I was surfing the wonderful world of food blogs tonight and came across this great tip from Lunch In a Box, that is totally worthy of my blog! LOL I've been doing this for years but it never occurred to me to actually write about it. DUH! (No one ever said I was the brightest crayon in the box!) Anyway, It comes in very handy for us single folk out there and if the family is busy out doing different things, it's a great way to just make one individual serving. There is nothing worse than buying in bulk, such as hamburger, and having to cook the whole thing at once and wasting food.
I DON'T WASTE - I LIKE TO EAT TOO MUCH!
The first thing you do is to put the food (meat or sauces or what ever) into a large freezer bag and smush it out as flat as possible, making sure to get rid of all the air pockets. (Making it thin speeds up defrost time due to the increased surface area, and pressing out excess air
guards against freezer burn.)
Use a long chopstick or ruler to create divisions within the food, forming individual portions. This way when you freeze the entire bag, you’ll be able to quickly break off just as much as you want to use, no more.
Because you’re touching the freezer bag and not the meat directly when flattening it out, your hands don’t get messy, and the food and work surface stay clean. You also reduce the waste that would be generated by individually wrapping each little serving in plastic wrap. This freezing technique isn’t limited to ground meat, though. Think thick pasta sauces, mashed or pureed fruit or vegetables, cooked meat soboro, rice, fried rice, cookie dough, etc.
GREAT SPACE SAVER TOO! You don't have to lay them flat either. You can fold it in 3rd or halves depending on your portion size.