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There are many ways that ziplock bags can be useful for storage of food, crafts and all kinds of things. This is a guide about using ziploc bags.

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By 10 found this helpful
October 3, 2014

Don't you hate it when the tomato starts dripping all over your hand while eating a sandwich, or the onion falls out, or the grease runs down your hand from that juicy hamburger? No more! I keep a box of Snack Plastic Bags handy. They are only about 6 x 3 inches - just the right size to fit the bottom of your sandwich in. Once slid in there and you start to eat your sandwich or burger, there is no mess. It is all in the bottom of the plastic bag! Sometimes the vegetables and/or meat start to slide down and out of your sandwich on to the floor. But in the small plastic bag, just keep a couple of your fingers on the bottom and they keep the ingredients from slipping out.

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By 11 found this helpful
March 29, 2011

My husband's job keeps him away from home for weeks at a time, so I'm usually cooking for just myself. I love spaghetti, Manwiches, tacos, and homemade hamburgers, but the recipes always assume you are cooking for a family. So, I came up with this method of preparing them, and then freezing them. Now I can have my favorite meals without having so many leftovers that I can't eat before they go bad. Also when my husband is home, I just pull out enough for him at the same time.

For each of these, prepare the meat using your favorite recipes. Then get them ready for the freezer using these tips. You'll need waxed paper, clear plastic wrap, aluminum foil, small sized muffin tins, and 3 oz. disposable cups.

By Cricket

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By 2 found this helpful
October 4, 2011

I use Ziploc bags to organize my arts and crafts. I put my stickers, ribbon, scissors, markers, tape, and glue in the bags. You can even label them and a box of Ziploc bags doesn't cost that much if you buy a box at a dollar store.

By Mary

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April 28, 2011

Use a plastic Ziploc bag and rubber band to cover cans when opened. You can reuse the Ziploc baggie by rinsing the outside and putting it back in the drawer for use.

By Lana from Des Plaines, IL

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

If you need to frost something but don't have a pastry bag, you can use a ziplock bag as a quick and easy substitute. This is a guide about use ziploc bag for frosting.

Frosting in Ziploc bag.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 29, 2010

I have been told by one of my friends in USA that to prevent flies from being an area you just half fill a Ziplock bag with water and put some pennies in it seal it up and hang it were flies get into the house. Does this work? And also we don't actually have pennies here so would any other coin still work?

By Sharron from South Australia

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have plastic bags hanging at both of my outside doors and no flies! Have not used any other coin but the penny, but the contrast color against the baggie and water is what gives it the "bug eye" look.

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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have 3 of the bags hanging on my back porch. Although they haven't deterred 100% of the flies, it has made a HUGE difference. I am now thinking of putting them on my front porch as well.

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

Why not try a brown (or other dark color) button?

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know what purpose the coin serves. I fish a lot and I know of several bait shops in Texas and Arkansas that have open live bait vats and they swear by those hanging ziploc bags of water. I never noticed a coin in any of them, but lately I've heard of the coin addition, too.

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

Sharron, I'd be happy to mail you some pennies for you to try. Have ThriftyFun send me your mailing address. Several cousins have used this trick for years. I only found out about it about 6 years ago. And it does work. Good Luck,

Great Granny Vi

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August 16, 20100 found this helpful

I'd like to thank everyone for their input regarding my question. I will try the "plain water" version and also will try to put some different other coins in one or two to see what will happen - also, thank you to the kind lady who offered to send me some pennies.

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December 3, 20100 found this helpful

The copper pennies keep the bags from getting algae. The pennies aren't necessary to keep the flies away. You just have to change the bag once the water starts getting green.

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December 6, 20100 found this helpful

Just a bit of an update. I tried the water in the bag method but I think the flies were way to wiley to fall for that trick, we have been inundated with flies since the beginning of the warmer weather this year. They seem to be more aggressive too. Maybe my imagination so its back to the mortein or raid. Thanks again to all for your input.

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January 17, 20110 found this helpful

Now this may be obvious to everyone but me, but how do you hang up a ziplock bag without puncturing it or ruining the "zipper"? -shoe

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

I would like the recipe for cooking eggs in Ziploc bags in a microwave?

By Gordon

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful
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Believe me, you don't want the recipe! It's a big no no to do that because harmful chemicals leach out of the plastic bags and into your food. Even the manufacturers have it listed on their website FAQ pages that it is not recommended. You can purchase special inexpensive, reusable microwave egg cookware at places like WalMart and Target or online.

It's also a no no to use ziplock bags to boil food unless they are listed on the package as a boil bag. And even boil bags can't be used in the microwave.

Here's a link that will show you pictures of a small assortment of the many types of microwave egg cookers available:

http://www.best  %20egg%20cookers

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful
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Whoa! I've NEVER heard of cooking eggs in Ziplock (or other) bags in a microwave! To add to Deeli's comments ... eggs can burst in a microwave oven and make a heckuva mess! Sealing in a plastic bag would be no better.

Never put whole eggs in the shell in a microwave, and always at least poke the yolk as well. I "nuke" eggs all the time. I break the egg(s) into a bowl and just whip with a fork. Depending on the power of the oven, it takes about a minute (plus or minus) for one egg. There are many recipes ideas for eggs this way, but I won't go into that here. Suffice to say, DO NOT try to cook eggs in plastic bags or sealed containers in a microwave.

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful
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I think you mean 'omelet in a bag'. For one person, put on a sml or med pan with water and bring to a boil. In a zippy quart size freezer bag, put one or two eggs not in shell, add whatever omelet ingredients you like, ham, cheese, tomatoe, etc. not a lot. Squish the bag with your hand to mix the omelet. Close the bag and put it in boiling water (standing up) and cook for 13 min. Remove bag carefully, open, and the omelet will roll out on to your plate. I make them frequently.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 5, 2008

Can you use a XXL size Ziploc bag to brine a medium size turkey in? I can't seem to find a large 5 gal. pot that will cover my turkey. I have also found some brining bags on Martha Stewart's website for $4 each. Have anyone tried those?

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 6, 20080 found this helpful

I'm not sure about the Ziplock brand (the XXL ones I have only say "not recommended for microwave use"). You may want to contact Ziplock about it.But the Hefty Jumbo (2.5 gallon) are for food storage also. I don't know if they make a larger size.

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

I've done this! You'll want to double bag xxl freezer bags or oven bags and set them in a large bowl in the fridge.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 6, 20080 found this helpful

I don't have room in my fridge to brine a turkey, so I use a cooler. I put lots of ice chunks in and around the turkey and it stays nicely all night until ready to grill or bake. I make ice chunks in 3 pound tubs that I get margarine in. Or cottage cheese containers work also.

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

I've used the large ziploc. The only issue is that it will want to roll out of the fridge. Otherwise, worked great!

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

The Ziploc bags are all made of the same material, so the XXL one should work fine for the turkey. Set it on a rimmed cookie sheet just in case of a puncture, and to prevent the rolling mentioned by an earlier poster!

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November 6, 20080 found this helpful

Emeril uses a black trash bag and puts it in a cooler. I've never tried it, but it sounded good.

TC in MO

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 7, 20080 found this helpful

The turkey sized oven cooking bags will work well if you tie them tightly at the top.

Judy

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November 7, 20080 found this helpful

I just used a bucket that pickles came out of. Just about any 5 gallon would hold a medium turkey.

Check google for many different recipes!!

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