10 Uses For Zip-Top Bags

10 out-of-the-box uses for zip-top bags.

Marinade Pouch

Zip-top bags are perfect marinating vessels. If you remove excess air by sucking it out with a straw, you’ll need just a bit of marinade to infuse your food with big flavour.

Heating Pad

Pour 750 ml (3 cups) of uncooked rice in a large, microwave-safe bag. Seal it and place in the microwave for 1 minute on high for a DIY heating pad.

Homemade Airbag

No bubble wrap? Inflate and seal a few zip-top bags. Scatter around the contents of your package for added ­protection during shipping.

Piping Bag

Pour frosting, melted chocolate or another decorative concoction into the bag, snip the corner with scissors and voila: an improvised piping bag to prettify any sweet treat.

Space Saver

Running low on containers? Reorganize your freezer using specially designed bags (their seal is extrasolid) to freeze soups, purées and sauces. And they’re stackable to maximize space.


Dredging with flour or breadcrumbs is easy and mess-free with a zip-top bag: Just pour the mixture in, seal and shake.

Fit To Fly

We all know that carry-on liquids, gels and aerosols must be 100 ml/100 g or less and placed in a resealable bag. But did you know that the maximum bag capacity is 1 litre, or a medium-sized bag?

Ice Pack

When filled with water and frozen, a zip-top bag becomes an inexpensive and effective ice pack. Just remember: Water expands as it freezes, so leave a little space. Choose a bag with a double seal to avoid a mess when contents melt.

Camping Gear

Use zip-top bags to transport food (like dry pasta) or to freeze ready-made meals that even double as ice packs as they defrost.

Pick The Right Bag

Sandwich bags are not recommended for containing liquids or for freezing so make sure you choose a bag that’s right for your project.

Hélène Laurendeau

A nutrition and health enthusiast who loves to share: this description fits Hélène Laurendeau to a tee. She has been active for more than 25 years in the media and communications field. Nutritionist, host, columnist, author and speaker, Hélène holds a Bachelor degree in Nutrition and a Master degree in Epidemiology. She has spread her knowledge alongside Ricardo every week since 2005, as part of his daily show broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, as well as in Ricardo magazine, where she pens the Bien se nourrir (Eating Well) column.