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Fish and chip wrapping ideas please

wookiemummy Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Good evening all, I'm hoping that someone out there may have a brainwave or a link to somewhere cheap. My son is getting christened in 2 weeks and instead of cooking we are having fish and chips. Instead of paper plates I was hoping to have cones or boxes to put the mini fish and chips in. Trouble is all the cones are too small to put the fish in and the boxes are costing a fortune. I don't really want to pay £10 just for something to throw in the bin. I need about 60 of them. I don't fancy doing them myslef with newspaper as I'm worried that the grease will just seep through and I'll get newspaper print everywhere.
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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1 Like #2
I went to the wrap party of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and they had a fairground theme... I remember them serving mini fish and chips... I think they had newspaper wrapped round a cone (or something like that!) and instead of having an actual fish fillet, it was a goujon so fitted in fine. They just had people walking round with them so you could help yourself... Might be nicer than giving everyone a big heavy meal? You could have them out on the side, that way they can just have a bit, or more if they're hungry and help themselves... means you don't have to worry about serving everyone!
#3


Thanks, couldn't get the exact link to work but I found 100 for about £8. Hadn't thought of using the term fast food before but I have been up since 6am. Still a little more than I wanted to spend but it seems to be the going rate
baffledsalmon
I went to the wrap party of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and they had a fairground theme... I remember them serving mini fish and chips... I think they had newspaper wrapped round a cone (or something like that!) and instead of having an actual fish fillet, it was a goujon so fitted in fine. They just had people walking round with them so you could help yourself... Might be nicer than giving everyone a big heavy meal? You could have them out on the side, that way they can just have a bit, or more if they're hungry and help themselves... means you don't have to worry about serving everyone!


Cheers but I'm getting them from the local chippy and mini fish is probably the smallest they can do. I like to keep it simple and only plan on cooking a couple of pizzas for the kids and vegetarians. I may also get some bread and pickled onions to add a bit of variety!
1 Like #4
wookiemummy
Thanks, couldn't get the exact link to work but I found 100 for about £8. Hadn't thought of using the term fast food before but I have been up since 6am. Still a little more than I wanted to spend but it seems to be the going rate
baffledsalmon
I went to the wrap party of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and they had a fairground theme... I remember them serving mini fish and chips... I think they had newspaper wrapped round a cone (or something like that!) and instead of having an actual fish fillet, it was a goujon so fitted in fine. They just had people walking round with them so you could help yourself... Might be nicer than giving everyone a big heavy meal? You could have them out on the side, that way they can just have a bit, or more if they're hungry and help themselves... means you don't have to worry about serving everyone!
Cheers but I'm getting them from the local chippy and mini fish is probably the smallest they can do. I like to keep it simple and only plan on cooking a couple of pizzas for the kids and vegetarians. I may also get some bread and pickled onions to add a bit of variety!

Strange that link was working when i posted! Oh well you got the idea! mine was 125 for £12 or something like that so yours is even better!
1 Like #5
Have you thought about using some greaseproof paper then the newspaper that would stop the grease going through to the paper? You could make a cone with the paper and slip the grease proof stuff inside.
#6
louloublue
Have you thought about using some greaseproof paper then the newspaper that would stop the grease going through to the paper? You could make a cone with the paper and slip the grease proof stuff inside.


Hmmm, I might try one and see how I get on. I hate the thought of spending so much money on something that will go staright in the bin so would prefer to make them myself but with 3 children and working and decorating before then I'm not sure if I have the time. Think I will try one though and see how I get on, shame the children aren't a little older and they could have made them!!
[mod] 1 Like #7
Try searching for 'takeaway boxes' on ebay and then sort by price - there's 50 polystyrene foam boxes listed for £1.80 + £2.50 p&p or a 100 polystyrene foam boxes listed for £7.50 incl p&p (seems cheap for a lot of boxes though ?) - not sure if they are big enough for the fish ? Good luck anyway and hope you have a lovely day :)
#8
sigma
Try searching for 'takeaway boxes' on ebay and then sort by price - there's 50 polystyrene foam boxes listed for £1.80 + £2.50 p&p or a 100 polystyrene foam boxes listed for £7.50 incl p&p (seems cheap for a lot of boxes though ?) - not sure if they are big enough for the fish ? Good luck anyway and hope you have a lovely day :)


Thank you..I've just also searched takeaway tray and these seem to be much cheaper.
1 Like #9
Don't use cones, you can't put them down without them falling over.
1 Like #10
Does the fish & chip shop not sell fish & chips wrapped in paper or in a polystyrene box?
1 Like #11
If you are getting that amount from a chip shop try and do a deal where they are included and haggle for discount
1 Like #13
Get cod knobs instead of full size fillets. They'd be much easier to handle.
1 Like #14
Owning a fish and chip shop i would never charge extra for customers to have their meals in poly boxes. Its a choice of either wrapped in paper then newspaper to keep it warm or poly boxes (which then get wrapped in newspaper to keep warm) at no extra charge. If they are trying to charge extra for that then they are trying to rip you off ;-)

Oh and as for the grease... even if you wrapo in newspaper there should be a lining of greaseproof paper, then normal white paper, and then newspaper. You cannot wrap straight in newspaper anymore due to chemicals in the dye. Yukky !
1 Like #15
Squelds
Owning a fish and chip shop i would never charge extra for customers to have their meals in poly boxes. Its a choice of either wrapped in paper then newspaper to keep it warm or poly boxes (which then get wrapped in newspaper to keep warm) at no extra charge. If they are trying to charge extra for that then they are trying to rip you off ;-)

Oh and as for the grease... even if you wrapo in newspaper there should be a lining of greaseproof paper, then normal white paper, and then newspaper. You cannot wrap straight in newspaper anymore due to chemicals in the dye. Yukky !


you've made me hungry now, you couldn't do us a portion of cod 'n chips, with a pickled egg & a pea-fritter 'n chips. ta muchly :)
1 Like #16
Thank you so much all for your help. To be honest I hadn't really thought about it but yes I suppose I could try and get them to provide something as I am paying them over £100!!! I was just going to try to get them delivered in a huge tray so people can help themselves but yes I could see about them being wrapped for me. Rep given to everyone..I know on can count on you all t help me out. Now I need to start a thread about cheap beer and wine!!!

Ohhh, it sems that we don't give rep anymore...I go on my hols for a few weeks and it all changes!!! Well I've "liked" all your help..I trust that is the same as rep

Edited By: wookiemummy on Aug 08, 2010 21:07: add comment
#17
I don't know where you go but full price mini fish and chips are £2 round here. I'm not planning on having full size
banned#18
wookiemummy
I don't know where you go but full price mini fish and chips are £2 round here. I'm not planning on having full size


Thats cheap! just small cod on its own round here is £3.80 and £1.30 for small chips

Edited By: rm13_hammer on Aug 09, 2010 11:28: ,
#19
Been there and done that, they are going to be stone cold by the time you actually get to eat them and oven reheated fish and chips don't taste the same IMO.

Edited By: greg_68 on Aug 09, 2010 11:19: .
#20
greg_68
Been there and done that, they are going to be stone cold by the time you actually get to eat them and oven reheated fish and chips don't taste the same IMO.


^--- this. We tried it once, total failure. Better off all going for a nice midday walk to the chippy and queueing up in all your finery. Let them know in advance and get a good discount.
#21
It is basically a cone of chips and a child size portion of fish. Not much fish I would imagine but hey it's a free meal for all!!!
Oh I hope they aren't cold. Can't see how different it is to having them at home and eating them yourself. I had a curry 2 years ago and that didn't need reheating so hadn't even thought about it
Also not possible to all go for a walk to there. Nearest chip shop open on a Sunday is 4 miles away and not through the nicest of areas.

Edited By: wookiemummy on Aug 09, 2010 12:52: Update
#22
It would be nice to try and use the newspaper from the day that he was born. The greaseproof paper inside it is a good idea.

All the best and Congratulations :)
#23
If the fish and chips are coming 4 miles I guarantee you they will be cold by the time they are delivered, sorted and finally given out, lets face it if they take 20-30 seconds to wrap each one the the first one is going to be 20 minutes old by the time they finish the last one.

Maybe if they are bulk delivered with all the chips together and fish together and they supply the wrapping maybe they may stay hotter as they will not have to wrap them.

Maybe even think about picking them up in something that will keep them warm like the coolboxes with a keep warm function.




Edited By: greg_68 on Aug 09, 2010 13:24: .
#24
Greg... i done and order for 120 senior fish and chips last week. Delivery was roughy 3 miles away. All wrapped and ready, delivered and still hot within the specified time. I dont usually do delivery but for special customers with big orders i do.

You will be suprised how long they keep warm in poly boxes and then the boxes themselves wrapped in newspaper. Havent had a single complaint yet about the temperature and our family has had this business over 30 years ;-)
#25
Squelds
Greg... i done and order for 120 senior fish and chips last week. Delivery was roughy 3 miles away. All wrapped and ready, delivered and still hot within the specified time. I dont usually do delivery but for special customers with big orders i do.

You will be suprised how long they keep warm in poly boxes and then the boxes themselves wrapped in newspaper. Havent had a single complaint yet about the temperature and our family has had this business over 30 years ;-)


am soooo hungry - can smell the vinegar you know
#26
^^^ Fair play then but the 2 experiences I have had of two attempts have failed miserably and been a total waste of money with a lot being left over due to being cold.

Mahybe this one could be different but it's a big risk to take IMO for 60 people.
#27
Trouble is theres a lot of peeps going into this business that dont really know what theyre doing and think its an easy trade to get into. I suppose with 30 years in the business we have established how to do things right and keep the customers coming back. We have a large 4 pan gas burning range, which after each part of the order gets boxed serves as a stand to keep each box warm. Last week we had six boxes full of order food that each stood on the range before delivery. If the inexperienced didnt have this at their disposal and the boxes were just sat around on a cold prep counter then yes i suppose it would be an absolute nightmare to keep warm.
#28
Thanks Squelds you make me feel better about it. The shop (and people) I am getting it from have been around for many years so hopefully they will keep them warm but it is something I shall ask. I agree that there are so amny people thinking that they can do the fish and chip thing but you only have to try them once and realise that they don't. There are 4 round here who have been going to for years and would never go anywhere else!! I did curry for the last christening and it went down a storm...I'm hoping that this one will do too....

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