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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« on: 22/09/2006 16:50:12 »
I keep on meaning to ask this but always forget ..until now !

Why is that when I take a bag or a sealed package containing meat or chicken out of the freezer to defrost...that somehow...despite the packaging being sealed..there is always some of the meat juices on the outside !!  [?]

Last night I took a bag of chuck steak (stewing steak) our of the freezer. I purchased it from my local butcher...saw him place it neatly into a bag and then wrapped it up !!

Now, despite it still being wrapped...there is meat juices on the outside !!..this puzzles me every time...

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Re: Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #1 on: 22/09/2006 21:32:41 »
HI NEIL . I love the weekends :)

yep plastic bags which are designed to be waterproof are waterproof provided the seal at the open end is good enuf.

Maybe when the butcher places the meat in the bag his hands transfer some of the meats jucies onto the outside.



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« Reply #2 on: 22/09/2006 21:38:50 »
MICHAEL...O M GAWWWWWWWWWWD !!!!!

Oh MY !!!...we all miss you so much...yes we do !!! (well..I don't really..I think you're a **** !!) LOL

Thanks for the answer Michael...I suppose that is a possibility..but what about my frozen mincemeat from Sainsburys...or frozen chicken breasts (oooh breasts..oooh !!)....?

They all seem to ooze juice when defrozen !

*le sigh*...could I be mistaking the liquid for something else then ?


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Re: Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #3 on: 23/09/2006 00:30:25 »
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Hi Michael We miss you are you gonna get some rest this weekend??

Sorry Neil I don't know anything about juices on the outside of the bags, Just wabnted to say Hi to MIchael!!!! Hi Michael!!

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« Reply #4 on: 23/09/2006 03:57:19 »
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Hello :) I love the weekends especially at the moment, thank you for your warm welcome.

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« Reply #5 on: 23/09/2006 04:12:57 »
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Mate...it's a welcome BACK !!!!....is there something extra special about the weekend ?...please do tell !!!....

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« Reply #6 on: 23/09/2006 05:02:46 »
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Hi Michaellllll, we missssseeeeedddd you muccccchhhh!

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« Reply #7 on: 23/09/2006 05:08:41 »
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Your welcome Michael, big Plans....??

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Re: Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #8 on: 23/09/2006 15:16:44 »
I have experienced this sometimes too.
So, I always just place it on a plate to catch all the drops.
Never really wondered about it though.

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Re: Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #9 on: 23/09/2006 15:24:26 »
They usually seem sloppy and meaty though as if it leaks I do recll that .

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Re: Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #10 on: 10/10/2006 13:21:53 »
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Originally posted by neilep

I keep on meaning to ask this but always forget ..until now !

Why is that when I take a bag or a sealed package containing meat or chicken out of the freezer to defrost...that somehow...despite the packaging being sealed..there is always some of the meat juices on the outside !!  [?]

Last night I took a bag of chuck steak (stewing steak) our of the freezer. I purchased it from my local butcher...saw him place it neatly into a bag and then wrapped it up !!

Now, despite it still being wrapped...there is meat juices on the outside !!..this puzzles me every time...

Thank you

good quality plasic bags should be water proof, remember for ex taking the goldfish home in a clear plasic bag from the pet shop fair when you were a kid ?

i suspect you are just placing the meat wrapped in its original bag into your freezer. the freezing/defreezing  process will change the size and shape of the meat somewhat and this streching can weaken the bag, plus the freezing will make the plastic more brittle. if you do this to a lower quality food grade plastic bag it probably will cause a few micro tears etc.. try freezing the meat in a purpose made freezer bag, and see if the same happens, i suspect it wont leak anymore.

then again, you might just have a gremlin at home that sneaks into your freezer at night and rips the bags a little just to drive you mad.
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« Reply #11 on: 10/10/2006 14:27:16 »
quote:
Originally posted by neilep

I keep on meaning to ask this but always forget ..until now !

Why is that when I take a bag or a sealed package containing meat or chicken out of the freezer to defrost...that somehow...despite the packaging being sealed..there is always some of the meat juices on the outside !!  [?]

Last night I took a bag of chuck steak (stewing steak) our of the freezer. I purchased it from my local butcher...saw him place it neatly into a bag and then wrapped it up !!

Now, despite it still being wrapped...there is meat juices on the outside !!..this puzzles me every time...



How do you know the meat juices are from the inside at all?

When one takes something out of the freezer, you would expect the cold item to condense water from the atmosphere.  If there was some traces of dried blood on the outside of the package, it could be that the condensate would moisten this dried blood.



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« Reply #12 on: 24/11/2007 23:38:58 »
It is because they use cheap, thin plastic. Get one of those "bags for life" and fill it with water, and another standard bag...the cheap one will start letting water through a lot quicker than the other.

 

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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #13 on: 25/11/2007 03:41:48 »
i'm confused. how old is this topic?
 

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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #14 on: 25/11/2007 04:51:48 »
A year and two months. :)
 

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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #15 on: 25/11/2007 04:53:29 »
Older then the hills! LOL Sept. 22, 2006!!
 

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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #16 on: 25/11/2007 08:11:52 »
I feel like putting me head in a plastic bag right now !!**








***I suppose I should say that putting your head in a plastic bag is a very stupid silly thing to do and must not be done ever*
 

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« Reply #17 on: 25/11/2007 08:19:01 »
I noticed a guest looking at it, and then saw that nobody had given the answer...is that ok?
 

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Aren't plastic bags waterproof ?
« Reply #18 on: 25/11/2007 08:21:56 »
I noticed a guest looking at it, and then saw that nobody had given the answer...is that ok?

Paul..in my haste to prevail upon this forum my desire for plastic bag 'fun'.....I forgot to THANK YOU very much for your excellent answer and it is VERY VERY OK to answer it....I think it's great that old topics get revived !!

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« Reply #19 on: 25/11/2007 08:24:57 »
actually (don't you hate it when people start sentences, with actually) i never noticed how old it was...i just thought it was one i missed.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 25/11/2007 10:02:23 »
I noticed a guest looking at it, and then saw that nobody had given the answer...is that OK?

I do that a lot. It is interesting to see what the quests are reading  and there are some great old topics out there that can be carried on and extrapolated from like the branches of a tree or a web or LOL Shall I go on! lol
 

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« Reply #21 on: 25/11/2007 15:17:20 »
sure it's ok. i just didn't know some of the people who had posted. and i can't see the dates very well on my phone
 

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« Reply #22 on: 25/11/2007 17:30:19 »
Water's a tricky substance; it tends to get everywhere. If you want really waterproof, you have to go to a lot more trouble than a 'plastic bag'.
Potato crisps are stored in very sophisticated bags which include PTFE . They go 'off' very quickly in ordinary poly bags.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 25/11/2007 17:42:07 »
You are right, Andrew. But the crappy plastic bag/wrapper a chicken or other frozen bird comes in, are not really designed to hold the water, blood, gunge for any lenght of time.

This is why they use cheap plastic.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 25/11/2007 18:10:24 »
They are designed to get blood over the bags of flour in your shopping trolley.
 

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