M&Q Packaging Corp. announces the introduction of the recyclable MQ120 Oven Bag for poultry, and beef and pork applications like ribs and roasts. Developed with performance and sustainability as priorities, this ovenable bag is made of a proprietary material that gives meat processors measurable yield and processing efficiencies, superior cook-in performance, and provides a truly renewable addition to their green initiatives.
The MQ120 Oven Bag has a unique outer layer of blended polyester copolymer made from renewable canola oil and an inner layer of polyester making the bag recyclable under the SPI resin identification code number 1. This pioneering effort has produced a carbon footprint reduction of 65% when compared to customary oven bags.
Unlike most vacuum barrier bags, the MQ120 is a high-temperature structure oven-safe up to and including 400°F for foodservice or consumer use. Its ability to withstand high oven temperatures for sustained periods coupled with its nonshrink performance creates a predictable high-temperature environment around the meat that cuts cooking times for products like whole chickens from four hours to 90 minutes. In addition to greater cooking convenience, the MQ120 has zero protein adhesion that produces higher yields because no product is lost when the bag is removed after cooking, also resulting in a more attractive presentation and less messy clean-up since the product’s juices remain in the bag.
For processors the MQ120 bag is more heat-seal friendly than customary nylon oven bags. The seal window is 100% wider than other M&Q offerings with a range of plus or minus 7° F. Another benefit for processors is the bag’s low water vapor transmission rate meaning no yield loss from moisture seepage during distribution and retail display. And its low oxygen transmission rate is superior to any other high-temperature cook-in bag. The MQ120 bag can be taped for easier dispensing, and it works with all current automated bag loading systems. If products are to be distributed frozen rather than refrigerated, the MQ120 oven bag can withstand blast freeze temperatures of minus 100° F.
The MQ120 Oven Bag maximizes yields for processors, reduces cooking times and messy clean-up for consumers and foodservice operators, contains canola oil as a key bio-based component, and is completely recyclable.