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WE USE A LOT OF THESE BAGS - Various sizes. We have been extremely happy with them.
on November 4, 2012
First let me say that we use a lot of these things. (More about that later). Secondly it should be noted that we have access to and use this brand and also, from time to time, the "Hefty Slider Bags." To a certain extent the brand we use is dictated by price and what is on sale and what is not. But that being said I must tell you that there is a bit of a difference between the two brands with the primary difference being that the Ziploc Slider Bag - the one being used here, in our experience, is somewhat stronger and the seal is more reliable that the Hefty brand. (More about that later).
These bags, the gallon size, measure 10 9/16 in. x 9 ½ in. x 2 5/8 in. The do indeed hold one gallon liquid. The seal is extremely efficient and easy to use both in opening and closing. We prefer this type of bag over the regular even though it costs a tad more simply because we have had issues with the regular bags where you must create s a seal and squish the two sides together. Often times, even on the best brands, this can be difficult to do and we have found that the seal is not all that reliable at times. As your hands get older, sealing these things become even more of a problem.
We use these bags to freeze produce and indeed, even meat. As an example we buy ground chuck in bulk, break it down into our desired cooking sizes (This varies as we like a selection as to the amount of meat for various dishes, an place the ground chuck in the bag. We then "flatten it out," make sure as much air as possible is removed from the bag and the seal. This allows for much more efficient storage as we can stack the various thinner "sheets" of meat - sort of like you would stack thin books. This saves greatly on freezer space. We have never had a seal break on these things.
We also use these to store left over food as we hate to waste. We also use these bags to marinate meat; placing the meat in a bag, pouring in what ever marinate we are using, seal and let set. This is much more efficient that placing them in a bowel or hard container.
We use these for all sort of vegetables and fruits in addition to meats. We have yet to have any leakage, even with very mushy and liquidy stuff like frozen strawberries for shortcake.
Of course there are dozens upon dozens of non-food uses for these things. We have often used them on canoe trips to store stuff we do not want to get went when we inevitably flip the canoe. They work well for this.
These bags do have an expandable bottom. They assure us that the product is NOT formulated with BPA (Bisphenol A) which is somewhat comforting. It should be noted that these are microwave safe but do be sure you open the top of the bag when used as such.
As I said in the beginning...we do prefer these to the Hefty brand simply because they, in our experience, been more reliable. If you pack the Hefty bags too tightly (Overload them) we find that the seal will often break - not so with the Ziploc...within reason.
This is a good product and we will continue using it.