For convenience and quicker service, many groceries allow customers to bag their own groceries. This can be great unless the customer gets home and discovers that the bread or grapes were flattened. By remembering a few tips, these and other mishaps can be avoided.

Bags

Today, consumers can choose to use plastic bags from the store or reusable bags from home. Either is fine for bagging groceries, but if dealing with raw meat or items that may leak, it may be best to double bag by placing the item in a plastic bag, then placing it inside another bag.

Separate items

When bagging, place frozen and cold items together. Place frozen cans on the bottom to prevent damaging other food. It is good to mix frozen and chilled food within different bags to help keep the chilled food cool. Vegetables and fruits can be packed with each other.

Meats should always be placed in bags separate from other items. This prevents the meats’ juices from contaminating other food items.

Fragile Items.

Eggs and bread are considered fragile as they can crush or break easily. For this reason, items like these should be placed in their own bags. Try not to place more than two loaves of bread into any plastic store bag.

Non-food items

Non-food items such as detergent, soaps, lotions and paper goods need to be kept separate from food items. This is to keep any liquids that bay leak or be on the outside of a container to ruin other items. Paper goods need to be protected from liquids they may absorb.

If pursing items in containers that may break, place them in separate bags from heavier goods that may break them.

Filling bags.

When packing a grocer’s bag, only place about six or seven items in each bag. This quantity will fill the bag but keep the bag from splitting open. Do not allow the bag to overflow, yet the bag should be able to stand on its own.

If using reusable bags, the number of items will vary depending on the size of the bag and the strength of the handles. The bags should not be filled so much at the seams stretch or so they are too heavy to carry.

Other
Do not be afraid to move items from bag to bag, whether it is due to preventing contamination, ease of carrying or another reason.

If there are two or three items that have not be bagged, rather than trying to fit them in filled bags, place them in a new empty bag.

Loading the car

After all the thought that went into bagging the groceries, remember when packing the car, to keep sacks with fragile items from being underneath heavier bags.

Bagging groceries can help prevent the dilemma of what to do with ruined items from incorrect bagging.

Source:
1. How to Properly Bag Groceries – Instructables
2. Top 10 Tips for Bagging Groceries – IFT.org

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