Am I the LAST one to know this?


Did everyone else in the world know this?  How did I miss it?

100_5066x    When did some clever packaging designer come up with this?  See the little tab you can press in on the ends of the aluminium foil package?  Apparently they are meant to hold the roll in the box.  I wouldn’t know because I’ve never used them.  I had no idea they were there!

At the after-reunion reunion committee meeting we had this week, somehow this came up in conversation.  I was shocked that I, the possesser of more rolls of wrap than I can probably use in a lifetime, had never heard of such a thing!  We were meeting here, so I immediately went to the pantry …

100_5050x   … where I have “a few” rolls of wraps, and grabbed the aluminum foil off the top of the stack to see if it had the tabs that had been mentioned.  Sure enough, it did!

Later, I took the time to look at the other boxes to see if they all have the tabs — they don’t.

100_5068x    I found it especially interesting that a 100 sq. ft. roll of Saran wrap had the tabs, but a 200 sq. ft. roll didn’t.  Maybe the larger roll is heavy enough that it doesn’t require the assistance of tabs?  Or is it that Cling Plus is easier to manage than Premium?  Questions I can ponder at my leisure, since I’m retired.

Well, now that I know they are there, I’m going to start “engaging” the tabs whenever they do appear on a box.  I’m all for any little convenience that makes life easier.

Be sure to tell me if you didn’t know this either.  I’d really like to think that there are at least two of us who didn’t know this!

May this be the hardest thing you have to think about today.  Happy Saturday!

15 Responses to Am I the LAST one to know this?

  1. Cheryl says:

    This is good… accomplished another!! positive post and I am laughing!!!!

  2. Sandra says:

    And THAT is my goal, Cheryl — to make you laugh! 🙂 Happy Saturday.

  3. cathy says:

    I got an email forward about a year ago telling just this little tip. I was clueless before that! I immediately went to all my boxes and pushed in the tab. But I’m so used to doing w/o the tab, that I don’t think I’ve remembered to do it on my newer boxes! Life goes on…

  4. Maddy says:

    Good grief! Me too. Does being foreign let me off the hook? Probably not. The ‘foil’ is always the worst as it falls out of the box and the box collapses. Maybe I can discard my elastic bands to hold the box together now. Old dogs and new tricks eh!

  5. C says:

    I never knew…amazing. C

  6. Sandra says:

    Cathy — I’m with you — I’ll push them all in now, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to make it a habit when it comes to new boxes. As you say, life goes on. We got along without this long! 🙂

    Maddy — No excuse, needed. I’m just delighted to hear that there are others like me who didn’t know! 🙂

    C — Glad to hear even someone with a JD doesn’t know! 🙂

  7. I’d never heard of them. But then, I buy special plastic boxes with a metal cutter – they’re designed for cling-film but seem to work well for foil as well.

  8. Hilary says:

    I had heard of it, but found that most of the brands I buy don’t have them. Like Rachel, I have that plastic wrap with a metal blade which slices through the plastic. That, to me, was the best plastic wrap invention in a long time. It save so many problems.

  9. Sandra says:

    Rachel — I don’t think I’ve ever seen the special boxes you describe. If I did I would definitely buy one!

    Hilary — It obviously isn’t universal, since not even all the ones in my pantry have it. But it just amazed me that I had never even heard about the tabs. Makes me wonder how long they’ve been around.

  10. I did not know about this. Now I’m going to have to check out all my rolls of wraps and see if I have these handy tabs.

    Thanks for the tip!

  11. Sandra says:

    June — No, thank YOU for making me feel less “clueless” that I didn’t know! 🙂

  12. Barb says:

    It was me who mentioned this at the after-reunion reunion meeting, as you pulled your foil out to put away the left overs. ‘Dunk’ (my hubby) believes that we can learn something new every day….saw this on The Wheel of Fortune, shared to the world by Vanna White! Dunk and I had NOT known this before that demonstration. (I couldn’t believe that popped out of my mouth! That was the last thing we needed to be discussing at the meeting!)

    Thank you so much for hosting our ‘How Did It Go’ meeting. You are a great cook and a wonderful hostess.

  13. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Barb and “Dunk”. For info I definitely didn’t know and also for a subject for a post! 🙂

  14. Linda says:

    Wow, I had no clue.. I had to go check.. it is on both my foil and wrap.. awesome!

  15. Sandra says:

    Linda — I’m glad there is even a “kid” or two, like you, who didn’t know! 🙂

    Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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