Saved by zero - freezing

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Two freezer related questions.

1. I am finding myself with lots of food I cant keep up with, is there much lost in freezing for a week or so item such as cooked green bean, rice, chicken, soup. I am just not going to watch it go to waste, our tummies cannot keep up with my culinary zeal.

2. I know air is the enemy of freezing but I sure love those glass snap lock square and rectangular food storage containers. They stack neat and I can even get a couple in my front pockets for easy carrying to work, the smallest ones. For short periods of time is the air space in a snap lock container going to be an issue.

Perhaps some exhaustive taste and nutritional studies have been done that clearly demark the effect of airspace on food subjected to freezing.
 
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Don't know about "exhaustive studies", but you can solve the airspace problem in storage containers by laying down a piece of plastic wrap and pushing/pressing it down onto the surface of the stored food so there is no air between the food and the wrap; then put on the lid. The wrap is so thin that there's no problem with sealing the lid.

Mike (exhausted from studying) :rolleyes:
 
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Mike, it is 5:30 in Colorado and I have awoken and gotten you email-en.

Your informative reply is both informative and encouraging.

Get some rest you "day brightener".
 
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As for your first question, why not make one day a week a cook from the freezer day, and not cook anything new? Use your imagination with whaats there, It's gotta be used sometime otherwise its just a waste of time and effort. Not to mention storage space. Have your wife pull out 5 ingredients at random that you must cook with and make a game of it :)
 
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Personally I'm fond of the food saver vacuum system. We usually stock up on various cuts of meat every 2-3 months. When I get back from the store I break it down into portions that accomodate myself and the missus, e.g., a couple of chicken breasts. A few moments with the vacuum sealer, label what it is and the date and pop the packages in the chest freezer in the garage.

One exception is for peppers. I like to have a selection of jalapeno, habanero, serrano, etc but if I just put them in the freezer they defrost kind of mushy. I suspect that the regular freezer takes too long resulting in large, cell damaging, ice crystals. Now when I get a bunch of good looking peppers I get a block of dry ice. I put that in a lunch box size cooler and then pop the peppers in. Voila, just about flash frozen. From there they get packaged and put in the freezer.

Rich
 
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