kaw123 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 9:18pm
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Would anyone know where I can find a shrink wrap machine for cookies? I want something that makes each cookie airtight.

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BarbaraK Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 5:40am
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I think some members have mentioned that they use their foodsaver.

Giving you a BUMP and hope someone can help you.

rezzygirl Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 5:50am
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You don't need a machine, just shrink bags and a blow dryer or heat gun. You can get shrink bags a lot of places on line..

http://www.papermart.com/templates/36-0-30.htm#GO_36030

http://www.usbox.com/gift-basket-boxes/tray_shrink_bags.html

http://www.uline.com/Class_16.asp?desc=Shrink+Wrap

http://www.nashvillewraps.com/ShowType.ww?Class=020

-Rezzy

kaw123 Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 4:53pm
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Thank you for the links!!!

Juds2323 Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:08pm
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I read on another post that you can use regular saran wrap and shrink it. I tried it the other week and it worked well.

Judi

Tug Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:13pm
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Originally Posted by Juds2323

I read on another post that you can use regular saran wrap and shrink it. I tried it the other week and it worked well.

Judi




Please share the details on how to do this.

cookiecreations Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:13pm
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For food safe shrink bags you can get them at:

http://www.dougcare.com/packsupplies/shrinkbags.htm

As rezzycakes said you only need a blowdryer or heat gun, no fancy expensive equipment necessary.

crumbscakeartistry Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:16pm
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I buy the shrink bags and use a hairdryer. Works great!

loveqm Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:26pm
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Originally Posted by crumbscakeartistry

I buy the shrink bags and use a hairdryer. Works great!




Where do you get shrink bags small enough to fit a cookie perfectly? And normally how much does it cost? I seen/bought the shrink bags but they are big like for a big basket.. I was trying to find the smaller ones for each cookie but no luck... thanks!

cookiecreations Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:34pm

The smallest size I buy is 4x6 but the size I use most is 6 x 6.5. The shrink bags come in quantities of 500.

The bags come in a variety of sizes starting at 4x6 and you can purchase them from any of the vendors listed in this post. The prices, order minimum's and shipping costs vary per vendor.

loveqm Posted 2 Mar 2007 , 11:45pm
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Originally Posted by cookiecreations

The smallest size I buy is 4x6 but the size I use most is 6 x 6.5. The shrink bags come in quantities of 500.

The bags come in a variety of sizes starting at 4x6 and you can purchase them from any of the vendors listed in this post. The prices, order minimum's and shipping costs vary per vendor.




Thank you... so you use the 6x6.5 the most... so a 4 inch cookie wouldn't fit in the 4x6 would it? i mean w/o it tearing the baggie?

cookiecreations Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 2:55am
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Thank you... so you use the 6x6.5 the most... so a 4 inch cookie wouldn't fit in the 4x6 would it? i mean w/o it tearing the baggie?




It might, but it depends on the cookie shape and thickness. Shrink bags are flat unlike cello bags that are expandable. An example is my xmas stocking cookie, which is 4x2", it's fits perfectly, very snuggly in the 4x6 bag with no extra room. HTH

Phyllis52 Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 8:34pm

This might be a dumb question, but any chance you can use the shrink wrap/hair dryer method on my chocolate covered oreos? I'm pretty sure they would melt (I've never done this method, so I don't know how long you keep the hair dryer on for).

rezzygirl Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 8:37pm
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Originally Posted by Phyllis52

This might be a dumb question, but any chance you can use the shrink wrap/hair dryer method on my chocolate covered oreos? I'm pretty sure they would melt (I've never done this method, so I don't know how long you keep the hair dryer on for).




They would DEFINETELY melt. Don't ask me how I know that! icon_redface.gif

-Rezzy

Phyllis52 Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 8:45pm

Thanks, Rezzy - somehow I knew that! But I just had to ask.

newcakemaker Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 9:18pm

So, I was looking at the sites above and regardless of minimums, did you notice that there is a HUGE price difference in the items?

Papermart - 6x6 100 guage - $6.61 per case of 500
Uline - 6x6 100 guage - $21 per carton of 500
Nashville Wraps - 6x6 80 guage - $12.30 per 500 (these are specified food grade)
US Box - 6x6 80 guage food grade - $20.00 for 500
DCE - 6x6 75 guage food grade - $12.00 for 500

Does anyone have a specific company they use for these that they prefer? I can't imaging that papermart can be that much cheaper can they? Or is it because they are not specified food grade?

indydebi Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 9:29pm

ok, call me blonde, but what item are you talking about? bags? boxes? hard plastic boxes? I went to papermart's site to try to find them but coudln't find anything with a description of 6x6 100 gauge. Can you help me out?

cocorum21 Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 9:42pm

http://www.papermart.com/templates/36-0-30.htm#GO_36030

she's talking about shrink bags here's the link

does anyone know if papermart has a min. order? I looked but didn't see anything

indydebi Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 9:46pm

Thanks for the link! The one below is is shown on a food basket and it has the same description, so I'd be inclined to think these were ok for food. The pricing diff may be just a result of the volume of business they do and/or their manufacturing abilities.

Their home page says "No minimums".

newcakemaker Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 9:49pm

Papermart has a $15 minimum (which they don't tell you until you add to the cart) but there is a$3 charge if you order less than that.

Make sense?

cookiecreations Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 11:24pm

Papermart claims to have a "no $ minimum order" on their home page but they always charged me a $3 "small package" fee as they called it. Even on orders where I bought $50 worth of boxes from them + shrink bags they still charged me the $3 small package fee for shrink bags.

I switched to http://www.dougcare.com/packsupplies/shrinkbags.htm because the shrink bags are food safe. Another CCer contacted papermart and the shrink bags are not food safe (probably why they're so much cheaper).

newcakemaker Posted 3 Mar 2007 , 11:37pm

that is what I was afraid of! Thanks! I think I am going with DCE too!

Juds2323 Posted 4 Mar 2007 , 6:13pm

Sorry it took me so long to reply regarding saran. I just wraped the cookie in saran (make sure the ends overlap on back and are stuck together) then I just used my heat gun (from a stamping thing I did about 15 yrs back) - but you could just use a hairdryer. Because it's thinner than most shrink wrap you have to be careful not to get too close or you will get a hole. I couldn't attach the photos for some reason. They are in my photos. These are pictures of a cookie on a stick I did this way. The cookies is similar to ones done by shabbychic (she inspired me) this is a sample for the dessert at a fundraiser luncheon for my son's school.

HTH
Judi
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Chef_Mommy Posted 5 Mar 2007 , 4:30am

Juds2323,

That is exactly how I package my cookies and they look great. I love that method.


Jackie

Tscookies Posted 6 Mar 2007 , 2:23am
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Originally Posted by newcakemaker

So, I was looking at the sites above and regardless of minimums, did you notice that there is a HUGE price difference in the items?

Papermart - 6x6 100 guage - $6.61 per case of 500
Uline - 6x6 100 guage - $21 per carton of 500
Nashville Wraps - 6x6 80 guage - $12.30 per 500 (these are specified food grade)
US Box - 6x6 80 guage food grade - $20.00 for 500
DCE - 6x6 75 guage food grade - $12.00 for 500

Does anyone have a specific company they use for these that they prefer? I can't imaging that papermart can be that much cheaper can they? Or is it because they are not specified food grade?




I'll bump this question, too! I'm a big fan of papermart.com, however, I ordered their shrink wrap bags (the 100 gauge 6x6 size), and I don't use them because they just seem too stiff for food. I compared them to sugar cookies I bought at a Hallmark store, and I was right, the shrink wrap on the Hallmark cookies was definitely softer. I'm still looking for a softer shrink wrap because the stiff stuff just didn't seem right for food.

mkolmar Posted 6 Mar 2007 , 4:04am

have any of you seen the food safe tissue paper (it's like tissue paper but is actually food safe plastic)? I bought some at christmas from the dollar store with different prints on them like snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes and santas but have not seen them anywhere else. I wanted to buy some plain ones and some with different holiday prints. I like to buy small boxes and use this paper as a special touch for truffles, candies and so on.

Phyllis52 Posted 6 Mar 2007 , 3:33pm

So if I buy the shrink bags from Dougcare, I can just use my hair dryer....and it will look good? I'd hate to buy 500 of them and they don't work!

Amazing. I can do my own shrink wrap?

cookiecreations Posted 6 Mar 2007 , 5:16pm

Yes phyllis52, you can use your own blow dryer to shrink them thumbs_up.gif . Since you haven't used them before I highly recommend practicing with a few first. Start with the back of the cookie first then turn it over and shrink the front. This way the wrinkles will be on the back.

The most important thing is to use a food safe product and if you're shipping, the wrap must be strong enough to keep the cookies secure so they don't break. There's nothing a customer hates more than to spend alot of money and receive broken cookies. HTH!

Phyllis52 Posted 6 Mar 2007 , 9:54pm

Thanks, cookiecreations!

I'm ordering from Dougcare tonight - and hopefully with a little practice I'll even get my DH to help.

I can't tell you guys how much help everyone is here - on every forum, on every question. This is the first place I look when I need help, and it can be explained in very simple terms and you don't make me feel like a dope.

Thanks again to all thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

teesme2000 Posted 22 Mar 2007 , 6:36am

Uhmm, how do you saran shrink wrap around the stick of the cookie ?? I love the idea but can't figure out the stick thing. Thanks !!

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