Tips for Freezing Foods
Here are some helpful tips:
- Use good containers — heavy-duty freezer bags and airtight plastic containers
- Food needs to be well-chilled before stacking in the freezer
- Remove as much air from the bags or container as you can before freezing
- Keep freezer as close to zero degrees F as possible
- Use an inventory sheet to track what foods are still in your freezer
Foods that freeze well
- Baking powder biscuits: These can be flavored with cheese and garlic or cinnamon-sugar, or split and served McMuffin-style.
- Rolls: Mix the dough, cut out the rolls and freeze them individually on a cookie sheet, then store in sealed plastic bags. "These can be pulled out one or 10 at a time," says Teresa Hunsaker.
- Crepes: Layer them between waxed paper and wrap in plastic wrap to freeze.
- Waffles: "You can make all kinds of flavors."
- Chili: "I make up a whole vat and use it for all kinds of things."
- Casseroles: "I freeze them uncooked, then add 1 1/2 times onto the baking time."
- Sticky Chicken: "Take a bottle apricot preserves, a packet of onion soup mix, mix up with chicken tenders and freeze it in a zip-lock bag. When you need it, bake it in the oven."
- Stuffing: "It freezes great."
- Cranberry sauce
- Chutneys and cooked salsa
- Marinades: "The meat is wonderful frozen right in its own marinade."
- Some pies
- Lemon bars
- Most Bundt cakes
- Most quick breads
Steps to making meals ahead
- Set a time for planning, shopping and prepping
- Inventory your pantry, freezer, etc.
- Plan what storage containers you'll use
- Plan work stations or assembly lines
- Make sure you'll have enough freezer space
- Plan for a cool-down location where the food can cool before going into the freezer
- Convert recipes to larger high quantity amounts
- Label all containers with item, date and cooking instructions