Friday, April 15, 2011

A Cheaper Way To Freeze Foods

I like to buy meats and cheeses in bulk because it is cheaper.  However, that is a lot of freezer bags and good  freezer bags aren't cheap.  Through trial and error, I have found a method that I really like.  I wrap 1 pound portions of meat or cheese in plastic wrap or bag it in a sandwich bag and fit as many as I can in to a one gallon freezer bag.  Plastic wrap and sandwich bags are MUCH cheaper than freezer bags and I can usually fit 4-5 pounds in a gallon freezer bag.  When the freezer bags are emptied, I store the in the freezer and re-use them.  I do have designated bags for each item.  However, this really didn't work well with chicken.  I tried it and all of the sandwich bags stuck together in the freezer bag.  I guess the chicken was too wet.  It may work if you patted it dry first.  Sorry, I didn't not try that, but think I will the next time I buy chicken.


  1. Thanks, Missy
    I think you have told me some of this before but am glad to get the details. I think I could use some of these tips. I try to save plastic containers like cool whip, butter spread, etc and use those to freeze things in and then wash in the dishwasher to reuse but I don't always have enough of them. Sometimes I freeze chicken pieces or hamburger patties on a cookie sheet before I bag them and that works ok to keep them from sticking together as long as you don't forget them for days.:) Thanks again
    Carol Scovel

  2. Great idea. Thank you for the tip. I'm just now re-stocking our extra freezer and this will come in handy. Plastic wrap! :) Good stuff.
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    Have a super Blessed day!

  3. Thanks for the great tip. Freezer bags are so expensive. I can't wait to try this.

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  5. That's such a good idea. It always seems like a waste to double-bag everything, but this does away with that problem! Thank you for the great idea!
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  6. I will be trying this-great tip to save $$ and cut down waste. Thanks!!

  7. I think using freezer paper would be cheaper. And probably better for the environment as you don't have to use a double layer of petroleum products.