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Old 04-19-2008, 03:45 PM   #1
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Containers for repackaging frozen food

You've probably all seen the large packages of frozen vegetables for restaurant use that Sam's Club/BJ's/Costco sells. Is anyone out there repackaging these things into human sized portions?

I was actually thinking of using those large gallon sized glass jars that seal with the rubber ring and wire snap. Fill it full of pre-frozen corn/peas/carrots/beans and just pour out a meal sized portion when needed. I've given up on the Rubbermaid plastic containers because they are hard to open and shatter if you give them a little bump when frozen ( they seem more delicate than glass when cold ).

I have a 19 cubic foot freezer coming next Thursday...

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Sounds like it's time for a Food Saver You won't regret it. That's what I use to re-portion those huge bags of food into manageable amounts.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:50 PM   #3
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I, myself, don't usually buy the large packages (although with a family of 5 I probably should!), so don't have much call to repackage and freeze. When I do, I use the Ziplock freezer bags and they work fine for me.
A lot of people on here have the Food Savers and they seem to like them a lot.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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I would think the Zip Lock freezer bags would work quite well.....Both the quart and pint size are nice...

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Old 04-19-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
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I would think the Zip Lock freezer bags would work quite well.....Both the quart and pint size are nice...

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My thoughts as well. Less expensive and take up less space with no unwanted airspace in the package.
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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I agree with the above
I like my Foodsaver and also have the Reynold's Handivac (at 1/10 the cost). I use both often enough to have them both.
Ziplocs are fine, too, if use your portions up quickly enough. Otherwise, I think you would be happier vaccum sealing and removing all the air. IMO vaccum sealing is more for long term freezing.
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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We have both a FoodSaver and Reynolds Handivac. Both have their place in food storage.

I'd say if you are storing veggies, a Handivac would work well enough for you, but I wouldn't keep the veggies in the freezer longer than 3 months. The veggies will probably keep longer in the freezer if stored in FoodSaver bags.
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:41 PM   #8
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IMO - I would 86 the idea of the bail closure glass jars, Biser - for a couple of reasons. First - air is your enemy (that's why vacuum sealing preserves food longer without freezer burn) and as the contents in the jars decreases the space they require in the freezer remains the same ... makes little sense to use up a gallon of space for a pint of peas sort of thing. And, it the jars are round, they will hold about 1/3 less than if the same size jars were square.

I generally reserve my FoodSaver bags for more expensive things like meats - and just divvy up things like vegetables among Ziplock FREEZER bags - and squeeze out as much air as I can before I finish sealing them. They are generally good for about 3 months - and as you remove some of the contents you can squeeze out the air and reseal.

I must admit that I have not tried the Reynold's HandiVac ... but I'm going to WalMart later this evening and will give them a serious look-see. If you can re-vac the bags - that would seem like an ideal solution! The Reynold's website says that the storage time of blanched vegetables (which is what you are getting if you buy them frozen at the store) is 8-12 months.

EDIT: I have to admit - this is going to be a fun experiment! I picked up a HandiVac "starter kit" at WalMart while ago for $6.98 ... and a box of the quart and gallon bags for $2.84 each.

Although I know the HandiVac isn't as efficient at drawing a vacuum as a FoodSaver ... I'm wondering if you can re-vacuum the bags ... the Reynolds website and the packaging doesn't mention that "specifically" - it says you can reseal the bags - but is that just like resealing a ziplock bag or does that mean you can re-vac the bags??

Now that I have a HandiVac - and I have some bags - and I have a 3-lb bag of frozen vegetables ... and some frozen potatoes ... time to experiment!
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:59 AM   #9
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Is "Ziplock" better than generic bags?

Ok, I'm giving up the idea of gallon glass jars in the freezer. Most of the replies say that "ziplock freezer bags" are better. Is this a generic ziplock or the trademarked "Ziplock"?

Is one brand better than another? "Ziplock" versus "A&P" versus "BJ's"? As long as they're freezer bags ( thicker, I think )?
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:58 AM   #10
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I really can't say. I use Ziplocks, not generic. What's important is a thick plastic and an effective sealing mechanism. The Ziplocks have a double sealing strip. Others may be as good.

We received a store brand of freezer bags and they are mich thinner plastic than the Ziplocks.
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