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When you need to smoosh a fruit (like bananas), put it in a bag, seal it, and mash it up. When you’re done, just scrape it out.
When you’re mixing dry ingredients together (like flour, salt, and baking powder), you can seal them in a bag and shake it all together.
Some wet ingredients or fillings (like my two bean salsa or tortilla fillings) can be made in a bag and just spooned out as needed. When you’re done, just seal it and refrigerate it.
Some recipes, such as this one for banana bread, can be made entirely in a bag and poured right into the loaf pans.
If you need to put spices or coatings on things (like seasonings on potato wedges or breading on fish), t replica watches uk here’s nothing easier than putting i replica watches uk t all in a bag and shaking. (Remember a little item called Shake ‘n Bake?)
When cookie dough needs to be chilled, put it in a bag instead of plastic wrap.
To grease pans or broiling pans, use the bag as a glove. Put the butter or oil on the palm and smooth it around.
You can use them for decorating cakes or for sour cream. Just fill them, cut off a corner with scissors, and presto! A pastry bag is born!
And of course, it’s perfect for taking treats to your neighbors!
Some tips when you’re using plastic bags:
If you use your bag for dry ingredients, you don’t need to clean replica watches uk it. You can just empty it and fold it in a drawer to be used again (as long as nothing wet or perishable was in it).
Likewise, if you use sandwich bags to grease pans, put it in a small container when you’re done so you can reuse it.
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We reuse the large (gallon) zip top baggies for compost. The kids put kitchen scraps, banana peels and such in the bags and zip them shut. They can be kept under the sink or even in the freezer until they’re full, and then taken out for compost. (Of course, here in Minnesota you can just take them to the garage until the spring thaw).