Unitasker Wednesday: Pizza Saver plastic bags

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

This week’s unitasker is the Pizza Saver plastic bag:

As far as I can tell, this may be the perfect unitasker.

It has a picture of a slice of pizza on the front of it, so you likely wouldn’t use it for other triangle-shaped food objects. You can’t reheat your slice of pizza in it in the oven the way you can aluminum foil or a glass food storage container. You can’t see your slice of pizza underneath the illustration the way you can with a clear zip-top bag or piece of plastic wrap or reusable food storage container. Since it is made of a thin plastic, you likely can’t reuse it more than a couple times before it tears and you have to throw it away. It offers no advantage over other food storage options for someone with disabilities. If you don’t make pizza at home and you want to use it for pizza from a restaurant, you would have to have the foresight to carry it with you. And, at $5 for 12 bags, I can’t imagine these being cost effective for a pizzeria to use as doggie bags for guests — especially since it says “Mama Fresco’s” on every bag and not the branding of the pizzeria.

Behold, superior unitasker greatness!

Thanks to reader Mrs. Thor for this unitasker submission.

27 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Pizza Saver plastic bags”

  1. posted by Ros on

    Ooh I have a second function!

    You could join lots of them together for pizza themed bunting. Very ugly bunting of course…

  2. posted by janet on

    You can also use them for icing decorating.

  3. posted by gS49 on

    And–the pizza slice has to be cut at the right angle and not too long.

  4. posted by Debi on

    That would be cool for transporting an ice cream cone, though :)

  5. posted by Lady in a Smalltown on

    And you couldn’t use it for the family size Greek pizza we have around me, those pieces are (nearly) all square.

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    posted by Sesberry on

    Oh yeah, perfect for icing cakes!

  7. posted by STL Mom on

    I will confess that I own a reusable, hard plastic pizza-slice holder with lid. I bought it when we lived in New Jersey, often had 1 or 2 leftover slices of pizza, and didn’t own any other food containers that were big enough to hold a slice. I used it all the time!
    Now I live in the midwest, where they cut the pizza up into little squares, and for some reason I still own my pizza-slice holder. Thanks for the reminder that I really don’t need it anymore.
    And I must say that I would never use these weird plastic baggies — even if I moved back to Jersey!

  8. posted by Shalin on

    Points for using less plastic…but not much else…

    @janet – awesome idea! For Henna tatooing as well :)

    –Shalin

  9. posted by Beadgirl on

    My mom got me these! Although, to her credit, it was not a “this is a great product!” thing but a “this is a funny stocking stuffer!” thing.

    I will admit, a permanent/more lasting container shaped like a slice would be useful — slices don’t fit in my other containers, and I hate using disposable stuff (bags, wrap, foil) for them.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    As someone who regularly ices cakes, this is NOT a good alternative for cake icing. 1.) The edges are heat sealed and the plastic is too thin, so one squeeze of the bag and icing will explode out the sides of it. 2.) A reusable icing bag costs the same as a pack of these, and can be tossed in the dishwasher to be cleaned. 3.) If you’re not someone who regularly ices cakes, clipping a corner off the bottom of a zip-top bag would perform just the same for 1/10th the price …

    Not that I actually think anyone who left a comment about its multipurpose would actually purchase it :)

  11. posted by Anita on

    Sigh… all these customized food storage solutions make my “bowl with plate on top” and “plate with tin foil cover” storage solutions for leftovers look sooooo primitive. I simply MUST get one of each. No, wait. Make that two.

  12. posted by Gumnos on

    This is GREAT! Because, you know, I never have *more* than one slice of leftover pizza that the bag would have to accommodate…

    Kinda disappointed though. It has prefab pepperoni on it. Does it come in a vegetarian version too?

    :)

  13. posted by Emma on

    Wow. My eyes have been opened. Just tonight, I ordered a pizza, and here I was planning to leave the remaining pizza in the box it came it, and eat it cold for breakfast tomorrow (because everyone knows cold pizza is SO much better than icky reheated… heck, it might even be better than fresh)…. but now I have seen the errors of my ways.

  14. posted by Sharon on

    Ha! Perfect! Usually I can see where a unitasker would be very helpful for certain disabilities, etc…, but NOT this one. This must be the best yet!

  15. posted by Heather on

    I too have a wedged shape tupperware container and it’s perfect for pie! It’s a little small for a slice of pizza though. I’m the type of person who just stores the whole box in the fridge regardless of how many slices are left over – it generally doesn’t last long enough as a left over to really matter if I wrap it or not.

  16. posted by ecuadoriana on

    @Anita you said “Sigh… all these customized food storage solutions make my ‘bowl with plate on top’ and ‘plate with tin foil cover’ storage solutions for leftovers look sooooo primitive.”

    LOL!!!! I thought I was the only one who used these storage solutions! And about the “plate with tin foil cover”: Occasionally I put a bowl on top of the plate of leftovers- saves money on buying foil!!!

    Now, concerning these plastic triangle pizza shaped bags- uh, do they come in doughnut shapes as well, with an illustration of a doughnut printed on it, with ventilation holes?

    See, NOTHING in my book tops the “Doughnut Saver”! However, THIS is running close second!!!

  17. posted by Erin on

    I thought of another use, not that I would call these multitaskers, cause I would never use them for their intended purpose (that’s just ridiculous). But, perhaps if you were throwing a kids pizza party and wanted to make favor bags to give away. Just a suggestion for those who were gifted these and need to use them up.

  18. posted by Amber on

    @Anita and ecuadoriana: I too have resorted to plates and tinfoil but no more! The other day I found Corelle has made hard plastic lids that can be used on both Corelle soup bowls and Corelle rice bowls(same cover works for both) and they are only $3. I grabbed a couple as I think they will come in handy. @Erin: would this be making a unitasker (soup bowl) into a multi-tasker (soup bowl AND storage container)?? ;)

  19. posted by beth on

    This is for RESTAURANTS to give to customers so they don’t waste a whole box to take one leftover slice home. Looks like it SAVES resources.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @beth — As stated in the above article, these are not for restaurants. First, at $5 for 12 of them, they are about 42 cents a piece. Most carryout containers restaurants use are less than 20 cents a piece. Second, the branding on these bags clearly says “Mama Fresco’s.” No pizza company would put another company’s name on their leftovers. They either use a generic, non-labeled box or one with specific branding for their store. Plus, how often does a table have just ONE piece leftover when eating at a restaurant? It’s usually two or three pieces — which brings up the total of the leftover containers to a dollar or more just for a single table. No restaurant would ever do that as it would severely eat into their profits. A single box costing 14 cents that can hold any number of pieces would be used instead of these bags … that is, if a restaurant knows much of anything about how to turn a profit.

  21. posted by Jacque on

    @janet and @Sesberry … exactly the first thought I had, too!! :-)

  22. posted by mr wuzzle on

    what about square pizza slices? oh wait, nevermind

  23. posted by gene on

    You could probably use these to pick up dog poo too.

  24. posted by John S. on

    Odd how the outer edge of the crust is so straight, in the illustration. Apparently the pizza is octagonal rather than circular!

  25. posted by Diane on

    I LOVE these bags!! I want to point out that the unitaskers facts are incorrect. First, not every bag says Mama Fresco on it, that is just the company name and is on the bag that acts as the container for the actual storage bags. Second, of all the bags are not a thin plastic, they are fairly substantial and can be reused if you are that cheap. Third, the individual bags are see thru so it is VERY easy to see what kind of pizza you are storing.
    Personally I think this is a very clever invention, I wish I had thought of it as they are sold at major retail home store such as Bed Bath and Beyond as well as many gourmet stores and websites.And in response to the vegetarian in the group, how do you know that is pepperoni? Could be slices of tomato! My friends and I love these! Kudos to the inventor!!!

  26. posted by Marykate on

    @Diane I totally agree. It’s funny, I am someone who will order a pie– half veggie, half plain, for example– because I can never decide what I want and I always find it annoying that my pizza box does not fit in my fridge. I could not have been happier when I came across these in my local bed and bath. Now, I don’t have to worry about having the pizza box take up the entire shelf in my fridge instead my family and I eat the slices of pizza we want and put the left overs in their individual bags. My kids love them too– in fact, one of my boys brought his slice of pizza in his pizza bag for lunch the next day, his teacher loved it so much that she wrote a note home asking where she could get them as she was going to but some for friends and family for little gifts for the holidays. Truly a great invention.

  27. posted by Marykate on

    Oh and @Mrs Thor/ Unclutterer… before you post something about a product, make sure you get your facts straight! @Diane is right– you can in fact see your slice of pizza as the design is only on the outter bag and I have used these bags for multiple orders of pizza. I think I would take you a lot more seriously if I at least knew you were testing your products properly..

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