Tip For Maximizing Space In Your Freezer

This tip was submitted by one of our readers – Georgia from http://georgiascookiejar.blogspot.com/. It’s a great idea – please be sure to take the time to read it. Thank you for sharing!

Choose a container that you will reheat your freezer meal in(individual or family-size).
After freezing it long enough to form the shape, remove it.
Wrap in the access parchment paper by folding it over.
Wrap and label in foil or desired freezer protection for a double layer.

Tip:  When you choose to reheat the meal, it is already in the shape of your container.  Simply pull from the freezer the night before(or even that day!), put in the dish, and reheat in the oven or microwave.  You can even put heating instructions, if that is helpful.

My mom came up with this clever idea.  It allows you to store MANY more freezer meals without monopolizing your containers.

 

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Comments

  1. Paula says

    That’s a great idea I’ll have to keep in mind! So much easier for the husband to remove from freezer and re-heat without thawing first!

    Also, my sister-in-law, who makes it a habit to cook extra to freeze, suggested that after I put my food into a ziploc bag to freeze I should place the bag into a box of comparable size – large enough for the food to fit completely, but small enough to force the food to take the shape of the box. Cereal boxes, jello boxes, almost anything are used. Once the item is completely frozen, remove from the box, label (or label before freezing), and stack in the freezer. Using the boxes helps the food stack more efficiently, with no more frozen blobs sliding out of the freezer door every time it’s opened!

  2. Mela Martin says

    I love this idea! I always cook extra so the two of us can have leftovers, which we love. Now, I know a more efficient way of freezing it! Thank you! I always freeze my cake mixes, cereals, spices, or any dry mix for at least a week to kill any larva that is in it. Yes, like it or not, there IS larva in dry mixes, etc.!! Freezing will kill it. Then, put it in a Zip Lock bag, date it, and it will keep longer than it would have before the freezing.

  3. onyxangel says

    I use a vacuum sealer to seal the food, flattening out whatever I can – for example, a pound of hamburger can be pressed fairly flat. I then label and add to the freezer. The sealer can be an investment, but it pays for itself and the bags, generally, aren’t too expensive. They have all sorts of containers and bags (even ones you cut and seal to a custom size) available for them.

  4. Mrs Koehn says

    Good idea! I am getting a new to you big freezer this summer, and I can’t wait to do that! :) I love to freeze stuff. :)