10 Stasher Bowl Hacks to Try
In our quest to design radically functional products that inspire everyone to eliminate single-use plastic and #SaveWhatMatters, we frequently enlist the Stasher Squad to inform what we do. Our newest product innovation is no exception.
Meet Stasher bowls: your to-go container for the reusable future. They come in five sizes for whatever you’re stashing, the lightweight design and leak-free seal means you can take them anywhere, and the wide opening lets you eat (and pour, thanks to the multitasking seal) right from the bowl — whether you’re in the office, at the park, or on the road. And just like the Stasher bags you know and love, they’re dishwasher safe, highly durable, and withstand heat up to 425º Fahrenheit. In other words, they’re a win-win-win-win-win-win addition to your Stasher collection.
Throughout the process of developing Stasher bowls, the Squad helped put them to the test and shared creative ways they’re using (and reusing) the new bowls. Here are 10 of the favorites.
Happy Hour Hack
Stasher bowls are the perfect cocktail shaker, thanks to the leak-free seal's easy-pour design. Let’s start with margaritas: pick a bowl size — 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 cup — based on how many servings you’re preparing. You’ll need 1.5 ounces tequila, 1 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec), ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, and optional sweetener (agave or simple syrup, to taste) per serving. Combine everything in the Stasher bowl, add ice, then seal, shake, and serve. Cheers! 🍹
The Perfect Popcorn Bowl
Stasher microwave popcorn is a classic hack that eliminates the waste from store-bought microwave popcorn. Now, this hack got an upgrade: prep, pop, and plop handfuls in your mouth — all from one Stasher bowl! Add ½ cup of popcorn kernels + 1 tablespoon oil to the 6-cup bowl (for an 8-cup bowl, use ¾ cup of popcorn kernels). Partially seal the bowl, leaving a small opening for air (but not popcorn) to escape. Microwave until kernels stop popping. Use a hot pad or towel to carefully open the bowl. Add butter and seasonings to taste.
We can debate whether the best quick breakfast is yogurt and granola or cereal and milk, but there’s no question that crunch is critical — and we have a hack for that! If you’re on team yogurt and granola, fill a larger bowl with the yogurt and fruit (we recommend the 4-cup bowl so you have plenty of space for stirring) and use a 1-cup bowl for granola. For cereal, fill the 4-cup bowl with cereal and the 1-cup bowl with milk. When you’re ready to eat, pour the ingredients from the smaller bowl into the larger bowl, grab your spoon, and savor the crunch.
More Meal Eggcellence
Our testers loved using Stasher bowls for cooking, with egg dishes at the top of their meal hacks. Most recipes for microwave, baked, or sous vide eggs can be prepared and cooked in a bowl, then eaten or served from that same bowl. Try one of these options and see for yourself how easy it is:
- Microwave Scrambled Eggs. This hack is a 1-bowl wonder! Simply combine all ingredients in the bag — eggs, veggies, cheese, herbs, seasonings — then seal and shake to scramble. Open the bag slightly to vent before microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until cooked. We recommend a 2-cup bowl for a single serving, going up from there depending on how many mouths you’re feeding.
- Oven-Baked Frittata. Use the 8-cup bowl for your favorite frittata recipe. Combine all ingredients in the bowl and bake according to the recipe instructions. Just like our bags, bowls can take the heat up to 425º Fahrenheit.
- Sous Vide Egg Bites. Follow this Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites recipe using 1-cup Stasher bowls instead of mason jars. Seal each bag tightly, removing as much air as possible before submerging into the water to cook. (See this blog post for more tips about sous vide cooking with Stasher bags.)
Saving Storage Space
We all love how Stasher bags bend and compress to take up less storage space than glass or plastic containers. Stasher bowls are also designed with storage savings in mind — the smaller bags nest nicely inside the larger ones. Another bonus: No lids to misplace.
Ice Cream Dreams
Now that you know Stasher bowls love to nest, you’ll see why they’re perfect for homemade ice cream (minus the extra kitchen appliance). Simply combine your ice cream ingredients in one of the smaller bowls, seal and place inside a larger bowl. Pack the larger bowl with ice and rock salt, shake for approximately 10 minutes and you’ve got yourself a bowl of homemade ice cream! Reference this 2-Ingredient Ice Cream recipe for a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.
Keep Cool On the Go
Turn anything into a cooler with Stasher bowl ice packs. Either fill them with water and freeze, or pack them with ice cubes. Seal the bowl carefully to prevent leaking as the ice melts. These ice bowls also work great if you’re grocery shopping and need to keep food cool while running other errands. Water-saving tip: When the ice melts, use it to water plants or fill a pet’s water bowl. (Aside: Stasher bowls also make great on-the-go dog bowls.)
Easy 1-Bowl Mac & Cheese
Using a 4-cup Stasher bowl, follow this One-Bowl Microwave Macaroni and Cheese recipe, and soon you’ll have a single serving of cheesy goodness — minus the extra dirty dishes used for boiling, draining, and serving! Be sure to leave the bowl’s seal partially open so heat / steam can escape. This method also has an advantage over using an open bowl, as it’s less likely the water will boil over and make a mess in your microwave. Great one to try with kids!
Mug Cake on the Move
Tasked with bringing dessert to a gathering? Mix up your favorite mug cake recipe (we love this Brownie in a Mug) in 1-cup bowls and seal. When it’s time for dessert, simply open the seal, pop them into the microwave, and cook according to the recipe instructions. For extra brownie points, let your host keep the Stasher bowls as a thoughtful gesture of gratitude.
Cookies On Demand
This is our story and we’re sticking to it: always having frozen cookie dough on hand makes life sweeter, and the 8-cup bowl is perfect for freezing cookie dough balls. Then, when a craving for fresh-baked cookies hits or you need a quick dessert, pull out as many as you need and bake according to recipe instructions.