The Fundamentals of Freezing, Plus Freezer-Friendly Recipes

by in Recipes, February 15th, 2014

How to Prep Meats, Vegetables or Fruits for FreezingYou heard it straight from the co-hosts on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen: Frozen foods can make mealtimes simpler, quicker and heartier. With the help of some ready-to-go ingredients in the freezer, Jeff prepared his Freezer Fry-Up with Sunny-Side-Up Eggs, a family-friendly meal made with frozen pork, sweet potatoes and corn. But being able to rely on a stocked freezer full of your family’s ready-to-go staples requires a bit of planning, and it’s important to know which foods freeze best and how to properly freeze them in order to ensure the best results. After all, no one wants to open the door to find freezer-burned ingredients. Check out a few of Food Network’s top tips for preparing meat, vegetables and fruits for freezing, then get freezer-friendly recipes for any meal of the day.

Storage Solutions: Picking the correct bag or bin for what it is you’re freezing will help protect the food inside. It’s important to try to limit the air around the food, so opt for re-sealable plastic bags, especially when freezing fruits and vegetables, or small containers if freezing liquids.

Portion Control: If you stock up on meat when it’s on sale at the grocery store, try freezing it in individual servings. This way you can thaw only as much as you need; once meat has been thawed, it’s best not to refreeze it — unless you’ll break it down later for a stew.

Prep Work: Precooking some produce, like vegetables and apples, may help maintain the taste and prevent the development of freezer burn, so it’s a good idea to quickly blanch them before freezing. Berries are best left uncooked, but they should be carefully packaged; first freeze them on a flat surface, then transfer them to a plastic bag for long-term storage.

Save the Date: Just because food is stashed away in the freezer doesn’t mean it will last forever. In general, meats will be good for between 3 and 5 months, vegetables for 2 to 3 months and fruits for up to 3 months. You can avoid throwing away potentially still-safe food if it’s labeled; just write the packaging date on the plastic bag as a reminder.

Freezer-Friendly Recipes

 

For more freezer tips, check out Food Network’s complete guide: How to Prep Meats, Fruits or Vegetables for Freezing.

 

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Comments (14)

  1. Mary Cay Burt says:

    wheres Sunnys mac and cheese for the freezer

    • Pat says:

      Type in, sunny's mac & cheese reciepe in the search box. Scrool down just a bit and there it is.

      Good luck…… best reciepe ever !!!

  2. Ladyblue says:

    Please replace Jeff! He is NOT funny, seems totally out of his element (perhaps because he is!)!! I cringe every time he tries to "add" something that is supposed to be of substance and/or funny!! Marcella should be right behind him. I have seriously tried to watch, but must give up. Please replace him, and ask him to stop trying to make jokes, and stop trying do hard, for he is just horrible!!

    • Jill says:

      I appreciate Jeff's sense of humor and think he adds a nice balance to an otherwise serious staff of chefs. Diversity is what makes the world go round, Ladybug!

  3. Brian says:

    Replace Jeff Mauro with Brian Boitano PLEASE!!!

  4. jane says:

    Katie ruins the show for me, no one cares that you want to run on the treadmill after eating mac and cheese.

  5. Jean says:

    What have you done to the food network web site? It is very difficult to find anything , such as, the recipe for what is currently being shown. I have not been able to find Sunny's mac 'n cheese. Why is it not with the listing of the program the way recipes used to be?

    • SUSAN says:

      READ LAST MONTH THAT THE SITE WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.. STATED IT WAS GETTING AN OVER HAUL AND WOULD RETURN IN THE SPRING… SOUNDS LIKE AND EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF TIME TO ME.. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE OLD SITE COULD NOT BE AVAILABLE WHILE THEY LAUNCHED THE NEW ONE?? NOW YOU KNOW

  6. Margo says:

    New Food network web is so very difficult to follow. Pls bring back the old site. Many other viewers have expressed their dislike too.

  7. Donna P says:

    Watching your show and you just said you can freeze veggies if you flash cook them, and you can NEVER freeze fresh vegetables. Whys is blanching vegetables necessary? Why can you not freeze raw fresh vegetables. What is the scientific reason. I have frozen raw veggies and they tasted fine. Please, please explain your reasons when talking about this stuff or the show would be worthless.

  8. Amy says:

    Where is the baked mac and cheese recipe? That looked awesome!

  9. sharon says:

    I hate this web site. Can't find anything! I want where you can click on the recipes that are viewing right now. Where do u find this?? Not happy. Also, THE KITCHEN has too much talking and not enough cooking.

  10. nooodle says:

    I LOVE this show!
    Please do not change anything yet- I look forward to this show each week. I never follow a show like I do this one.
    I really enjoy this – everyone is pleasant and seems to enjoy one another.
    ** DO NOT ADDt Brian Boitano! He wants to be the star and would not fit into this show.
    It would be a huge mistake***

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