Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Freezer Meals - Part Three - Packaging Methods

This is part 3 in my blog series on Freezer cooking. Check out my other posts here and here.

What is the best way to package freezer meals?

Let's just say it isn't going to be a super frugal way to cooking if you are going out and buying all new dishes to package the stuff, so try to use what you already have. With that in mind, here are the basics...

++The enemy to frozen food is air. Package your foods so there is minimal air.

++You can purchase disposable tin pans. I do not do this because of the unnecessary expense. They are also difficult to reuse and are flimsy to wash. These do work great for meals that you give away. You can usually pick these up at the dollar store.

++Freezer bags (in various ways)

++Foil (line a casserole dish with foil, put your casserole into it, freeze, then wrap in foil. On baking day place back into the casserole dish and bake.) This doesn’t work great for tomato based meals, the acid wears holes in the foil. I picked this one up from Gayle over at The Grocery Cart Challenge. Check out her post HERE. It works GREAT!

++Glad or Ziploc reusable containers.

++Glass Pyrex dishes with lids (no they don't break).

++Don’t forget to label, label, label! Will you know the difference between spaghetti sauce and taco soup if it isn't labeled? I'm just saying.

Come back next week to find out more about freezer cooking and what you can or can't freeze!



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