Even though my garden didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped, I did get end up getting some vegetables out of it and quite a few green beans. Realizing I wouldn’t be able to eat all the green beans before they started to go bad, I decided to freeze them.
As is usually the case when I decide to do something, I quickly discovered we didn’t have any freezer bags in our house so I headed over to Shopko to buy some. They were kind of expensive when it came to the regular brands so, after some consideration; I decided to give their store brand of freezer bags a try.
Overall, the cheaper brand isn’t terrible. But, there is definitely a noticeable difference between this brand and the brands I decided not to buy.
I will say, in terms of doing the job they are intended to do, I really don’t have a lot of complaints. I ended up freezing a couple quarts worth of beans (we ended up eating the rest fresh out of the garden) and I do check the frozen beans periodically to make sure they are staying in decent shape and aren’t getting freezer burnt. So far, the bags seem to be preventing that. The beans look like I just froze them yesterday.
And, even though I did spend less money on these, I was happy to find the box had just as many freezer bags inside it as the more expensive brands. I say that because I have purchased store brands before only to find they didn’t have as many as the other guys and, in some cases, had less bags than the box said they did.
My biggest complaint about this brand (and this is where the noticeable difference comes in) is with how they seal. This isn’t the case with all of the bags. But, I have found quite a few that either are very difficult to seal or won’t close at all. And, there were also a couple that sealed at first but would not re-close.
Even though I did save money on these over the more expensive brands, most of that savings was lost on the fact I couldn’t use about 1/4th of the box. Because of that, I don’t think this is a brand I would spend money on; especially if I plan on freezing a lot more than I did.