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Okay so you’ve baked some biscotti and you intend to give them away, or sell them.  Maybe you don’t like storing them in jars, so plastic bags are your best bet.  I came across cellophane bags this festive season, and they can be sealed easily at home, for airtight storage and a crisp, professional look.  Many like cellophane because the material is thin, light and completely transparent — a great way to display the contents.

My cellophane bag dimensions were 75 mm x 60 mm (base) x 210 mm (height), and held about 200 g biscotti (~10 slices) each.  The bags were made from OPP material.  This material is non-biodegradable, unfortunately, but it seals very well.  I hear cellophane was originally made from cellulose and biodegrades in 2-6 months!  Too bad I couldn’t find them then!

You will need: 
Cellophane bag (pre-filled with candies, cookies etc.)
A sheet of baking paper
A thick book (about half as thick as the filled bag lying on its side)
An iron

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Read captions for instructions.

Turn on the iron to medium heat setting.

Turn on the iron to medium heat setting.

Align the folds and edges as you would like it to be sealed.

Align the folds and edges as you would like it to be sealed.

Set up your equipment as in the picture.  You will iron the top edge of the bag through one layer of baking paper.

Set up your equipment as in the picture. The cellophane lies between two layers of baking paper.

The book props up the top edge of the bag, so the cellophane can be evenly aligned and ironed.  The iron would melt and seal the cellophane layers together.  If you would like to tie a ribbon around your bag like mine, you might want to press out some air and seal as much of the top edge as possible.

Top view.   Run your hand over the baking paper to check for folds or any unevenness, before ironing.

Top view.
Run your hand over the baking paper to check for folds or any unevenness, before ironing.

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Iron across the top of the bag, and back again.  Keep the iron moving, never stationary in any one spot.

I ironed both sides of the bag 1 second longer.

I ran the iron on both sides of the bag one more time, as the cellophane layers were twice as thick.

The ironing took only 4 seconds.  Ironing too long or keeping it stationary in one spot would overheat the cellophane, and melt it into an ugly wrinkle.  If properly executed, it can be look crisp and pro!

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An unsealed bag next to a properly-sealed cellophane bag.

It took me no time at all to seal all 50 bags for the Christmas markets.  Filling the bags and decorating them with ribbons took longer!  😉

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2 thoughts on “Seal those cellophane bags!

  1. Amazing idea! And 50 bags is a lot! You must have been busy this Christmas! Hope you are bringing back some of your biscotti 😀

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