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#1 of 15 Old 08-27-2011, 04:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I'm really trying to start eating more balanced and healthy meals but I don't really like standing in the kitchen all day and I'm pretty busy babysitting a toddler and caring for my own babe. So I figured that my freezer should be my new best friend.

I'm a little ick-ed out by plastic and am currently trying to move to all glass storage. My question is how do I freeze in glass jars? Is this advisable? Is there another option? I will have foods for me as well as baby puree type foods.

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I froze DD's baby food chunks and purees (we did a lot of baby led solids so nothing really runny) in baby food jars a friend gave me.  I didn't fill so full that the food touched the lids.  We never had problems with them...of course they didn't sit for months and months because she was only in the phase for so long until she ate what we did at every meal.

 

I still use a lot of plastic freezer bags...I just don't see how anyone could afford to buy glass for longer term freezer foods.  That would be a lot of glass.  Unless you already have canning jars or glass jars that are similar.  I've seen wide mouth plastic lids that screw on and say they are compatible with freezing.... I'd give that a try if I got a hold of some canning jars.


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have you seen the plastic stacking cups that have those neon green lids? That is my best, it is BPA free at least! I am with you and I do all glass. I have been a little okay about some of the tiny snack containers, but not so much. Sometimes when we go on a really long outing with the double stroller I try to keep the weight down though. I mostly use all of my glass up meal planning. I chop one night until very late and watch the daily show for the week and try to kick it and have fun. Then I have tons of fresh food prepped for salads, snacks, or chopped accordingly for dinner. I am so with you on freezing food though! It is hard for me to remember to make more for it. 


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I've had no problem freezing in actual canning jars. I'm not sure the thinner type work.

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I've had no problem freezing in actual canning jars. I'm not sure the thinner type work.


awesome! How do you defrost? I would like to know to avoid breaking...that is my past with glass

 


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I use Ball canning jars and have not had any problems.  See: http://www.freshpreserving.com/products/jars.aspx#jars.  Just make sure to use the plastic lids and not the regular canning lids.


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I use canning jars,glass bakewear and some ziplock brand bags (they are bps free) I have a large, upright freezer in addition to a above fridge freezer. I mainly only use the ziplock bags for flash frozen things (such as pancakes that I freeze individually on plates then bag)

I have slowly collected glasswear, and my favorites are glasslock which I often find at biglots, etc. I also buy a lot secondhand, but the locking lids are amazing.

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I freeze in glass jars all the time, just don't fill all the way (I only have thin jars, reused pasta sauce jars etc)

 

I also use tupperware. Yes, it's plastic :)


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Oh I'll have to check out Glasslock... I freeze in Pyrex (pricey but sometimes Target has good deals), and Ziploc now has some glass containers that I'm trying out.  

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I freeze everything in glass, from ready-made meals to baby purees to breastmilk.

 

Pyrex makes a line of freezer/oven safe glass baking dishes that have BPA-free lids (the gray lids, NOT the blue lids). I use these for everything from soups to chili to lasagna to casseroles, etc.

 

For baby purees, I use Ball (aka Kerr) glass jars with the plastic (BPA-free) lids. They make tiny little "jam jars" that are 4 oz, and the perfect size for baby foods. The lids screw right on, and are very easy to use. They cost around $10 for 12 jars, so the price is hard to beat. I found mine at Ace Hardware, and I believe Walmart also carries them (but I don't shop there).

 

For single serving soups, spaghetti sauce, etc, I use pint-size Ball jars, also from Ace Hardware. Sometimes I will also reuse glass containers from jam jars, coconut oil, etc....

 

For breastmilk, I pump and freeze in Evenflo glass bottles. They are super inexpensive at $4.50 for 4 bottles at Target. They fit onto the Medela pumps without any need for an adapter.

 

For dry goods like rice, etc, I use the largest size Ball jar, available at Michaels Craft Store for $3. I love using glass!!!


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And be careful about reusing baby food jars. The lids contain BPA.


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I use Ball canning jars and have not had any problems.  See: http://www.freshpreserving.com/products/jars.aspx#jars.  Just make sure to use the plastic lids and not the regular canning lids.



Hello--

we freeze soups and such in wide-mouth Ball canning jars and use the metal lids with no problem!  To defrost, we just take off the metal lid and stick in the microwave.  Not a single one has broken!

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I use ball or mason canning jars and the only time I have had them break is when i fill them too full with liquid, soup, milk, etc. I am going to by the 4 oz jars for freezing baby food!


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Nice thread, and great ideas I hadn't thought of. But, don't any of you ever have the problem of things falling out of the fridge when you are digging around looking for something? Or is that just me? I have lost more than a package or breastmilk this way, and that's with the plastic storage bags!

 


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Stuff falls out of our freezer and breaks too.  Actually it doesn't matter much if you use plastic because it will shatter when it is frozen too.


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