cakegirlcakes Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 5:54pm

I have read in previous posts about heat sealing cello bags to keep cookies fresh for shipping, etc.
1) How do you heat seal!? Does anyone know what to use for that? and,
2) Does tying them with ribbon achieve the same result? (ie. freshness)?

Thanks!!!

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divinecc Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 6:06pm

You can use a blow dryer, I have found the bags at Micheals but I am not sure if they are safe for unpackaged food though.

cakegirlcakes Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 6:32pm

thanks Divinecc! im not sure what you mean about unpackaged food? i buy my cello bags at a caking store and they are sold intentionally and exclusively for food. Not sure about Michaels, but im sure if it's in the cake aisle it is ok for food.

divinecc Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 9:05pm

Your welcome! I have seen the regular cello bags you are talking about and I too have used them for food but the heat cello may have something in it that makes it shrink that may not be food safe. I have only seen these used on gift baskets with packaged food such as jams, bread in a bag already etc...so I just thought you might want to check!

cheatize Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 11:58pm

If you are talking about packaging single cookies, I use the bags from the cake aisle and an old food sealer that I got at the thrift store. For a new one, Walmart carries a brand called Food Saver.

I place the cookie in the bag, place the bag in the sealer, shut the lid, and after about 10 seconds, the bag is sealed. Tying it with a ribbon would not seal the bag as it still allows air to move in and out of the bag.

motherofgrace Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 12:08am

I use a hair straightener to heat seal.

And no the ribbon wont help at all with freshness icon_smile.gif

divinecc Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 3:31pm

Haha, I think I am thinking about something different, sorry!

swimmomkim Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 3:36pm

I use cello bags from www.cellobags.com. They have a great page on their site, Cello Bags Tutor, about sealing bags, along with a youtube video for an impulse sealer (which is worth the cost if you make cookies alot) or you can use your clothing iron to seal, too. Good Luck!

cakegirlcakes Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 4:22pm

ok, Swimmomkim, thank you for the link. i figured it out...i have just the basic, clear cookie bags and have been calling them 'cello' bags just b/c i didn't know what else to call them and see it discussed on here a lot. but now i see cello is something very different! mine is not sealable, which is why i tie them with ribbon. i will look into ordering cello!!!!

tripleD Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 4:31pm

I use a heat sealer I got on ebay for $8.00. I use it with sandwich bags.
I put the cookie in, Heat seal bag closed. The heat sealer melts the baggie and the zip strip melts off. Works great and the baggies are cheap.

sicookie Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 2:55am

I use a hair straightener also. Just use the lowest setting

Charmed Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:28am
Quote:
Originally Posted by -Sweetheart-

I use a hair straightener to heat seal.

And no the ribbon wont help at all with freshness icon_smile.gif



So you could use the Hair straightener on food safe cello bags?

motherofgrace Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:31am

yes i went out and bought the cheapest hair straighener ($20 i think it was)

and i just fold over the bag and close the straightener on it for jus ta few seconds, adn wala its sealed!

Charmed Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:36am
Quote:
Originally Posted by -Sweetheart-

yes i went out and bought the cheapest hair straighener ($20 i think it was)

and i just fold over the bag and close the straightener on it for jus ta few seconds, adn wala its sealed!



thanks sweetheart thumbs_up.gif

motherofgrace Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:39am

no problem!

way cheaper then a store bought one (atheast here!)

jonahsmom Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:43am

I'm another cheap hair straightener cello bag sealer! Mine has settings from like 1 - 30 and I set it at 9. Perfect!!!! icon_smile.gif

motherofgrace Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 3:46am

mine is 1-25

I use about 9 for cookies and 25 for suckers

sillywabbitz Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 4:52am

How long are the cookies good for when you seal them this way? I'm making Christmas cookies for my husband's employees but one of the guys won't be back until the 27th. I'm planning on doing all of my baking on the 19th. Is that too long for the cookies to keep?

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:08am

Are we talking about actual cello bags, or poly bags? Cello bags are the really clear, really crisp ones that make noise as you handle them. Poly bags are like sandwich bags.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

motherofgrace Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:16am

mine are cello.

and i find that they keep for about 4 days, can be longer but i find they start getting stale.

Tho i had a friend eat one a week after and ti was fine

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:22am
Quote:
Originally Posted by swimmomkim

I use cello bags from www.cellobags.com.




I just looked at their site. I can't believe the great prices they have on their products. Thanks for sharing this link with us.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Evoir Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:55am

In my experience, the polypropylene "cello" bags heat-seal better than true cellophane bags. I once broke an expensive heat sealer (impulse sealer) trying to heat seal a true cellophane bag! You need to hold it on for longer with true cellophane, and this eventually burned out my machine, LOL...

tinygoose Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 10:57am
Quote:
Originally Posted by swimmomkim

I use cello bags from www.cellobags.com. They have a great page on their site, Cello Bags Tutor, about sealing bags, along with a youtube video for an impulse sealer (which is worth the cost if you make cookies alot) or you can use your clothing iron to seal, too. Good Luck!




Thank you! I just ordered a 10 cases of 10 bags, weird...ordering 5 cases or 10 was a difference of $2-3. I better make more cookies. thumbs_up.gif

millicente Posted 15 Jul 2011 , 9:42pm

great info ...thanks.....so which bag keeps cookies fresher poly or cello? and what is the ave a cookie will stay fresh

Debi2 Posted 16 Jul 2011 , 12:09am

Can I ask which poly bags you're buying to use for your cookies? I always make cookies for the holiday and these would be great to have on hand to seal them up quickly and easily.

Debi2 Posted 16 Jul 2011 , 12:11am
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonahsmom

I'm another cheap hair straightener cello bag sealer! Mine has settings from like 1 - 30 and I set it at 9. Perfect!!!! icon_smile.gif




Can you use the hair straightener (flat iron) on the poly bags too?

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