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Freezer Tips

Quick Hearty Dinner

I have a trick I’ve used for years to put a meal on the table fast. When I’m browning ground beef for a recipe, I cook extra. When it’s cooked, I take out a few cups, cool it and put it in a…

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Ready-Made Ice Packs

Fill 20-ounce plastic soda bottles half full of water and freeze. Finish filling with tap water, and you have ice water to take with you. Or freeze 2-liter bottles almost full of water to use in…

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Rhubarb and Strawberries

In spring, I clean and chop fresh rhubarb, then place 3-cup portions in a freezer bag. In summer, I do the same with strawberries. With the premeasured ingredients, I can make strawberry-rhubarb…

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Sample Size

I like to double casserole recipes and freeze the extra for busy days. But sometimes I'm not sure if a particular casserole will freeze well. In that case, I make only enough for one meal, then…

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Sausage Perk Up

I buy sausage in large quantities when it’s on sale. I brown it, then pack it in small resealable plastic bags. I put them all in one large freezer bag and label, date and freeze it. Then,…

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Save Leftover Bread for Crumbs

I keep the heels of bread in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag in the freezer. When the bag is full, I use my food processor to turn the heels into bread crumbs. This way I don’t have to process…

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Sealing Frozen Packages

If you don’t want to use up a bag of frozen veggies, twist the open part of the bag shut, secure it with a clothespin and put it back in the freezer to use later. To close open boxes of frozen…

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Skillet Sausage

I stock my freezer with two easy main dishes. I buy two links of kielbasa or smoked sausage, cut them into 1/4-inch slices and fry them in a skillet. I find two large microwave-safe freezer…

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Sliced Ice Cream

When serving ice cream from a half-gallon brick, I slice off individual servings with a sharp knife. I find this quicker and easier than using an ice cream scoop, especially for large gatherings.…

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

I love spaghetti sauce, so I make a big batch in a 5-quart slow cooker. I don’t add any meat or vegetables (except onions) while it’s cooking. When it’s done, I cool meal-sized portions and place…

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