Cooking Technique: DIY Bag Bowls

Skip the camp clean-up by letting plastic bags do all the work.

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Adding hot water to a food bag? Try PackIt Gourmet’s Cook-In-Bags (from $0.60; 0.3 oz.;, which stand on their own and are designed not to leach harmful chemicals. The jury’s still out on the plastic risk, but if you’re OK with it, use our chef’s technique to make your own “bag bowl.”

At home

  1. Line a quart-size freezer bag (we like Ziploc) with a paper towel (this helps insulate).
  2. Fill a second quart-size bag with your ingredients, seal, and place inside the first bag so the towel wraps around inner bag.

In camp

  1. Open bags and fold tops down together, then spread bottom so bags stand on their own.
  2. Add hot water, then loosely close to retain heat (sealing ruins the bowl shape).