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14 Hacks Using Ziploc Bags That'll Actually Make Cooking Easier

The MVP of the kitchen.

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1. Mix and portion burgers in a Ziploc bag to make clean up a breeze.

Just throw ground beef and seasonings in a bag, shake, and portion into patties using a chopstick. Learn how to do it here.

2. Cook an omelette in a plastic bag for the perfect make-ahead breakfast.

Fill a Ziploc bag with eggs and your favorite toppings, then place it directly in simmering water for an effortless omelette you can prep ahead of time. Learn how to do it here.

3. Make delicious ice cream without an ice cream maker.

Fair warning, it will take a lot of shaking to make ice cream in a sandwich bag, but it's totally doable (and delicious). Learn how to do it here.

4. Poach fish in a Ziploc baggie (yes, really).

It might sound crazy, but cooking fish in a Ziploc baggie is just like cooking sous vide. Just throw some lemon, butter, and seasoning into the baggie to make a flavorful dinner with minimal effort. Learn how to do it here.

5. Make a vacuum-sealed storage bag by submerging a Ziploc baggie filled with food into a water bath.

The water will push the air out of the bag leaving you with a vacuum-sealed baggie ready for freezing (or poaching). Learn how to do it here.

6. Keep salad greens fresh by storing them in a Ziploc bag with a paper towel.

The paper towel will absorb any excess moisture while the baggie keeps them completely air tight. Learn how to do it here.

7. Use them to meal prep chicken like a boss.

This technique transforms sad chicken breasts into flavorful dinners ready to cook anytime. Try it with a variety of proteins and marinades for an organized way to meal prep for the week. Learn how to do it here.

8. Steam vegetables in them for a healthy meal with virtually no clean up.

Simply place your prepped veggies in a Ziploc bag and microwave them for three minutes, no need to add water (although you can add spices and butter for extra flavor). Learn how to do it here.

9. Make homemade dressing and salad without any bowls or appliances.

Just pour all of your dressing ingredients in a baggie and shake to emulsify. Then, dump the dressing into another baggie filled with your salad ingredients and shake ― no tongs or salad bowl needed! Learn how to do it here.

10. Decorate cakes and cupcakes like a pro by making a DIY piping bag.

Simply cut a corner off of a sandwich bag and fit a piping tip in the hole to decorate cakes like a true pastry chef. (Or, if you don't have a piping tip, cut a smaller hole perfect for writing on birthday cakes.) Learn how to do it here.

11. Fill them with smoothie prep and store in the freezer for a healthy breakfast in no time.

Make breakfast less of a chore by prepping a week's worth of smoothies and storing them in plastic bags in the freezer. When you're ready to eat, simply throw them in a blender for an instant (and healthy) breakfast. Learn how to do it here.

12. Perfectly swirl three different colors of batter into one cupcake.

Fill three baggies with different colored batters and pipe them all at the same time to create the tricolored pattern. Learn how to do it here.

13. Freeze leftover wine in them for cooking.

If you ever find yourself with leftover wine (I know, I know) freeze it in Ziploc bags to add instant flavor to sauces and braises. Learn how to do it here.

14. Crush cookies and crackers in a bag using a rolling pin.

Perfect for pie crusts and tart shells (and no need to bust out your heavy food processor hiding in the back of your cabinet). See how to do it here.