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Food Grade Plastic Bags to Cover Half-Sheet Pan

Greg D's picture
Greg D

Food Grade Plastic Bags to Cover Half-Sheet Pan

Reinhart and others recommend half-sheet pans for proofing bagels, etc.  But you are supposed to place the half-sheet pan into a food grade plastic bag during the proofing and retarding cycles.  Twenty years ago my late mother in law purchased a large quantity of such bags from the KA catalog and gave me 100 or so but even with careful washing and recycling I am about out.  Anybody know where I can buy more?

Thanks and Happy Baking. 

verminiusrex's picture

I purchased my bags from, smaller ones when I individually bagged bagels for sale and I still have hundreds of the larger size that I use for loaves. They have gusseted bags that are FDA/USDA compliant in sizes from single servign to covering industrial equipment. If you tend to wash and reuse I'd suggest 2 mil minimum, if you want them disposable the 1 mil is fine (what I've been using for years).

Greg D's picture
Greg D

Thank You verminiusrex.  The 2 mil Uline 12 x24 bag with gusset is exactly what I have been using and what I need as a replacement.  I will call and place my order tomorrow. 

Happy Baking

Greg D's picture
Greg D

My order of FIVE HUNDRED 2 mil plastic bags (minimum quantity to order) is on the way.  Based on the fact that my initial supply of 100 bags has lasted me 20 years (with careful washing and repeated re-use), I think I am good on plastic bags until my 160th birthday. 

Thank you all for the help and Happy Baking.

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Elagins's picture

Any plastic bags that are clear or white are generally food-grade, according to a local (San Diego) polyethylene bucket manufacturer. It's the dyed bags (black, green, etc.) that are off limits for food handling. I used Glad white trash bags and they work just fine.

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gerhard's picture

Part of what makes a plastic bag food safe is the machinery used in making the packaging, including the lubricants, sanitation and types of other products that the machine may be used to make.  Then there is how it is treated in storage and transport.  I think for personal use I am not paranoid enough to be worried for commercial use I would pay extra for a box that states food safe.


Kitchen Barbarian's picture
Kitchen Barbarian

white bags may be food safe - just make sure they aren't perfumed or "deoderized".

I just rip off a big piece of the 18" wide plastic wrap I got at Sam's and cover with that.