3 Marinade Recipes to Light Up Your Next Family Dinner

Use Smelly Proof Bags to Lock in the Flavor

If you love preparing homecooked meals for you and your loved ones, you can shake things up by learning some new recipes. Learn how to add some delicious flavor to your next family dinner with these tempting marinade recipes.

 

Delicious Steak Marinade

1 1/2 cups steak sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/3 cup Italian-style salad dressing

1/3 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Start by pouring all these ingredients into a blender or food processer. Once you have a smooth, thick mixture to work with, put your marinade into a Smelly Proof storage bag with some lean cuts of steak and make sure the meat is completely covered. Finally, let the bag sit overnight and you’ll wake up to some delicious marinade steak in the morning.

 

Smoked Salmon Marinade

1 gallon water

1 cup kosher salt

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

lemon pepper to taste

1 - 3 ounce package dry crab and shrimp seasoning mix

freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 cloves garlic - crushed or to taste

1 dash hot pepper sauce (optional)

4 lemons, sliced and crushed

2 oranges, sliced and crushed

1 lime, sliced and crushed

1 large yellow onion, sliced

 

To get started, pour the water, salt, sugar, brown sugar, lemon pepper, parsley, and seasoning mix into a large pot or bowl. Stir the ingredients around. Then add the garlic, hot pepper sauce, orange, lime and onion into the mix. Now pour the mixture into a Smelly Proof bag as well as your salmon. Coat the fish completely. Let it sit in your refrigerator for 12 to 36 hours or until you’re ready to cook. Then you can pan fry, bake, grill or smoke your salmon to your liking. Get ready for a rush of citrusy, succulent flavor that everyone at the table is sure to enjoy.

 

Garlic and Herb Chicken Marinade

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup vinegar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried Italian-style seasoning

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Don’t worry, this won’t take long. Combine all your ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Now just throw them into a Smelly Proof bag and let the chicken marinate overnight. This is sure-fire way to liven up your family’s favorite chicken recipe. You can cook it on the grill, bake it, or fry it up in a pan.

Make more room in your dinner schedule for these delicious marinades. Marinating your meat is so much easier with Smelly Proof bags. They take up less room in the fridge and clean up is a breeze. Just wash your bags with warm soapy water and they are ready to store your leftovers! Stock up on Smelly Proof bags today!

420-Friendly States: Who Allows Medicinal Marijuana, Recreational Cannabis, and Who Might Be Next

Your Guide to Legal Marijuana in the U.S.

Marijuana laws are changing fast in the US, and we’re here to tell you all about it. From medical marijuana to recreational pot use, we will help you find out if your state is 420-friendly.

 

Legal Medical Marijuana

Thirty states and the District of Columbia had legalized medical marijuana in some form. But these laws tend to vary widely from state to state. Some states will only allow cannabis-infused products like gels and oils that can help relieve pain. Other states will only allow a person to obtain marijuana if they are suffering from a certain condition, like a terminal disease, chronic pain, or some other rare illness. A person will need to get a medical marijuana card from their healthcare provider if they want to use marijuana  legally in their state.

States that have legalized medical marijuana include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia

 

Regardless of your state’s marijuana laws, you can keep your herb fresh and contained by carrying it around in a Smelly Proof bag. You can use black bags to keep the contents hidden. These bags also keep the smell of marijuana out of the air, so you don’t have to worry about stinking up the room or your car (always ensure you transport marijuana legally). Planning to enjoy an edible? Keep it freshly sealed in a bag! The bags can also be reused over and over, so you don’t need to worry about contributing excess plastic waste.

 

Legal Recreational Marijuana

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use, which means anyone over the age of 21 can freely purchase and use marijuana. These include Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Massachusetts, and Maine. Some states, including California and Massachusetts, just legalized marijuana use back in 2016, and it has taken them a while to get their recreational marijuana operations up and running. California started selling to the public on January 1st of 2018, while Massachusetts is getting ready to open for business later in 2018. While Maine votes approved legal recreational marijuana use, the state’s governor vetoed the bill, putting legal marijuana sales on hold for now.

While recreational marijuana use is legal in these states, it’s important to remember that not everyone wants to smell your herb. Parents, business owners, and those outside marijuana culture might take issue with your smoking habits even if the law is on your side. Remember to be polite and smoke in private areas that are away from people that may be bothered. If you’re walking around with your herb, use a Smelly Proof bag to lock in the smell, so you won’t bother the other people around you. Smaller bags are great for discreetly holding small amounts of herb while keeping the smells and freshness locked in. Use a larger bag if you’re carrying an edible or bringing some to share with of age friends.

 

Who May Be Next?

12 states are expected to have some form of marijuana legislation on the ballot in the 2018 election. Some of these states will be considering medical marijuana use for the first time, while others may switch from medical marijuana laws to legalizing the substance recreationally. We’ll have to wait and see how voters respond to these initiatives later this year, but it could turn out to be a record year for all kinds of marijuana legalization.

 

If you’re a marijuana user, you can use Smelly Proof bags to keep your marijuana from smelling up your home or car. You can also keep your marijuana fresh by keeping it in an air-tight bag. Black bags will also help you avoid bringing attention to yourself when carrying around your herb in public. Order some Smelly Proof bags today to keep the air around you smelling clean and fresh.

4 Tips for Storing Frozen Food

How to Get Your Food Ready for the Freezer

Putting food in the freezer can be a huge life-saver when you’re trying to save time. You can get your ingredients ready the day before you start cooking or whip out a prepared meal if you’re on a tight schedule. Whether you’re just cooking for yourself or a large family, you can always store your leftovers in the freezer, so you can enjoy them days or even weeks later. But many people don’t know how to prepare their food for the icebox. Reheating and defrosting is a breeze if you know how to get your food freezer-ready. Use these five tips to become a master freezer in your home.

Pack in the Food

Your freezer will have to work twice as hard if there’s only a few things in your icebox. When you don’t keep a lot of food in your freezer, it will fill up with warm air every time you open the door. That is unless your freezer is full of frozen food. If you want your food to freeze fast and stay fresher longer, get in the habit of keeping lots of food in your freezer. If you’re looking for more things to freeze, you can use Smelly Proof bags to store just about anything in the icebox. They come in all shapes and sizes, so the possibilities are endless.

Go Portion-Sized

Have you ever tried to defrost a massive pot of stew or a large piece of meat? Defrosting bulky dishes can take all day, and you have mouths to feed. That’s why it helps to divvy up your food into smaller portions before stashing them in the freezer. If you need a quick snack or a light meal, you can defrost your food in a fraction of the time it would take you to heat up the entire lot.

Smelly Proof makes freezer-safe bags in a wide-variety of sizes, so you can easily freeze an entire meal or individually-wrapped portions for you or your entire family. Remember you can use Smelly Proof bags over and over again. Just rinse them in the sink or pop them in the dishwasher and you can reuse them to freeze another delicious meal.

Keep Your Veggies Green

Freezing produce and perishable items is an easy way to extend their lifespan. No one likes to load up on fresh fruits and veggies just to see them go bad a few days later. Fruit is always a great item to freeze, but veggies could use a little prep-work. If you want your veggies to hold up in the freezer, boil them for a few seconds and then put them straight into a bowl of ice. When they finally get cold, put them in the freezer and they’ll be good as new for weeks on end.

Smelly Proof bags keep your food fresh in the freezer while minimizing freezer burn. We even tested our Smelly Proof bags to see how well they keep food fresh in the freezer. We left the bags in the freezer at 0° F for 16 hours straight and them moved them immediately into a humidity chamber with a temperature of 120° F for 8 hours straight. By the end, no significant change to the food sample was detected.

Thaw Your Meat

Meat makes a great addition to any freezer, but you should let the meat sit at room temperature for a few hours or even a full day before you put it in the pan. Cooking frozen meat can leave some areas undercooked, which may lead to the spread of bacteria. If you want to decrease the amount of thawing time, cut up your meat before you slip it in the freezer.

You can use a box of small Smelly Proof bags to store sliced chicken or individual hamburger patties. These bags can be uses at any stage of the cooking process, whether you want to marinate your meat in the fridge before you light up the grill or if you want to store some piping hot corn in a Smelly Proof bag and save it for later.

Freezing food is even more convenient when you have a box of smell-proof plastic bags at your disposal. You can use Smelly Proof bags to store almost any food. Grab the sizes that are just right for you at Smelly Proof to make the most of your freezer foods.

Use coupon code FREEZE and get 10% off your first Smelly Proof purchase!

Make Your Own Slime for Kids with Smelly Proof Bags

People all over the world are going crazy for homemade slime. It sounds disgusting, but it’s actually just a few staple household ingredients mixed together to create a fun, gooey substance that’s a lot of fun to play around with. You can squeeze it, toss it, and sculpt it into an awesome figure or a statue. Kids and parents alike are learning to appreciate the delicacies of slime because it’s so easy to make and it will keep you and your family entertained for hours on end. If you’re interested in making some slime of your own, take a look at the recipes below.

Types of Slime

There’s more than one kind of slime, just like there are many different ways to make it. Some of the most popular types of slime include:

·         Classic slime – available in any color

·         Magnetic slime – slime that reacts to magnetic fields

·         Glow-in-the-dark slime – pretty self-explanatory

·         Glitter slime – slime made with glitter

·         Edible slime – yup, it’s safe to eat

The list doesn’t stop there. You can do so many things with this fun-filled ooze. Just follow one of these recipes and you’ll be rolling in slime before you know it.

 

Slime Recipes

Classic Slime

To make classic slime, you’ll need to follow the instructions below:

1.       Pour 4 ounces of white glue into a bowl (regular glue that your kids would use a school will do just fine).

2.       Stir in ½ cup of water into the bowl.

3.       Add food coloring if you want slime that’s not white (most kids will prefer colored slime).

4.       In a separate bowl, pour in one cup of water and 1 teaspoon of borax powder.

5.       Mix together the glue mixture and the borax powder mixture.

6.       Now just play with the slime and let some of the excess water stay in the bowl. The slime will get firmer the more you play with it.

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Turn off the lights and learn how to make glow-in-the-dark slime.

1.       Follow the same instructions laid out above for making classic slime, but now add a 1/8 teaspoon of zinc sulfide powder or glow-in-the-dark paint to the mix.

2.       Once the slime is created and reasonably firm, you can shine a light on the mixture, so that it captures the light.

3.       Now turn off the lights and your light should glow in the dark!

 

Storing Your Slime

Slime is a fun activity for kids of all ages, but when your kids are done playing with the slime, they’re going to need a place to keep it safe. Otherwise it will get extremely dirty. Slime is made with glue, which makes it sticky. It will collect dirt, dust, hair and whatever else is lying around your home.

 

To keep your slime clean and out of the way, just pop it into a Smelly Proof bag. It keeps the air locked in, so your slime won’t dry out over time. Have leftover supplies or ingredients? Store those away in a bag too! When you want to play with the slime again, just open the bag and your slime will still feel like new.

Pick up some Smelly Proof bags today to get started!

Fun Things to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Now that another school year is coming to an end, you might be wondering how you can keep your kids busy throughout the summer when you’re stuck at the office all day. When school isn’t in session, some parents find it difficult to create educational, rewarding experiences for their children. But there are lots of ways to keep your kids safe when they’re not in school. Start planning your kid’s summer vacation today!

Put Them in Charge of a Fun Art Project

Whether your kids are old enough to be home alone or they’re under the supervision of a babysitter, you can help your kids pass the time by giving them some fun art activities to complete. Ask them what art they want to do and you can find lots of inspiring ideas online. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on supplies and you can see what your kids have made when you get home from work. Whether they pick clay or paint, glitter, glue, crayons or pens, keep their art supplies in durable Smelly Proof bags which have lots of sizes for lots of stuff.

Send Them to the Local Park for a Picnic

Summer is the best time of the year to plan a picnic. It’s a great way to get your kids out of the house and away from the TV. If your kids are headed to the local park to enjoy a delicious meal in the sun, have them keep their food in Smelly Proof bags. That way they won’t have to worry about a rogue animal or a wave of insects trying to get at their food. The entire meal can be secured with FDA approved Smelly Proof, so your kids can eat in peace.

Sign Them Up for Summer Camp

If you really need to give your kids a structured activity throughout the day, you can always sign them up for summer camp. Talk to their school and see if they offer any summer classes or special groups that your child might want to join. Some of these programs can be relatively inexpensive. This can be a great opportunity for your kid to learn about the outdoors, a new sport, or more about one of their favorite activities. Pack away all of their things in Smelly Proof bags to keep them organized and always keep their foods in a Smelly Proof bag to keep foods fresh and the surroundings odor free.

Summer means spending more time outside. Keep the smell of food out of the air with Smelly Proof bags. Get ready for summer and order Smelly Proof bags today!

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