What’s In The Bag?
We all use our faithful plastic baggies for storage, but who knew that they could be used for so much more?? There are lots of ways to use Ziploc baggies in the kitchen and we’d like to tell how they too can become one of your most favorite and resourceful kitchen tools.
Storage and Freezing
Using baggies for storage is indeed its most common use, but being smart about storage is the key to efficiency…especially in the kitchen!
- You can put extra soup in baggies and lay them horizontal in your freezer. They’ll freeze nice and flat, so they’re easily stackable.
- Don’t let the coming winter prevent you from using garden fresh herbs. Gather your favorites and then wash, pat dry, and freeze your herbs in baggies. Take them out as needed. You’ll never have to worry about those tough sparse winters with this method!
- Cut down your cooking time by making dough and sauces ahead of time and storing them in your freezer for later use. Or even prepare some meals for the week/month…all you have to do is pull out, defrost, and reheat!
- If your berries are starting to look sad and bruised, don’t throw them away just yet! Slice them up, toss them in plastic baggies, and store them in your freezer. They’ll be perfect for those days when you’re craving a delicious fruit smoothie!
- Don’t forget to always date and label your baggies!
Toss your veggies and meats in a Ziploc with your marinade and store in your fridge overnight. With this method, you don’t have to bother with washing dishes, you can just toss the baggie when you’re ready to start cooking!
Need to crush some ingredients? Let baggies be your easy go-to food processor. Toss nuts, ice, graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, and other ingredients into a Ziploc and hammer away either with your hands or a rolling pin.
Fill a baggie with frosting or melted chocolate. Snip off one of the lower corners of the baggie for a makeshift piping bag. Start with a small hole and trim off more of the baggie depending on your preference.
This is especially useful and resourceful if you don’t often pipe…There’s no need to buy piping bags when there are plenty right there ready-to-use in your home!
There are so many different ways to utilize those plastic baggies you’ve got in your pantry, so get creative!