I’ve had many requests to show you how I freeze food. Silly me. I tell you all about what foods I make and freeze. Perhaps I could also tell you how I freeze the food. That would be nice of me wouldn’t it?!
I use these basic supplies:
- Cookie sheets and parchment paper
I often “flash freeze” food on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Some examples would be Chicken Fried Steak Strips, Popcorn Chicken, Burritos, Meatballs, Turkey Sausage, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls or Pizza Pockets made into mini pizzas:
- Freezer Bags
I mostly use the gallon sized freezer bags. Unless I’m freezing raw meat, I wash out the bags and reuse them over and over. Beyond the food mentioned above, I usually use gallon sized freezer bags for baked goods like hamburger buns, breads, muffins and cookies.
Once the food is frozen, I transfer it to…
- Pyrex Dishes
I have six or seven pyrex dishes with lids, most of them are 9×13…but Matt surprised me with this last Christmas, so now I have a nice variety of other sizes too. I LOVE freezing food in these dishes as they stack so nicely in my freezer. If I make a casserole, this is what I freeze it in.
Are you surprised? Don’t I use jars for everything? Just be sure if you freeze food in jars, you only fill it 3/4 full, or it will expand in the freezer and crack the jar. Also, be sure the food in the jar has completely cooled before you put them into the freezer. Cracked jars are sad. :(My favorite jars to use are wide mouth quart jars (for cooked rice and beans and hamburger meat) and half gallon jars (for broth and soup).
Seal-a-MealOne last thing I’ll tell you about is something I use A LOT this time of year while I’m freezing produce. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine bought me a Seal-a-Meal. I LOVE this thing. With the volume of strawberries, peaches, corn and green beans I freeze each year (usually a year’s supply of each), this Seal-a-Meal has been a wonderful way to make my freezer food last longer (cuts way down on freezer burn). Plus it is a HUGE space saver!! The Seal-a-Meal sucks all the air out of the bag so that I can get WAY more food in my freezer than I used to be able to when I just froze the food in freezer bags.
See how the air is all sucked out of the bags!?! So cool!!
I’ll try to do a video tutorial of this process sometime!
I think that if you just do a small amount of freezing foods…a small hand-held vacuum sealer is a great option. (I think Ziplock has a $5 variety at Walmart!) But if you do a large amount of freezer preserving like I do a Seal-a-Meal is the way to go! By the way, I buy rolls of bags and cut them to the size I need them. They are a bit pricey (again, worth it to me since I am able to freeze SO much food and keep it good in my freezer this way). Lately I’ve been using my Swagbuck earned Amazon cards to buy big rolls of bags!
Hopefully, I have now answered many of your freezing questions…but did I forget anything?!
Food I plan to freeze this month: