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Reuseable Homemade Staples
January 12, 2011
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I think for me the reusable bag is better than the plastic non-reusable, so I wouldn't be as worried about what's lining the reusable. I think that whatever is touching it would have to be hot or acidic maybe to get any chemicals to leach into the food, and also have extended contact. But, maybe you could just wrap the sandwich in some cloth before you put it in the bag. Of course, that wouldn't work for snacks I guess. You could sandwich -no pun intended- the waterproof layer between the fabric and then the food wouldn't touch it, but you'd have to wash the bags I guess.

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January 12, 2011
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You can use parafin wax to coat and impregnate fabric. Just iron it in. If you get too much spread a second layer and iron both. Just melt the wax and squeegee it into and across the fabric to distribute it.

January 12, 2011
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That jogs my memory, Ross.  I read somewhere of using beeswax for the same purpose…to waterproof cloth.  I think the method was to melt the bees wax and then dip the cloth into it.  I don't remember how they said to get rid of any excess…maybe the same way as the parafin method?  Squeegee it out? But bees wax is nice and flexible and if it wasn't applied too heavily, it wouldn't crack with use.

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January 12, 2011
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I will do this today and post the results,

January 12, 2011
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I think Ross is correct — just like making a batik — use some paper towel or other paper in between the fabric and the iron to blot up the excess wax.

January 12, 2011
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I just melted paraffin wax on a man's handkerchief and wrapped a saltine cracker in it when it was cool. Then ran cold water on it the cracker got wet. If I hold the cloth up to a window i can see between the threads of the weave. A tighter weave fabric would be better.

January 12, 2011
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You could paint the beeswax on also if it's melted, or rub a block of beeswax over it, making sure everything is covered.

I was thinking of this method for making bowl covers for the refrigerator.

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January 12, 2011
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While the cloth and the wax are still very warm you can wad the cloth and squeeze it mop up the wax that went through and generally treat it as you would for wiping spatter fat from the stove. When it cools it starts to get a bit stiff. Tallow might be an option it is also water proof.

January 12, 2011
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CindyP said:

I was researching more for the re-usable sandwich/snack bags, continued cotact with food to keep fresh……not just for transport.


I like the idea of a re-usable sandwich, lunch type bag…and despise plastic.  BUT…most every food we buy is in some form of plastic packaging.   Meat, fruits, salad greens, and vegetables, anything in the freezer case, nuts, raisins, candy, breads, soft spread margarines, spices…and the list goes on.

I don't think any “wet” food is safe if it comes in contact with plastic.  I also am not comfortable storing food in plastic containers or microwaving in anything plastic either. 

Wouldn't it be great to have an answer for safe packaging and storage. 

January 12, 2011
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In the tropics they use banana leaves to wrap their food for lunch. Then bundle the little packages up in newspaper and tie it with string.

January 12, 2011
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I think microwave ovens are very dangerous to our health, too….regardless of the food being in glass.

January 12, 2011
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I don't trust microwave ovens, either, tipsila, and I don't own one.

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January 12, 2011
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tipsila said:

I think microwave ovens are very dangerous to our health, too….regardless of the food being in glass.


tipsila,  both husband and myself have cancer.  I've been reading up on macrobiotic foods and the microwave is a “no-no” as it kills beneficial nutrients in the fresh foods.   I switched to stainless steel uncoated cookware and we cook/re-heat on the stove.  I got rid of the non-stick coated cookware as the non-stick stuff flakes off with use.  Not a good thing in one's food.   We've switched to filtered water for everything except bathing.  The more I read, the more I want to grow my own, package my own EVERYTHING!  Get us away from all the chemicals.

January 12, 2011
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patchkat, I'm very sorry to hear of your illness.  Prayers that you recover your health.

Microwaves do far more than destroy the nutrients in food, read Radiation Ovens – The Proven Dangers Of Microwaves.  It is good that you are not using one now, and that you are only using stainless steel for cooking.  There is more to the danger of non-stick cookware than the flaking of the coating, the fumes from the heat of cooking are toxic as well.  I haven't used a microwave or non-stick pans for many, many years.

Do you filter your own water?  I do, and I love my gravity fed filter system.  I use a Berkey water purifyer.  Luckily, my water isn't fluoridated, but the Berkey systems can be equipped with a fluoride filter as well for those who have fluoridated water.   The company site is here.  They do have a filter for the shower, too.

January 12, 2011
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Thanks so much for that link, tipsila.  And I hope that you and your husband recover your health soon, patchcat…please take good care of yourselves hug

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January 12, 2011
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Ross, if you try tallow for the bags, let us know if it works.

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January 12, 2011
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Several years ago, I made some grocery bags from denim and they are the size of the large paper bags.  The kind and gentle hubby cut me pieces of plexiglass to fit in the bottoms so they can hold things without sagging.  They were made with a Simplicity pattern.  I just googled Simplicity patterns for accessories and there is still a pattern for shopping bags.  Here's the link  http://www.simplicity.com/p-5260-shopping-bags.aspx#

 I still have 4 of these and they are wonderful, getting a tad frayed at the edges but still in great shape.  Hmm, great gift idea…will need to get busy.

 

Now to search out the sandwich bags.  happy-feet

January 12, 2011
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Ross said:

Tallow might be an option it is also water proof.


Will tallow turn rancid?

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January 12, 2011
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I have some in a can in the garage about four years old. I will check tomorrow and let you know.

January 13, 2011
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Ms Home Ec's daughter–I used that pattern to make bags out of bird seed bags.  My sunflower seeds come in pretty orange plastic material, with pictures of song birds on them.  They make great shopping bags–strong and even washable!!  Lots of feed comes in those kind of bags–dog chow, for example. 

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