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