.

          2. re: Becky

            Make a mental note to buy Reynolds. You don't have to "install" the cutter yourself, and it works like a charm. I love the new cutter. The Saran is a nightmare. I find it fascinating from a business perspective that two companies could go after the same idea and one could execute it so, so much better than the other. Like night and day difference.

          3. Got one of those "built-in" plastic wrap thingies - the plastic case that you install under your cupboards and fill with a large roll of wrap. Love it. Refill the holder maybe once a year with wrap from Costco and it's always right there when you need it. Plastic cutter is a bit lame, but it works ok.

            1. Your post is too funny, Fri. afternoon after reaching for my second box (first was ruined) of Saran wrap and finding the zipper off the box I was incensed. I actually grabbed the box and fired off an email to the company ranting!!! Of course they responded right away and are sending me a coupon for a free box of something or other. I happen to be a diehard Saran wrap person but now....why do companies have to keep messing with things that worked in the first place??????Glad I am not alone!!

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              1. re: 4chowpups

                "....why do companies have to keep messing with things that worked in the first place??????"

                They have too many vice presidents in their Marketing Dept.

                1. re: Sharuf

                  More likely too many lawyers in their legal department.