HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >

Discussion

ISO Wire Twistie Bag Closers (San Francisco)

Aeons ago I bought what I thought was a lifetime supply of these but can't recall where. (I guess I've just lived longer that I expected).

I'm talking about simple lengths of paper-coated wire that you use by twisting around the gathered cellophane (plastic?) top of a bread bag or whatever. I don't want to hear about chip clips or anything fancy like that. Simple is best. The wire twisties are the greatest thing for sliced bread, so to speak.

Does anybody know where to buy these?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Ummm, I don't buy them. I go to the local Stop & Shop supermarket and take a small handful of the twistie ties at the bagel island. :-)

    If you don't have one of those, maybe a local supermarket would sell you a package of them?

    1. And save 'em, save 'em, save 'em for reuse. My Hub cleaned out my wraps-and-bags drawer a few years ago and threw out most of the twisties, thinking them cast-off. I believe I had some that had been re-used for years!

      Had to resort to the rubber bands from broccoli stems until I built up a supply again through co-op bulk purchases.

      It's oddly comic, I guess, but some simple things like twisties just float our boats.

      1. Check a garden store for a big roll of the green plastic coated wire used for tying up vines. You'd have to cut it, but there'd be a lot!

        Like this:
        http://www.doityourself.com/invt/1172881

        1 Reply
        1. re: yayadave

          Very handy in the kitchen! But actually, the garden tie comes on a plastic spool and card, which has a handy metal lever 'press-to-cut' feature.(sort of like toenail clippers)

          Spool off what you want, clip, and your custom length wire tie is ready. In all hardware stores' lawn and garden section.

        2. First thought was the same as yayadave's. If for some reason you can't find those at your local garden store, go to a craft store and get them there for wreath making, or flower arranging.

          You could also use pipe cleaners, which would do the trick and are reuseable.

          1 Reply
          1. re: hummingbird

            Or check the candymaking aisle in the craft store. They have lots of that kind of stuff, for packaging handmade goodies.

          2. Consider the common clothespin...great for sealing up chips, bread, cereal.

            1. Also, when you (or someone else) buys an electronic product, there are often twisty ties holding the cords together. i save these - even better than paper-covered twisty ties as the plastic won't deteriorate like paper does.

              1 Reply
              1. re: Seldomsated

                And if you have any Barbie-buying young people in your household (Hello, it's Christmas and Hanukkah), I'm here to say that those twisties shackling Barbie to her cardboard box are the best to hang onto, as far as longevity-of-the-twistie goes.Heavy-duty plastic coating on heavy duty wire. Throw them in the junk drawer - they're great.

              2. I agree that simple is best. Having said that....I am not a fan of the twist ties. They never seem to work for me. I always seem to rip off two of them together, or rip the paper, or find they are not big enough for a bag of chips. OTOH, I love something called Twixits. They are NOT chip clips and they are the best product I have ever seen for closing bags of bread, chips, cookies, or anything else for that matter. They come in several sizes and can be found in many kitchen shops, or even on line at Amazon or Target. They are easy to use and I have even seen them promoted on websites for folks with limited mobility in their hands. You can click them shut with one hand. They seem to last forever and best of all....no more god-awful twist ties.
                http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html?...

                2 Replies
                1. re: mshpook

                  Mshpook, sounds like you have the real thing (twist ties). You may not like them, but they are what I want. 'Fess up as to where you found them!

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Since you now know that I would never seek them out, the only place I have gotten them are in boxes of the old-fashioned plastic bags that are not zipper sealed. They seem to throw several bunches of them in each box (all, of course, attached and which I can never properly separate). But honestly, I am firmly convinced that if you tried even one twixit, you would become a convert to them. Folks I know who have used them tell me they are the only things that their kids will actually use to close bags of cereal, bread, whatever.
                    good luck.

                2. Try Kamei restaurant supply on Clement, they have pretty much everything.

                  1. i have gotten them in boxes of big black garbage bags, which i usually tie closed so i don't need the ties, or else, go to a small family type grocery store , and see if you can buy a little baggie full from the produce section.. i've done that as well.

                    1. I know I've bought them (maybe 500 in a small white box) at Smart & Final, though this was in the LA area. Worth a try.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: Midlife

                        Thanks, I finally found them at Smart & Final (Oakland). There are actually 2,000 of them in that little box. No more dried out bagels in my freezer! For anyone interested, they were next to the plastic baggies.