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Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of bags?
Navigating the food storage aisle can be stressful and difficult. However, we want to help you understand your food storage options.
Then you will be able to easily select the type of bags that are right for you.
In this article, we’re going to tackle freezer bags vs. storage bags. We often see these different titles sitting side by side, but how are they different?
When should you use freezer bags instead of storage bags?
Let’s take a closer look.
All about freezer bags
Freezer bags look very similar to standard zip-top bags.
So, how are freezer bags and regular bags different?
Have you ever picked up a freezer bag and wondered why they feel so heavy?
That’s just it – freezer bags are heavier than standard storage bags.
While they work for the same basic functions as regular bags, freezer bags are thicker than their counterparts.
Both storage bags and freezer bags use a high quality plastic. The main difference comes in the amount of plastic used in each bag.
Freezer bags are made using more plastic. Therefore, they are thicker than other types of storage bags.
Why is this significant? Thicker bags are stronger and more durable.
So, freezer bags typically last longer and can better stand up against sharp objects.
Since freezer bags are used to store food in the freezer, they have to be able to withstand cold conditions for a long period of time.
Thicker plastic helps freezer bags stay strong and protect your food.
As you know, the freezer can be a rough place for bags!
You may have to shuffle your arrangement, add more food that reasonably fits inside the freezer, or even drop your freezer bags.
In these circumstances, you do not want the freezer bag to break!
For freezer bags to properly protect your food, they need to be thicker, stronger and more durable than standard storage bags.
Freezer bags may also have a white patch so that you can make note of what you are freezing and the date that you put it in the freezer.
This can come in really handy when you are cleaning out the freezer a few months down the road!
When can you use freezer bags?
You can easily see the usefulness of freezer bags. However, are there any circumstances when freezer bags do not make sense?
While you can use freezer bags in all of the same circumstances in which you use standard bags, you may want to save them for specific uses.
Freezer bags are more expensive than standard bags. From cost savings and wastes perspectives, you want to use freezer bags only when the situation warrants them.
In most cases, standard bags will work, and they are better for your wallet. Save your freezer bags for when you really need them!
All about storage bags
Storage bags are the step between freezer bags and regular bags. All are made of durable plastic.
Again, the difference is in the thickness of plastic used.
Storage bags are made using a thicker layer of plastic than standard bags.
However, they are not quite as thick as freezer bags.
It’s important to note that you can use storage bags for any use for which you may also select standard bags.
But, storage bags will protect their contents slightly better due to the thicker layer of plastic.
Storage bags also give you an additional layer of protection because they usually come with a double seal.
This helps block air from entering the bag and helps keep your contents protected inside.
Freezer bags vs. storage bags
So, how are freezer bags different from storage bags?
Basically, freezer bags are more protective and thicker than storage bags.
Both types of bags will protect their contents very well, and there is no reason that you cannot use both bags for everyday use.
However, if you plan to put the contents in the freezer, freezer bags really are the way to go.
Freezer bags are specifically designed to protect food in the freezer; storage bags are not intended for this use.
If you use storage bags in the freezer, there is a strong chance that the contents will become freezer burned much faster than if you use freezer bags.
Reserve storage bags for the occasions when you want more protection than a standard bag for something that you will store at room temperature.
Basically, you can use freezer bags in place of storage bags anytime, but the opposite is not true.
Similarly, you can use freezer bags or storage bags anytime you would use regular bags, but regular bags should not be used in place of thicker bags.
The next time you go to grab a bag, think about how you are using it!
Will the contents go in the freezer? Use a freezer bag.
Will you put sensitive contents inside and store the bag at room temperature? Do you want the bag to last for a long time? Will the bag be used to contain or protect against sharp objects? Use a storage bag.
Do you just need a bag for your chips for lunch? A regular bag will suffice.
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