Tips and Tricks for Freezing Foods to Preserve
When it comes to saving time and money, there is no better place to start than right in front of your freezer.
Food bills and prices are soaring and every family as well as individual is seeking to save time and money in this all-important area.
When it comes to freezing foods, there are a few tips and tricks that will make this endeavor fast and easy while saving money and time as well.
If you have never ventured into one of those warehouse style supermarkets and you are planning to freeze foods in order to save time and money, then you should begin your freezing efforts here.
Warehouse style supermarkets can save you a significant amount of money when buying in bulk, even when it comes to meats.
If you know your price per pound for meats and poultry, you can save quite a bit.
Buying larger cuts of meat can also offer significant saving.
Chicken breasts can be cut up into thin sliced cutlets for half the price of already sliced poultry.
Larger cuts of beef can be diced for use in stews and can save you several dollars as compared to meat that is already diced for you.
Freezing and Storage
There are several ways to store frozen foods. One of the most common ways is to individually foil wrap meats and poultry.
Utilizing a freezer pen to indicate the type of meat and the date frozen is a well-known method for freezing.
Individual plastic baggies in freezer storage size are a great way to store chicken that you have cut up yourself.
If you have purchased chicken breasts in whole as recommended above, you can cut these into strips and freeze them in individual plastic zipper baggies.
These can be used for fajitas, over salads, or in a spicy Mexican casserole.
These chicken strips can even be stir fried and cooled before placing them in the freezer.
This way, all you have to do is pull them out, defrost in the microwave, and add to your favorite recipe.
Making larger quantities of foods such as different types of sauces, soups, and stews can be placed in smaller containers and taken for work place lunches or individuals meals for a party of one.
Of course, dating all of your stored frozen foods to avoid keeping them for too long is a smart idea.
Make sure that food containers are properly sealed so that freezer burn will not set in either.
Making sure that all cooked foods are cooled before freezing will help to seal in freshness and avoid altering the taste of your frozen foods.
With so many men and women working longer hours for less pay, batch cooking and freezing foods properly is a wise investment of not only money but time as well.
Every year, a lot of people can and freeze foods to ensure they have the foods they love on hand when winter rolls around and they are out of season.
To learn more about how you can start preserving foods visit the section here about how to preserve foods by canning and freezing them.
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