Zip-top Bag Replacements

We’re trying to be as green as possible in our home, and one thing that we don’t particularly like doing is using the disposable zip-top bags for freezer cooking – not the kind with plastic zippers, but the kind that “lock” together.  But, we haven’t found a great replacement yet.  We’re able to replace some of it with Pyrex dishes and mason jars, but most of the raw meat in marinades haven’t done well in those – the liquid isn’t covering the meat (Pyrex), or the container isn’t big enough (Mason jars).  We’ve looked at several of the zip-top replacement bags available online, but they either close with velcro or a “real” zipper – neither of which can keep liquids in the bags.

The liquids is one of our concerns – we need to be able to remove a lot of air to allow the marinade to touch the meat all around (not just at the bottom).

Raw meat in a container is our other concern.  We generally do not reuse bags that have had raw meat in them because the nooks and crannies are difficult to wash – even for the dishwasher.  We do wash and reuse them for things like bread, waffles, and pancakes, but that’s a *very* small percentage of the bags we use compared to the raw meats.

Has anyone else replaced their zip-top bags with something reusable?

2 thoughts on “Zip-top Bag Replacements

  1. donebyforty

    We still use the little ziploc bags but hear you on the green concerns. We’re kind of lazy on that front: we’ll recycle and ride a scooter quite a bit instead of a car, but anything that requires real change or “work” is kind of off the table. Sorry, Mother Earth!

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    1. Mom Post author

      We try new things, if we can make it work within our schedules, “ick factors”, and lifestyle, we do. We adopted reusable bags well before they were a “thing”, and use reusable produce bags as well. The Ziploc package said they can be recycled, but not with our recycling 🙁

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