Friday, May 3, 2013

Frugal Finds Friday: Re-using Plastic Bags

Ziplock bags are meant to be disposable, but I have found that they can in fact be reused.  This saves me money, and keeps some plastic out of the landfill.  Now, I don't reuse all of my freezer bags, especially if they had something gross in them, like raw meat, but I do use most of them at least twice.  My Garlic Bread is wrapped in aluminum foil before being put is a gallon sized freezer bag, so nothing actually touches the bag, same thing with frozen cookie dough (which I wrap in waxed or parchment paper).  Those bags, I don't even wash in between uses.  Bags with say slice asparagus, or cooked pinto beans, or sliced flash-frozen fruit, I wash inside and out with a sponge, and warm soapy water.  Then I turn them inside-out, and upside-down, and clip them onto a skirt hanger and hang them near my kitchen window to dry.

That's my frugal find for this week, try it out and let me know what you think!

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  1. Here's my frugal tip back :-)
    I keep my used ziplocks in the freezer. That way if there are bread crumbs in the bottom, they don't get yucky. I have several in there at all times, lots of times I grab one for a double wrap, like your garlic bread.

  2. I agree, this is a great money- and environment-saver that's really pretty easy! I dry mine over the large cooking utensils in the dish drainer.

    Another frugal option is to save the bags from cereal, crackers, etc. and use them to store other food. They're tough enough for the freezer. You can write on them with a permanent marker. Although they don't zip, rolling up the slack at the top of the bag keeps air out, and you can put a rubber band around it if necessary.

    1. I've used cereal bags to store fresh baked treats, and fruits and veggies in the freezer. They really do work quite nicely, thanks for the reminder! :)