Freezer advice..

Good mornin! I hope your all ready, I’m off for the day and I have all my house work and cookin caught up, I am gonna flood my blog! To start off I have some simple freezer tips I would like to share with ya’ll. First off it is very important to properly cool your cooked food to 34-40 F before freezin and make sure you only take 4 hrs. to cool to this temp any longer and bacteria can and will start.

To keep your freezer organized you can take a few cheap easy steps to keep your head from spinnin. The first step to take would be labelin your packages. You could use a sharpie on a piece of scotch tape to write on each item what it is, when it expires, and even heatin instructions. Next step would be keepin an inventory list to simply keep track of items you have on hand that way when its time to grocery shop you wont have to root thru the freezer/s. To save space you can lay your freezer bags flat or punch your ground meat flat. Once they freeze you can stand them up or move where wanted. Last step I take is labelin a bin ( or plastic grocery bags ) and puttin all the same items in it so you can pull the whole thing out and not one thing at a time.

Flash freezin- To lay food out evenly in one layer without touchin on a cookie sheet and freeze. After you freeze for about 2 hrs the food can hold its form and can be placed in a larger bag without the food freezin together. Say for instance you go and pick fresh blueberries with your kids and you have a lot you would want to wash the blueberries then lay them on a cookies sheet,  after you gently press to dry with a paper towel, in one layer without touchin too much, freeze them for 2 hrs than you can transfer them into a freezer bag. When you want to use some blueberries simple scoop out how much you will need, no need to defrost them all. And defrostin is as simple as runnin them under cool water for about 5 mins.

Things I would not freeze would include any water based produce like lettuce, kale, romaine, etc. Any fried foods would never heat back up like the original day it was cooked. Shelled eggs is a no go unless you want to clean up eggs from your freezer walls lol. Most spices get bitter after bein froze like garlic, pepper, herbs, etc. If needed to be frozen just lay in the bottom of ice tray cube and cover with olive oil, pop one cube out as needed for cookin. Block cheese will crumble after bein frozen.

Things I would freeze includes fruits like grapes, sliced bananas, etc. Also soups, precooked meals, flour, leftover buttermilk, breads, etc. Pretty much you can get away with freezin the items not to be froze by cookin them into a dish that will be froze later, just not in its original state.

Your imagination is the limit! Don’t get carried away and freeze everythin, be practical if your family didn’t enjoy the new recipe you just tried chances are if you freeze it and try to feed them it again a month later..they still wont like it! Depenin on what your freezin most food will stay good in the freezer any where from 4-6 months. That’s why labelin is important. Also dependin on how well you did at wrappin the frozen food depends on how much freezer burn will ruin your food, so be careful not to let too much air in.

Standard Cookin..

Our new deep freezer..

I’ve been wantin a deep freezer for a while now.. Found one on craiglist and went to pick it up only to learn it won’t fit up the stairs from the basement. Let alone would the people we went to pick it up from open the outside doors .. Soo.. Needless to say we never got it. A couple months go by and I still can’t find a decent one on Craigslist. As the days pass by it tortures me, wantin a deep freezer, needin more room in our small fridge/freezer. We signed up for a gym membership ( very time consuming), after a week of eatin out because I didn’t have time to cook ( leave work by 3ish, get boys off bus and finish homework about 4:30ish, going to the gym for about 2 hours beacuase they have an indoor pool, countin drivin time and shower time we would be done about 8:30ish. Boys bed time is 9, where is dinner??) so I realized I needed to do something about it…and I did!! I begged my butt off to my darlin Hubby to get us a deep freezer, it’ll basically pay for itself! Yay, I got, I mean, we got a deep freezer!! So I spent all last Monday cookin and portionin food for homemade frozen dinners. I have lots of pics and recipes to share with you all!! Please sit by and be patience for more and more to come for this is a BIG  and very time consuming hobby/shortcut to help your self with dinner! I am still in the learning process but think I’ve got it! I will be cooking again this Wednesday, with different recipes than last week and will have recipies and hints for days! See ya soon!!