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downers: Saran Wrap

The hardest thing about this blog is not giving into the temptation to use it as a platform to rant about all of life’s minor annoyances. But everyone has their limits. And I reached mine with Saran Wrap, the plastic cling wrap that does not cling.

I’m not going to write an essay about it. Let me just say that this product is intended for one purpose: to cling to plates and create an airtight seal so that your food is preserved. It’s not like I’m using a product for something for which it is not intended–like the tennis ball I throw in the dryer to keep my sheets from balling up. Hey, if that tennis ball lights my dryer on fire, I get that I probably don’t have a great product liability claim against Wilson.

is this a joke?

But Saran Wrap: you anger me. Because you do not cling, tightly or otherwise, to glass or ceramic, the materials that constitute 99% of all dishware. I mentioned how much I hate Saran Wrap to my friend Josh and he told me that his trick with the stuff is to wrap the entire plate with it. If you manufacture a cling wrap that requires you to wrap the entire plate to create a seal, or requires a “trick” to get it to work properly, I submit that you (SC Johnson) are in the wrong business.

the ross method

So I’m calling you out, Saran Wrap, and imploring my readership not to make the mistake I make every six months. Which is this: to stand in front of the plastic wrap section of the supermarket, trying desperately to remember which brand it is that does not cling, and then to choose Saran Wrap, because you think “hmm, the stuff is generically called Saran Wrap, so that must be the one that works.”Β  It’s not, it’s not.

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  1. rhorourke #

    But so much of the time it clings together before you can even put it on anything!! Glad works well I find!

    June 27, 2013
  2. Laura #

    I agree with this post. Saran wrap sucks. Stretch-tite is the best. Don’t have a Kirkland in eastern Mass. The deep discount chain “Ocean State Joblot” sells it for $3.99. Most store brands I’ve tried don’t work either. I’ll stick with stretch-tite. Had some red saran wrap left over from holiday baking. Should have just thrown it out.

    September 7, 2012
  3. CathyP #

    OK, so I’m a few months late on this topic but thought I’d chime in anyway. My favorite quote by my husband about a plastic wrap we bought that we were actually happy with was, “It’s like Saran Wrap, except it works!” πŸ™‚ Great post!

    July 3, 2012
    • it’s been a while since i looked at this post, and now my rage burns anew. thanks for reading.

      July 3, 2012
  4. I just came across this post and I couldn’t agree with you more. This stuff is just the worst. Even if you do manage to get a piece off and keep it from sticking to itself, said piece is usually rendered useless by the blood covering it from where you cut yourself on that razor-sharp tooth edge. Awful.

    June 18, 2012
  5. Try stretch-tite. You can get it on amazon in packs of 4, it’s (I think) the stuff the pros use. It’s the best.

    March 16, 2012
  6. Margot #

    Glad Press and Seal. I finally shelled out a few extra bucks bc I too was so sick of non-stick Saran Wrap. Totally works.

    February 1, 2012
  7. Get the cheap home-brand! That’s what works here πŸ˜‰

    February 1, 2012
  8. Melanie Lute #

    http://www.amway.com/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/MEADOWBROOK-Plastic-Stretchable-Food-Wrap?itemno=Z6295

    No kidding, this stuff is the greatest. It has unrivaled strength and sticking power; you can even set wrapped items on top of each other, it is that strong. Annnnd, it doesn’t have the unsightly opaque “hue” that some brands have. Nope, this stuff is crystal clear. It is a little pricey on the outset but I have been married 12 years and am currently on my 4th box. (though we aren’t big leftover/saver types.) Thank goodness for Amway selling grandmothers and their insistence that you continue the legacy of using a “superior product.”

    Love your blog!

    January 28, 2012
    • I am kind of flabbergasted that everyone has an opinion on plastic wrap. And validated. Thanks for reading, Melanie!

      January 29, 2012
  9. Funny post. My wife gets angry at me because I’ll open a can of tune, take a tea spoon bite out of it and then cling wrap any remaining life out of the poor tuna. Often pet-peeves and accompanying rants are the funniest to read… at least I take pleasure from reading all about yours πŸ™‚

    January 26, 2012
  10. Hey Yoona! I got the post up on Why Do You Blog? http://cafe23dotme.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/why-do-you-blog/
    Thanks so much again for participating! And I hope you like the comic πŸ™‚

    January 26, 2012
  11. The author. #

    I work around a bunch of caterers and they have some amazing industrial quality wrap that works and comes in rolls as big as gift wrapping paper. Doesn’t it irk you that the pros have access to the good stuff and we don’t?

    January 26, 2012
  12. Courtney #

    You read my mind, Yoona. I was just fuming about this the other day. It’s outrageous, and this is not a minor issue for those of us who resort to this crappy product on a daily basis.

    January 25, 2012
  13. Just eat out... #

    Ohhh – thanks for posting – it is so annoying! Their containers are worse – white residue appears out of no where on the ziploc containers! Just gross.

    January 25, 2012
  14. Gah food wrap! Why is it so *frustrating*? The trouble I usually have with it is that it sticks to itself so nicely that I don’t end up with a sheet of it but more of a scrumpled up ball.

    Good post!

    January 25, 2012
  15. nancy4strom #

    The only thing it sticks to is itself which causes a whole other set of problems trying get it out of the box or lay flat!

    January 25, 2012
  16. Heidi #

    Costco Kirkland brand!!! Best part – buy it just once every 5 years. Just be sure you have a drawer large enough to hold that puppy, or designate an entire cabinet to it. It’s that good.

    January 24, 2012
    • yeah my mom had a box growing up and i’m pretty sure it was the same box through my entire childhood. i really need a costco card.

      January 24, 2012
  17. lillakiss #

    Same frustration overhere.

    January 24, 2012
  18. Haha. Great post!

    January 24, 2012
  19. So true. that stuff is made to make people miserable and frustrated.

    January 24, 2012
    • you know, “stuff to make people miserable and frustrated” should be their advertising tagline, instead of “plastic that clings.” then they’d be accurate at least.

      January 24, 2012
  20. Suzanne #

    I have good news for you. Skip the supermarket. Kirkland brand works.

    January 24, 2012
    • i’ve told you a million times, i can’t get a costco card because whenever i go to costco i end up spending $300, on like a food dehydrator and 4 dozen croissants. how do you avoid that???

      January 24, 2012
      • I know what you mean I’m incapable of going to Costco and not bankrupting myself but their clingfilm (that’s what we call it in the UK) is definitely a winner, had my roll about 3 years now and it’s not even beun to shrink.

        January 25, 2012
      • Suzanne #

        I go often. It’s not as tempting when you see it week after week.

        January 26, 2012

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