Phew.  I’ve just been reading over the (over 1000) comments that appeared in response to Mia Freedman’s article about her interview with Jacinta Tynan after ‘that article’ that ran on Jacinta’s positive response to being a Mum.  Regardless of what you thought of Jacinta’s views on mothering, I was gobsmacked to read how some of the comments belittled what many of us talk about as Mummy Bloggers. Basically some of the comments slammed mums for discussing our kids, our daily lives as mums and some of the smaller things that make our lives easier.

So, at the risk of unleashing the angries that spend time on parenting and mummy blogs – not to appreciate but to berate – I wanted to share my excitement about a very basic little kitchen aid I discovered this weekend.  The OVEN BAG.  I have clear memories of this as a child featuring in the kitchens of many of my friends however have never used one myself.

However I have to say “Where have you been all my life?”  I have found a new love.  Yesterday afternoon I had a whole chicken and knowing how much my kids love a roast chicken I went to do my usual – garlic, lemon, butter and oregano but found I was missing two of the four ingredients.  Rifling through the back of the pantry I discovered a Maggi Tender Roast Chicken flavour sachet which included a Roasting Bag. So I proceeded to sprinkle the chicken with the premade sachet, pop it into the oven bag, seal it up and then threw it into the oven.  1 hour later and I checked to find a perfectly browned, beautifully cooked and spectacularly juicy chicken – even the breasts. And so, so simple.

So, yes, not earth shattering and certainly not going to cure cancer or solve World Peace but if one other mum discovers the joy of the Oven Bag, my job in this post is done.  Happy Roasting.

p.s. Any other little tips like this we might like to know about?  Feel free (and completely unjudged) to share with us …


  • I cooked mum and dad a complete roast in an oven bag, meat and veg all together. I mostly did it because dad is a fan of limiting washing up. It was the first time I had ever done it and was such a hit, I’ve done it this way ever since

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  • Really? I thought oven bags were a thing that everyone used? I always use them for roasting in the oven. Keeps the oven much cleaner and keeps the meat moist.

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  • I’ve never tried an oven bag but this article has encouraged me too.

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  • I love oven bags when I make roasts and use them a lot of the time. They save having to clean the oven straight after too so that’s a bonus!

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  • Great idea to use an oven bag,will give it a go!

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  • Uh right you are! And mostly of not having to clean up as much!

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  • You could possibly use them to bake seasoned vegetables in.

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  • Good little “gadget” to have in the kitchen

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  • yes better invention of the modern era

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  • That was an interesting article! Thanks for sharing!

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  • I too have done the chicken and it turns out succulent and so easy!

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  • I have a couple of these oven bags at home (also tucked away at the back of the pantry) – must get to using one of these to see what the results are like

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  • I love oven bags and they have come so far, you can cook almost everything in them, fish is one of my most favourite, chicken is the thing that is always cooked in a bag, the Christmas turkey, and Pork roast, this stops all that splattering in my oven, I cooked a roast pork in my new oven and an hour of cleaning plus the self cleaning cycle and I vowed if anyone went near my new oven again with a pork roast I would cause them serious harm, but the bag has solved it and I just open it up at the end to get the crackle and all is well and I am happy. oh the joys of a simple cellophane bag!!!

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  • Chicken in an oven bag is always so moist!

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  • Oven bags are great for some recipes! :)

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