Food-safe fabric for a bread bag
January 18, 2011 5:11 PM Subscribe
What material to make a reusable bread bag (that keeps it from drying out)?
posted by LaurenIpsum to home & garden (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've never been described as an environmentalist - I know I am not as "green" as some people, but one thing I feel strongly about is I don't like being wasteful. As far as the kitchen goes, I tend to avoid using plastic bags, cling wrap or foil if I can use a reusable container instead. (Yes, I know that washing the items also has an environmental cost, but that isn't the topic of this question.)
I've recently started baking my own sandwich bread and am not sure what to keep the loaf in. I tried a bag that was specifically labeled as a "bread bag" made out of some bamboo fabric that did absolutely nothing, as the crust (and the cut end) got dry within a few hours of being in the bag (and I made sure it was closed tightly). And that was from just sitting on the counter - I'm likely going to keep my homemade loaves in the freezer, because that's what I've always done with the store-bought stuff - DH and I don't go through it fast enough before it gets moldy.
I'm thinking I may have to buy some fabric and make my own, but I'm not sure what to use. I guess I need some kind of coated fabric that will keep the air out (and the moisture in).
Apparently a lot of people are into making homemade "sandwich bags" and "snack bags" etc. so I found a lot of discussion online about various fabrics to use. But now I'm even more confused because there seems to be a lot of disagreement about what is/isn't food safe. Here's what I've found so far:
rip-stop nylon - OK to use if the shiny, coated side is away from food
Polyurethane coated nylon - OK to use, but apparently hard to find?
PUL fabric - not considered food safe by FDA - Others say it's OK to use if the shiny, coated side faces away from food
Oilcloth - what's sold as "oilcloth" is some kind of vinyl coating that's unsafe, but "homemade" oil cloth is better - Others say that purchased oilcloth is OK
Can anyone comment on what they think I should be using, or any other types of fabric that you can recommend? Thanks.