Friday, September 24, 2010

Ziploc Products for School and Home - Review and Giveaway

Like many children attending school, my daughter helped shop for all the things on her supply list before school began this year. The list included your typical supplies like pencils and crayons, but I was surprised to see Ziploc bags included. Why in the world would the teacher need that many Ziploc bags?


This past Tuesday I volunteered to help out in the classroom, and I learned how she uses some of the Ziploc bags. One of the tasks I performed was to inventory, organize and assemble the literacy "fun" bags so that the kids could start taking them home. The themed literacy bags are totes filled with a book, games and activities and sometimes stuffed animals and the kids take them home to encourage parent involvement in teaching early reading skills and other kindergarten basics. A lot of the totes contain small pieces or things that need to stay together. My daughter's teacher uses the Ziploc bags to keep all the pieces together. Some of the literacy bags even contain bubbles, watercolor paints, and glue! Those items need to be contained in strong and dependable bags so that they don't spill all over and make a big mess. Ziploc bags and literacy? Who knew? But, it's definitely something I'm willing to support!

We use a lot of different Ziploc products in our home so I was very happy to receive several different products to review as part of a Family Review Network blogging opportunity. Ziploc sent us four different products:
· Ziploc Brand sandwich bags
· Ziploc Brand Freezer slider bags with expandable bottom and smart-zip seal (quart)
· Ziploc Brand Storage slider bags with expandable bottom and smart-zip seal (quart)
· Ziploc Brand Containers with the Smart Snap™ Seal (medium square)

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the sandwich bags so they probably don't need much description. However, this is the first time I've tried out the expandable Ziploc slider bag. Both the freezer and storage bags have a special folded bottom that expands out so that the bags stay upright when you fill them. The bags are also roomier and work nicely for storing wider items like cupcakes and toiletries. The Smart Zip closure is easy to use (even for kids) and even makes a fun zipping noise so that you know that the bag is sealing. My husband and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how the zipper makes the noise one evening...doesn't take much to entertain us, I guess!

The lid on the Ziploc Smart Snap Containers shuts with a snapping sound -- a satisfactory assurance that the lid has sealed properly. The containers are clear so that I you easily see what is stored inside without needing to open it to check. Another thing that I noticed and like is the measurement indicators on the side of the container, in both cups and milliliters. The plastic containers are also BPA free. I use our containers for storing leftovers in the fridge. I've also use the Ziploc containers for storing craft supplies. The containers conveniently nest together for stacking.

Did you know that you can perform a science experiment using a Ziploc bag filled with water? We found a fun Leakproof Bag experiment in Steve Spangler's Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes book and tried it out recently. It's amazing that you can poke round pencils right through the plastic and the bag doesn't leak! Try it out yourself sometime.



From literacy bags to storage to science projects, Ziploc products come in pretty handy! And, one last plus that I truly appreciate -- Ziploc brands give back to schools by participating in the Box Tops for Education program. Make sure to save those coupons!


Thanks to SC Johnson, one lucky Brimful Curiosities reader will win their own set of Ziploc products:
▪ Ziploc Brand sandwich bags
▪ Ziploc Brand Freezer slider bags with expandable bottom and smart-zip seal (quart)
▪ Ziploc Brand Storage slider bags with expandable bottom and smart-zip seal (quart)
▪ Ziploc Brand Containers with the Smart Snap™ Seal (medium square)

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This post was written for Family Review Network & SC Johnson who provided the complimentary product for review and giveaway in exchange for my honest opinions. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

137 comments:

rubynreba said...

I use the containers for storing leftovers and for bringing cookies to shutins. I use the bags for freezing.
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Terry Doherty said...

I often wonder what we did before baskets and ziploc bags! We keep everything from Polly Pocket pieces to sliced apples for lunches in ours!

MommyWantsToRead said...

Besides for storing food we love to use them with our boardgames to hold all the little pieces.

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stacey said...

I but Frezzer Food in them and chips & cookies and a Hole lot more I'm Sher
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ape2016 said...

I use the bags for leftovers, storing baked goods to keep them fresh, for toiletries when traveling and when someone needs to leave a tooth for the toothfairy it is always in a ziploc bag.

Mom2anutball said...

I use them for my husband's lunches and my kids toys!

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Amy B. said...

I use the containers to freeze portioned servings of my favorite foods

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debbie said...

I use the freezer bags for everything that goes in the freezer, I use the other bags for storing leftovers, cooking, I have even used them to frost cupcakes.
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scottsgal said...

we use ziploc bags all the time to keep things fresh and use the sandwichs weekly for lunches
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Theresa N. said...

We use Ziploc baggies for keeping up with Barbie shoes and other small doll accesories.
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GabbyLowe said...

I use them to divide and store bulk food purchases

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wizardewu said...

I use Ziploc bags and containers to store leftovers.
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Howell said...

I use them to carry snacks for on the go.
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Annette W. said...

We use them for everything from toys to the freezer! This is a fabulous giveaway! (I'm practical, you know!)

alissa4illustration said...

I used them to store pumped breast milk. I'd first freeze it covered ice cube trays, pop them out and put them in labeled Ziploc bags.

karenmed409 said...

I use the larger bags to make our own Ice Packs.

I use {2} gallon Size, Mix 2 cups Rubbing Alcohol and 4 cups of water to one of the bags, use the 2nd to double seal the bags

These will freeze in a slushy, jelly form instead of a hard ice
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Natalia said...

I use bags for Lego sets, very convinient!
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Wehaf said...

We use them for freezer jam and lunches.

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Giant Sis said...

We use them for storing things when we travel, like jewelry, q-tips, etc. We also use them for boardgame pieces to keep them all together.
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5webs said...

I use my Ziplocs for food storage, travel(toiletries), and for sending stuff to school for my daughter.
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Kimberly said...

I use Ziplocs most frequently in lunches and marinading meats.
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Carol Harrity said...

I use Zip Lock bags to store hamburger patties. I pack two to a bag with wax paper between and then use a larger bag to hold the individual bags in the freezer.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

food, traveling- coupons- makeup in purse...crafts, tools and screws

dawns41 said...

I use freezer Zip Lock bags to hold veggies I am freezing from our veggie garden.
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Anonymous said...

I love using these things when i am able to. I dont get them very often so i try to take care of them as best i could .Thanks ! noviskids@yahoo.com

Renee G said...

One of my favorite uses of the snack size bags is when I work on needlecraft projects I give each color its own bag. It avoids tangles and since I also label them I don't have to remember which color is which.
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floating said...

i keep chopped up veggies in them
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twinmomoftwins said...

I use zip lock bags to keep leftovers in to freeze in to put snacks in for the girls.
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Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. We use Zip Loc bags for so many things but, one of our favorite ways to use them is making homemade ice cream for treats.

In 1 gallon bag add 5 cups ice and 1 cup rock salt for ice cream

In quart size bag add:
1 cup whole milk
3-4 TS sugar
Vanilla extract to your liking

Tightly close the quart size zip loc and place into the gallon bag of ice/salt mixture. Zip the gallon sized bag closed with most of the air let out. Finally, shake the bags until ice cream forms! It's delicious, try it! My kids love making this.

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ossmcalc said...

I use both Ziploc bags and containers in the classroom mainly for storage. I use them to keep all of the colored pencils, the protractors, the compasses, overhead projectors models, etc. together and thus easier to find and to make certain that all have been returned before class ends. I have used the containers to teach my students estimation skills by filling them with different sizes of various things.

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Jessica said...

I use them for storing the small parts of games and toys
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sweepmom said...

I use Ziploc containers for storing food in both the refrigerator and freezer. I use the bags for school lunches, annd for storing food. I take a few of the large one with me on vacations to put our wet and/or dirty clothes in.

marcia goss said...

I use the large Ziploc bags for storing out of season clothes.
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Randominities said...

At school I use snack size ziploc bags to bundle up my Box Tops for Education.

At home we use ziploc bags mostly for food storage.

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dddiva said...

We use Ziplocs for everything- from holding food to art supplies to travel pouches and more

Jenn S. said...

We use the gallon and quart bags for freezing. The small canisters for sending in lunches and the really large totes for toys.

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Suz said...

I use the containers for leftovers, and they are forever disappearing.

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Anonymous said...

I use ziplock for all my left-over storage--and I freeze all my vegetables from the garden in the freezer bags.

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hity88 said...

I use them for storing food leftovers, small tool sets and coins.

PAIGE said...

I use Ziploc bags for the kids school lunch every day.
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McKim said...

I use ziplock bags to make my own individual portion snacks for lunches.

ranya112 said...

I use ziploc bags for storing leftovers and produce, freezing homemade bake goods, packing lunches.

Rachel G said...

I use ziploc bags for storing leftovers, freezing bread, fruit, meats, and other bulk items.

elizabeth p said...

I use Ziploc to seperate my snacks to help me stay healthy. Just grab a ziploc baggie and go! I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

Karen said...

I use gallon Ziplocs in my classroom to send home bags full of pencils to be sharpened by families that have electric pencil sharpeners at home! kibeagle @ gmail dot com

h. mcnaron said...

We use ziploc freezer bags all the time for leftovers. I think being able to freeze food saves us a ton of money on groceries. It's definitely worth buying ziploc brand freezer bags for that.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I used Ziploc bags for food and craft storage.

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Erin said...

I use Ziploc storage bags and containers constantly in my art studio. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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Meredith said...

I use Ziploc to freeze everything. It helps to prevent freezer burn!

Jennifer R said...

I use Ziploc bags to store everything from extra foods, toys, and school supplies.

Tanya Kennedy said...

Storing leftovers and taking my lunch to work from home

kakihara said...

This is going to sound awful --but I use ziploc bags in my car--in fact the seat pockets are full of them. We visit my parents at least one a month, and when we do we have to drive at a high altitude, on several very windy and narrow roads. My kids get car sick--almost every time and there is nowhere to pull over so I give them each a ziploc bag and when they throw up they just zip it up quick (to try and avoid a chain reaction)--they are so good about it then I take the bag until we hit the first trash stop--and I get rid of it. We try taking them when they are asleep--nothing is worse then a toddler throwing up in their sleep--all over themselves and their siblings.We have tried everything they wear motion sickness bracelets --which actually help quite a bit--but still every visit at least one will throw up either on the way up or the way home. Our Doctor thinks it's the combination of motion sickness--with the high altitude.

The ziploc bags are actually a life saver because before we used them they would throw up in a bag--but then the smell would cause the dreaded chain reaction.
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Cal said...

We use them a lot, I always have one in my purse, just in case I need to store something wet/dirty/gross. Use to freeze and store food in the kitchen and to keep puzzle pieces together in the playroom.

Sandra K321 said...

I use them for just about everything. Right now, I'm putting away my sons' Lego collection for their kids. The 2 gallon size are perfect for putting the whole model in without having to take them apart and this way all of the pieces stay together.

amyd said...

we use them for everything,meat,pens,extra parts for toys.
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susitravl said...

I used one yesterday to pipe egg yolk mixture into deviled eggs, and another to drizzle glaze on brownies.

And our "junk drawer" has Ziploc Bags with rubberbands, bag clips, twist ties....

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missrantsypants said...

We pack lunches in them, store veggies in the freezer..etc.


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DawnS said...

We use them daily in lunches as well as for food storage in the fridge and freezer both.

js22 said...

I use ziploc products for the obvious - food storage!
But I love their bags to help organize my beads too!
Some bead sellers put their beads into little bags that they staple at the top - that's find as long as the bag isn't opened, but once it's opened there is nothing to keep the beads in there. So I like to put those little open bags in a snack size ziploc bag where I know they will be safe & secure!

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Judy B said...

I use ziploc bags for good, leftovers, blocks, markers, traveling to keep stuff from spilling...just about everything

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Jodi said...

I used them to store small items, for freezing food, to store left overs.

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susan1215 said...

I use the storage container to store leftover and the sandwich bags for my kids school lunches

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ShesAnAngel said...

I use Ziploc products on a daily basis, I love them! I use them for leftovers, taking stuff with me when I travel, the kids lunches, and on and on!

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faithfullyfrugal said...

We use them for the usual (storing food. However, they are great for trip to pack toothpaste and toothbrushes, crayons, etc... They also make great ice packs for ouchies!

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CherylS22 said...

I use Ziploc bags for just about anything. I use the snack size to package a serving of cookies for my husband's lunch. I use the large sizes for traveling to contain liquids in case of a spill.
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k_sunshine1977 said...

ziplocs are awesome for organizing and waterproofing things....

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Pamela S said...

We use the small ones for lunch, and the large ones for storing or separating items. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we use Ziploc bags & storage containers for food storage mostly, although one of my daughters uses a container to grow flowers in her bedroom !

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lknott said...

I use Ziploc bags to take things with us in the car. Place a wet washrag in the bag then if you need to clean up on a trip it's right there!!!


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