If you really think about it, if no one had invented stretch film wrap and we didn’t have access to it, we wouldn’t be able to save our leftovers. That would be a seriously huge bummer, at least in my book. I know a lot of people that don’t eat leftovers. Like, at all. When they are finished with supper they take whatever amazing, delicious food they had just eaten and let it slip right into the open, gaping, bottomless mouth of the Glad bag (which is just a fancy way of saying that they threw it in the trash).
This has always scandalized me, because it seems like an abomination. Sometimes its hard to look a person in the eye and see past the fact that they eat their fill and then throw the rest out, you know? I mean, what is up with that? I’m not going to lie, I make extra food on purpose because of leftovers. Slop some of that goodness into some Tupperware and, “There you go, husband and children, your lunches for tomorrow are ready!”
Of course, in the world of food, we don’t call saran wrap by it’s industrial title: stretch film wrap. We don’t call it ‘ food grade stretch film wrap’ either, because that is ridiculous to say, or ‘food service film wrap’ because then we would sound like one of those people that wants to say ‘tomahto’ even though they aren’t even British. In short, we would be obnoxious and annoying. This is why we say saran wrap, and I’m not sure where that came from, but it has become the socially acceptable title and so it is what I will use. I suggest you do as well… All the same, saran wrap is a stretch film wrap and it is a wonderful and amazing tool.
Yes, I said tool. A tool is not just some piece of equipment used to fix something. It is anything used to accomplish a task, and so saran wrap has become a tool in the kitchen. When my daughter says she is done eating I wrap her plate up and put it in the fridge for later, when she realizes that the rest of us are all actually going to start eating popcorn without her. I slice up pieces of banana bread and embalm them in saran wrap and freeze them to pop in lunchboxes later. If we didn’t have saran wrap, or stretch film wrap, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. And since I’m just coming out of the Thanksgiving season I am oh so thankful that I can enjoy my turkey and stuffing for days…