Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Helpful Hint - Filling Ziploc Bags

I don't know about you, but when I'm putting liquids or messy ingredients into a Ziploc bag, I can't help but get it all over me. For instance, I make my own chicken broth and ladle it into bags to freeze. No matter how careful I am, it splashes everywhere! And freezing homemade pizza sauce? Let's not even go there.

It seems I don't have the coordination to hold the bag open and upright without letting the contents spill out while putting more contents in. Does anyone?

But I found a solution! And it was so simple, I almost smacked myself upside the head and said "Duh!"

Place the Ziploc bag (quart size) into a wide-mouthed glass jar with the top of the bag hanging over the edges. Screw the metal ring over the bag and start filling! How easy is that?

The wide-mouthed jar makes it so easy to ladle, scoop or pour right into the bag. And the ring keeps the bag open without me having to hold on to it! Above is a picture of funnel cake batter I put into a Ziploc so I could squeeze it out into a frying pan. It was so messy trying to get it in the bag until I did it this way. Now there's no mess!

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  1. That's a great idea. I'll usually try and find something in the kitchen that's a similar size to hold the bag, but this way it won't sink in as it fills and you're not getting it on the 'threads' of the ziploc.

  2. That is a terrific idea! I will definitely be using it! :)

  3. Great tips and I am going to go check out that site! Thanks so much. I stu,bled u[on your blog and so glad I did! I am a follower now! I have 2 great kid friendly recipes up today- come check them out if you get the chance! have a great day!

  4. Cool! THanks for the tip! Definitely need to try this!!