While developing our recipe for pancetta, former CHOW editor Regan Burns fell in love with Hefty’s 2.5-gallon bags for storing the curing pork belly. The CHOW food team was initially skeptical of Regan’s choice, assuming that the time spent locked away with pork bellies had done her in. We thought that other methods, like putting the pork belly in a dish and covering it, worked just as well. But after a few months of using the bags ourselves, we too were convinced of their greatness. The large size allows ingredients to circulate and cover the meat better, and the bags ultimately take up less space in the fridge or freezer since they don’t have awkward corners like a dish.

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