Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Just Desert?

In the past couple of dozen years, supermarket chains have done a lot to beef up there in-house bakery departments. Years ago, they sold only the prepackaged bread, pies and cakes. Nowadays, you can walk into a Stop & Shop or a Shaw's and get fresh bread, baked on the premises. Many stores are getting pretty damned good at it, too! The bakery section now has quite a selection of many types of breads, cakes, cookies and pies that you would only find in a specialty bake shop years ago.

My problem though, is with their packaging. Specifically the packaging for the pies and cakes. I'm sure you've seen these plastic boxes that the deserts come in today. Like a big clear plastic top hat. The round cover clicks into the base securing the cake within.

Why are these things necessary? Trying to get into these things is like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube. You have to start unclicking the base around the edge while holding one side open so it doesn't reclick on you. Not to mention how loud the foolish thing is when your trying to steal a slice of cheesecake late at night.

And, when you've finished your cake, disposing of the plastic is not an easy task. It doesn't break up or flatten easy. So, it always takes up way too much space in the recycle bin. And, hello, aren't we suppose to be getting away from this plastic packaging. Whatever happen to the nice cardboard package with the cellopane window, you could slide your pie in or out with hardly any sound I might add. The box could be easily flattened and added to the newspaper pile.

There should be a movement to end the use of these plastic coffins! I'll get rid of mine as soon as I can unsnap and release this last slice of caramel swirl cheesecake without waking anyone else in the house!

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