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Old 12-30-2004, 12:10 PM   #11
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Yes, it dosen't take long to do that at all!
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:34 PM   #12
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I do similar to cats eye, but don't bother to line the containers with foil. For example if I have 3 containers of red sauce, I freeze, then turn upside down and after a minute or two (not enough to thaw), I pop them out and put into one big baggie. I don't have a big freezer any more, so when I make stock, I refridgerate and skim, then while it is cold and gelatinous it's relatively easy to scoop into a baggie, squish out excess air, and you have a relatively flat "pillow" you can easily stack in the freezer. Also did this with tomatoes and tomato sauce. Don't use expensive ones and have seldom found it to be a problem. Remember if using baggies to write on them with your sharpie BEFORE handling the wet ingredients, or the writing will just wipe off.

"Family Dollar" and "Dollar General" chains often have huge sets of plastic containers for very cheap. They aren't as airtight as Tupperware, but for most purposes (especially my "pop it out" way of doing things where they're basically just a mold), they work fine. Yard sales work well also.
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Old 12-31-2004, 12:18 AM   #13
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Ice cube trays are awesome for sauces. Once they are frozen I pop them out into bags, and then when I need some, I just take as many cubes as I need.

Like yesterday, I made pizza, so I pulled out 8 cubes of marinara sauce for the pizza....so easy!

I freeze most things in bags, because they're much easier to store in the freezer. Some cooked things, like quesadillas, I wrap well in plastic wrap and then bag them all.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:43 PM   #14
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Foodsaver here too. The boiling water is the only way to go. Then it doesn't have that reheated microwave texture. It's the only way I'll do tamales anymore.
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:18 PM   #15
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For short-term (1-3 months) storage I use Ziploc bags - for longer term I break out the Foodsaver.

For the Ziploc bags - I put the "stuff" in it - zip the top mostly closed, and expell the air - then finish sealing, flaten the bag out and freeze flat. I use this mainly for liquid, or things with a lot of liquid, like stew, chili, beans, pasta sauces, etc.
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Old 01-10-2005, 06:56 PM   #16
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I have a food saver, the suck-the-air-out-of-the-plastic bag thing and it is the best appliance I have ever purchased. NO throw aways of food I use it on. NO freeezer burn,
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:59 AM   #17
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Thanks so much girls! I am planning on buying a vac sealer as soon as we get ahead from the holidays again.
I am planning on making as much as I can myself and that way save money, and do what I LOVE to do at the same time.
I am getting into making more things and then whatever is left I leave out some for dh to take to work and maybe a little for my 16 mo old son the next mealtime and then freeze the rest.
I can't wait to actually start getting into this habit.
Hi Christina,
I just got a Tilla Food Saver for Xmas and joined a FS Group at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoodSaver/

Lots of good ideas here.

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Old 01-13-2005, 08:58 AM   #18
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Charlie, thanks for that link. Got hubby a foodsaver for Christmas, so we will be needing all the tips we can find!
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