Ziplock Seal Coming Clogged

I don’t complain about much, but I have noticed whenever I open a new bag of Huel, it will not seal because the powder has filled in the grooves of the ziplock mechanism. I have to take a fork or a knife and manually run it along to clean it all out.

I just wanted to bring this to attention as maybe it can be looked into. If the bags were perhaps shipped with the ziplock already engaged, this may solve it.

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I just received my first bags of Huel and I noticed the same thing. I didn’t have any issue closing them (I just had to squish it harder to get them to seal) but it did result in a bit of a mess on my kitchen counter.

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I agree this has always been annoying to deal with. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s the norm for ziplock style bags to be pre-engaged by processing plants. Happens with various other products like Splenda bags too. It likely would greatly increase costs to manually zip them (either in physical labor or a new machine), and even then no guarantee they stay sealed with how “mushed up” the bags arrive after shipping.

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Many resealable bags come sealed below the ziplock. So to open these bags you need to tear off the perforated top, unzip the bag if it’s zipped, and then pull apart the seal below the ziplock.

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Before you open your next bag, plop it on the counter and tap-tap-tap across the top to knock the powder out of the grooves (since it’s still closed there’s no powder cloud)

I use scissors to cut above the tear line, snip in the middle down to the zip grooves, then remove the front left flap and bag right flap … it makes opening the bag much easier. But I guess it knocks the powder out the groove because I’m handling it so much. After that, I keep the bag upright so powder never gets bag into the groove.

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This reminds me of a Nintendo cheat code, lol. Up, down, left, right, A, Start! :rofl::rofl:

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If you use konami code to open Huel you get bonus: unclogged zip lock and no powder cloud

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Just got my Huel order and the zippers won’t zip back up. I’ve never experienced that before this order. I think I’ve sealed them and then they pop open. Not sure what’s causing it, I’ll try to clean out the zippers with a toothpick or something and see if that helps.

It’s definitely the ziplock grooves. Make sure to clean all of them out real good and your bag should stay closed when you zip it.

Will message you about this!

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Thank you, I appreciate that.

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Same problem here… I lost a little powder while opening my two bags but it’s all right x) and I have to squeeze harder to close my bags

I just pour my powder into a large container for storage… Problem solved!

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Well, it’s more of a workaround, not actually solved.

I use a storage container too, but only in my home. I use the bag at work office, and I keep another one at my parents’ house.

@NovaCoon
My bags are so clogged that no matter how hard I squeeze, they will not close. It’s just not physically possible since the mechanism is obstructed.

I got my first bags yesterday and yeah, it’s a problem. It’s not a deal-breaker of course!

I think the bags should be redesigned to be more like coffee bags. They are pressed together and you have to peel the bag apart when you first open it. The bags can be designed with the tear on top, then the zip-lock below it, then have the pressed area below that.

This way, you can open the bag without the mess, the zip-lock stays clean until you open the pressed area. It would keep the powder away from the zip-lock during shipping.

I know coffee is vacuum sealed and that’s the reason for the pressed bags, but the theory would still work fine.

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That’s a good idea…once I pick “favorite flavors” I might just do that.

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I just got five containers for the flavors I keep on hand. Problem solved and so organized! :blush:

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I do this with all my powders and H&S… much easier. Now I just need to label them all! I see myself smelling the powders to figure out what they are, lol.

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What size containers and where did you buy? TIA

What size containers and where did you buy? TIA