With such a busy lifestyle but still wanting to eat fresh and homemade meals, make larger portions of your meals for the purpose to freeze them for later use. It’s a great way to eat healthy and save time when time is the one thing you don’t have for cooking on any particular day. If you freeze meals, make sure you do it as wisely as possible and here are some tips to follow.
To successfully freeze foods, there are some simple rules you need to follow. The two most important bits of advice are to make sure you wrap the foods very well, and that you keep careful track of what is in your freezer. Freezer burn is dehydration of the food caused by improper packing, and wastes food. And if you don’t label the foods in your freezer and have a frequently updated chart of what’s in there, your freezer will be impenetrable in a very short time – which also wastes food.
Here are some more tips:
Freezer temperature should 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a thermometer to check the temperature.
Use microwave safe plastic wrap if you plan to thaw or cook the frozen food in the microwave.
Freeze in smaller or thin portions so the food cools faster and thaws faster for best quality.
You can freeze ingredients for a casserole in individual packets, then place the smaller packets into one large bag. Make sure you label well including date, thawing and baking instructions.
Line casserole dishes with heavy duty foil before assembling. Fill casserole, freeze, then remove foil wrapped food and seal in ziplock heavy duty freezer bag. Place in original container to thaw and bake.
Remember that freezing will not improve foods, it will just keep them at their original freshness and quality. Freeze only top quality foods.
Just another ShopRTO home freezer and lifestyle tip.