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Cool Healthy Gadget: Ziploc Zip'n Steam Bags

Cool Healthy Gadget: Ziploc Zip'n Steam Bags

I am always looking for new ways to cook healthfully and so when a new product comes along to make it that much easier, I love to share it with you guys.

I've been hearing a lot about these new Ziploc Zip'n Steam Bags and while I have not yet been able to get my hands on them, I am liking the idea especially since it puts your microwave to use in a healthy way. Here is how it works: Each bag has patented vents that allow food to be steamed under pressure so that it is cooked thoroughly and evenly for healthy meals in minutes. You can steam anything from fresh veggies to fish, just throw on some seasoning and pop the bag full of goodies in the microwave. No need for oils or fats - healthy cooking doesn't really get any easier than that.

I do believe that getting a reusable steamer would be much better for the long run and for the environment, but if you have yet to purchase one, these are a good way to meet your steaming needs temporarily. If anyone has tried them, let me know what you think. If not, you should be able to find them at supermarkets nationwide.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
About the microwaving plastic thing: It's only certain types of plastic that aren't safe for the microwave. I'm pretty sure the folks at Ziploc made sure that they used a microwave-safe plastic for these bags. Still, they seem like kind of a luxury thing...I have a Tupperware microwave steamer that I LOVE. It's an oblong dish that you put a little water in, then you put the insert in it and fill it with the veggies. Pop the lid on and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Of course, you do have to wash it, but it beats one of those stovetop steamer things that you have to disassemble and clean.
parrotthead parrotthead 9 years
Thanks for pointing out the environmental impact! I think a lot of people forget that often these products which help make things quick and easy often have some bad environmental effects due to the extra packaging.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Man, my daughter would be all over me for risking her babies' lives if I tried that... she's a maniac about things like that :MOB:
kellib kellib 9 years
I have used these, and unfortunately I was not all that impressed. I made fresh corn on the cob and then a few other times I made frozen veggies. The food seemed to come out...kinda...chewy? For a lack of a better way to describe it? I tried adjusting the cooking time, but I had better results with other methods. (ie: wrapping corn in a damp paper towel). I am a single mother of 3...all school agers...and time IS of the essense sometimes. I like to balance speed with providing healthy, GOOD tasting food. Its such a waste of time and money to prepare something no one wants to eat. I probably won't purchase them again.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I can do the same thing with a glass bowl, a or two drop of water, and a lid open just enough to release the pressure but keep the steam in. I don't really need more stuff in my little kitchen.
threadhunter threadhunter 9 years
i like the idea of these steamer bags, but i'm with Chikeebabe and Kerry520, i'm not going to put myself at risk. I'd rather wash some pots/plates/bowls. anything to prevent death!
akrsouth akrsouth 9 years
I did a Bzz campaign on these and the plastic used is designed so that it is non-toxic and safe. I got to give a bunch away too.
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
I use them all the time for my veggies and I LOVE them!! I'm going to die sooner or later. God will take me when he wants to take me.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I like the sounds of these!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Some research also says the deodorant can cause cancer, so do tanning beds, sunlight, poor diet and being overweight. I hate how research can cause us to live in fear. It's almost like we do one thing, then it's somehow all of a sudden bad for us.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Amen kiddylnd. If it's not the plastic that'll kill ya, it's the artificial sweeteners, too much fat, too many carbs, too much alcohol, smoking, not exercising, not looking both ways before you cross, etc......
jocelyn2 jocelyn2 9 years
Its ironic that this is below a breast cancer post since leeched toxins from plastics can cause breast cancer.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
chikee - I've read/heard the same things, but when you are a single mother with no dishwasher in an extremely small apartment and trying to make dinner, help with homework, make sure the trumpet gets practiced, and spend some TIME with your son, there is a convienience factor in not having to wash up some dishes when it all shakes down. Everyting is going to kill us according to reasearch, so I'm good with my veggies in a bag. :)
kerry520 kerry520 9 years
I've heard that too about plastics and I agree about environmental concerns. Health + environmental concerns = no touchie.
Chikeebabe Chikeebabe 9 years
I had heard it wasn't good to microwave anything in plastic containers or plastic wrap. That the chemicals in the plastic could leech into your food. I looked around on the web before posting this comment. They recommend that plastic wrap should be kept 1" from the food. There hasn't been enough conclulusive studies done, but when the guy that is performing the research says "I will not microwave in plastic." I would listen to him. You could steam with a glass container and lid and get the same result without taking a chance on your health and putting more plastic into our landfills. For me, I wouldn't touch this product with a 10 foot pole!
jetaime86 jetaime86 9 years
YES! these things are AWESOME! I use it all the time, its so quick and easy! I love love my veggies steamed, without all that boiling hassle. So i would DEF recommend it.! :)
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
The first time I saw these advertised I got SOOOO excited. I love this idea! I may actually get them this weekend when I go shopping. I re-use my Ziploc bags until they are past re-using, so I wonder how these would hold up to re-use?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Awesome! This would be perfect for having freshly steamed veggies for work instead of the day before rubbery veggies I have to reheat :)
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