Monday, July 23, 2012

Quick Tip: Freezing Leftovers and Saving Room in your Freezer

So now that you have leftovers, what do you do with them?

If you are anything like I am, you tend to cook larger portions than necessary and end up with a lot of leftovers.  Rather than tossing them, follow this quick tip.   

This is really great for soups, stews, chili, sauces, purees, mashed potatoes, ground meats, etc.

Here is a really great way to freeze your leftovers to enjoy at a later time and still keep lots of room in your freezer!

First, allow your leftovers to cool before handling, I prefer to let them sit in the refrigerator overnight in a tupperware container.  By allowing the food to fully cool, the food tends to firm up which makes the next step easier and less messy.

Label the bag with the contents and a date.  **Trust me on this one, it is very easy to forget what is in the bags!**

Now, using a large ziplock (gallon size) freezer bag, place it inside of an empty pitcher or large container, folding the top of the bag over the lip of the container, like this:

By doing this, you stabilize the bag and also free-up both hands!

Next, pour or spoon, whatever leftover you have into the bag.

Carefully lift the bag out of the pitcher or container and seal the bag, pushing as much air as you can out of the bag.

Lay the bag flat on your counter, spreading the contents flat, like this: 

Lay the bag flat in your freezer for about 2 hours, or until frozen.

Once it has froze, you can now move it anywhere in the freezer.
Look at all the room you save!!  Beats using a tupperware container and taking up space and also, by using bags, you prevent freezer burn! 
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