Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Freezer meal tips
I've mentioned in the past that we don't generally do many freezer meals, since we think most foods taste best when prepared, baked, and served fresh! :)
However, there are a handful of things that, while not quite like fresh, are still pretty tasty after being frozen. :) And since I've been nesting lately (I prefer to call it "disaster readiness prep"!) I've been brainstorming meal ideas for the freezer. :)
Several people suggested making a double batch of whatever we're having for dinner, and freezing half. I've been able to do this several times during the past couple weeks, and it's worked great!
I have two glass 8x8-inch dishes that work great for a single meal size. I couldn't bring myself to purchase the cheap foil pans (especially bad for tomato-based meals!) so I've been using the "mold technique":
1. Line the glass dish with wax paper and plastic wrap. (You could also use foil, like Amy does, although I prefer to avoid foil since it can stick and tears easily.)
2. Layer the casserole inside.
3. Cover with more plastic wrap and/or a lid, and freeze until solid.
4. After frozen, remove casserole from dish and wrappings, and seal.
I use the Food Saver to seal the frozen meal, since those bags are heavy and seriously prevent frostbite. If I'm going to the effort to freeze meals, I want them to taste as good as possible! ;)
You could also use heavy plastic freezer bags and remove most of the air with a straw, but I find that nothing compares to the heavy Food Saver bags and they just don't let air back in like freezer Ziplocks do. :) We have the FoodSaver Vac 750 model which has had lots of use in the 8+ years since we bought it, and it still works great!
Another advantage of using square or rectangular dishes of the same size is that the casseroles stack very tightly in the freezer.
My current freezer situation: Frozen casseroles, beef (cooked) and chicken (cooked), homemade cream of chicken soups (in bags at left), fish (raw and smoked), and vegetables. :)
Later this week I'll share my menu plans and which meals I decided to freeze, already completely made. :)
But for now -- does anyone have other great freezer tips to share? What are your favorite frozen homemade meals -- ones that taste just like fresh? :)
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