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Old 09-26-2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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Oven bags - anyone actually LIKE them?

I had a free sample of a Reynolds oven bag that I was dying to use.

Had 4 pound pork loin roast which I dusted with a little flour, salt and pepper, and placed the roast in the oven bag with sliced onions, garlic cloves and mushrooms. Pre-heated the oven to 450, per directions, sealed the bag and put it in a roasting pan.

I did put a probe thermometer in the roast and set it to 143, just to make sure the roast didn't overcook.

Well, it was just okay. No golden, crispy fat on top of the roast, of course. The mushrooms were a little chewy. The bag leaked, so clean-up was "not a snap".

I wouldn't buy these things - I like roasted meats and vegs better than steamed.

Has anyone had success with oven bags? Should I have done something differently?

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Old 09-26-2006, 10:12 PM   #2
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I've had success with a pot roast with potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms, whole chicken, a turkey or two. I would imagine though that a pork roast with it's low fat content would do better at high temps out of a bag. That's my first thought anyway. You are right, you just steamed it and it needs that dry heat to seal it and brown it.

Yea, I've had those suckers leak too - it's a mess!!!!!!

I don't think you did anything wrong - those pork loins just need a higher heat/shorter cooking time IMHO
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:13 PM   #3
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Lee, for the same reasons as you, I've never used one.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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I use one for my Thanksgiving turkey every year, and have for a long time. I love them. No basting, no guessing. I put the turkey in the bag, seal it, put one remote thermometer in the leg, the other in the stuffing, stick it in the oven, and go do everything else until the thermometer alarms go off.
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:07 PM   #5
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That is the only way I will cook a turkey anymore. We have a perfect turkey every time.

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Old 09-26-2006, 11:22 PM   #6
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In my opinion it just steams the food. It makes more sense to me to be a more adventuresome cook and learn to roast, etc. Just don't let cooking intimidate you. Mistakes are just a part of learning.
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Old 09-27-2006, 02:53 AM   #7
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I can't speak for anyone else, but I know how to cook a turkey. I have been cooking them for almost 30 years and every turkey I have ever cooked has turned out perfectly. I prefer the oven bags, not just because they are easy and you don't have to keep opening the oven to baste the turkey, but because the turkey turns out so well. I wouldn't care how easy they are to use if the turkey didn't turn out well.

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Old 09-27-2006, 05:45 AM   #8
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Barbara, I like the turkey cooked in the bag also - never been disappointed!
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:53 AM   #9
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Barbara and licia,

I have to ask this, just to make sure, even though I feel like an idiot :you don't get a golden-brown crispy skin on the turkey, right?

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Old 09-27-2006, 07:12 AM   #10
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Yep, I use them and like them. Never thought I would be saying that, but it is true. I only use them on wild turkey or have ever tried them on wild turkey. I confess, I fear ruining a wild turkey and this does make it fool proof and delicious. I doubt I would ever use it on any other meat.
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