Last week we ran out of plastic Sandwich Bags. You know, the kind you put your sandwiches or snacks or fruit in, or just about anything you want to protect and save for later. My husband discovered this while making his lunch to take to work, and he was stymied. He told me, “I feel guilty using a Quart bag for this!”
That made my heart happy. Not that he needed a sandwich bag and we didn’t have one, but that he was conscious of the “waste” it would have been to use a larger bag than he really needed. I’m just that way too.
I suggested that he use Saran Wrap. He looked at me puzzled for just a minute. I could see the gears in his brain whirling, waiting for the brain synapses to occur that would remind him of that plastic stuff he hadn’t seen, probably in years.
This situation developed into an entire conversation of how our Mom’s used to wrap the food they put in our school lunches. I remember my Mom using both waxed paper and saran wrap. I’m not sure if she favored one or the other, or if she just used what she had. My husband said his Mom always used the Tupperware sandwich containers. Ha! I told him that’s because he came from the elite side of town. 🙂
This got me thinking though…. why don’t I use Saran Wrap more than I do…. which, admittedly is very seldom?
I just don’t think about it anymore. I guess I got out of the habit of using it when I got IN the habit of using baggies. I’ll bet it really is more practical than using Sandwich Bags though (more economical and less environmental waste?).
So I’m going to start remembering to use Saran Wrap more now. After all, I have 4 boxes in my cupboard that have been there for years. I guess I used a lot of it at one time since I apparently bought the multi-pack at one of the Wholesale Clubs at which I shop.
It seems a trivial thing I guess, but I’m curious. But what do you use? Saran Wrap? Baggies? Tupperware? Or have you seen the new Silicone (washable, oven-safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe) bags?
Oh, and he did wrap up his sandwich in Saran Wrap.
Waxed Paper was invented in 1876, when Gustave Le Gray introduced it for use as photographic negatives.
Saran Wrap was invented in 1949. “The product was initially developed into a spray to be sprayed onto fighter planes to protect them from salty sea spray.” Then Dow Chemical refined the spray and developed Saran Plastic Wrap.