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Freezer Tips

Meat Loaf Sandwich Slices

I cut leftover meat loaf into thick slices and store each slice in its own freezer bag. Then the next time I make a pizza or a pot of soup, I simply thaw the number of slices that I want to cube…

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Meatballs

Preparing meatballs and other family favorites in bulk cuts back greatly on prep time. I often make as many as five dinners’ worth of meatballs in one evening. To serve, I drop a package of frozen…

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Mini Meat Loaves

Bake your favorite meat loaf in muffin tins rather than in a loaf pan. Freeze these meat loaf muffins in small quantities so you can reheat them one or two servings at a time. They are also great…

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Nuts for Baking

I use lots of nuts in my cooking and baking, and I would get upset when I ran out at a crucial time. Now I buy large bags of walnuts, pecans and other nuts from wholesale stores, pour them into…

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Packaging Food for the Freezer

How well you package your food for freezing will affect its quality. To prevent freezer burn and preserve freshness, try this simple technique. The plastic-and-foil-wrap method is handy for…

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Pancake Batter

My husband prepares Saturday breakfast, so I stir up pancake batter and freeze it in quart-size freezer bags. I thaw a bag in the refrigerator on Friday night. The next day, he simply clips a…

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Pie Crust Dough

I like to bake pies for the potluck suppers I attend. To save time, I make the dough for several pie crusts at once, then store it in the freezer. I found that if I form the pastry dough into…

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Preparing Dried Beans

Many of our favorite recipes call for dried beans, but it can take a long time to cook them. So I prepare an entire bag of beans at once. I soak them overnight, cook them in a large pot the next…

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Properly Storing Ice Cream

When scooping ice cream from the carton, do so quickly and return the unused portion to the freezer as soon as possible, since thawing and refreezing causes ice crystals to form on the surface.…

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Quick Christmas Cookies

Whenever I have a few extra minutes, I mix up a batch of cookies, roll the dough into logs and seal them with my Food Saver before storing them in the freezer. (If you don’t have a Food Saver,…

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