Originally Posted by kellybeth
i don't have a vacuum sealer, i just use a straw to suck out excess air from the ziplock baggie. works like a charm and no freezer burn.
Brilliant, kellybeth! I'm trying that.
This is a super helpful thread! Love the ideas for freezing individual ingredients to make cooking simple.
Since our issue is space (just one tiny freezer), I'm not sure what all we'll have. Soups are really easy for me to do, and I absolutely HATE running out of broth for soups, so today I've got 5 pots going and I'm planning to further reduce it tomorrow (by about 1/2, to save space) or the next day once it's chilled and I've skimmed the fat.
I'm also freezing some burritos today, filling them with black beans, rice, and cheese; can't think of other ingredients I have on hand that would freeze well, so I guess we'll add more fresh ingredients when we take them out and heat them up. Does anyone know how avocado does in the freezer?
So here's my list, which may or may not all get done: (* denotes priority item)
--*lots of broth, concentrated, in pint and 1/2 pint containers
--*8- & 16-oz containers of beans (garbanzos, black, pinto)
--*1-2 gallon bags whole wheat flour (we grind our own but our machine is super annoying to get out)
--3-4 loaves bread, sliced
--pasta sauce, 2-3 containers/bags
--lunches for husband--rice/beans, rice/curry, soups
--*assorted soups (make big batches between now and then and freeze 1-2 containers of extra)
--small containers of homemade yogurt for adding to soups and saucy dishes
Other than the freezer, it seems like a huge batch of granola is in order, and I may make and bag the dry ingredients for muffins, waffles, breads, etc. Thanks for all the ideas, ladies :).