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OLDSKOOL556's Photo OLDSKOOL556 Posts: 3,040
3/22/18 10:40 A

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Thanks! for tips



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LIVELYGIRL2 Posts: 4,726
3/15/18 8:23 P

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that is remarkable. I tried the plastic bags for fruit and vegetables. Some vegetables can't go in those vacuum sealed containers.

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3/15/18 8:08 A

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You all will think I am crazy but Tupperware Fridgesmarts and freezer its. Those strawberries? Over 2 weeks old. Usually they last anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for me. Lettuce and greens? Anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. Celery, hmm I think about 3 to 4. I forget because I have been eating it before the couple of weeks and it is still crispy. Yes the freezer mates gets ice on them but not freezer burn. I've had bananas for months and they were still good (no skins, just sliced them up before putting them in the freezer its) and added them to smoothies.

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KMILLER31 Posts: 2,858
2/27/18 11:17 P

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Be sure to date your freezer items so you can keep track of how long they have been frozen

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2/27/18 10:00 P

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I freeze things in mason jars. I don't eat meat but they work great with plant based food. Tips: Don't tighten the lid until it's frozen and keep an inch of head room to allow for expansion. To prevent breakage, use wide mouth jars for freezing liquids since the narrowing neck doesn't allow for proper expansion. They are great for storing leftovers in the fridge and they are microwavable.

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2/22/18 2:57 P

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thank you for the info. I've tried so many things. I appreciate any thing on this subject. I have a much smaller refrigerator . I am unable to get fresh things enough to continue my green smoothies. I do freeze the fruit. The greens aren't so great. Even with that, my freezer is so little.

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2/22/18 6:53 A

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2/13/18 2:40 A

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Aside from the other storage suggestions listed below, I'd suggest making sure whatever food you're storing is cold. If you're packing leftovers that are still warm-ish or more room temp in the freezer, you'll get ice crystal.

As for freezing salad greens, I just lay them out on a try or plate washed and totally dry. Once frozen, I place them into a baggy. Works like a charm!

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2/10/18 5:27 P

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thank you to all of you that had advice.

I have had to throw away food from freezer burn too.I have also tried several products and techniques.

Now that I have been in an apartment, it seems almost impossible to do greens smoothies regularly. My husband works 6 days. The close grocery stores don't have what I need.

I did get some of that Debbie ladies plastic bags.

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2/8/18 8:46 A

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I lay a paper towel over my fresh greens inside the bag or container. It absorbs moisture and helps the food to stay fresher a bit longer..

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2/5/18 7:21 A

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You do not need a new freezer. I have 3 freezers and feed 4 course dinners to 13 to 23 people every Friday and every holiday, so I know something about freezer storage. You need to double wrap your meats, breads, etc with something like press and seal. You can reuse this product if it hasn’t been used for meat. Then put your product into a plastic bag, like zip locks. I’ve also used grocery bags for multiple items like muffins after wrapping with the press and seal or foil, but I double the bags. You are getting freezer burn because you are not wrapping them correctly. Or, you are putting hot food into the freezer. I always cool my wrapped items into the fridge to cool first to reduce condensation. Any storage product you use in the freezer should have the food prepped to get out air and air space.

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2/5/18 6:25 A

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I use these green bins for fresh fruits and vegetables. They seem to help maintain freshness and have come down a bit in price.

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2/4/18 1:43 P

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Ziploc bags. But are you sure your freezer is turned to the coldest setting?

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2/4/18 12:24 P

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“Ensure your freezer setting isn't too low.”


What is too low, and how would that cause an issue?

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2/4/18 12:07 P

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Ensure your freezer setting isn't too low. For salads, once I open the clamshell I add a dry sheet of paper towel on top to help draw the water away and the salad stays fresh all week. If the paper towel gets damn I change it. For freezer, I use glad containers because I batch cook and share single serving portions to make to easier to eat a controlled portion and to avoid food waste by thawing too big a portion that then goes uneaten and have to be thrown out.

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KMILLER31 Posts: 2,858
2/2/18 9:48 P

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Don't keep anything too long, even in the freezer

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2/2/18 8:02 A

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good tips for me



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If your freezer is freezing food well and it isn't regularly frosting up with ice, then you shouldn't need to replace it. If it is regularly frosting up with ice, then odds are you may only need to replace the seals.

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I either use a snap-lock plastic bag for the solid foods, such as pizza, or a plastic container for the more 'liquidy' type foods. Use a container the size of which is appropriate for the item you are freezing and ensure that as much air as possible is removed. If you are using a snap-lock plastic bag, get a drinking straw and almost close the bag then suck all the air out, quickly finishing the snap-locking process.

Flimsy plastic isn't much good for freezing.

Seal the container after the food is properly cold and then freeze.

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2/1/18 2:47 P

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Freezer - get as much air out of the container as possible. I use ziploc bags, and literally suck the air out, or cover the surface of the food with plastic wrap before freezing. See Alton Brown for an explanation of the science of freezer burn. Whenever possible, freeze raw meats in a marinade or other liquid to help protect the surface of the meat.

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1. Romaine, iceberg, other crunchy lettuces - Chop as soon as you get home from the store, and put it in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water until the lettuce is covered, then add 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Swish the lettuce around, drain, then do the same thing again without the vinegar. Spin in a salad spinner until very dry, then store in a gallon-size Ziploc. I do this every week, and have salad ready for the week. The vinegar seems to help keep it from browning, and retard bacteria growth.

2. Baby spinach - get it out of the container it comes in, but don't scrape it - literally just dump it onto a paper towel, then transfer (on the towel) directly into a ziploc bag. There's something about those plastic clamshells that doesn't mesh well with home fridge, in my experience. I'm not a huge fan of baby spinach - it's such a delicate green, and cooking it feels like a huge waste of money when I can buy a brick of spinach in the freezer aisle for like $1.

3. Kale: stem the kale (keep for smoothies!), rinse, spin, and store in ziploc bags. I do this a lot - then make salads or add to soups. I have much better luck with kale than spinach - it's a much more durable green, plus you can make salad ahead of time, and it will be good for days. Sitting in the dressing makes it more tasty, instead of wilted!

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1/31/18 7:56 A

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I like to use Zip style bags made for the freezer to store my ground meats and meats that I tend to pound (flatten) for tenderization and fresh cleaned and cut fruits and veggies. I will often double bag while reversing the opening to help to keep ice crystals from forming. By placing these items in the bags I place them on my storage freezer drawer so the lay flat until completely frozen. After frozen solid I moved the items to the open bin or shelving area and am able to store more food this way. I also use a sharpy to mark the specific item and the date frozen for future use before placing food in the bags. (I also love to mash or chop specific items for smoothies or mixed ingredients for popular recipes this way with the exception of dry ingredients). I love to recycle jars with screw lids by storing measured mixed dry ingredients for specific recipes (labeling with masking tape for easy removal later).



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1/30/18 8:26 P

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I put lettuce etc in zip lock bags, seal it and then poke a couple holes in the side with a sharp knife. It's not the moisture that spoils it but the gas that forms when it's enclosed.

I loved my Food Saver that I got at an estate sale for $11. It worked best for meat. I used it for years until it quit working. So I priced new ones. Too expensive.

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1/30/18 5:08 P

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thanks for all the great comments. a friend suggested freezing meats in mason jars, with sealed lids, im unsure about that.
my refrigerator works fine, The freezer just seems to freeze everything fast.
I may need to look into buying a new one, but I hate to spend the money when all else seems to work great.
I love pyrex as well, love cookware with lids that can go from oven to table to refrigerator.

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1/30/18 2:45 P

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One of the best-ever techniques to keep salad greens/spinach fresh: put them in whatever container you want: bowl, plastic, etc. If it is a bag: leave open!! Don't seal it with plastic wrap or foil or anything else..... Instead of sealing put folded up WET paper towels directly on top of the greens. Set it on an open shelf in the refrigerator. As the water evaporates from the top of the paper towels the salad greens stay crisp and fresh underneath....

For freezing I also use the Ziplocks...even though they don't seem to seal as well as they used to. Even when I suck the air out, it comes back in slowly.... I also have my food at refrigerator temperature before I freeze it.
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1/30/18 2:23 P

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I use glad storage containers. The kind with a screw on lids.

If I use a zip lock bag. I zip it up. Put a straw in the bag and suck the air out. Then zip it the rest of the way.

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1/30/18 2:06 P

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I use Pyrex glass storage containers with silicone lids and they work beautifully. I got a set of a bunch of different sizes from Target on sale. I love Pyrex because it's great for storage but you can also use it in the oven and it's dishwasher safe. Storing food in plastic longer term makes me nervous, so I prefer glass storage. I always let my food cool a bit before I transfer into the freezer, which I think helps it freeze faster, to Luann's point.

A trick for the lettuce/greens is to wrap them in a paper towel before putting into the pyrex, and also keep them away from the back side of your fridge - mine tends to be colder than the front and if I accidentally store produce touching the back side, it sometimes freezes, then unfreezes and turns to mush

You might also want to check the settings on your fridge and freezer, to make sure they're not too low?



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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,707
1/30/18 11:08 A

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"... and all the food forms ice crystals."
That often means you freezer is not working properly. Perhaps you need a new freezer, and not new storage.

www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/f
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freezing-and-food-safety/CT_Index

From that article...
"Freeze food as fast as possible to maintain its quality. Rapid freezing prevents undesirable large ice crystals from forming throughout the product because the molecules don't have time to form into the characteristic six-sided snowflake. Slow freezing creates large, disruptive ice crystals. During thawing, they damage the cells and dissolve emulsions. "

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1/30/18 11:06 A

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I use Ziploc freezer storage bags.

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1/30/18 9:35 A

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Help!!!
I need to know what are some great food storage containers, mostly for freezer.
My freezer freezes food so hard, and all the food forms ice crystals.
I once had one of those air remover machines that sucked all the air out of the bag, but they stopped making the bags for it.
So, what does everyone use to store meats/fish, etc to stop freezer burn???
Also, good storage containers for salad mixes...my salad and spinach has to be eaten within 2 days or it sogs and turns to water.
I often put spinach in soups just because its turning and soggy.
I want to food prep but I end up wasting food because of poor storage.

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