hints, tips & frequently asked questions
Our Pouches are Transparent
The number one reason why you should choose Sinchies reusable pouches and ziplock bags over other brands is because all our pouches are transparent. This is the most important thing when choosing pouches! You need to be able to see inside them. Why? Firstly and most importantly, you need to see if they are clean. If you have a coloured pouch you can’t see if there are any bits stuck inside them and risk contaminating your food. Secondly, having a clear pouch allows you to see the contents to ensure it’s fresh! And last of all – we don’t try to cover up any faults that may arise. If there is a defect with the product you will be able to see it and let us know.
We are a Small, Family-Owned Australian Business
You’ll be supporting a small business which means you’re supporting a dream, helping to put food on a table and keep a roof over our heads! Sam says, “I don’t have a fancy office but none-the-less my work is very important to me. It allows me to contribute financially to my own family and also employ other mums who bring their kids to work or who want to work from home too while contributing to their own families”. Sinchies now offers a consultancy program for anyone wanting to earn a bit of extra money, working from home.
Sinchies are made from plastic using a combination of PET, NY and PE. Our pouches are free from BPA, Phthalate and PVC. There are no chemical phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA) in PET plastic, and therefore PET plastic does not leach these substances. PET plastic is approved as safe for food and beverage contact by FDA and similar regulatory agencies throughout the world, and has been for more than 30 years.
We are constantly looking at ways of being more sustainable and are working with our factories to always ensure there isn’t much waste by using full rolls of materials.
Our 80ml side spout and 80ml top spout pouches are a similar in size to pre-filled yoghurt squeezies found in the supermarket. These are a great lunchbox size and are also perfect for international flights with 100ml liquid restrictions! Or use them to store energy gels or gus when going on a hike, bike ride or competing in a triathalon.
Our 140ml side spout and 150ml top spout pouches are similar in size to pre-filled baby food pouches and larger prefilled yoghurt pouches. These are our ultimate size for baby food puree but are also a great lunchbox size for older children. Use these to serve and store purees, yoghurt, custard, jelly, yogo, smoothies and other things like salad dressing or even toiletries! These pouches are very handy for handbag or baby bag sized sunblock.
Our 200ml side spout and 200ml top spout reusable pouches are great for older children, parents, grandparents, kitchen storage or littlies who have a healthy appetite. Use these ones to serve and store many a thing like purees, yoghurt, custard, yogo, smoothies, sauces, soups, leftovers and other things like salad dressing, toiletries or even washing liquid. The uses are endless.
The 1 Litre side spout pouches are our ultimate filling tool or accessory, great to fill your other pouches with. Or ready to fill these with your favourite, healthy home cooking! Use them for storing bulk amounts of yoghurt, soups, stocks, juices, milks and lots more. You can even pop water in them and freeze them to use as ice-bricks – once they defrost you have nice cold water to drink.
Reusable Snack Ziplock bags, Sandwich Ziplock bags and Australia’s first ever reusable Wrap Ziplock bags. These reusable ziplock pouches are designed to replace the mountains of disposable ziplock bags and cling-film that is used, and to support schools and daycare centres with teaching our children about sustainability. Use these in your pantry, for lunchboxes, in your fridge and freezer, car, camper van, when travelling. The possibilities are endless. Check out our list below of what you can use our pouches for – your imagination is the limit, not our list. These go gangbusters in Sinchies Fundraising Drives too, which is all part of Sam’s aim to help reduce single use plastics!
Your imagination is the only limit! The uses for Sinchies are endless and although we’ve tried to compile a list of what Sinchies have been used for, I’m sure there’s many a thing we haven’t touched on.
Art supplies, baby foods, baby formula portions, breast milk, custard, frozen treats, fruit puree, glitter bags, homemade glue and paint, instant pudding, jelly, milkshakes, milo, mousse, party lolly bags, playdough, porridge, rice pudding, school lunches, sensory bags, smoothies, snack bags, sorbets, soups, spaghetti, vegetable puree, weetbix, yoghurt, yogo
Broth, cocktails, coconut cream, dressings, drinking yoghurt, eggnog, energy gels, fruit crushers, fruit juice, hydration liquids, marinades, milk shakes, mocktails, protein shakes, rice and almond milk, slurpies, smoothies, stock, soup, water
100s & 1000s, aioli, alcohol, breadcrumbs, bulk cooking, coulis, dip, egg nets, filling cannelloni, gravy, herb infused oils, herbs and spices, honey, ice bricks, icing and ganache, jams, jus, left over canned products, marinade bags, mayonnaise, pancake batter, pastes, pate, pesto, portioning meat, salad dressing, salad-to-go, sauces, seeds, tomato paste, recipe in a bag
Alcohol, body lotion, body wash, coconut oil, detergent, dettol, dry bag (e.g. to keep valuable dry and sand/dirt free), fabric softener, hand cream, hand sanitizer, ice bricks, insect repellent, moisturizer, recipe bags, shampoo, snack packs, sunscreen, toothpaste, wet bag (e.g. swimmers etc)
The five keys to safer food from the WHO website:
- Keep clean
- Separate raw and cooked
- Cook thoroughly
- Keep food at safe temperatures
- Use safe water and raw materials
Sinchies have no control over consumer’s effective food hygiene practices and will therefore not be held responsible for any issue, health or otherwise, that may arise due to the consumer’s choice to reuse pouches.
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- Please wash your Sinchies reusable food pouches and ziplock bags before using them for the first time. See below for information on How to Clean your pouches.
- Ensure the lid is tightly fastened if using a spout pouch.
- Open the pouch’s ziplock top or bottom. If using side spout pouches, expand the bottom gussets so they can stand up. If using top spout pouches we recommend placing them in cups or use one of our filling stations to free up your hands and make it easier to fill multiple pouches at once.
- Use a 1 Litre Sinchies reusable food pouch (for thicker consistency foods), or a collapsible funnel and jug (for ‘runnier’ liquids) and fill your Sinchies. Pour your scrumptious food up to the ‘fill to here’ line on the pouches.
- When sealing the ziplock on the side spout pouches – widen the bottom gusset with two fingers to help ensure your contents doesn’t spill out the top. When sealing the top spout pouches, I widen the neck a bit and give it a gentle tap.
filling tips from fans:
The easiest way to clean all your pouches is by using one of our cleaning brushes! Supporting the pouch with your hand use a twisting motion so the brush gets right down to the bottom of the pouch and into the corners.
Our cleaning brushes come with a smaller brush (hidden at the bottom) to clean the spout and seal.
We wouldn’t continue selling these as reusable pouches if you couldn’t clean them properly! If you have tried the above tips but are still having trouble getting them clean, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!
cleaning tips from fans:
drying tips from fans:
You can write on your pouches with a permanent marker (before filing) and then rub it off with eucalyptus oil. Alternatively some masking tape works wonderfully and leaves no sticky residue.
It’s best to store top spout pouches with the lid pointed down when in the fridge.
Yes! Sinchies pouches are safe to use in the freezer. Cook up a storm and fill all your pouches at once and refrigerate meals in bulk. Storing empty pouches in the freezer is also a great way to prevent mould if pouches aren’t thoroughly dried properly, especially in humid climates.
We don’t recommend putting your Sinchies in a dishwasher as some machines will get to very high temperatures that will break-down the seals of your pouches, thus shortening their lifespan. Dishwashes may not also get into the creases and your pouches are unlikely to dry properly after a dishwashing cycle. Please read the above How to Clean section for cleaning tips.
Our pouches are hardy so you can pour hot food into your Sinchies and wait for it to cool before sealing and storing. To defrost and warm up food, I usually pop my Sinchies into a jug of hot water, shaking it around every minute or so to ensure the contents are heated through evenly.
Where possible we don’t recommend heating any plastic products in the microwave for various reasons. But being a mum I also know that when kids are hungry they’re hungry NOW and taking time to heat pouches in a jug of hot water is not always an option so I have resorted to the microwave on the odd occasion. If you do choose to use one, we recommend using a medium temperature and giving them a shake around every 15 seconds so as not to create hot spots. Heating food in the microwave heats food from the outside in so you often find the edges are really hot but the middle is still cold. If you don’t stop and shake it around you risk damaging the pouch as the food bubbles the sides of the pouch. Please note that using the microwave will reduce the life of your pouches.
We can’t say exactly how long Sinchies last as everyone uses them for different things and take care of them in different ways. We have had some customers using the same batch for years and some only for six months as they’ve constantly been heating the pouches, freezing them and washing them in the dishwasher (please note, we do not recommend putting pouches through the dishwasher). Generally we say six months is a good life, due to the low price point of the pouches ranging from $1 to a few dollars. We’re here to help so if you think your Sinchies haven’t lasted the distance, please email us at email@example.com!
Like any company we do get some faults out of the 1000s of pouches we produce. In the unlikely event that you receive a faulty product please let us know within 6 months of the purchase date, otherwise we will not be able to offer a replacement. Please complete a Product Return Form including a photo of the problem, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the fault, a photo and your order name or number.