Why I’ll Never Store Plastic Wrap in My Kitchen Drawer Again

published Jun 11, 2024
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Social media can be overwhelming at times, but it can also be a great place to learn clever little tricks — especially in the kitchen. From how to perfectly cut your parchment paper to the correct way to use your spice jars, there’s always some new cooking tip to learn from these online geniuses. So, of course, when I came across one that teaches me how to turn my roll of plastic wrap from super sticky to easily manageable, I had to give it a try. And share it with all of you, of course. 

According to a TikTok posted by @sidneyraz, if you store plastic wrap in the freezer, it makes it easier to unroll. We all know what plastic wrap is like at room temperature — sticky, hard to cut, even harder to unravel and use once it’s all stuck together. But if it’s a little colder, that wrap is easier to pull from the roll and cut evenly without it sticking all over the place.

Now here’s one problem with this clever trick: While the plastic wrap is easier to unroll and cut when it’s at a colder temperature, it might not be the most effective when it comes to sealing. TikTok users have taken to the comments of this video to say that the “cling” for the cling wrap might not be as strong when it’s cold. However, @sidneyraz said that it worked perfectly fine for him. So this might be a matter of what brand you are using, and how long you keep it in the freezer. For the purpose of this experiment, he only kept it in the freezer for 1 hour.

Now that you know the best place to store plastic wrap, you might as well take advantage of that roll that is easier to manage and try these ingenious ways to use plastic wrap in the kitchen.