Frequently asked questions
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What is Qbag made of and how does it work?
Qbag is made of a very strong, pure aluminium foil (with no coatings or laminated plastics on it) which is also much thicker and stronger than regular household foil. This is why it can withstand the high temperatures and flames from a barbecue. The bag provides a pressure-cooking environment for food to cook faster by steaming in the oven and on the barbecue, without any odours escaping or mess to clean up after.
How do I close Qbag after filling?
This is very easy to do by hand. Fold the open end by 1cm or so, twice, and press down to create a water-tight seal. No need for any expensive sealing machinery (unlike what sous-vide demands). Add sauces, marinades or even white wine to enhance flavour.
Do I need to pierce the window film before cooking?
No. The window adheres to the aluminium foil bag during freezing and room temperatures. During cooking, the window film will gently lift off to allow excess pressure and steam to escape automatically. However, it will not pop-off or reseal to the aluminium foil. It will simply sit on top of the bag, so just leave the bag to cook without turning it over.
Can I roast in the bag?
Yes. During cooking, after the window film has begun to let steam escape, you can choose to leave the window film resting on top of the bag for a steamed, succulent result or remove it altogether (with the EasyPull tab) for a more roasted result.
Will I still get the taste from charcoal on the BBQ/grill?
Yes, you can! A few minutes after cooking the window will start to become peelable. Remove the window film altogether to allow you to close the BBQ hood. The food inside the bag will infuse with the smoke (or wood chips) from the BBQ to get the charcoal taste, but without the mess!
Can I add vinegar or lemon juice for flavour in Qbag?
The cooking method of Qbag allows for the natural water content in food to be released for steaming, the release of all this moisture is likely to neutralise acidic and alkaline elements present inside the bag. That is why lemon slices on salmon or a splash of vinegar in a marinade for meat can be used for seasoning and flavour, but probably should not be cooked in isolation in the bag.
Can I prepare meals in Qbag and cook them later?
Yes, absolutely! Meal prepping is well-suited to Qbag because you can see inside the bag through the EasyView Window. You can keep meals in Qbag in the fridge, cooler (like when camping) or in the freezer.