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?