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Sun Aug 22, 2021, 12:10 PM

Any "Stashers" here?

Stashers are the "endlessly reusable, resealable silicone storage bags that replace single-use plastics".

I pack a lunch every day and have been using them for about a week. So they've been through one cycle of pack, carry, use, clean. They seem to be a good solution. They are a bit spendy, but I calculate the payback at 18 months.

I like the convenience of not having to stock the single-use bags. There is cleanup involved, so you'll need a bottle brush. They have to be dried out as well.

Maybe there are gotchas as far as the environment is concerned, but it seems legit.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun Aug 22, 2021, 12:30 PM

1. I haven't used those but I do use and reuse those elastic food storage covers..

I get boxes of them with three sizes at the dollar store...wash them out and hang on something to dry...

Edit: I do sometimes wash and reuse regular cheapo zip lock storage baggies, particularly the larger freezer bags as they are more expensive....I do some small electrical and guitar/instrument/amplifier projects and find zip lock bags great for storing small parts and screws/bolts, sharpie pens work well for labeling contents....

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun Aug 22, 2021, 12:44 PM

2. Not that brand, but we bought some similar bags. They work fine.

I don't know if there's a "gotcha" hiding somewhere in the calculation of what's best for the environment either. But in addition to using fewer zip top bags we also use less saran wrap now.

They don't work for every application, and we only bought so many of them so we still use zip locks for stuff going into the freezer -- because it may be there a long while. But for stuff going into the fridge these are our go-to bags now. The ones we got seal very well which is nice for storing stronger scented things like an unused half of an onion or whatever. Washing is not so bad, drying was a hassle until we started using a little drying rack that we had for a different purpose, it holds them open well enough to get well dried.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Sun Aug 22, 2021, 02:41 PM

3. I bought a box each of...

ziploc bags, both 1gal and 1qt sizes at Costco about six years ago. I reuse them unless they contained meat which are the bags that have already been used a time or two. I finally have about four of each left. After six years, I think those bags go a long way.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Tue Aug 24, 2021, 02:44 AM

4. I reuse ziplock bags

The ones that contained meat are tossed after one use but the others I had wash and dry in the dishrack.

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Response to Shermann (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:58 PM

5. I bought more Zip Top brand. A little less expensive than stashers I think...

I received some as a gift and we liked how they keep everything crazy fresh. So I invested in more of the kind that stand up. I was going to ask if anyone can recommend another kind that lay flat like bags.

So far the zip tops clean well either by hand or in the dishwasher. No onion smell!!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 05:32 PM

6. Stashers are platinum cure silicone

That's the higher grade. Hopefully they last forever. If they break down too quickly then it will be a bust.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 08:55 PM

7. Don't know what you mean by cure but

Zip top is 100% platinum silicone too.

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