Lunch packaging has sure come a long way since those super-thin fold-over sandwich baggies (which seemed to be the height of technology when I was growing up). Since then we've seen the progression through zip-lock baggies, plastic ware, glass containers, stainless steel food compartments, and more. BUT there's a new solution in town and it's the best thing to happen to your lunch since, well, lunch: SILICONE. Combine the literal flexibility of baggies with the reusability and cleanliness of glass and you have Stasher bags. Stasher bags are the air-tight, modern answer to everyone's lunch box question. They clean easily, sanitize in your dishwasher, even microwave or boil with ease. Yes, you can cook IN them! It's the way of the future, right now. ~
For the true, true stories behind these incredible snack sacks, read on.
Only a decade or so ago, if you packed your lunch (or your kid's lunch) in glass bowls or stainless steel folks might have thought you were a rather strange and picky person, perhaps even a bit "crunchy". I mean, everyone uses zip baggies, right? And then everyone tosses them out, because that's super easy, right? Even with the convenience, those zip baggies are a bit wasteful and can get expensive, buying box after box of plastic that only ends up in the trash.
The great thing is that you're not everyone, and you can choose the right kind of food storage without any crunchy connotations. Promise. There's a new "baggie" in town, and it goes by the name Stasher.
Enter Stasher's not-so-secret recipe: SILICONE. 100% Platinum grade silicone made into resealable, flexible, better-than-plastic food storage for you and for your family. All of those years of silicone baking sheets and muffin pans are coming to something even more practical on a daily basis. Call it a bonus, the benefits of technology.
How do you use these bags? They seem pretty obvious, but is it really that simple? Absolutely! Just place food into the bag, and "zip" it up like you'd expect.
Why Stasher silicone bags are so good for your whole portable food life!
Take fresh food to the next level, without waste or chemicals (no BPA here!) You can use Stasher bags not only for lunches, but for the freezer, microwave, even "boil in bag" recipes or sous-vide. It truly is a gourmet solution to the plastic bag problem.
Here is the ONLY ingredient in Stasher bags:
Silicone is kind of an amazing material. Found in nature, it has been shaped by us into things like computer parts, seam sealer, and even bakeware. And now, Stasher has made silicone into reusable, completely sealable containers for your food, from lunch to snacks and everything in between.
How to use these Stasher bags for your edibles:
Food goes in, top gets zipped shut. That's it. Pack it up and head on to your day! Want a little more detail? No problem. Here's Stasher's list of how to properly use your Stasher bags to their fullest, day after day:
- Burp your bag to remove air
- Fold over and use pinch-lock™ seal to make airtight closure
- Leave bag open when microwaving
- Handle bag with caution when cooking to avoid burns
- To clean, use soap + water or upper rack of dishwasher
- Use dry erase markers to label contents
For more tips and detailed advice, check out Stasher's detailed guidance: How to use Stasher bags in every cooking situation!
About Stasher, in their own words
Here's how Kat Nouri, the founder, describes the origins of Stasher bags:
"Necessity really is the mother of invention. Recognizing a profound need for a healthy alternative to plastic storage bags and containers, Kat Nouri created Stasher—the world’s first fully functional, self-sealing, non-plastic bag. As the founder of international lifestyle brand Modern-twist, Kat was already using pure silicone to create sustainable housewares and children’s products; she believed that silicone could provide the solution she was looking for.
As a busy mother of three, Kat wanted to develop a product that offered all of the ease and convenience of plastic bags, but without any of the negative consequences—something that was lightweight, portable, reusable and easy to clean. After years of R&D, award-winning Stasher was born. Made of pure platinum food-grade silicone, Stasher can go straight from the freezer to the stovetop or microwave to the dishwasher, making it perfect for storing and cooking food, as well as stashing supplies for school, office or travel. Because one Stasher bag can be used thousands of times, families can save money while they’re saving the planet.
With no harmful byproducts or chemicals, Stasher is the healthy, sustainable option people have been waiting for. So stash it all in Stasher, the multi-purpose container!
Since its debut in 2016, Stasher has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Global Innovation Award and the design industry’s influential Red Dot Award."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
Q: So what is silicone, anyway? Is it that much better than plastic?
A: Silicone is made from sand (silica) and oxygen, natural resources that give Stasher bags the purity of glass and functionality of plastic. Better yet, Stasher products are made of 100% pure platinum grade silicone — a standard even higher than food grade silicone, passing all U.S. safety requirements and even tougher European standards.
Q: Are Stasher bags created in sustainable and ethical conditions?
A: Stasher is a certified B-corp, which means that Stasher, their factory, and their suppliers must maintain good and responsible practices. Another little company you might have heard of is also a B-corp: Patagonia. So this is a standard to aspire to and celebrate. Stasher makes sure to visit their factory every year to make sure they maintain the highest standards. To learn more about B-corp, visit Stasher's blog: https://stasherbag.com/certified-b-corporation/
How big are these bags? How much will they hold?
The "small" snack bag holds 9.9 fluid ounces and fits a halved avocado.
The "large" sandwich storage bag holds 16 fluid ounces and will fit, well, a sandwich. Or a sandwich-sized item of your choosing.