Paper bread bags?
January 16, 2010 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Paper bread bags?

Where are some good places to buy paper bread bags?

Example; these bags are great, only problem is that they're only sold in cases of 500. I can't justify getting more than 100 or so of any particular size, online listings for these sorts of paper bags, printed or plain white, all seem to be in wholesale cases of 500 or 1000.

Brick/mortar sources in Twin Cities would be awesome if they exist, otherwise, online is just fine.

Plastic won't work. Suggestions like "get a breadbox" have been addressed in previous AskMe items; no need to repeat them here. Thanks.
posted by gimonca to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
That might be the kind of item that's hard to find retailers (less volume than a case) want to sell you.

I often buy plastic tubs from my local deli. They'll sell me 25 or so for what I assume is slightly over cost. You may want to check with a bakery to see if they'll do the same with their bread bags.
posted by xingcat at 2:12 PM on January 16, 2010

What's wrong with the small paper bags that I think of as lunch bags?
posted by nosila at 2:23 PM on January 16, 2010

Response by poster: The cost of 1000 bags on ebay is cheaper than 500 from the store you were looking at.

Thanks, but quantity is an issue, not cost so much. 1000 bags would last me well into the 22nd century. Cost in the example I gave actually isn't a prob.

What's wrong with the small paper bags that I think of as lunch bags?

Too small, otherwise they'd be great. Think whole loaves of bread or long baguettes.
posted by gimonca at 2:46 PM on January 16, 2010

The one place I know in the Cities that sold these is gone for good (thanks, economy!). I'm not sure there is another.

My second thought, would be to go to bakeries that use them, and ask if you can buy a box off of them near-cost. This has to be done at a small, one-off bread shop where you can deal with an owner, manager, or buyer (preferably all-in-one). If you are a regular at a local co-op's bakery, they may also be able to help you out.

My third thought, is costco.
posted by whatzit at 3:02 PM on January 16, 2010

(The one thing that could be wrong with lunch bags and other random bags is that you probably want bags that will be a) food-safe and b) wax-lined, to prevent or at least minimize any grease marks, especially with, for example, cheese breads.)
posted by whatzit at 3:08 PM on January 16, 2010

Miles Kimball - sold in sets of 12.
posted by essexjan at 3:59 PM on January 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Buy 1000 on ebay, sell back 900 on ebay?
posted by thejoshu at 5:02 PM on January 16, 2010 [3 favorites]

Ask at a bakery. My mother-in-law did that for us, and got us a stack of them. We were using a bread machine at the time, and I loath what plastic does to bread.

Also keep your eyes open at dollar stores. This is the sort of thing they might get when someone goes out of business, and then they package them up in small size at a fat profit.

The bread bags I see in Europe these days all most all have a film with micro-pores, usually a panel of it on one side. Allows some air circulation to keep the crust firm. The fact it's only a panel allows for wrapping the shrinking (from eating) loaf in a more paper-covered manner as it gets older. The air keeps the bread fresher for the first day or 2, then becomes a liability for drying out.
posted by Goofyy at 11:48 AM on January 17, 2010

If price isn't a problem but quantity is, why not just buy the ones you want and donate what you don't need to the local soup kitchen/school cafeteria/kindergarten art class?
posted by embrangled at 1:38 AM on January 18, 2010

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