There's a thread in my DDC about feeding the freezer. I'm eager to start but I want to make sure I do this the "right" way. Are there any great websites out there with tips and tricks, as well as do's and don'ts? My questions/concerns...
1) I plan on using Ziploc bags for things like soups and chili, because it is fairly easy to squeeze the excess air out. But if I freeze something like meatballs or empanadas, cookie dough balls, etc.. can I keep them in a Ziploc bag without worrying about freezerburn or icy crystals forming on them everywhere? Any way around that?
2) I'm having trouble figuring out what can be put into the freezer "ready to thaw/reheat and eat". Same goes for things that are able to be frozen raw (meatloaf) and cooked later, as well as things that can be cooked but separated, then just thrown together to prepare (shepherd's pie, for instance).
3) Along the lines of the previous question, how do you manage to organize meals that are separated because they aren't prepped yet? Like Shepherd's pie- how do you keep all of the little ziplocs of meat, potatoes, etc. together and prevent them from floating around your freezer? I'm just picturing a bottomless pit of ziploc baggies!