Review of Ziplock Zip ‘N Steam Steamer Bags

by StevenHelmer

I purchased these bags so I could steam some fresh green beans. Read to find out what I thought of them.

Product Description: Plastic bags from the Ziplock brand that are used, in the microwave, to steam vegetables and other foods by following the instructions printed on the side of the bags themselves. I purchased a box of these bags last week at one of our local grocery stores for $3.85 and used them on a couple different occasions to steam fresh green beans out of my garden.


My garden is finally starting to produce green beans and, mostly because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of freezing them just yet, I ended up preparing the first two harvests right away. Since I’m a big believer in steaming fresh vegetables, this meant a trip to the store to buy some steamer bags for our microwave.

I honestly wasn’t planning on buying the Ziplock Zip ‘N Steam brand because they seemed a bit expensive. However, I wasn’t able to find a cheaper variety at the store and decided to purchase this brand anyway. As it turns out, it was a good decision.

One thing, in particular, I like about this product is the way it gives the instructions right on the bag itself. I’ve had other brands of these in the past that came with a little booklet that gave the cook times for various foods. However, I have a bad habit of losing things like that and definitely prefer having the instructions readily available with every bag instead. The bags also come with helpful marks to show whether you have them full or half full. This, again, comes in handy when figuring out how long to cook something.

Ziplock Zip 'N Steam Bags
Ziplock Zip 'N Steam Bags
Steven Helmer

As far as the bags’ steaming value goes, I have no complaints. I’ve used them a couple different times now for my green beans and they’ve come out perfectly, fully cooked but still with some crispness to them. And, unlike other cooking methods, the bags only take about 3 minutes. This does come in handy when I’m cooking a meal by myself because it allows me to save the beans for last and know they will be done before any of the other food gets cold.

One thing I will caution you on if you use these, however, as the bags themselves warn, the steam coming from them is very hot. And, this isn’t just when you open the bag up either. I almost scalded myself when I took the still-sealed bag out of the microwave because some of the steam was seeping out. As a result of this, I would recommend letting this sit in your microwave a minute or two before trying to remove the bag.

Ziploc Zip 'N Steam Cooking Bags Medium 10 Bags, 7 1/4" X 8" each (Pack of 3)

Ziploc Zip'N Steam Cooking Bags combine the taste and nutritional benefits of steam cooking with all the convenience of your microwave. Each bag has patented vents that allow fo...

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Final Opinion

I ended up spending a bit more than expected when I purchased this item. However, the Ziplock Zip ‘N Steam bags have proven to be worth the money. I would highly recommend these if you are looking to steam vegetables and other foods, especially if you have fresh vegetables coming from your garden. 

My Grade: A

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Updated: 07/08/2015, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/21/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
It's always helpful to know about such products that represent the team work of preparation, price, quality and quantity. I like fresh food and look for alternatives pretty much in the way of freezing leftovers and unused quantities.

Weren't fresh tomatoes also among your home-grown fruits and vegetables?

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