The Fresh Loaf

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Bread bags?

browndog's picture

Bread bags?

Does anyone know of an outlet for paper bread-worthy bags? Even the ones I found through King Arthur are polyethylene-lined I believe, not just paper. There are some places selling plain old brown or white kraft bags, but they want you to buy bulk, something like 50 or 100. I realize that wouldn't challenge some of you, but it's a bit of over-kill for me. I don't put bread in plastic when I'm giving it away- work too hard on the crust to ruin it straight off. What do you folks do?

Jerry's picture

I go to my regular grocery store and they are happy to give me brown paper bags. I usually only ask for 5 or 6 at a time, but it has never been a problem. It no doubt helps to have a regular grocery store where they recognize me as a customer.

Trishinomaha's picture

Our local Kroeger's store stocks the old fashioned brown paper sacks that we used to take our lunch to school in. I think we got 50 bags for $1.99. They work great for most loaves. If it's a long loaf, we just put one on each end and tie with raffia in the middle (if it's a gift).

 Happy baking!


tattooedtonka's picture

I have the same problem.  I bake so much at once I give most away, and all my local stores converted to plastic grocery bags.  Today I went to a restaurant supply house to find bulk parchment paper, and bags.  I got the paper (50 half sheet pan size, for $3.00 US), the bags were like 15.00 for a box of 100.  Sure it was probably a deal, but I didnt need them that bad.  I will keep giving them out by hand for a while longer, till I check some other avenues.  Since I make alot of round loaves the lunch sack idea wouldnt work for me.  If I find something else I'll let you know.

browndog's picture

that I often resort to double-bagging when I buy in bulk at the co-op---once in plastic, once in paper, just so I'll have some bread-size bags on hand. Yes, the lunch bag idea, if only! My loaves are usually too big. I could probably ask for some at the co-op---they're pretty free thinkers up there, though I couldn't pass on 'regular' creds. I've even considered making canvas bags, but that's not  practical for 'everyday' giving away.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

I had once bought some checkerd cloth (1983) that I thought was 100% cotton.  Made a table cloth and dresser scarf and two large square dishtowels.  Well, as soon as they were wet, discovered that there was a little "poly" in the cloth and ended up wrapping my bread in them.  Worked great!  Even use them today for giving away loaves and they keep coming back to me (they make lousey dish towels).  I can even wrap a hot loaf by tying the opposite corners into knots and that makes a handle.  If you have a bakery, you can put advertisement on a corner.      Mini Oven