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7/2/12 9:51 A

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I freeze lots of stuff. Meat I buy in large packs and then portion & freeze. Leftovers, if I know we won't get to them before they go bad. Homemade stock.

I use the freezer bags, gladware and sometimes the chinese soup containers.

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6/28/12 8:28 P

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Whenever I cook dry beans from scratch or boil vegetables, I'll save the liquid. When it's cool, I pour it into sandwich-sized ziplock bags. Easy way to do that is to nestle the bag inside a 2-cup glass measuring cup: it holds the bag in place so there's no accidental spills, and it allows you to measure the amount at the same time. Always squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before freezing, for the liquid expands.

Lay the bags flat on a plate and place in the freezer until they're frozen. Then you can bag these frozen baggies of vitamins together until you have enough to make a soup. --Or take them out and use them individually when you need a little bit of broth or stock.

I make seafood stock from shrimp/lobster/crab shells, save the poaching liquid from fish and chicken (fish and chicken stock!), the same way.

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6/28/12 8:23 P

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It's so much easier and convenient to make 2 batches of something like soup or chili, then freeze half of it for a no-brainer meal! Instead of keeping dozens of plastic tubs (Rubbermaid) around, I'll line a tub with plastic wrap and THEN add my chili or soup. Once it's good and frozen, I'll pop it out of the plastic container, wrap my leftovers in foil, label them and put them in clear plastic bags you get at the grocery store for fruit and vegetables. My plastic tub is freed up for further use, and my leftovers are marked so I can find them in the freezer.

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A.DRAGONFLY Posts: 136
6/21/12 3:46 P

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Thank you for sharing your experience. I am still not making good use of the freezer. Your comment brought my focus back to the topic.

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6/21/12 9:28 A

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I like Ziploc for the smaller bags and Hefty brand for the large one with zips. We can't get ANYTHING as good as these in England, so the last time I was home in the States I shipped 12 boxes of each to myself.

If I haven't stored meat in them, I wash them out and re-use.

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6/1/12 4:10 P

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I like the Ziploc freezer bags for fruits and veggies and solid cooked leftovers, but liquids always are a problem for me. If you're just saving for a day or two, I just store it either in the fridge or freezer in a Corningware dish with a glass lid. Tomato sauces won't stain it like they do plastic dishes, and it's safe to take directly from the freezer to the microwave or convection oven, then serve on the table, so it's saves on dirty dishes, too.

(That's a BIG plus to me right now, since I just got out of a cast I've had on for four weeks! I've started physical therapy to get my left hand back up to speed, but it's slow work.)

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2/5/12 9:07 A

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I like using the frezer bags. Some are better than others. I freze soup alot because we are a family of 3 and we always have leftovers. Last night I made soup and froze 2 meals worth and one serving will be for my daughters lunch on Monday.

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2/4/12 3:33 P

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As I move on to Week 3, I would like to thank everyone who joined this discussion.

I have bought the plastic bags, saved the plastic containers from other products, and purchased 2 plates with dividers. I need to go back to the suggested articles and print the one that listed what foods freeze best.

I have not tried cooking the week of meals in one day yet. I will try that after I eat a few of the small left overs I freeze and thaw from this week and next week.

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1/30/12 9:23 A

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I recently started using the big Ziplocks & Love them...Not a fan of the Ziplock Zipper ones tho.

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1/30/12 12:55 A

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big fan of ziploc too, but with the zipper thing :)



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1/29/12 7:49 P

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I love using freezer bags for freezing soup. I prefer ziplock, the kind that you snap close, not the kind with the plastic zipper thing on top.

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1/29/12 6:47 P

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Make sure you don't pour boiling stuff in those bags that could melt them or burn yourself :)

I use those reusable food containers which I toss in the dishwasher; in the long run it's cheaper, they stack well, they have different sizes to accommodate different size portions, they don't wound up in the landfill (at least not anytime soon - a bit greener), and they microwave (bags won't) thus ready to eat in the same container.

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1/29/12 6:38 P

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To make re-heating easier, you can also freeze (inside the freezer bags) inside serving bowls. Once it's frozen just take the frozen food out of the bowl.

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1/29/12 6:33 P

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i use the freezer bags for just about everything. the trick is to get the air out which you can do by inserting a straw into the bag seal and suck the air out then seal lay flat for soups and the like. you have more room that way.

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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1/29/12 6:28 P

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I have never frozen anything unless it came that way from the grocers. I really need to learn how to do this. Soups I feel confident I could do.

I read that you can use the plastic bags. Is this the regular plastic sandwich bag with the sealed end or is it a special plastic bag for freezing?

I would like to try the tv dinner type thing. The article, Create Your Own Frozen Dinners, was very helpful. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutri
tion_articles.asp?id=762) Maybe I can find the plastic dishes with the dividers, like little children use.



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