Today, I decided to do something different for my Foodie Friday post. As several or you may (or may not know), I am a BzzAgent and have been for over a year (thanks to Cordy). As being a part of BzzAgent, I am sent items to test and talk about. I usually do all my "bzzing" around here, however, I can't say enough about this new product and wanted to share. Ziploc Zip N' Steam bags. They are available at some stores now and hope to be fully in the market by mid-August and all I can say is "USE THEM". At first, I was worried about microwaving plastic, but I read this and my fears were alleviated:
Saran™ and Ziploc® products are 100% dioxin free. You also should be aware that dioxins can be formed only when chlorine is combined with extremely high temperatures, such as 1,500°F, which even the most powerful consumer microwave ovens are unable to produce.
Our Saran™ and Ziploc® products can be used with confidence when label directions are followed. All Saran™ Wraps, Ziploc® Containers and microwaveable Ziploc® Brand bags meet the safety requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for temperatures associated with defrosting and reheating food in microwave ovens, as well as room, refrigerator, and freezer temperatures.
Like all Ziploc® Brand products, Zip ’n Steam™ bags are dioxin free. Additionally, they are specially designed for microwave use and meet the safety requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for temperatures associated with cooking food in the microwave ovens, as well as room, refrigerator, and freezer temperatures.
Like all Ziploc® Brand products, Zip ’n Steam™ bags are dioxin free. Additionally, they are specially designed for microwave use and meet the safety requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for temperatures associated with cooking food in the microwave when label directions are followed.
Please help us alleviate consumers’ concerns and share these facts with those who forwarded this misleading e-mail to you, and to whom you may have sent it. Thank you for giving us a chance to set the record straight.
Now that that is all taken care of, the bags and they so rock.
I am not a microwave fan-it's used to heat up frozen boil in a bag veggies and occasionally some Chef Boyardee Ravioli for Elena-that's it-period. However, I had to try these and am so glad I did.
I have used them countless times to steam fresh vegetables. You add the veggies, some butter or olive oil or nothing, some seasoning and microwave according to the directions on each bag-perfectly steamed vegetables every time. I've done corn on the cob, added pats of butter and seasoned salt and each time, perfection. Zucchini, something only I used to eat here, cooked perfectly-no more soggy sections, etc. No more dragging out my steamer or my Le Creuset heavy steamer pot. I just spoon from the bag and toss it away. The kitchen doesn't heat up, easy-peasy.
Also, I have prepared the bags ahead of time (for corn on the cob and a veggie mixture), tossed them in the fridge and pulled them out later and just popped them in the microwave. After it's done cooking, they can sit for at least 20 minutes (if you don't open them) and be just as hot and perfect as if you just prepared them. I used them for our 4th of July cookout, for lunches, etc.
I've made corn on the cob, zucchini, squash, green beans-even a mixture of beans and squash-perfect! The bags come in two sizes-medium and large and each bag has cooking times on them, as well as a fill line. You don't add water or anything-wonderful, can't say enough good things about these bags.
I haven't tried fish or poultry, as suggested, but I do know I will have these in my pantry all the time for both fresh and frozen vegetables.