2 Ways to Minimize Freezer Burn in Your Freezer Meals

by Katie on January 13, 2012

After a long break for special Christmas posts, I am returning to Freezer Cooking Fridays!  I’m starting back by sharing a couple ways to minimize freezer burn in your freezer meals!

Let’s be honest-freezer cooking is wonderful, but it does require time and money to make up all of our delicious meals.  Because I invest so much into it, I want to make sure that every meal I put away can actually be used in the future!  Don’t we all feel that way?

Here are 2 things I do to minimize freezer burn in freezer meals:

1. Package Freezer Meals Properly

There are five common packaging techniques: Freezer bags, foil containers, glass dishes, flash freezing, and vacuum sealing.  If you are new to freezer cooking, I wrote in depth about each of these techniques here.

Freezer bags are my favorite way to package meals. They don’t take up much space and anything that doesn’t need to hold it’s shape (think lasagna) can be frozen in freezer bags.  Here are a few ideas: banana crumb muffins, mashed potatoes, and chicken tetrazzini!

Foil containers are another way I freeze meals.  I use them when I’m freezing a meal that needs to hold it’s shape (think lasagna).  I also use foil containers when I’m making meals that I’m going to “gift” to others.

2. Use Meals in a Timely Manner

You can make great food and package it nicely, but it doesn’t last indefinitely.  I have three tools that help me use my meals in a timely manner.

Storage Timelines: I’ve printed out my freezer storage timelines information and I keep it handy so I can make sure I’m using my food up!  I try, but I can’t remember everything, and with this list I don’t have to anymore!

Freezer Meal Inventory: I keep both a freezer inventory and a freezer meal inventory near my freezer.  A freezer is like a big black hole…it’s so easy to throw things in there and forget about them for a year.  With my inventory I can easily look and see what meals I need to use up without even having to open my freezer.

Menu Planning: Taking the 10 minutes to sit down and plan a menu is so worth it to me.  When I’m planning, I like to take a look at my freezer meal inventory and see what needs used.  Believe it or not, it makes a big difference!

If you are new to this series, check out previous Freezer Cooking Friday posts:

Is Freezer Cooking For Me?
Save Time, Money, and Energy Freezer Cooking
Freezer Cooking Questions and Answers
Freezer Storage Timelines

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Misty January 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hey! I am SO glad you posted this as it reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask you. When you freeze muffins, those veggie quiche cups etc. do you wrap them individually first to prevent freezer birn or just throw them in a freezer bag? I was worried about sticking together too…

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Katie January 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Good question, Misty! I don’t individually wrap muffins/quiche cups. I started out doing that and realized it wasn’t necessary. I don’t have problems with muffins/quiche sticking together, but I do flash freeze things that will stick together (berries, bananas, hamburger patties, diced onion) before placing in freezer bag!!

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