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Freezer Tips

Slow Cooker Steaks

My husband and I take advantage of sales at the grocery store by buying in large quantities. We purchase cube steaks, flour and fry them, then freeze on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. When…

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Smart Shopping for Frozen Veggies

When buying bags of frozen vegetables, examine the packages for signs that they've been thawed and refrozen. Steer clear of bagged vegetables that are frozen in blocks or large chunks. If the…

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Speedy Streusel

To save time when making crisps, prepare the streusel topping in advance and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Thawing is not necessary! —Emily Barss, Pasadena, Maryland

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Split Bagels

After buying bagels or English muffins, I separate each one into two halves and return them to the bag. At breakfast, I can just pull the number of halves desired from the freezer and pop them in…

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Stir-Fry Vegetables

After the fledglings flew the nest and I only had to cook for my husband and me, I began converting recipes into smaller sizes. Many dishes required only a portion of a green or sweet red pepper,…

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Storing Stock

Until recently, I always seemed to be short of plastic storage containers because most of them were in the freezer storing frozen vegetable, beef and chicken stock. Now, I divide the stock into 2-…

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Streusel Topping

We like streusel-topped pies, so I devised a quick way to have the streusel ready whenever I’m baking. After cutting away the extra dough from a pie’s bottom crust, I take the leftover pieces of…

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Surprise TV Dinners

Leftovers became a fun meal while we were raising six children. After each meal, I packaged leftovers into “TV dinners” and put them in the freezer. When there were eight meals made up, I warmed…

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Taco Salad

When making taco salad, I double the amount of ground beef and use two packages of seasoning mix. I use half of the cooked seasoned meat to make our dinner and freeze the rest so we can enjoy a…

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Taking Food to Friends

"I have a few friends who live alone, so I make larger batches of food and freeze leftovers for them. I date and label the contents on the front. This is something any family can do to look after…

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