My Nemesis: Saran WrapPosted: May 2, 2012
I am plastic wrap impaired.
Each time I use plastic wrap, a battle ensues in my brain that sounds something like this…”Please, work for me today!” “Why do you want to stick to only yourself?” “Why is it so difficult to get a tight seal?” “Am I doing something wrong?!” “Do other people have a hard time with this?” “AGHH! I give up! I’ll use the foil.” Then I take the piece I painstakingly managed to cut it from the roll (after a few cuts to my fingers), spend 10 minutes unsticking it from itself, and eventually end up wadding it up in a ball and throwing it away. It never fails…this happens every.single.time.
I see beautifully wrapped dishes at pot-luck dinners; their seals are tight and it’s actually sticking to the bowl. How do they do that?! So, I have been researching this dilemma, and have found a few tips.
- Saran wrap is best used for sandwiches, cut produce (i.e. cut watermelon, apples, etc…), and any food that doesn’t need a bowl. Think bread, cookies, fruits and veggies, not that left over soup. Tupperware is better for those.
- It prefers to stick to glass and itself. So, I guess if your bowl is plastic or metal, you’ll have to wrap the entire bowl like a present…
- Wrap your container first to create a tight seal before tearing the plastic from the roll. (This one takes practice…food service kitchens do this. Set the dish on the counter, unroll a large portion of wrap, wrap dish tightly, then cut from the roll.)
- Wrap an open container of ice cream before returning it to the freezer, to prevent those yucky ice crystals.
- Use it as a shelf liner. Love this one! Cover the shelves in your fridge for an easy clean-up later. (I recommend cleaning the fridge first…I know, I know, no fun.)
- Store your roll in the freezer to prevent it from sticking to itself.
- Just ditch the wrap all together and opt for shower caps!
I suppose I will keep the roll in my drawer, but will use it for things other than the occasional food storage. Help me out on this one! Leave me a comment about how you manage to beautifully wrap everything with this evil stuff!! I’ve heard good reviews about Glad’s Press and Seal, and may try it, but I will probably always consider plastic wrap to be the spawn of Satan.