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Jul 22, 2014 06:59 AM

Tounge in groove closure used in plastic food bags S@C*K$

Anyone else hate these? The idea of a resalable plastic food bag is great but many don't work very well. I just carefully cut open (along the dotted line) a bag of Costco whole almonds. When I went to reseal the tongue in groove didn't align properly. Very frustrating! These types of bags are ubiquitous now, even in the supermarket deli they put cold cuts in very flimsy bags with this type closure that don't work well. Grapes & cherries are packed similarly. The bags that have the plastic zipper are fine but probably are cost prohibitive for many applications. I think we are stuck in the middle of the bag closure evolution and we'll be laughing at these primitive bags twenty years from now.

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  1. I hate them too. What usually happens at my house is someone cuts the top of the bag before realizing there is a zip lock on the side. Very annoying.

    1. The problem is your tongue is getting in the way.

      1. Hate them. Would be great if they worked, but generally they don't seal, or they seal to the point that you can't open them. I just bought a bag of dog food yesterday and when I opened it, the seal came off one side of the bag so now the closure is useless.

        1. The zip-top grape and cherry bags are almost always open, IME. I don't think it's possible that potential customers opened, then rejected them, judging by how few are sealed. And I find that many of them are difficult or impossible to reseal. I wonder whether they open in the process of packing, shipping, and unpacking, or if they were never sealed to begin with.

          It's only fleetingly-bothersome for me, but I do agree with your prediction that thise type of packaging will be replaced sooner rather than later. I'll bet someone's working on an inexpensive, recyclable plastic version of velcro as I type.

          In the 1950's, all us little girls loved "pop-bead" necklaces. They were all the rage though today they are probably feared as choking hazards. I've seen plastic boxes that shut using flattened versions of this type of bead. A strip of plastic with a pop closure every inch or so would work well for anything that doesn't need to hold liquids.

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          1. re: greygarious

            OT-> pop beads are great for middle school guys who need a small hands on no brain task in order to listen.

            1. re: Kris in Beijing

              My son uses "thinking putty", basically fancy silly putty, for the same thing. However the rule is no popping the putty. Kids like my son are required to use quiet fidgets so pop beads would be a no go. . He usually has a mini "koosh" in his pocket for back up.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  He loves the stuff but boy does it make a mess! Strictly for at home use. I love it too!

          2. I love these Gripstic bag sealers. Just fold the top of the bag over and slide one of these thingies down the fold. They're really quick and easy, and make a nice seal. Available in a wide range of lengths. Also really compact and can't slip off like bag clips often do. I have a whole bunch of them, from about 4" to about 16".


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            1. re: tanuki soup

              These are my default bag sealers.............

              1. re: zackly

                LOL! Yeah, I used to use those too. You need about 4 or 5 of them to get anything close to a reasonable seal, and they slide off or pop off if you move the bag around. They also get rusty from condensation if you put them in the fridge.

                Seriously, try the Gripstics. I guarantee that they will totally change your life! Just look how deliriously happy this Gripstic user is. How can you resist???

                1. re: tanuki soup

                  I don't experience any of he problems you mentioned. I roll up the bag tightly expelling as much air as possible then one clip seals it fine. I do use small medium and large clips depending on the size of the bag.

                  1. re: zackly

                    Not to mention that the binder clips have many household uses, including holding parchment paper onto baking sheets (they are oven-safe) and crimping toothpaste tubes.

                    If I wanted to slide a straw onto a bag, I'd buy the strips used to hold the plastic cover onto a term paper.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Not to mention S&M applications:)

                2. re: tanuki soup

                  We got some unlabeled Gripstics a couple years ago at the FL state fair. Not bad, but they can be a bitch to use until they're well broken in. They don't always slide on so easily as they did at the fair. But then, what does? Still, they work exceptionally well.