Planning ahead makes a freezer efficient.

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Freezers frequently contain ice cubes, mixed veggies, frozen pizza, and ice cream. Since working from home now, I have been in the kitchen more, thus using my freezer more than ever.

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Whether you are the only cook in the house or sharing the responsibility, everyone needs a break. A freezer can be a lifesaver, great for having fresh food on hand to encourage less take-out, enjoy cooking more, and eat healthier. Place a magnetic grocery pad on the fridge easy to see and update. Take advantage of seasonal and weekly sales for fruit, meat, chicken, and seafood.

Preparing to freeze a food item.

  1. Purchase one or more containers of fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and huckleberries).
  2. Place berries into a colander.
  3. Rinsed quickly with cold water.
  4. Shake the colander gently until the water has drained out.
  5. Pour berries into a gallon or smaller zip lock freezer bags, dated and labeled.
  6. Shake the bag slightly to arrange the berries evenly.
  7. Set bag of berries flat in the freezer until completely frozen.
  8. Once frozen, the bag can be stored casually.

Foods that freeze well.

  1. Raw chicken breasts, fish, and beef steaks. (Three oz to four oz portion sizes.)
  2. Raw cookie dough rolled into balls or long rolls.
  3. Loaves of bread or baguettes. (Cut into thin slices.)
  4. Roasted and peeled chili peppers.
  5. Roasts-keep whole or cut in half.
  6. Canned tomatoes, beans including refried.
  7. Brown, wild, and white rice. (Cooked and cooled.)
  8. Tomato or meat spaghetti sauce. (Cook noodles at the meal for fresh tasting.)
  9. Meat or vegetarian chili with beans.
  10. Broth-based soups or stews (Chicken noodle soup, stews, beef soup, and bean soups.)
  11. Prepared cakes. (Once cooled, best cut into serving sizes before freezing.)

Foods that do not freeze well.

  1. Fresh tomatoes.
  2. Mashed and baked potatoes.
  3. All types of plain pasta. Defrosting tends to make soggy.
  4. All types of lettuce and other green leafy vegetables.
  5. Cream soups.
  6. Melons, apples, oranges, and bananas.
  • Use all frozen food items within three months.
  • When planning to use a portion of a frozen item, drop the bag gently on a hard surface to allow frozen items to loosen from each other.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave. (Do not thaw food at room temperature.)

Start loading up the freezer now!

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