Mar 23, 2012

How I freeze my meats

I am a little paranoid about being wasteful, especially because my parents taught me at a very young age not to be. We ate at home 98% of the time. We ate whatever my parents cooked and finished whatever was on our plates. My parents were born and raised in the Philippines so I can understand their parenting habits. I am the same way today, and can’t imagine not teaching my kids the same habits.

One of my ways to not be wasteful starts with freezing my meats. It would be a shame to spend so much money on good quality meat for it to be ruined in the freezer. Because of my paranoia, I have three important steps to preparing my meats for the freezer. I know this might be a little over-the-top, but I’d rather not waste my food and money!

1. Cover with cling wrap. This first step is very important when preparing meats for the freezer. Be sure to wrap the meat tightly with cling wrap ensuring the cling wrap touches the meat. Remove any air pockets.

2. Cover with foil. This second step helps keep the meat fresh. After you’ve wrapped the meat with cling wrap, cover tightly with foil to prevent freezer burn.

3. Place in freezer zip lock bag. Just to be on the safe side, take your meat wrapped in plastic and then in foil, and place it in a freezer zip lock bag. As you zip up the bag, remove any air.

So these are my three steps to keep the meats cozy in the freezer. Just place the bags in the freezer and they should stay good for a few months.  To defrost, refrigerator overnight or pop in the microwave. Taking these extra steps is worth it!

With pork chops this time, cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Cover tightly with foil.

Place in a freezer zip lock bag and then freeze! The secret to keep the freezer burn away from your meats.

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