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startanew
03-06-2008, 12:53 PM
I'm sure you guys have heard of these, but just in case...I bought them the other day and they are awesome! It tells you on the bag exactly how long to cook each vegetable and they come out perfect and taste great!


LovemyPuppies
03-06-2008, 12:57 PM
I'm dying to try them, but I haven't been able to find them here yet!

iowasteph2
03-06-2008, 03:56 PM
They are wonderful, aren't they!?

Our grocery store has them located by the Saran wrap, sandwich bags, etc.


startanew
03-06-2008, 07:37 PM
Yes, and if you go to ziploc.com, they have tons of great recipes! :)

cbmare
03-07-2008, 06:19 PM
There are a couple of threads around here about them. I did a product test for them. ITA that they work great! They warn you to stay away from the vent holes. They mean it!

The only problem I have with them is that they are not recycleable. They are such a new plastic that there hasn't been a way to recycle them invented yet.

doubtingJulia
03-07-2008, 06:41 PM
I never thought that steaming veggies the old fashioned way was all that inconvenient. But I'm a cooking nerd.

BillBlueEyes
03-07-2008, 09:00 PM
Need help.

I told DW about these this evening at dinner. She asked me how they were an improvement on her standard technique of putting stuff in a glass bowl with a plate as a lid. The plate is heavy enough to hold in the steam, but can lift (just like the valve in these bags) to let some steam out to prevent overpressure. And the plate is reusable. (The Ziplock website recommends NOT reusing these bags to prevent the spread of bacteria.)

How do I answer her? How are these better?

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vertigoskyy
03-07-2008, 10:59 PM
I love them too! I bought the medium and large sizes!

BlueToBlue
03-07-2008, 11:27 PM
Need help.

I told DW about these this evening at dinner. She asked me how they were an improvement on her standard technique of putting stuff in a glass bowl with a plate as a lid. The plate is heavy enough to hold in the steam, but can lift (just like the valve in these bags) to let some steam out to prevent overpressure. And the plate is reusable. (The Ziplock website recommends NOT reusing these bags to prevent the spread of bacteria.)

How do I answer her? How are these better?

They aren't better. The glass bowl/plate will work just as well to steam veggies in the microwave and since it is reusable, it is better for the environment. You can also buy reusable vented plastic discs to put over the glass bowl (or even just use a sheet of wax paper, which is at least recycable and, in some places, compostable). I hate to see manufacturers coming up with more and more disposable products like this. It exponentially increases the waste filling our landfills. Even if the bags were recycable (or better yet, compostable), it would still be better to use the glass bowl. It's better to reuse than recycle.

LessEveryDay
03-08-2008, 02:24 AM
I use Pampered Chef's small MicroCooker (http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=250&categoryCode=CW) and will be using the large one (http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=251&categoryCode=CW) I've been very happy with the small one. It's cheap, cooks well, drains well and keeps cool in the microwave. I do have one complaint. I like to add butter to most veggies I steam. With the microcooker, I drain the water, add the butter, then replace the lid to melt the butter. It works great, but the plastic of the steamer doesn't seem to want to let the butter part. It wants to stay greasy! So, I either add the butter to the veggies after they depart or know I'm going to have to use extra soap to clean it up. One nice thing is that the lids snap on, much like a pressure cooker lid does (put on crooked, then spin to snap in place). This is great for when you drain the water. Your veggies don't force the lid open. You can just turn it over in your sink, then attend to the rest of dinner while it drains for a moment.

BillBlueEyes
03-08-2008, 06:32 AM
Thanks Barbara (BlueToBlue), That's exactly how DW sees the whole picture.

Although she's very open to trying new things, she wrinkled her nose at even trying these. Made up her mind just from my description.

I even blanched at the website's suggestion that one brings in a piece of raw chicken to microwave at the office. YIKES! For me, raw chicken comes under stronger special handling than does my lunch bag carried to the office.

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nelie
03-08-2008, 11:35 AM
My method of steaming (also not recycleable) is to use a wet paper towel on top of whatever I'm steaming. It works perfectly.

Apple Cheeks
03-08-2008, 11:37 AM
I love the steamer bags, since I can now take things to work for lunch that I couldn't before. Now I can enjoy steamed veggies or corn-on-the-cob for lunch. :hungry:

Since I work long hours, I have to pack both lunch and dinner to eat at work so this is a great way for me to have something other than salads or the usual brown-bag stuff.

I just pop the bag in the microwave, and about 2-3 minutes later I have some tasty stuff to look forward to. :D

olivia627
03-08-2008, 01:55 PM
LessEveryDay, thanks for posting those pics. Do you have the option of either the long handle or the shorter dual handles? We have a small microwave and I don't think the long handle would fit. Plus, I'd actually prefer the other design. Which do you have?

BillBlueEyes
03-08-2008, 02:05 PM
My method of steaming (also not recycleable) is to use a wet paper towel on top of whatever I'm steaming. It works perfectly.nelie, that's the way I do my corn on the cob. Wrapped in a paper towel (damp or not) for 3 minutes. It's yummy. I do a bunch and eat them cold - no salt, no butter - just the corn taste. I can eat 2 ears a day with lunch for the whole season.

Since I've discovered this I've never gone back to steaming or boiling.

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startanew
03-08-2008, 02:05 PM
I sure didn't mean to stir anything up here...I just thought they were a nice convenience.
Lesseveryday- those look great, I'll have to check into them more. :)

olivia627
03-08-2008, 03:15 PM
startanew,

I think that many people, like Apple Cheeks, who work outside of the home and need a quick & convenient method for steaming their veggies for lunch appreciate your review of the bags. I'll certainly pass these positive reviews on to my Mom, because they would come in very handy for her. And when I did work outside of the home, I would have loved such a product to prepare my lunch in!

Thanks for posting this thread. :)

poohshunny
03-08-2008, 03:30 PM
Besides the environmental issues of plastic, my biggest concern is the safety of the plastic in the microwave (even if they say it is safe). Of course, this is the fear I have of most anything microwaved...having a 23 year old dtr with brain cancer does cause me to have concerns I would not even have given a 2nd thought to previously. I had thought of getting her these since she is eating lots of veggies but then I remembered all the stuff I've read and seen with plastic in the micro. I do love corn on the cob microwaved, I just leave the husks on, microwave and then husk, the silks come right off (use oven mitts) and it's the best I've ever had!

BillBlueEyes
03-08-2008, 03:59 PM
startanew, I appreciate that you introduced these here - I'd never heard of them. I might find a good use for them some day as well. We don't microwave many main dishes, but these offer a way to change that - particularly for single or double servings.

I was able to find them in my store this morning; 10 bags of the medium size for $2.50. So, it's only $0.25 per bag.

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LessEveryDay
03-08-2008, 04:32 PM
Olivia,

I have both of them. You do not get a choice in handles. The smaller one has the long handle while the larger one has the two small handles. Apparently, The Pampered Chef didn't budget for taking TWO pictures! :P

The smaller one measures just under 11 inches including the handle. The larger, with the small handles is just at 11 inches.

You can find a PC consultant on-line or these come up on eBay unused a lot. They're no cheaper, but you don't have to go through the consultant routine. Shipping to a consultant it $4. Shipping direct to you is more. By weird coincidence, I went to my first PC party EVER this morning! I got both of my micro-steamers second-hand, at garage sales, I think.

olivia627
03-08-2008, 05:28 PM
LessEveryDay, thanks for the info!

BlueToBlue
03-08-2008, 10:01 PM
My method of steaming (also not recycleable) is to use a wet paper towel on top of whatever I'm steaming. It works perfectly.

We can throw our food-soiled paper towels in the green can and they get composted, which is a good alternative to recycling. But I usually just use wax paper (which also goes in the green can), the lid that goes with the container I'm using to microwave food, or my vented plastic disc.

I am waiting for the day when all plastic bags are recyclable (currently we can only recycle #2 and #4 bags). Plastic bags are just about our only garbage in our household--if I could just eliminate them, we would have almost zero waste, which is one of my goals.

nelie
03-08-2008, 10:36 PM
Besides the environmental issues of plastic, my biggest concern is the safety of the plastic in the microwave (even if they say it is safe). Of course, this is the fear I have of most anything microwaved...having a 23 year old dtr with brain cancer does cause me to have concerns I would not even have given a 2nd thought to previously. I had thought of getting her these since she is eating lots of veggies but then I remembered all the stuff I've read and seen with plastic in the micro. I do love corn on the cob microwaved, I just leave the husks on, microwave and then husk, the silks come right off (use oven mitts) and it's the best I've ever had!

Yeah I have that concern with plastic too. I never microwave any food with plastic. I bought ceramic containers for my hot lunch items. At work, I'll usually throw a wet paper towel on top to do the steaming.

cbmare
03-25-2008, 01:34 PM
Nelie, I wouldn't worry about the paper towel. Those things break down pretty quickly.

I used the bags that I product tested. But, since they aren't safe to reuse and can't be recycled, I won't buy them. I have some containers that I pack chopped fruit or my 2 cups of veggies in. I just stick the veggies in the microwave here at work and I'm just as happy. I just have a container to take home and wash. It's no big deal.