Placing finished meals in your freezer can save you time in the kitchen. It takes hardly any more time and only double your ingredients to have a time saving meal ready for the times when you just don’t have the energy or the time to start a meal fresh.
If you would like to start cooking for the freezer. Start with these six tips to help you get the most out of your freezer and maximize your efforts in the kitchen.
1. Freezing foods can alter the tastes of some spices such as garlic, pepper and cloves. When you first make your dishes in preparation for the freezer, season your food lightly before sealing it up.
2. Use both foil and plastic wrap to keep your food from getting freezer burned. If you are wrapping an item that you will place directly in the oven, such as a casserole, consider wrapping it first in aluminum foil and then either placing in a large freezer bag or wrapping in plastic. Use double layers of foil or heavy duty foil for maximum protection.
3. Don’t forget to label your foods so that months down the line you are not playing the guessing game. Use waterproof labels and/or ink so that your writing doesn’t get smudged.
4. Remember not all foods freeze well. Some that rank up there are mayonnaise, raw tomatoes, boiled potatoes, cottage and cream cheese. Get a list of non-freezer friendly foods. Go here for a list of foods that don’t freeze well
5. Some good things to freeze for emergencies are unfrosted cakes, cookie dough, and pie crusts. You never know when unexpected company might drop by. I often freeze my cake layers for the many birthdays that dot the year.
6. Make sure you remove as much air as possible from food items before placing them in the freezer. This will help keep your foods frost free.
With these tips and some delicious freezer friendly meals you’ll be getting out of the kitchen fast in no time.
O Quinn is a stay at home mom who loves cooking delicious meals but not living in the kitchen. Visit her at http://www.homemakingorganized.com and http://www.quick-easy-cooking.com
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