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10 Ways to use Ziploc Bags

Updated on June 23, 2013

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Ziploc Bags are a necessary kitchen item to have.  Be sure to buy several sizes for each of your needs.  In addition to food, you can use these wonderful plastic, airtight bags for other things such as travel.
Ziploc Bags are a necessary kitchen item to have. Be sure to buy several sizes for each of your needs. In addition to food, you can use these wonderful plastic, airtight bags for other things such as travel. | Source

Time Savers and Money Savers

Today’s economy is forcing us to be as conservative as possible. We are recycling more, monitoring our use of electricity and water, and buying more hybrid vehicles. One item in particular can be used for many things other than its intended use. Ziploc Bags are incredibly useful in and out of the kitchen.

This item is one of the greatest inventions created to assist the homemaker in organization, savings, and peace of mind. Listed below are 10 great uses for Ziploc Bags.

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10 Uses for Ziploc Bags

  • Garage organization is enhanced by using this item to separate nails and other small hardware.
  • These bags really come in handy when packing wet travel toiletries and make up. If anything were to spill in your bag, it would be limited to the bag. This could really save you a lot of time and money.
  • When I travel, I always fill a backpack with survival items like my phone charger and wet cloths. Use the bags as your wet cloth containers.
  • Medically speaking, ice/ice water packs are great for reducing swelling and relieving sinus headaches. Fill a bag half full of ice, and add water until the water level is about 3 inches below the seal. This makes for a nice, flexible ice pack.
  • Important papers can be sealed in a bag for protection from the elements. If you don’t have a safe deposit box or a fireproof and waterproof home safe, these bags can save you a ton of time and money by protecting your most valuable paperwork.

Storing coffee beans or cereal in ziploc bags can prove to keep your items fresh and ready for use at a moment's notice.
Storing coffee beans or cereal in ziploc bags can prove to keep your items fresh and ready for use at a moment's notice. | Source
  • If you decide to send something fragile to a loved one, this item can help in shipping and packing. You can protect the contents of your package if you wrap the item, place it in a Ziploc bag, seal the bag leaving a small end open, and blow air into the bag and completely seal it.
  • In the kitchen, if you beat an egg, add spices or chopped vegetables, and microwave the mixture in a sealed bag for 1 minute (depending on the microwave), you will succeed in making a tasty omelet.
  • Food is expensive, and wasting food should be a crime. When you purchase cheese, store it in a bag after you open it. This will help keep your cheese fresh and mold-free for a longer period of time.
  • Once a package containing dry food is opened, it is at risk of getting stale. Be sure to seal up cookies, chips, and cereal packages in a Ziploc bag.
  • By using the bags to freeze food, you can buy in bulk and save money. Using the bags to store leftovers is another money saving use. Vegetables can be stored in a bag and kept in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Freezer bags can be used to store meat in your freezer much longer than storing it in the store wrapper.  Be sure to mark you bags, especially if you have already opened the package or are storing meals already prepared.
Freezer bags can be used to store meat in your freezer much longer than storing it in the store wrapper. Be sure to mark you bags, especially if you have already opened the package or are storing meals already prepared. | Source

There are so many other uses for this terrific item, Ziploc Bags. Be sure to purchase several different sizes to meet all of your needs. Smaller bags are better for storage of smaller items.

Please leave an additional use for the item, a comment, or constructive criticism in the appropriate section below. Your opinion is always welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to view my work. I am encouraged and hopeful you are enjoying yourself.

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    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you kindly, precy anza.

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      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      Love the number 6 idea :) I would keep that in mind. We usually used used newspapers but this would be fun to try ^-^' Voted up and shared!

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      CarNoobz 

      5 years ago from USA

      That omelette idea sounds pretty fun.

      voted up.

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      Mark McClure 

      6 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

      We use ziplock bags to package products at our business. One of the best bulk sources of bags that we have found is http://www.interplas.com/ziplock-bags They have helped us with both stock bags and custom printed bags.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for your contribution, teaches! I'm glad you enjoyed the read :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Great use for the baggies. I do use them for lots of things around the home, especially for storing foods like leftovers. I use them for icing on cakes by cutting a hole in one corner and squeezing the bag. It makes great piping on the cake. Enjoyed your hub!

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks so much for sharing, mary615!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I wash out my zip lock bags and hang them over an empty bottle to dry. I reuse them after they are dry for storing unopened chicken packages or ground meat from the grocery store. I use them for crackers and lot of other things. Waste not, want not as my Mother always said.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you so much for your contribution!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love, love, love ZipLocks! What did we ever do without them? I use them to carry and store my camera batteries, chargers and thumb drives, so they're easy to find. Once in a while, rather than carrying bottles of vitamins or meds on a trip, I've put enough doses for each day into one bag to save space. When I had surgery, they were perfect for holding a small amout of frozen peas to ease the bruising.

      When I've gone camping, I carry my toiletries in them rather than messing up a nice travel bag while roughing it. I use a separate one for soap, so it doesn't goo everything up.

      They're now an essential part of life! Voted way up!

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