I'm all about convenience that doesn't sacrifice quality - and I think I've found it in a couple of fairly new products!
PaperChef provided me with a huge box of Parchment goodies - I'll be making more things from these folks in the weeks to come. (giveaway coming for you too!) I had paper, muffin cups, bags and more to sample! I started with the bags since I had salmon and veges to bake.
Cost: 10 count of bags - $3.27 (not bad!)
The competitor - everybody knows their name - Ziploc! I bought these myself...
The nice thing about the Ziploc version is really the quickness factor and the cooking instructions are on every bag. I have to say - that helped a lot! I was making salmon & asparagus for dinner - I didn't really feel comfortable microwaving $8 worth of salmon - so I just did the asparagus in the steam bag.
I guess to be a true cookoff - I should have tried it! I just wasn't brave enough - salmon is expensive.
So - how about the cookoff? What did I think?
Ziploc - a little cheaper and more widely available, these bags were great with the instructions printed on every bag. I do think the veggies came out a little dry but would likely be better with a little butter added. The steaming is VERY quick in these as well.
PaperChef - very affordable - basically the same price and they are available at Kroger and Hy-Vee stores (Hy-Vee is my grocery store of choice back home in IA). I have to say I trust the parchment bags a little more with meat. Most likely - if I'm making fish again - I would use these.
So there you have it - an intro to two new products and real-life experience with both! Have you tried either? What did you think?
I can't wait to try cupcakes or muffins in the parchment cups! And when I do - you'll be able to enter a giveaway!