Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kitchen Tip

I buy in bulk and freeze A LOT. I usually store things in Ziploc bags in the freezer because they're so easy to store flat and to mark dates and contents on. Plus, there's no clean-up when you're done. The problem with Ziploc bags is that they are not easy to fill without making a huge mess. Before when I would buy lots of ground beef or turkey, dividing and freezing it was such a pain because my hands were so messy that I got the outside of the bags all slimy and greasy too. I started fitting the Ziplocs inside of a plastic cup folding the tops down over the sides. This way I'm able to scoop things to freeze right inside, and the outside, my hands, and the zip-top stay clean. So simple, but so helpful.

Another tip about storing and freezing in Ziplocs is to lay them as flat as you can in the freezer. That way the bags will freeze flat and can be stacked on top of one another. I've got a stack of frozen turkey broth, frozen tomato paste (doesn't it seem like all recipes only use 2 Tablespoons out of the can?!), and frozen meats. This takes up very little room in my freezer since they're stacked like that.

Again, hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!


Katie said...

great tip! Never thought of it, but makes a ton of sense!

Brandon and Jenny said...

I LOVE that filling idea! We, too, use a lot of frozen in bulk items. And man, it is a two person job around here! NOT ANY MORE! Yeah! Thanks a ton!