As much as we try to be eco-friendly in my house, I am 100 percent guilty of reaching for a plastic baggie when I need to save, say, half of a lemon or leftover cucumber slices that didn't fit in my salad bowl. At least I used to be — before I found these reusable silicone bags by Stasher.
Buy: Stasher Bags, from $10
They work just like the standard plastic baggies you'd buy at the grocery store, only they're made of silicone, which means they can be reused over and over again and you don't have to worry about them eventually getting holes or the seams ripping apart.
Before you baulk at the $12 price tag for a single sandwich bag, do the math: A box of 90 zip-top sandwich bags could cost you $3. You could buy 360 bags for the price of one Stasher bag, but then you're throwing away 360 bags! Buy one Stasher bag and you can use it long after you'd have finished those four boxes. Of course, you may need more than one bag at once, so it is a bit of an investment to get the collection stared. But think of how much you'll save in the long run.
Even better than plastic baggies, Stasher bags can go from the freezer to the microwave and then to the dishwasher. The air-tight seal means you can even use them for sous-vide cooking. And although the company doesn't advertise the fact that you can use them for liquids (they mostly show them filled with sandwiches, produce, and snacks), I've definitely filled some with homemade pasta sauce that's headed to the freezer. Note: They're also great for art supplies, travel-sized toiletry bottles, and more.
My only complaint about Stasher bags? The fact that they don't come in bigger sizes. Right now, the company only offers a sandwich size and a snack size. Although a rep just told us they'll be launching half-gallon bags next month!
Have you tried these? Would you be willing to?