Now available on the market are QuickSeals from Neese Products, LLC. This innovative product is a plastic pouch with a zip slider on top and two adhesive strips on the bottom. QuickSeals are pouches that affix to any food bag or box to add a zip closure to seal in freshness and prevent spillage. Betsy Scherzer contacted Gear Diary to conduct a product review; she sent 32 samples and I found myself quickly using them every day.
In the house, we buy cereal, pasta, beans, chips, and other snacks in bulk. All of these products are in plastic bags without zip closures. May not be a big deal to you, but it can cause a serious mess in the kitchen. The girls love to snack on cereal, but have not mastered the triple-tuck back into the box technique. The other thing the girls do is split the bag vertically, requiring me to transfer the cereal to a new storage container. Along to assist with my storage issues are QuickSeals large and medium-sized plastic pouches.
The pouches slip over the top of bags and lock in freshness, as well as prevent spills. QuickSeals comes with the above directions, but I did not always have success following them. They advise to remove a strip, then place it onto the bag. When I did that, the tape would get stuck too high or off-center of the bag. This required me to carefully pull the tape off and reset it on the bag. Here is what I found that worked for me.
Here is a bag of pasta with a vertical rip. It always drives me nuts when I open a bag and it splits down the seam! To counter the split, I used a medium-sized QuickSeals to fix it. I slipped the pouch over the bag past the split.
I then removed one of the adhesive strips and secured it against the bag. I flipped it over, removed the second strip, and pressed it firmly against the other bag. Since there is always extra space in bags, I would unzip the pouch and trim the excess plastic bag.
The pasta packaging now has a zippered top, preventing spills, loss of freshness, and little pests…bugs, not the kids!
Another benefit to QuickSeaks is for products with cheaply made zip closures (i.e., sliced cheese, meat slices, and tortillas). It never fails when I try and open those vacuumed bags, one side permanently splits open rendering the zipper useless. I got to the point where I used QuickSeals for everything in the fridge and pantry. It made life so much easier when preparing snacks and meals for the family. Here are just a few of the items I secured with QuickSeals:
Like I mentioned, the ease of this product was great. I did find some issues with a few sample pouches (all came from the same box). Whenever I pulled the protective cover from the adhesive strip, the cover would either break off or pull the adhesive strip from the bag. I was able to combat this by just grabbing the cover from the other side. I could then pull it off and re-affix the adhesive. Another issue was with the yellow zippers (on the large bags) completely coming off the QuickSeals. This only seemed to happen with the large QuickSeals. It also was easy to put the zipper back on the pouch. According to Betsy Scherzer from QuickSeals, they have identified the source of this problem and made a modification for future productions.
When I received this review product, I thought it was a great idea. At the same time, I was skeptical about really needing and using QuickSeals. I figured, “Could this really be different than using a sandwich bag or plastic container for my food?” After using QuickSeals for 3 weeks, I would say there are definitely advantages over other storing methods. First, they just add to the materials used to package the food. That means less waste than a gallon-size plastic bag, plus the directions and nutritional information are still available to read. The QuickSeals require a lot less space than a bunch of plastic bowls and lids. They are super easy to open and close, allowing food to stay fresh and contained. Finally, they come in two sizes and adjust to fit bags of almost any size.
At the end of the review, I found this a convenient household product. Until manufacturers make quality zip-lock closures on deli meats and cereals, I will most likely keep using QuickSeals.
QuickSeals are available online at www.QuickSeals.com, through QVC, and at select Wal-mart stores.
MSRP: 20-pack (10 medium and 10 large) for $3.49; a 6-pack (3 medium and 3 large) for $1.29; and a 150-pack (75 medium and 75 large) for $24.99.
What I Like: The ability to seal most plastic bags and keep products from spilling is helpful. I also enjoyed the added strength it provides weaker bags, like pasta, shredded cheese, and beans. They also made it easy to get food out of typical packaging hmm, maybe that’s a bad thing for my waist.
What Needs Improvement: The fix for the yellow zipper and the protective cover. I would also like to see a 5-cent price reduction, since the pouches are priced at around 17 cents each.Other sandwich bags are cheaper, so I might grab them over QuickSeals.