Help your favorite frozen foods last longer with these smart storage tricks.
Fresh berries: Freeze on a cookie sheet
To prevent fresh berries from turning to mush in the freezer, wash the fruit thoroughly, pat it dry and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the berries are frozen, then pack the berries in airtight containers. By freezing pieces of fruit individually, you can take out only what you need for recipes and return the rest to the freezer.
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Meat: Save labels
When rewrapping prepackaged meat for freezing, cut the label from the original wrapping and tape it to the new package. You will have a record of the cut of meat, its weight and the date of purchase. To prepare raw hamburger patties for freezing, separate them with small plastic coffee-can tops, stack them in a pile, place them in a plastic bag and seal. Freeze raw or cooked meatballs on a cookie sheet, then transfer them to a container, seal and freeze. They will stay separate and you can use as many as you want when you need them.
Bread: Wrap with care
Bread will dry out quickly in the refrigerator, but it freezes well for up to six months if wrapped in plastic, then foil. When putting the bread in the freezer, don’t crush the loaf. To crisp up the crust, remove the bread from its wrapping, thaw and then put in a 350°F oven for ten minutes.
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