Paper Bag Cookery by Vera Countess SerkoffPaper-Bag Cookery is the method of cooking food in a hot oven, having previously enveloped each article in paper, and thus cooking them in hot air and in the steam generated by their own juices. The method is fully explained and its advantages are clearly and incontestably set out in the following pages, but it may be well to sum up the latter succinctly in their order here that they may be taken in at a glance. The greatest advantage of all is, of course, the great improvement in flavour and the retention in the food of its highest nutritive properties. (1) Food cooked in a paper bag is superior in flavour and of higher nutritive value than that cooked in any other way. The next advantage is its economy in time, in money, and in labour. (2) Food cooked in a paper bag loses practically nothing in weight. (3) By cooking the entire dinner in paper bags in the oven an immense saving in fuel is effected. (4) Food cooked in a paper bag takes, as a rule, a much shorter time to cook than when cooked by any other method. (5) The entire meal may be prepared and placed in the bags overnight, thus saving considerable time during the busy morning hours. (6) Joints require no basting, and provided care is taken to lower the gas sufficiently to prevent scorching the bags, the food can be left to look after itself until the proper time for dishing up arrives. A very great advantage both to mistress and maid is the cleanliness of the process. It is undoubtedly an advantage when doing without a servant to have no pots and pans to soil ones fingers, or to roughen ones hands with the necessary strong soda water for cleansing kitchen utensils. (7) No pots and pans to clean. No blackened saucepans to scour; no dishcloths to wash out, after washing the pots, thus saving soap and soda. The bags used in cooking are merely burned up.
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The Benefits of Paper Bag Packaging
According to the Progressive Bag Alliance, five billion paper bags are used every year in the US compared to 92 billion plastic bags. Both paper and plastic bags have a heavy impact on the environment. Paper is more recyclable, but the paper industry is also one of the 10 most polluting industries according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Plastic bags have a bad reputation and with good reason. It takes centuries for one to dissolve after ending up in a landfill, while paper decomposes much more faster and easily. In fact, according to an article in Slate magazine, plastic bags do not biodegrade at all, so you would have to wait for UV rays to destroy it, which can take anywhere from to 1, years or more. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency points out that 12 million barrels of oil are used in the US alone to produce plastic bags.
Since they were developed in , paper bags continue to be a popular bagging item, despite the competition from plastic bags. While you may not be able to find them in as many stores as you once could, paper bags continue to be a popular choice for shopping and food items due to the increased durability and their eco-friendly disposition. Paper bags have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the mid-eighteenth century, with manufacturers developing paper bags that are more resilient and durable. Their box-shaped design also allows them to stand upright and hold more goods at once. When compared with plastic bags, they are also much safer.
The Benefits of Paper Bag Packaging
Cooking with gas was recommended by Edwardian cooks as the best method for success with paper-bag cookery. For vegetables, on the other hand, it may be doubted whether the paper-bag plan is suitable. Why it should have fallen into abeyance among civilised nations except in the cooking of one or two special dishes for so many centuries is impossible to surmise. Click Here. This would ensure that if the bag burst, the juices would not be lost or create a mess in the oven. In my second posting I will be bringing you a range of recipes from some of the above authors. Paper-bag cookery is still popular today, sometimes called cooking En papillote.