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Nov 11, 2008 05:17 PM

Food Packaging that Drives You Crazy!

Tonight it hit me while opening a bottle of olive oil...the person(s) who invented aluminum screw caps should be boiled in said oil. Once again, it seems I have stripped the threads on another oil cap.

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  1. I get the same problem. You'd think the company would make better caps , especially for oils.

    1. I wonder if the last bottle of olive oil i purchased EVER had threads on it!

      1. Those resealable (salad) greens bags... it says "Pull Here," hah! I always render them unresealable.

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        1. re: Sarah

          I hate all of those "resealable" bags! Usually I fail to open them properly and destroy the bag. But then there are other products that have them and the two sides of the zip don't line up and they don't reseal anyway. I don't even try anymore. I open them the way I want and close them up using my own clip.

          1. re: Sooeygun

            I hate those zip lock, resealable packages too, especially the ones on sliced cheese, but the ones that I really find useless are the "peel & stick resealable" containers. They are really hard to peel and they never do restick!

            1. re: dragonchowmein

              A lone dissent here - I really *like* the resealable hot dog packages. I forget what brand they were (probably Oscar Meyer) but I found it really handy. I live alone and can only eat 2 at a time (well, I could stuff another one in but try not to) so I appreciate them being kept fresh. Oh, and bacon packages as well! I love the "zipper" that reseals my package. I've always had a problem keeping bacon fresh after opening the package. And shredded cheese - not very Chow-worthy, but I do buy it once in awhile for certain quickie meals. The zipper keeps the whole mess fresh for up to two weeks.

              1. re: Catskillgirl

                I saw the title of this thread and was just going to come in here and sream.... BACON!!! I see you mentioned it. My pettest of peeves is the ridiculous packaging methods used for bacon. Our local pork people haven't gotten on the ziplock bandwagon, and I have searched the bins looking for zip lock bacon. All for naught. All of our bacon is sealed, plastic to plastic, vaccumed up against the bacon. You have to use scissors and cut around the package, and then it can't be closed. You have to put the whole works into another plastic bag, and everything becomes covered in bacon fat. Ugh. Maybe I need to use my bacon salt more often!

                1. re: juliasqueezer

                  I don't use bacon that often, and my wife doesn't eat it, so when I buy a pound I immediately separate it into portions of 3 - 4 rashers each, wrap each portion airtight in plastic wrap, and freeze them. To use, I unwrap a packet, nuke for one minute on a plate between two paper towels, and it's ready to fry.

                  1. re: BobB

                    What a great idea! Then I won't have to deal with the repeated annoyance of handling big blocks of stuck-together bacon. I'm using this one, BobB!

                  2. re: juliasqueezer

                    Oh, that stinks! Around here even the store brand bacon (ShopRite) comes in ziplock packages.Love them!

                    1. re: Catskillgirl

                      Ha! Maybe I need to move to a more bacon-friendly place!

            2. re: Sarah

              I hate the resealable packages that I'm supposed to cut instead of tear. I always cut where it tells me to and the stupid thing is still glued shut, and then I cut lower and end up getting too low for the reseal to work.

            3. I don't like when chocolate bars have an inner foil wrapper that's glued shut and impossible to open without making an unsightly ripped-up foil mess and I'm forced to just eat the entire bar in one go so I don't have to look at the destroyed packaging. I'm sure the sealed foil is really essential for keeping the chocolate fresh during periods of prolonged storage, but… let's just say I have never encountered that particular problem.

              1. Unfortunately, if those caps that are of the "tamper indicating" type, they need help from a heavy duty utility knife to score the ring perforations. Another mechanically inclined individual uses a roller style glass cutter on the ring perforation seam. The local plumber uses his pipe cutter to assist his wife in the related matter.

                Just remember Chowhounds, we need to be a "Jack of All Trades" to pull things off, from time to time. Proper tools for the job hasn't been developed yet, so we have to adjust.