Freezer-paper Food Packaging




Introduction: Freezer-paper Food Packaging

About: I'm a family man, with restless hands, so I try to think about crafty things that my kids can do.

There are many reasons that you might want to make this type of food packaging. I have kids who often argue over snacks because they all like the same things, and sometimes there isn't enough of any one thing to go around, so we'll do a lucky-dip of snacks for road trips. These packages are also water resistant, and can be labeled with sharpie without it rubbing off, or soaking through to the food inside.

I use this for small packages of granola for topping yogurt, or for granola bars if I make my own. You may argue that sandwich, and snack bags are more convenient, but I'm sure you don't turn to instructables for reasons to not make stuff.

Step 1: You Will Need

1) Freezer paper. (Typically found in 18" widths on rolls)

2) Scissors. (the longer the better, within reason)

3) Shaping scissors, scalloped, or zig-zag (really optional, but it makes this a lot nicer)

4) An iron. (Capable of turning any steam function off)

5) Ironing board, or other safe surface for ironing.

Step 2: Cut & Fold the Paper

Cut the Freezer paper along the width at about 8" to get a piece 8" x 18".

Fold this in half lengthways with the shiny plastic sides facing inward, and press a seam along the open edge about 1/2" wide with a hot iron. This will create a permanent seal along the edge.

Try not to have the shiny plastic side of the paper touch the hot iron, so if your cut isn't very straight, you can overlap the edge so that the seam is covered on the underside by the top piece completely. The plastic won't stick permanently to an ironing board cover, but it will leave a mess on your iron.

It's pretty important to iron in a straight line, so if you need a straightedge I would suggest using one at this point. with a little practice, you'll be able to eyeball the seam pretty accurately.

Trim any excess from this sealed edge if you want it to look pretty.

Step 3: Cut Pouches Out, and Press Individual Pockets

From the tube that you have created, mark, and cut at 6", and 12" to create 3 smaller tubes.

fold the seam over on the pouch, and press it open so that the original fold line meets up with the seam on the back.

Press a new seal into one end of the new sleeve to create a pouch.

Step 4: Make Bunches of Pouches, and Fill Them.

These pouches can be made in different sizes, for nuts, or pretzels. I have some narrow tubes here that were made for granola toppers for my yogurt, and some bigger ones that I made for some pumpernickel-breadstick granola bars.

Once you have made enough for what you're packaging, fill those suckers up. Leave at least an inch at the end of the pouch where you'll need to seal it. If you make something smaller, you can seal as much as you need to at the end to accommodate a tighter fit.

Step 5: Trim the Sealed Edges at the Ends

This is where you'll use the shaping scissors. Trim the very edge of your pouch with the shapers. Zig-zags are better here, but if you're using scalloped scissors, make sure that the points on the shapes are facing inward as they're used to make opening the package easier.

If you're not using shaping scissors, then cut a "V" notch into the sealed end where you'll be able to tear into the pouch.

This is now done, and can be labeled with stickers, or sharpie, or left plain for a lucky-dip.



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    19 Discussions


    2 years ago

    What temperature setting did you use? We've got a great iron, but it can get incredily hot, and I don't want to go overboard

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    I used the highest setting on mine, which is a digital one, and it was setting 4.

    I wouldn't expect that you're likely to burn the paper, because hot enough to burn paper is hot enough to burn even heavy cotton. The plastic on the opposite side will need the high heat to bond together. I have used a soldering iron for this too which I needed to move quickly on, and did scorch the paper, but it didn't cause any issue to the bond.

    It's good to be cautious.


    2 years ago

    I wonder if this would work with a FoodSaver

    We bought a FoodSaver from Sam’s Club, and we absolutely love it. For some, I could understand that the plastic bag aspect might not be desirable. Since one of its functions is to simply apply a straight line of heat along the plastic bags, I wonder if the FoodSaver could be used with the freezer paper as well to seal it. Ironing obviously applies a much wider amount of heat compared to the thin line that the FoodSaver applies, but the FoodSaver also seals thinks like chip bags, as well, so this might just work.

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    Those who are concerned with Plastic bags would probably have similar issues with freezer paper as it's plastic coated. I don't know that the food-saver would work, but I don't know how much heat they provide, and whether it would be enough to seal through the folded seam. If you just made a basic pocket with the seam on the edge you might have better luck. Also, I don't know how the food-saver cuts the bags, or if it just melts the bag off at the end. I do like the idea that it might vacuum seal the pouches though. Please do some testing, and let us all know.

    Freezer paper is a very cool product!
    Now I don't need to worry about getting a plastic vacuum food sealing machine for short term storage. Thank you!

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    Yeah, for short term. I neglected to mention in the instructable that it's only meant for short term. Thanks for the comment.

    Do you think they would serve the purpose of making snack size bags of crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks etc, making the freezer paper pouches, then sticking them all inside a gallon ziplock bag for slightly longer term storage. We buy the individual snack bags of Nabisco stuff when we can get them on sale. It stops the kids from opening a box of crackers and eating the whole box in one setting. It would be much cheaper if I could divvy up the box myself, but I'd like them to last a month or so.

    I'm not sure it would extend the shelf life, the air inside the pouch is the same, and wouldn't be changed by being inside a ziplok. It's certainly a great idea to just be used for portion controlling those crackers. I'd be inclined to expect such processed foods would have a considerable shelf-life anyway, and I think you'd probably get at least a couple of weeks out of them once they're resealed.

    I think you should just bare in mind that air is the enemy here, and the more you remove, the better. Also the relative humidity when you're packaging will make a difference when packing a cookie to avoid staleness. In a small package, the air is limited anyway, so don't think it has to be vacuum sealed.

    Thanks for your inquiry

    *disclaimer: I'm not an expert, I just do this for convenience.

    Brilliant! I dig packaging in my diy! The flat iron will be the ticket. Gotta go make some pouches for cookies and chips!THANKS FOR THE IDEA!

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    cookies, chips, pretzels... the list goes on.

    Great one! I think I might make 25 of them and put cheap little presents in them for advent!

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    it really depends upon what you're storing. You're not changing shelf life here, so when I do granola, it's for up to a week, maybe a week and a half. Fresher food won't last as long as dried food, because moisture is the enemy here.

    While I realize that your 'ible is just meant for short term uses I think this will be quite useful in freezing smaller quantities of frozen foods. I intend to try this out so a very BIG Thanks for posting this. An excellent share.

    So Clever! I love it!

    great idea! You could also use this method to wrap small gifts, and decorate pkg...

    oh, my mind is racing! Thanks!

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    I was thinking this very thing this morning, and if you had a 1", or smaller flat iron (for hair), you could fill them, and seal then as you go, like filling sausage links. Buying jewellery in the bulk packs from Avon (usually $10 for 9 or 10 pairs) is going to make great stocking stuffers.