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by Kelly Brant | April 15, 2020 at 1:50 a.m.
EcoLifeMate reusable silicone food storage bags (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Kelly Brant)

We have a love-hate relationship with these reusable silicone food storage bags from EcoLifeMate.

We love that we're using less plastic every time we use one. We love the measure marks and the max fill line. We love that the bags stand upright. We love that the bags are somewhat transparent allowing us to see what's inside without labeling them. We love that they can be written on using a dry erase marker when we remember to label them.

We hate the slider bars that close and seal the bags. Despite the instructions warning that "the bars may feel tight at first" and "they get easier after a few runs" we're still having trouble getting the bars to slide far enough closed to create an air-tight seal on a couple of our bags — even after several weeks of using the bags daily.

And while they aren't the easiest we've ever used, they are among the sturdiest and easiest to clean. To clean, simply place them upside down (and open) on a couple of pegs in the dishwasher. They're freezer safe, and the bags (but not the slider) are microwave safe. The bags are heat safe to 400 degrees and the sliders are heat safe to 200 degrees, so they can be used for sous vide.

$23 for a set of 4 quart-size bags and sliders (for more information, visit

Food on 04/15/2020

Print Headline: GADGETS & GIZMOS


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