Sunday, September 09, 2007

Glad Simply Cooking Microwave Steaming Bags

I had the opportunity to try these Glad Microwave Steaming Bags and what a time saver! My kids eat all of two cooked vegetables, broccoli and string beans. The old way I prepared them was to fill a pot with 1/2 inch of water, put in a metal or bamboo steamer, cut up the veggies and then cook them for exactly 12 minutes (any deviation would prevent them from eating them). My trick to get my kids to eat their veggies is to give them each a special dipping bowl with light soy sauce (green sauce as we call it because it comes in a green bottle). They still hem and haw, but eat them most of the time. Afterwards we would have to clean up the pot, steamer and the tongs I used to fish the hot veggies out.

The new way is to just stick the cut up veggies in the steaming bag, microwave for exactly 3 (broccoli) or 4 (string beans) minutes and dump them into a bowl. Cleanup is all of rinsing the bag out (for us frugal types). I have used them a few times and they've held up pretty well so far. Adam says the broccoli is a "little dry", but a few more drops of water in the bag would probably fix that. The string beans are indeed a little dry for my taste as well, but I will try adjusting the water as well.

And for those of you who don't use plastic in the microwave, I have this to tell you. There are NO dioxins in plastic, that is a total urban myth. Of course I wouldn't cook plastic to the point where it melts into your food, but these bags used with low fat foods are just fine. Check out this Snopes article and the official reports from Johns Hopkins on using cooking with plastic and freezing plastic water bottles. Don't believe everything you read in all those paranoid emails!

1 comment :

Anonymous said...


Gadgets AND Food!

See, this is how I like to start my Monday mornings!

Great job!

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