How do I freeze meals?

I want to make some food ahead ahead of time, but have never frozen meals before so am unfamiliar with how to go about it. What are the best containers to store frozen food in? Do you have any tips on how to prevent freezer burn? And, what are some of the best types of foods to freeze? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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MicahsMom612

Asked by MicahsMom612 at 4:02 PM on Feb. 22, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • http://busycooks.about.com/od/makeaheadrecipes/a/cookOAMC.htm
    try this. if not google freezing meals or food freezing tips . That what I just did and all sorts of sites came up!!!
    chefjen

    Answer by chefjen at 11:53 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Google "make ahead meals" or once a month cooking and you'll find lots of recipes. I use freezer bags.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • I mainly freeze sauces (like spagetti, alfredo, etc.) when i am making it for dinner I make a large batch and just throw some into a freezer ziploc baggie and call it good.

    If you are wanting to start freezing things, something else to consider is freezing chopped onions. I dice about 3 onions at a time, and store 1/2 onion in a ziploc freezer bag and throw it in the freezer, when its time to use them you just take them out and throw them in your food no thawing out required, and they keep for 4-6 weeks.
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 4:06 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • i suggest getting a food saver. it vacuum packs the food in bags and you can choose how much you want to put in (like just enough for you or enough for your whole family) i don't know about soups in those.... though everything else should do pretty good. i never had trouble with freezer burn... the packs are pretty much flat once all the air is sucked out so you c an store a LOT of stuff in the freezer. you can even put the bags in the microwave or boil them to warm the food back up
    pringles_697

    Answer by pringles_697 at 4:10 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • I don't have a food saver, but have had no problem freezing. For meats, I just wrap in heavy foil tightly and store in a FREEZER zip lock style bag with the air pushed out as much as possible. Air is your enemy in freezing, so do your best to not let the food touch any. (For instance, icecream doesn't get the ice crystals on top after you take some out of the container if you place a layer of plastic wrap directly on top and reclose the container.)

    As for foods that don't freeze well, I know raw egg doesn't freeze well, but if you make a Quiche, you can freeze that and reheat it later.

    If you plan to make up full dinners with say three items on each plate, a food saver vacuum packer will really help to keep the air off all the different shaped items on the plate. So you might want to invest in one then. If you make casseroles, just buy some dishes that say you can go from freezer to oven with them.
    timelessglass

    Answer by timelessglass at 4:20 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • I freeze in ziplocs, gladware and in foodsaver bags. Depends on what it is. What do I freeze meals wise? Soups and stews, spaghetti, lasagna, enchiladas, almost any cassorole. I make ahead pancakes and freeze in single serving bags. There is very little you can't freeze well. I also brown hamburger, drain and freeze in 1 lb batches.ready to go for lots of different things. My sister loves chinese food. When she goes she always orders an extra meal and then freezes portions of it for her work lunch.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:49 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Definitley get a food saver. Hands down it is the best appliance I have ever bought, aside from my kitchenaid mixer.
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 1:22 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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