Dec 062016
 
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Time seems to be a commodity that is in ever-shortening supply these days. Especially this time of year when the holiday are quickly approaching. Because of that, we often don’t take the time to eat right and often opt for quick and simple solutions when it comes to dinnertime. That option isn’t always the healthiest. But with just a little pre-planning, you can make a variety of dishes that can be prepared beforehand and stored in your freezer which you can reheat quickly and enjoy when the time is right. Not only will this save you time when your week gets hectic, it will also cut down on your intake of take-out and fast food, making you a healthier and happier person.

Here are some tips for simple freezer meals that will let you enjoy a home-cooked meal without the time usually needed to do so:

Know What Not to Freeze
Before you freeze any of your dishes, make sure you know what kinds of foods won’t lose quality and consistency during the freezing process. Some foods don’t hold up to freezing temperatures. For starters, you should never freeze dairy or cream-based ingredients, such as milk or sour cream, yogurt, or cottage cheese as it will often crystallize and separate into its components upon thawing. If you are going to be freezing cream-based soups, be careful with how it tastes when it is reheated. You also want to avoid certain fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruit, cucumbers, watermelon, and lettuce. Cooked eggs are another food that will lose its consistency after freezing. If you want to freeze potatoes, they should either be raw or be mashed potatoes.

Learn How Long to Freeze Foods
An important thing to keep in mind is how long a food item can be frozen without losing taste and texture. Most foods will still have an expiration date even though they are being stored in the freezer.

Food that maintain their integrity the longest in the freezer are uncooked poultry and uncooked red meats, which can be stored for up to 9-12 months. Dressed poultry and smaller cuts of meat such as steaks or chops that haven’t been cooked will stay good between 3 and 12 months, depending on what it is. Soup, stews, and casseroles can be frozen for about 2-3 months. Luncheon meats, hot dogs, bacon, and ham can be frozen for about 1-2 months.

Use the Proper Storage Containers
When freezing food items, it is essential to remove as much air from the container as possible. Excess air promotes the formation of ice crystals and can cause food to become dehydrated. It is also important to remember that liquids with a high water content will expand once it reaches its freezing point. Choose airtight containers that correspond with the amount of food you are trying to freeze.

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If you are using freezer bags or zipper bags, make sure to squeeze as much air as possible from them before sealing.

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Take Up as Little Space as Possible

If you are freezing a lot of foods and ingredients, you are going to take up too much space in your freezer and run out of room. A better idea is to try to stack freezer bags, which take up a lot less space, but can still be labeled and organized. For example, if you have soup or chili, let it cool off after cooking, then pour it in freezer plastic bags. Let them lay flat, then place them in the freezer. And don’t forget, no matter what manner you store food in, make sure it is labeled with contents and date.

Since time is such a commodity, especially with Christmas coming up, I decided to head out to Target and stock up on everything I need to create a winter tool kit.  That way we will have everything we need on hand….just in case. We all know that the the holidays and winter season bring a lot of fun for families, it is also the peak of many seasonal illnesses, aches, and pains – and I like to be prepared.

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For the kids, I definitely want to be prepared for fevers. Like you already know, those things can come out of nowhere, so I grabbed some Children’s TYLENOL®. When it comes to reducing fevers and relieving pain in children, TYLENOL® is the brand recommended most by pediatricians. I have used Children’s TYLENOL® for years and love that it doesn’t upset little tummies. It is for children ages 2-11 and available in Cherry Blast and Grape flavors. Use only as directed.

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For me, it’s super important to make sure that I have the right pain relief on hand for those headaches I’m sure to get from running myself ragged over the next month. I like to make sure I take care of the pain on the inside and outside, so I grabbed some Extra Strength TYLENOL®. Seriously, between school events, holiday shows, parties, family gatherings and every day life, I think my family is going to be non-stop for the next 4 weeks.

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For the outside, I got some Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream. With all the running around I’m going to be doing, I am definitley going to be sore all over.

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Of course I grabbed some tissues & hand sanitizer, too! Now that I am all stocked up, I am ready to conquer the busy holiday season.  How are you preparing for the holiday season?

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  75 Responses to “Tips For Freezing Your Favorite Foods #WinOverWinter #ad”

  1. This is very informative. Will try this at home.

  2. I really didn’t know there were certain freezing times. I typically luckily cook my poultry before the 9-12 month mark but I think I do have some in the freezer for about 3-4 months now.

  3. Thank you for the different tips that would be very helpful for us this coming holiday season. The proper storage containers, what Not to Freeze and how long to freeze a certain food. I couldn’t believe there was such a thing.

  4. these are great tips. we keep freezer bags in our house and also tylenol. totally necessary.

  5. Get ready to store some of those leftovers from the holidays. Cold and ache season has already hit us. We have been stocking up as well.

  6. I love knowing my freezer is stocked with my favorite fruits and veggies. I always helped my mom freeze veggies every summer when I was growing up.

  7. These are awesome tips! There’s nothing worse than opening your fridge to see that foods have expired or spoiled when I could have just froze them and saved myself that worry.

  8. I am so glad to have read this! I have always had questions about what to freeze and what not to freeze and this is so clearly laid out. Thank you for the advice!

  9. Thanks for these great tips. Freezing food is a great way to make meals or meal ingredients ahead of time, but it only works if you know how to do it right.

  10. It’s really best to properly sort the food in the freezer. It will help you optimize the life of the different food.

  11. These are great tips for freezing foods this time of year. We always stock up for flus and aches and pains this time of year!

  12. I need to apply your tips for freezing meals! I am now more aware about the dairy ingredients are no bueno to freeze… and about the ziplock bags! Thanks for these helpful tips.

  13. Freezing food is a great way especially for festive season. I am so glad to have read this! Thanks for these great tips.

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  14. I hardly ever freeze things so all this was good to know! I especially didn’t know the dairy stuff!

  15. I’m always needing to freeze things to keep them fresh longer. These are great tips on how to keep things lasting longer. Thanks for the advice.

  16. Thanks for the tips on storing leftovers. It is especially helpful this time of year with all of the holiday food.

  17. I really need to get into the whole freezing things mode because it would really help me out! We’re stocking up on sanitizer, tissues and emergen-c to prep for the germy holiday season lol

  18. Now, this is some interesting information. I never knew that meat/bacon can be kept in a freezer for up to 2 months. I always worry about freezer burn and it looking dried out.

  19. These are great tips. I always wonder what I can and can’t freeze and then I tend to be afraid of food after it’s been frozen for awhile. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love freezing foods to have later on without much effort. It is so important to have the right containers to freeze food in.

  21. Great tips! I always seem to forget the rules of freezing. As far as getting prepared for winter, I like to stock up on essential oils as well as elderberry syrup. They are amazing in keeping us well over the winter!

  22. This is great. I love making a big batch of stew or soup and freezing them for nights we need a quick dinner.

  23. Thanks for the tips about how to freeze foods (and how not to do it)! I really need to do this to keep some extra food in the house in case we get snowed in this year.

  24. Thank you for these tips! I always make extra food to freeze for an easy meal another night.

  25. This is a lot of great information that I will definitely put to use! I always get nervous when freezing foods but this is a confidence boost.

  26. I sure wish I would have done some meal freezing earlier this year. The holiday season is leaving us with very little spare time.

  27. Every year at Christmas I seem to get sick. I am fighting it hard this year, taking my allergy pills regularly and taking multivitamins. So far, so good, so let’s hope it stays that way.

  28. I love freezing spaghetti sauce in freezer bags laid flat. Then I can stand them up when frozen and save a lot of space.

  29. My husband just told me last night that I didn’t have enough containers. I just stocked up on Bengay for my husband’s back!

  30. We bought a food saver sealer so we could buy in bulk to freeze. Now, I just need a deep freezer lol

  31. I found out last summer that you can’t buy cranberries in the summer. So freezing them is a great idea

  32. Oh wow this makes the holidays sound unpleasant with all the meds. I do keep all of these things on hand all of the time though.

  33. This was so helpful! I honestly have no ideas what foods aren’t good for freezing.

  34. I definitely need to pin this post because I had no idea which foods were good to freeze. Cranberries would be good for winter christmas cakes.

  35. These are all great tips for freezing your favorite foods. I use zipplock bags and It is a must to get all the air you can out. No one likes freezer burned foods. Thanks for sharing the information.

  36. You don’t think of getting stocked up on medicine, but this is definitely the time to do it!

  37. These are really great tips! I need to freeze food more often! Thanks for the info.

  38. These are great tips! I love freezing foods! Will remember all these tips! Thank you for sharing!

  39. Thank you for this article. I often wonder how long certain foods would last…even if frozen.

  40. This is very informative and helpful tips. I need to note this.. Thank you for sharing this.

  41. This is very great tips! This artical can help me freezing my food. This is helpful thanks for sharing.

  42. I need to learn to freeze my food correctly. Every time I do I always get freezer burnt food.

  43. Awesome tips! I’ve never really known the correct ways to freeze a lot of things. Therefore I just don’t do it.

  44. These is really great ideas! I don’t know what food is good to freezing but these article helps me to so much! Thanks for this.

  45. Preparing food ahead is so convenient! These are awesome tips and they’re really going to help. It’s also important to get ready for flu or headaches, looks like you’ve got everything covered!

  46. Two important posts in one! Not enough people know how or what to freeze. That was perfect for the winter season. The winter tool kit is a great idea. You never know what you will need and if you will be able to go out and get it!

  47. I just bought a chest freezer to start storing crock pot meals. Thanks for the great tips.

  48. Freezing meals (or even ingredients for meals) is such a lifesaver! We do it all the time. Although I think there are exceptions to freezing dairy, in my experience. I’ve made many baked mac & cheese dishes, for example, that freeze extraordinary well!

  49. We freeze tons of meals! I use crockpot meals and freeze those too. We don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking in our house so this comes in handy! Thanks for the tips!

  50. These are all such great tips. I love being able to freeze in bulk. I love being able to have things prepared a head of time.

  51. I need to clean out my freezer so I have some space for Christmas! I also need to go Christmas shopping. AHH

  52. Thank you for these tips. I have been wanting to start cooking and freezing so this is great.

  53. These are some really great tips!!! I had no idea there were certain freezing times!

  54. Proper storage containers are the hardest to come by in my house. It always ends up in something that doesn’t work well.

  55. This is a great way to use all the storage containers I have accumulated.

  56. I keep Ben Gay in the house too. And you’re right, the right storage containers can make or break you when it comes to freezing your favorite foods.

  57. I am the worst about freezing left overs and these are excellent tips. I definitely do not have the right containers at home!

  58. Having some of your favorite dishes frozen and ready to go in the oven can be such a time saver! Thanks for all of the great information!

  59. I use tons of freezer bags! Making large meals and freezing individual servings for later is a lifesaver! Of course I can’t live without tylenol either, what mom can?

  60. All really good tips! I am always nervous about what to freeze. My freezer meals have definitely saved me in a pinch!

  61. I am huge on freezing foods. I buy high when prices are low and make things to freeze. This carries me through off seasons when the prices are high.

  62. These are great tips on what to freeze and what not to freeze. I also use Tylenol at home for the kids.

  63. I learned from this post because I really didn’t know what you could freeze and couldn’t. I also liked learning about how long to keep frozen meats…this one is important to me.

  64. Such a great information that could help me very much to make sure I can freeze my favorite foods in a better way. With holiday season around this is going to come so much handy for sure!

  65. I love this! My husband always teases me for freezing all of our food. However, that’s probably because I’ve had quite a few freezer fails! I tried freezing almond milk and wow… Not a good idea!

  66. Thanks for the different tips that would be very helpful for us this coming holiday season.

  67. So many great tips here! I definitely need to learn how to freeze some of my favorite foods.

  68. Knowing how long to freeze things is important. I often forget about the things I have in there.. like some two year old yuca I took out the other day. Whoops.

  69. I need to freeze food more often! This would definitely save a lot of time and money in the long run. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips!

  70. Awesome #WinOverWinter post. learned so much from this, so many times things never taste the same after you freeze them and it’s like one big experiment to figure out which works and which doesnt

  71. These are all such great tips. I’ve been really getting into saving money and taking advantage of what I already have! I definitely should start freezing more food and let less go to waste!

  72. These are great tips! Freezing foods has always been something that I did to help me be able to enjoy things that may not always be in season.

  73. Some amazing tips. Especially to use the right storage containers to take up as little space as possible. That is one I always struggle with!

  74. These are really amazing tips! I would love to try this when preserving foods!