By Liesl Clark
Ziploc bags lie firmly in the categories of reusable and washable in our household. They’re treated just like a glass jar or container, are washed after each use, hung to dry, and reused over and over again until they no longer work and are recycled with other plastic bags. You can make your own bag dryer, or buy one through Gaiam. We haven’t bought a resealable bag in over 4 years as a result. They’re one of the 50 things you never need to buy.
Ziploc freezer bags? We make our own. “Freezer bags” are more expensive than other resealable bags, simply because they’re a little thicker. So, how might you prevent freezer burn on your favorite foods without buying unnecessary freezer bags?
We use our home made bag system for freezing about 50 lbs of blackberries we pick each summer, or for the shredded zucchini we bag up (no cooking!) and then freeze to later put into our pancakes or everyday bread recipe.
Simply double bag any ziploc-style bags you have! That’s it. We reuse our flour tortilla bags that zip closed or any resealable bags we have.
Done! There’s your freezer bag, a double bag set-up that will withstand months of freezer time.
Simply pull your zucchini or berries out when you’re ready to thaw them and put them in a bowl in the fridge until they thaw.
Throw your thawed veggies or fruit into a jar and you have frozen fresh berries or zucchini for use in baking or smoothies.
I recommend this method when you don’t have enough room in the freezer for glass jars filled with your favorite frozen foods. We freeze all liquids in glass, but plastic bags are used for berries and shredded veggies, as well as whole leaf kale for use in smoothies when it isn’t kale season (it’s always kale season here.)
Now that you’re on a roll, want to check out some other Ziploc bag reuses? Visit our Trash Backwards app: