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Tear on the dotted line _ _ _ _

HotMelly Jul 29, 2009 01:56 PM

It can't be done.Or can it, I'm talkin' about the frozen bags of vegetables, shrimp, chicken, You know what I mean. To open, Tear on the dotted line.I won't even begin to talk about the pain reliever capsules in those little bubbles. I would hate to be dying.

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 02:10 PM

    9 times out of 10, it can't...which is why i keep a pair of all-purpose scissors in the kitchen drawer.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      BobB Jul 30, 2009 08:55 AM

      We keep two pair - one standard scissors for "clean' cuts, one that comes apart at the hinge into two pieces and can go into the dishwasher for messier items.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        beachmouse Jul 31, 2009 09:14 PM

        I can't remember the last time I actually tried to tear on the line instead of going straight for the kitchen shears. Even id the perforations do kind of work, the shears make the cut so much neater.

      2. NellyNel Jul 29, 2009 02:20 PM


        You are so right!
        Yep Good kitchen shears are a MUST!!..

        Can't help with the pain reliever container!

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          tobycat Jul 29, 2009 06:29 PM

          And I love the newer chip bags or cereal or crackers or other snacky type things that you tug and tug and tug on the bag until suddenly it bursts open and all your treats go flying.

          Then...if there are any leftovers, when you roll the bag up, it unrolls itself. Is that so you will eat them all in one sitting so they won't go stale so you have to buy more? Or so you buy chip clips at the dollar store?

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          1. re: tobycat
            goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 06:35 PM

            tobycat, i store the open bag in a zipper bag - better than a chip clip for preventing staling.

          2. podunkboy Jul 29, 2009 06:47 PM

            I hate the boxes with the perforated "spout" on the side that allegedly you can push in and tear back that never works, just dents/mangles the side of the box.

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            1. re: podunkboy
              goodhealthgourmet Jul 29, 2009 06:54 PM

              that's where a blade/knife comes in...i always saw through the cardboard using the perforations as a guide.

            2. Sooeygun Jul 30, 2009 06:59 AM

              Closely related to this are the "handy" resealable packages. Except the ziplock seal often doesn't work and can be a pain to reopen. Especially if tearing on the dotted line has left you with not enough package above the seal.

              1. im_nomad Jul 31, 2009 07:09 PM

                I am convinced that freezing somehow alters the chemical composition of plastics and their ability to ziploc.

                that said, I have never had any problem with the perforated variety of wraps and such. they rip right off.

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                  HillJ Aug 4, 2009 02:01 PM

                  We use a cellophane cutter made of plastic with a sharp end that is sold for opening CD's (which can be just as tricky). You glide the sharp tip across the bag right above the ziplock line. Works like a charm for about a buck.

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