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lotsmore 1
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lizandmike 1
tlm2315 1
AudreyO 4
jtcitrus 1
Whoop Dee Doo 1
Gigix4 2
kidsfan3 1
It is I WhyWhyWhy 1
esquala 1
Froggie 1
TinktheSprite 2
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AudreyO --- 8 years ago -

What foods do you freeze when you cook? How do you freeze them? I'm restocking my freezer and I'm wondering what the best containers and practices KU has that I just have no clue about!

On my list are: Chili, Lasagne, Enchiladas and Hamburgers. 

kidsfan3 --- 8 years ago -

I freeze soups, casseroles, breakfast items like muffins, biscuits and breakfast tacos, homemade goodies like cookies, etc. Usually when I cook a casserole, instead of cooking in a 9x13 I will cook in 2-8x8 pans and freeze a whole 8x8 pan for a complete other meal. I freeze my soups in Gladware freezer containers. Cookies and breakfast items I put in Ziploc freezer bags. 

FabFive --- 8 years ago -

Can't wait to read others opinions. We freeze white chili, chili, taco soup, enchiladas and enchilada casserole. I wish I knew of more things I could freeze. 

AudreyO --- 8 years ago -

Gladware freezer containers are going on my shopping list! I always want to freeze soups but I never knew what to freeze them in! Thank you!

Add Gumbo to my list of what I freeze. 

FabFive --- 8 years ago -

What is the recycle number on the bottom? Are they safe? 

AudreyO --- 8 years ago -

I think kidsfan3 is talking about these containers. But I couldn't find them at HEB so I just got some regular ones. Fingers crossed they work. 

Gigix4 --- 8 years ago -

Make up some spagetti sauce. I use the gal sized ziplock freezer bags for storing soups, stews, spagetti sauce.
Works well for me and they stack pretty easy once frozen.

Add chicken spagetti to your list as well. I store that in an covered aluminum pan.

Cheesy, sour cream chicken enchiladas freeze up well too - store in an covered aluminum pan. 

planemom --- 8 years ago -

I cover my foil pans in heavy duty aluminum foil and put them in a ziploc freezer bag. 

tlm2315 --- 8 years ago -

I have never frozen food. Do you cook it first? 

jtcitrus --- 8 years ago -

On my list are: Chili, Lasagne, Enchiladas and Hamburgers.

If you're kinda cruncy:
all are freezable, but use glass containers.

If you're not kinda crunchy:
all are freezable, double bag it in ziplock freezer bags. 

Whoop Dee Doo --- 8 years ago -

I like to press a layer of plastic wrap touching the top of my food before I put on the lid. It cuts down on freezer burn and ice crystals. 

Gigix4 --- 8 years ago -

I like to press a layer of plastic wrap touching the top of my food before I put on the lid.

I do the same thing - it does seem to help. 

lotsmore --- 8 years ago -

we freeze just about anything except mash potatoes,I will only use my seal a meal. Nothing in containers or freezer bags. 

Froggie --- 8 years ago -

Beans freeze well too, i make a big ole pot of pinto beans with all the goodies...onion, ground meat, jalapeƱos, or whatever you and your family enjoy...then freeze in smaller quart size freezer bags. Perfect size for me and my DH. And as someone said a few replies back, the stack well once frozen.

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TinktheSprite --- 8 years ago -

Top 5 Freezer Meals 

It is I WhyWhyWhy --- 8 years ago -

Pot roast, Baked Spaghetti, Soups, Chili, yumbo, Beef short ribs


Do not freeze chicken and dumplings it with f'up your dumplings. You can freeze it before you put them dumplings just not after. 

AudreyO --- 8 years ago -

I just threw out a whole load from my freezer of foods that were like the top 5 as well as baked beans and pot roast. No one ever liked them to begin with - that was my mistake. Live and learn. 

lizandmike --- 8 years ago -

I freeze in mason jars and aluminum pans. We do king ranch chicken, chicken spaghetti, Swiss steak, spaghetti sauce, chili, soups and stews.
I have a cook book called fit and friendly freezable meals (or something close to that) that has a ton of freezable recipes in it. 

esquala --- 8 years ago -

I stock up on the ziplock freezer bags when they are on sale for $1 @ Kroger (then use my $1 off two boxes coupon of course). This sale only happens once or twice a year. I like the way the bags stack for soft mushy stuff like lentil stew or pinto beans. 

TinktheSprite --- 8 years ago -

If you bake a dish or casserole in a pan, line it with parchment then foil first. Freeze it in the pan then lift it out and place in a ziploc. When it comes time to reheat, put it back in the original pan to cook. 

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