As much as I am a die-hard fan of Daiso, I had a couple of less-than-satisfactory encounters recently.
The non-kitchen story is of A4 plastic sheet holders, the kind with lots of holes along the length for inserting into ring binders. *Sigh* not every plastic holder was evenly sized, some could not fit in a sheet of A4 paper to lie completely flat.
The kitchen story is about plastic zip bags for freezer storage. It’s a well-known kitchen tip to freeze soup stock in ziploc bags. Taking the word ‘stock bag’ on the packaging quite literally, I cooked some dashi stock and poured it into the stock bags, only to have them drip out at the bottom corners! Of my three bags, one had to ditched immediately, the other two seemed ok so I put them flat on a tray in the freezer. A couple of days later, I noticed in the tray a shallow layer of frozen fishy-smelling liquid – yes, it was definitely the kombu-bonito stock….
These are the freezer bags. There is also a ‘stock bag’ version, which uses thinner plastic.Hmmm, maybe I should have just stuck to using them as shown in these pictures on the back of the boxes. They certainly don’t illustrate liquid storage!
Nevertheless, I still adore these Daiso slider zip bags for storing dry items. I put nori seaweed (with the original desiccant pack) into these zip bags to keep it crisp, and I put my teas into multiple layers of zip bags to keep them away from exposure to the air. Where else can one get slider zip bags at this kind of price :) but if they are not water-tight this means they aren’t airtight either! So I will need to upgrade my storage strategy!!