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Like most people I suppose, I am watching the pennies and for this reason I often like to try out some of the more basic or value ranges that supermarkets offer. One of the items that I have now been using for a number of years is the Tesco Value food bags. When I was at University I used to take a packed lunch with me everyday as this worked out so much cheaper than buying a sandwich in Central London! To carry my sandwiches around I tried many branded food bags before stumbling across the Tesco Value variety and I have not looked back since!
The food bags come in a very basic packaging, consisting of a piece of paper that is wrapped around the roll of food bags to hold it in place. The paper basically has the Tesco value logo in red and white printed on it. Each roll contains 50 plastic bags and a roll is priced at 42p – that’s less than a penny a bag! Along with the food bags we are also given a set of wire ties to tie up the food bag once the item is in there. To be honest I find these to be quite fiddly (and not just the Tesco value brand) so I don’t use these, instead preferring to either fold the bag over itself or simply tying a loose knot at the top to prevent items from falling out. Each bag in the roll is separated by a perforated line, which can be torn easily to remove the bag.
Given that these are a basic product it should come as no surprise that the bags themselves are quite thin – certainly thinner than some of the branded products that I have used in the past. Having said that I think they do an excellent job and can hold quite a lot without tearing.
As I explained earlier, I used to use these bags mainly to carry sandwiches around. When I go out shopping I also try to take a few healthy snacks with me such as chopped fruit or vegetable sticks as this stops me wasting my money on junk and is healthier too! They hold these items well without tearing.
I have also recently started to freeze a lot of food. I live on my own and find that items like bread can start to go off before I get to the end of the loaf. For this reason I tend to freeze slices of bread in food bags which I can just take out when I need. I also find that if I buy frozen foods like fish fingers or burgers, the boxes can take up a lot of room in the freezer and so I will take the items out of the packaging and place them in food bags, which frees up a lot of space. I have also used these to freeze meat and chicken. In all cases the bags work really well and do not tear, although I am careful not to overpack them.
Overall then, I am really pleased with these food bags – they’re cheap and relatively strong. I can’t really fault them and so they come with a high recommendation from me.