December 9, 2003

Oh, Those Smarties at Reynolds

POST #    625

Pull, slide, seal. See the video here.

Last night, while downstairs discussing mortgages with my parents (more on that later), I started to heat up some soup. Of course, to do this, there needed to be some sort of cover for the bowl. What better than some plastic wrap, which I usually call Saran Wrap, but that's like calling tissues a Kleenex, calling a photocopy a Xerox, or calling a cotton swab a Q-Tip (I think I've conveyed my point on that). Since I'm discussing Reynolds Wrap, it's even more important to differentiate the two brands.

Normally, when using plastic wrap (or tin foil), a person uses the metal edge that is on the box to cut a piece. With plastic wrap, this always results in the plastic re-coiling and sticking to itself, leaving you with a plastic mess that you have to pick apart before using. Reynolds Plastic Wrap added a "new" feature to their boxes, they call it the EZ Slide Cutter (I don't actually know how new this is since I don't spend too much time in the kitchen). All you have to do is pull out the amount you need and slide the cutting tool across the box. This has to be one of the best things I've seen in a while. No issues with the plastic sticking to itself. How smart is that?

Posted by tien mao in Random at 10:17 AM



i saw a commercial for some sort of saran "gripper" the other day. not the ones that look like shower caps, but something different, i think thicker, that grips whatever you're wrapping. intriguing.

Posted by: corie at December 9, 2003 11:00 AM

yeah, i know what corie is talking about - it's like a combo of plastic wrap and wax paper, but sticks to bowls and stuff around the edges. very cool. i think it might be from glad.

Posted by: dahl at December 9, 2003 11:20 AM

do you guys mean the saran quick cover?

not to be crass or anything, but doesn't that just seem like the world's biggest condom?

Posted by: tien at December 9, 2003 11:37 AM

hee hee. i always thought it looked like a showercap...there's no little resevior on the tip.

Posted by: corie at December 9, 2003 1:22 PM

I just came tumbling on your website and read your interesting discovery of the Saran Wrap. Well, there is this new 'invention' from GLAD where it sticks to a plastic or wet bowl without much effort trying to stretch it down to the bottom. It sticks amazingly! Just wondering: Do you cook a lot?

Posted by: loveone7 at December 9, 2003 3:49 PM

hmm, yes, no reservoir tip.

love, i don't ever cook. it's rare that i actually make something. maybe when i move and get a real kitchen, i can try some stuff.

Posted by: tien at December 9, 2003 4:10 PM

I actually enjoy cooking, or at least I used to, back when I had any time. But I notice that with those metal cutting blades on the conventional boxes of clingwrap (that's what my chef friend calls the stuff), my biggest problem isn't a plastic mess, but a bloody mess. This fom a guy who burns himself on the iron. I just stay away from all that as much as possible.

Posted by: Oscar at December 9, 2003 5:14 PM

hmm, oscar. you have problems with irons and clingwrap? i'm not sure i want to go flying anymore.

Posted by: tien at December 9, 2003 5:29 PM

The new thing from Glad? Save your money. If you've seen the commercials, it says to place it on a bowl/plate, etc, and then use your fingers to seal it? Yeah, uh huh, it's not that simple. It eventually works (after futzing with it for 5 minutes), but it's much quicker (and cheaper) to use Saran Wrap :)

Posted by: dy at December 10, 2003 10:47 AM

dy - reynolds wrap! not saran wrap! reynolds has the ez slide. it really is ez.

Posted by: tien at December 10, 2003 11:53 AM

i'm totally with you on that. The ez slide? ez!
i'm referring to this contraption -

Posted by: dy at December 10, 2003 12:13 PM

wow, that glad thing is kind of cool too. although i think my eyes are hurting from the yellow background of the site. ouch. i like how you can shake it after it's sealed.

Posted by: tien at December 10, 2003 4:11 PM

The Reynolds Wrap EZ Slide does not work as promised. When you pull on the wrap the rolls pops out of the box. The cutter tab will only fit on one side of the roll. When you go to use it again the cutter tab is stuck under the wrap. This product should never have gone to market.

Posted by: Jerry at January 5, 2004 9:02 PM

has anyone ver heard of using Saran Wrap (or any other plastic wrap to be used to cover skin burns/blisters?)

Posted by: Smh at January 21, 2004 2:41 PM

I think Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil is the best thing they ever invented. It doesn't really sick to anything, so your food doesn't taste like plastic or in this case aluminum.

Posted by: Meagan Hatcher at March 17, 2004 8:34 PM

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