Baggies are essential in your kitchen. When bringing home those large frozen meat "specials" divide them into meal portions as soon as you get home instead of putting the whole package of meat in the freezer.
Example: Baggie up two porkchops. With a permanent marker, write (2) PC (abbreviation for pork chop). Do this with pork steaks (PS), hamburger (HB). I also cooked up my taco meat for the future and when I bag it up, I write TACO or T on the baggie.
Also when cooking spaghetti sauce, bag it up and write SS on the baggie, etc. Do this also with leftover SS and you will soon have another pot with all of your smaller leftover baggies for another meal! Happy Baggie Days.
By Jane from Paducah, KY
Use freezer bags, as your food product is protected against freezer burn a little more than with the regular storage bag. You also want to put the date on the package as well. Some food items get freezer burned faster than others. Other "dump" items you may put together with the like item and 1 may be freezer burned and the other not burned. Having 5 children I have done this for years and even pat out ahead my hamburger sandwich patties and can package 4 good-sized patties in 1 gallon-sized bag. Since the freezer-type bag is also heavier plastic a person can also recycle them a couple of times before tossing.
I thought I was the only one in love with Glad press and seal. When my family gave me a roll I told them I had it with plastic. One day (Sunday) when I do a week's meal I was out of foil. That's when I used this product. I use it doing many things that must stay fresh or travel well.
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I always wrap whatever I am freezing in plastic wrap anyway, do I really need freezer bags?
By willyburgs from Winder, GA
It all depends on how long you plan on leaving it in the freezer, if you plan on eating it right away no problem. But the longer it sets the more ice and freezer burn it gets and it will pick up other flavors.
Nothing goes in my freezer unless it is Vacuum-Sealed even if I will use it the next week. I have taken out a piece of meat that's 5 years old and it's as good as the day I put it in the freezer.
The other answer is true, you need air tight bags or the food will not taste good if you let it stay in freezer very long, good luck. (06/23/2009)
I agree. We always keep a three-pound butter tub for freezing things like spaghetti. Those are pretty airtight. And, even if you're storing something for a couple of weeks or a month, you want to make sure to keep air out. If you can do that with only plastic wrap, more power to you! We've learned from experience, the best plastic wrap is Glad Press-n-Seal. We tried the kind made especially for the freezer, but learned very quickly the regular kind sufficed for us. For extra-secure wrapping, I've been known to wrap items in plastic wrap, then slip them into one of those smallish plastic bags from the grocery store. They're recycled, and free besides! (06/24/2009)
My real original question was: Can I save money by using storage bags instead of freezer bag when I freeze something like chicken that I wrap in plastic wrap anyway and then put into a bag for freezing. Storage bags are a good bit cheaper, not rather I need to use a bag at all. (06/25/2009)
So your actual question is do you need to double wrap, that is going to be something you need to determine yourself, as we all said the more air tight the better protection, if your freezing for a very short amount of time just plastic wrap should work, the longer anything is in the freezer the more protection it will need. How you achieve the protection against freezer burn is up to you. (07/04/2009)
If you've been using plastic wrap without any problem, continue to do it. We use the fold-top sandwich baggies and have never had a problem, even with long term storage. (07/04/2009)