Your Friend, the Freezer: Buying, Portioning & Freezing Meats

Your Friend, the Freezer: Buying, Portioning & Freezing Meats

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A rather large grocery-store obstacle in cooking for one is the fact that meat comes in big packages.  It is very rare to find steaks, pork roasts, sausages, or ground beef in packages of less than one pound.  To avoid wasting what you don’t need, you often end up making a huge pot of chili or pulled pork for 10.  The freezer (and a good little kitchen scale) is the answer to this problem!  If you haven’t been taking advantage of this frozen appliance-friend, now is the time.

Freezing food successfully is easy, and is all about banishing oxygen.  The better and tighter you can wrap your portions, the more successfully they will last in the freezer.   Well-stored meats can last in the freezer from one month to one year, depending on the meat (see this chart from foodsafety.gov.)  I like to wrap portions tightly in plastic wrap, then put them inside a freezer-grade zip-top bag.  Label the bag with the date so that you are aware of how long it’s been there.   A frozen portion can then be defrosted in the refrigerator the night before, or in the microwave the day of.  Please don’t defrost meat on the counter– too much chance for un-wanted bacteria to grow.

Pork Sausage for Freezer
This pork sausage is from a one-pound tube-style package. Cut it in quarters, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place portions in a labeled, freezer-grade zip-top bag.
Ground beef in quarter-pound portions, ready for the freezer.
Ground beef in quarter-pound portions, ready for the freezer.

Enjoy cooking for yourself by making it delicious and easy in every way you can.  Freezing pre-measured portions of meats will really help you put together a mouthwatering meal quickly and without waste.  Love your freezer and let it love you back!

 

 

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