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June 1st, 2005

Clip-n-Seal: The Follow-Up

Several months ago I wrote about the simple-but-brilliant ideabehind the Clip-n-Seal. I was first impressed by their site’sminimalist design, but realized that the product’s minimalist designwas also worthy of note. Here you have two pieces of plastic thatclamp together to keep your food fresher than any bag clip ever could.How great!

Then one of the Clip-n-Seal guys visited our site and we said we’dpimp his goods in exchange for free samples. This, today, is thepimping.

I (this is Ryan here speaking) received my set of three Clip-n-Seals,one small, one medium, and one large. The small is perfect forsealing up that package of Indian black salt that smells likesulfur/eggs. The medium works for a regular sized bag of pretzels.And the large? For that big bag of tortillas.

The Clip-n-Seal works as advertised. It keeps the food fresh, plainand simple. While I could see it being a little difficult for anolder person with arthritis to use — the “clip” part of “Clip-n-Seal”takes a wee bit of strength — it’s basic design make it a snap (har!)to use.

Speaking of snapping, Paul here to snap into a Slim Jim! Er, well, no. Sorry – that was the best segue I could come up with.

Like Ryan, I received the same trio of Clip-n-Seals. Immediately I loved the small one – I knew it’d be handy for bags of granola or small chip bags. The large would, of course, handle $3.00 giant bags of snacks from Costco.

The design of the Clip-n-Seal is really as simple as possible. We’ve suffered with bag clips for years – you know the ones – that don’t do much but keep your folded bag folded. Truly, Clip-n-Seal keeps things fresher longer. It’s a noticeable difference, and while I can’t say we’ve got any chips from January laying around, our Clip-n-Sealed items do last longer.

We did find that a lot of bags are just a smidge too wide for the medium, but a quick fold in on either side of the bag before the Clip-n-Seal goes on takes care of it. (Of course, you can just cut a large one down to size.) And as Ryan said, the Clip-n-Seal can be a little difficult to remove at times. Make no mistake though – the Clip-n-Seal is a fantastic product. We want to Clip-n-Seal everything!

We here at Ping Testing Laboratories will today begin a test of theClip-n-Seal, opening a food product, clipping it, sealing it, andletting it be for several months. We will see how fresh it keeps abag of just-opened chips after that period of time. The results?They’ll appear in the forthcoming Book of Ping.

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FROM: Chris
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 10:22:53 am
So today is the day that the Daily Ping officially sells out to the man. No longer can we count on the lastest in toilet news, from now on we'll always have to wonder who is paying them to Ping in the background.

Today, my friends, is a sad day in the history of the Internets. ;)



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 10:27:00 am
What's that, Chris? Sorry, but I couldn't hear you over my Apple iPod. I hope that it's not too loud - these Sennheiser headphones sure do pump out the sound!



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 10:42:22 am
"Truly, Clip-n-Seal keeps things fresher longer. It's a noticeable difference, and while I can't say we've got any chips from January laying around, our Clip-n-Sealed items do last longer."

Where are the facts? Did you actually test equal bags of chips, subject them to the same aging standards, take into consideration moisture, climate and heat and then subject chips from the various alternative bag resealing items out there and then measure moisture content using Redgwick's chip moisture index and Mumford's rule, which measures the amount of audible crispness in dB divided by the thickness of a chip (in thousandths of an inch)? Most importantly, did you subject new chips to these standards before the test began to establish a crispness and moisture content starting point?
Until I see this kind of empirical data, I remain skeptical of any such wild and unsubstantiated claims. Otherwise, it is entirely possible that you started off with fresher chips with your Clip N' Seal and then merely assumed (dare I say, jumped to the conclusion) that the Clip N' Seal was responsible for the perceived improvement in freshness.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 11:17:29 am
I don't know, Joseph - I'd say Mumford's rule is at least as valid as Zebbart's Theorem in this situation.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday June 1, 2005 -- 1:51:58 pm
Touché.



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