I came across these little do-dad's on my latest trip to the grocery store and I was intrigued, so I picked some up and thought I would do a review on them for you this week!
The basic concept behind the 'Zip 'n Steam' bags is that by using their special venting technology, you can easily and conveniently steam a variety of foods using your microwave. Now, in case you didn't know steaming foods (especially vegetables) is both tasty, nutritious, and often superior to other ways of cooking such as boiling. Not only can boiling vegetables make them soggy and tasteless but that green water you poured down sink after boiling your broccoli? Say "buh-bye nutrients!" Nutrients from many vegetables can leach into cooking water which means foods like broccoli and cauliflower lose some of their antioxidant capacity, along with important vitamins and minerals.
Many of us don't like eating vegetables in the first place so when you are forcing yourself to get them down, you want them to taste good and also provide maximum nutrition! Now, I realize that these bags are not NECESSARY for steaming vegetables in the microwave (a bowl covered with a plate will also do the trick), however I have found that I don't always achieve the tender-crisp perfection that I desire. Also, the fact that these bags claim to perfectly steam vegetables, potatoes, and a variety of meat, poultry and seafood was enough for me to dish out the approximate $2.50 price tag to give it a try.
Overall, I would say this product absolutely lives up to it's claim and works well. It is easy to use, works in minutes, requires no added fat, sugar, or salt, although you can add any seasonings you like to the bag or after cooking, and could be used in a variety of ways. It seems fool-proof to me which would be great for people just learning to cook or wanting to ensure success when making dinner for the in-laws.
Although it cooked the chicken well, I would personally prefer to stick with vegetables when using this product. Additionally, although not an extremely expensive product, it won't last long either as each package only comes with 7 bags and they recommend not reusing them. I used the same bag for broccoli twice and it seemed to work fine but it was harder to get a good seal the second time around and wouldn't work for many times beyond that. Also I have a major concern about the 'environmentally friendly factor.' These bags are made of a microwave-safe plastic and therefore meant to be thrown out after use, not recycled. I couldn't find anything to suggest that they are biodegradable or would break down in your compost which is a huge issue for me.
The Final Verdict
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reviews in the future and if you have any product suggestions!
Hope everyone has a great week :)