Check Walmart for storage containers. I was in the one closest to where I live yesterday and they had a combo box on sale. Not sure what the price was but it was the RubberMaid airtight ones I believe.
I reuse the small snap top containers that at one time held sliced turkey, ham, or chicken. I've also bought the snap top Glad containers as well as those with screw on lids.
For my meats, I buy what the store calls value packages, take them home, divide into single serve portions, wrap each portion in foil, then put the foil packages in a double zipper store brand freezer bag. In the space for the bags contents I instead put the date it's frozen, then across the bottom of the bag I write the contents so the bags can be reused until the zippers quit working. Just one of the ways I save a few pennies.
I found buying meats in bulk and veggies are great. For example, I seperate and weigh/measure all my chicken into smaller freezer bags, so they're in smaller portions to deforst and store. I just take out a baggie in the morning to defrost it's definately a big time saver. I love those reusable plastic containers for leftovers.
I have lot sof plastic but am slowly replacing it with glass containers. Personal preference. I've also had some success freezing liquidy stuff (salsa, soups, broth, chilis, etc.) in well-rinsed one-liter cardboard milk containers. Tape the top with packing tape and it works great!
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I tend to use Rubbermaid or stuff from IKEA (relatively cheap, but not good in the microwave). I use baggies for items that just won't do in a container (chips). I try to be friendly to the environment. :)
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BET212 -- I do the same thing with Ziploc bags (suck the air out with a straw and freeze flat on a cookie sheet); I mainly do this for stock. Otherwise, I use the Pyrex containers; I get a little queebed-out at defrosting plastic containers in the microwave; the containers get all funky if you do, so you have to fuss with moving stuff to a microwaveable dish. I found a great set at Bed Bath and Beyond that came with I think two rectangular 6-cups, a big 8-cup round, a 6-cup round and two 2-cup rounds for I think around $25 (minus the 20 percent off coupon, natch!) More expensive than Rubbermaid or certainly the disposable stuff, but super-durable and safely reheatable. I augmented this set with some more of the 2-cup round ones that I got at Fresh and Easy very cheap. The one big drawback though is that they're HEAVY! I'm probably building some big muscles dragging 'em to work every day!
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We use plastic containers...what ever is cheapest/on sale but it does have to be square as someone mentioned; round ones tend to waste space. We also use baggies and re-wash them if no meat was placed in them.
When we freeze something like brown rice, spaghetti sauce,etc we fill the bag, place it flat on the counter and squeeze the air out then seal. You can also use a straw for this step to take more air out easily. Then we place the flattened bags on a cookie sheet and place it all in the freezer. After a couple of hours the food is frozen flat and you can stack them easily in the freezer or place them in small, thin spaces.
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I use the disposable Ziploc containers too (the pop lid kind, not the screw tops). They work just fine. I have dropped them while frozen though and they did crack (one shattered). If you aren't clumsy, they're cheap and fine.
I am currently trying to freeze in the Ziploc screwtop containers. I love those because they don't accidentally open on me when I use them for lunch. I will report back on how they do with freezing. A friend of mine also suggested freezing in a glass container like the ones from Pyrex with the plastic covers.
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Believe it or not some of the dollar stores sell rubbermaid containers. Also you can freeze in the glad reusable containers. Also after different holidays check walmarts clearance stuff, I found containers for 1.08 for 4 bowls and lids.
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I get a sore throat every time I walk into a Target store--must be their floor treatment of something. Still, I think a good set of Rubbermaid containers is a good idea and worth a quick visit. If I use freezer bags, I rinse them, well, right out of the box, else my food has that plastic smell. I wash and re-use them, for some things, since they lie flat and skinny in places I cannot get a container--I have a tiny freezer in a small fridge.
I get reverse-osmosis water and rinse the gallon jugs provided, if I am not reusing some. The osmosis water bothers me, though, unless I put some fresh lemon or grapefruit juice into it and let it sit for at least 10 minutes--it does not seem to rehydrate me well otherwise.
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