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 …


  • Oven bags are also great as gift bags!

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  • I used to “pooh-pooh” people who used things like oven-bags, sachets of pre-mixed harbs & spices, and all those other things aimed at people who were “time-poor”, etc. Then my life changed with my family, and now I wonder how I ever got by without such things. I will try never to criticize someone (especially a Mum) for something she does that saves time or makes life easier for her, until I’ve tried it myself.

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  • I love an oven bag too, they keep meats very moist and tender

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  • lol, the last time i tried to use oven bags from one of those maggi chicken things, the bag broke! so I gave up on them, glad you liked them and they didn’t break!

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  • I’ve never tried using an oven bag. I might have to give one a go.

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  • I’ve started cooking a lot more in oven bags…your work is done

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  • Just had this last week – the chicken was so tender and tasty, just melts in your mouth!

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  • I will have to try these oven bags, they sound great.

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  • Never tried one of these maybe I will now

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  • love those maggie oven flavour satchets, love the portugese chicken one the best…..but a bit spicy for little kids

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  • Must try these…everyone I know has found them great!

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  • I use oven bags frequently. Less mess in the oven to clean up afterwards.

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  • I marinate in the oven bag and then cook in it as well

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  • Thanks for sharing these useful tips and ideas. :)

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  • thanks for sharing these great ideas and tips.

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