Freezer Tips

Homemade Garlic Bread

A half of a loaf of homemade garlic bread is usually enough for my family, leaving the rest of the French bread to get stale. To avoid this, I prepare several half-loaves of garlic bread at a time…

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Hot Chicken Salad

Most hot chicken salads will not freeze well if they are made with mayonnaise and/or sour cream—they separate and cause the mixture to become watery.

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Ice Water Vegetables

I like to plunge cooked vegetables into ice water in order to stop the cooking process. I found that if I place a large pot of very cold water in the freezer an hour before I need it, ice crystals…

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Labeled Portions

I divide large economy size packages of chicken, ground beef, pork chops, grated cheese, etc. into recipe-size portions for freezing, then wrap them or place them in plastic bags. Then I store…

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Leftover Containers

After making dinner for my husband, our 18-month-old son and me, I often have leftovers. I pack the extras in freezer containers I have numbered. Then I update a running list that describes the…

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Leftover Onions

I love a slice of onion on my sandwiches but hate wasting the rest of the onion. I realized that many of my main dish recipes start with “chop and saute one onion”. Now I chop, saute and freeze…

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Leftovers List

I keep a list on my freezer door of the leftovers that are inside, and I clearly label each freezer bag or container with its contents. Because my family members eat at all different times, the…

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Marinated Meat

I freeze uncooked chicken and meats in different marinades. I transfer the meat to the refrigerator a day or two before cooking to let it absorb the marinade as it thaws. So we always have…

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Mashed Potatoes

I didn’t think it was possible to freeze mashed potatoes. But when we had some left over, I couldn’t bear to throw them away. I put them in a freezer bag, squeezed all of the air out and popped…

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Meat Loaf Ring

Here’s a fun way to freeze meat loaf and enhance its appearance at the same time. Simply press the meat mixture into a ring mold and freeze it. Once the meat loaf is frozen, pop it out of the ring…

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