Monday, 25 January 2021

Bags, One For Me!


I kept reading about Stasher Bags - these eco friendly, easy-use silicone food savers. The website tells you how they are good for you, and for the planet - how every time you buy one, a some of the money goes to clean up the oceans...The blurb is pretty compelling. Very green credentials...

"Stasher bags are multi-purpose, easy to use, easy to seal and reusable. You can cook dinner in them, use them for kitchen storage and even fill them with cosmetics for your travels.

Key features:

  • Made from plastic-free platinum silicone
  • Easy clasp pinch-and-press airtight seal
  • Reusable and dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended
  • Freezer and microwave safe, and oven safe to 220°C
  • Ideal for sous vide cooking
  • Complies with FDA and European food-grade standards
  • Made from platinum silicone, they’re plastic-free and cause no harmful off-gassing when exposed to the sun, making food storage and cooking healthier.

Fold them over to expel air before sealing them with a pinch and a press to make them airtight. Poach fish in them, with added herbs for flavouring. They’re ideal for marinating meat in the fridge and then simply transfer for cooking without fuss. Add a little water to steam vegetables, retaining nutrients and flavour. You can put them in a saucepan of boiling water or use them in a sous vide machine to tenderise meat for tastier meals.

Stasher bags also keep food fresher for longer. Expel the air and place half an avocado with its seed in the fridge to keep until you’re ready to eat it the next day. Take a stasher bag on your travels, filling it with cosmetics and toiletries or pens and pencils to keep kids occupied. You can even write on the bags with dry-erase markers to label your food by date for the fridge or freezer."

Then I looked into the price - Lakeland sell the smallest 'snack size' one for £9.99. No way! I asked around among my 'green living' friends and couldn't find anyone who had tried them. Then in August, I found one reduced to £3.50 in John Lewis, Norwich. So I decided to treat myself, and see how I got on.

My conclusions

This is probably the wrong size bag for me. 

  1. Size: It is OK for snacks- but not of much use for anything else. Without the rigidity of a lock'n'lock, I thought fruit etc might get damaged if the bag was slung in a backpack.
  2. Versatility: I tried all the suggested uses....
  3. Storage: Slightly too small for a my chunk of cheese - so I trimmed the Cheddar. 
  4. Sous-vide: I cooked some frozen peas - dropping the bag in the saucepan in which I was boiling potatoes. They cooked fine- but it was hard to get them out!
  5. Oven: I baked a piece of salmon. Lovely and clean, fish kept moist - but the skin stuck to the side, and again, removal was difficult.
  6. Freezer: I put stored blueberries in it in the freezer - that worked well.
  7. Seal: I found the whole 'burping' and open/close procedure rather fiddly, so did Bob
  8. Cleaning: It washed OK in the dishwasher, but I had to leave it open to dry thoroughly.
  9. Family: I'm not sure a child [eg Rosie] would manage it very well in a lunchbox.
  10. Eco - yes, they are 'green', and ZeroWaste not single-use, and ethically sound
Maybe if I had bought a larger size I would feel differently - and I am glad to have tried them out. I have an adequate supply of good quality plastic foodstore boxes, and I think this is not something my kitchen needs. I don't do 'sous vide' cooking, but I can see that if you do, they'd be useful. And my 'rose quartz' bag [the only colour in the sale] looks strangely...surgical. The mint colour is more 'food friendly' imho.
Overall I would rate this product *** which is a shame, I hoped it would score more. 
Please do let me know if you are using these- and what your opinion is. 


  1. I'm not sure what Sou Vide is? Shame it didn't work out as you'd hoped.

    1. Cooking"sous vide" means "under vacuum". So the food is put in a bag and excess air expelled, then it is heated in boiling water. They do it on Masterchef. At least I didn't spend a fortune on the bag! And I've saved all my readers money too, by reviewing it on their behalf!

  2. Thanks for trying it out so I wont bother! (Actually I'd not even heard of them)

  3. To be quite honest, this is the first time I'm hearing about this product! I am glad I found out about them, but, I'm not likely purchase them!

  4. I dont use them, but most things sold by Lakeland are well thought out, but expensive. Pink doesn't seem quite right!

  5. I've seen these in the stores but though the prices were ridiculous - especially for the size! I would have to spend a LOT of money to get the amount I would need.
    I have some plastic containers that I use over and over again when I take dinners to my neighbour.
    I have slowly replaced plastic storage containers for my own use with glass over the past couple of years and that has worked for most things.
    I use parchment paper for cooking things like fish so the only thing I'm looking for is what to use in my small fridge/freezer in place of saran wrap and Ziploc bags which I find conserves space the best. I do reuse bags that have not been used for meat/fish but this is still an area where I would like to reduce waste/plastic - but I don't think these bags would work.


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