One thing that is constantly getting lost in our home, is those darn chip clips…. It’s rather annoying. The part I don’t understand is where they go, and since they are all so large and bulky, why is it I can never find them…?
Manufacturers Site: www.GRIPSTIC.com
Since moving into our new apartment just over a year ago, we seem to have lost a ton of storage space. We lost a huge walk in pantry and our huge walk in closet. Some days it just feels like we don’t have enough space. We also seem to have lost a huge amount of cabinet/drawer space in the kitchen. I love our new apartment and have no plans to move anytime soon, unless we end up buying a house or something, but the storage issue drives me bonkers every now and again. On the upside, it does help me limit the amount of new gadgets and “toys” I buy and bring home from the store. We have to have room for it, and we have to have a need.
When I first heard about the GRIPSTIC, I was quite intrigued. It was an entirely new breed of chip clip. In fact, they aren’t just for chips; you can use them on all sorts of other food items in your kitchen.
Here are just some of the many uses I have found in my own home:
- Sealing coffee grounds in their store packaged bag
- Sealing cereal after each meal
- Sealing bagged spice or seasoning packages
- Sealing bags of frozen fruits or veggies
- Sealing crackers (in plastic tubes or bags)
- Sealing bags of salad
- Sealing bagged Rice
- Sealing bagged pasta
- And sealing bagged sugar or flour ( even the paper bagged kind!)
I love how versatile the GRIPSTIC is, and how many uses I was able to find for it. One of my current frustrations while I am baking is that when I grab any of our bags of sugar (brown, powdered, and even granulated), or flour, they always tend to spill everywhere. Who wants to clean a tone of sugar off the floor, cause its not going to be me?! I think the sugar and the flour in the paper bags are the worst since they are made of 2 layers. The fine particles are always getting stuck between the two layers. I hate how you can never seal them either. Most of the time you are forced to just fold and roll the open ends of the bag up. I was actually really surprised and impressed that I was even able to use this on thicker, paper bagged items like sugar and flour.
If you have ever tried using a chip clip, you will know a few things… they usually are not large enough to cover the entire opening of any bag, and you often can not carry a bag by the clip because it will not hold and the heavier items will fall. For example, I could never carry a bag of sugar by my old clip, but the GRIPSTIC is secure enough and strong enough, that I can carry the sugar across the room by holding it by the GRIPSTIC itself.
One of my favorite things about the GRIPSTIC is how small it is! It’s about the size of a bendy straw, and comes in various sizes. So even with our lack of storage space, it’s just the right size to fit in our silverware drawer. They are also brightly colored, so they stand out really well when I’m looking for them. They also seem to be pretty sturdy too.
I’m really glad I got some of these awesome little things, cause just this week; two of my old chip clips had broken. This is a true story! I have a few magnetic clips on the fridge, which on occasion, my daughter likes to lean into the kitchen and pull them off. They are always falling down, the magnets pop off, the clip itself breaks, and when I was getting my daughter cereal yesterday, one of the old ones broke right where the metal coil tension thing was that held the whole thing together.
I do in fact own a Foodsaver, and I have mentioned in my FoodSaver review, how much I love using it to vacuum seal many of the food items I listed above (minus the sugar or flour in the paper bags). This is still true however, because I lack the counter space, my Foodsaver often lives in a closet. So, it isn’t always the most convenient of kitchen appliances to whip out just to seal one thing. That being said, the GRIPSTIC is an awesome time saving, simple to use, and convenient substitute for my old sealing method.
3 Simple Steps To Preserving Freshness:
- Fold and crease the open end of your bag or packaging, then place the yellow guide bar of your GRIPSTIC under your fold
- Slide your GRIPSTIC horizontally across the top surface, being sure that your bag feeds around the guide bar and the outer tube
- make sure your GRIPSTIC is centered and the entire opening of your bag or packaging is covered and sealed