Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tight-Ass Tuesday Tips - The Deep Freezer

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Freezer Efficiency - Place a thermometer in your freezer to check the temperature. Frozen foods need only be kept at 10 degrees Fahrenheit, so turn the setting down if it is any colder. Also, keep your freezer as full as possible as a full freezer retains cold temperatures better than empty air, making it more economical to operate. As your freezer empties out of your yearly harvest of food, fill the empty spaces with used plastic milk jugs, cleaned and filled with water. Not only will the jugs help the freezer operate more efficiently when frozen, but it will also help to keep your food cool for longer during a power outage, and, during an extended power outage or emergency situation, this will provide you with a back-up supply of water.

 Cook Meals In Quantity - There are several meals you can cook in large batches, with the intention of saving the excess leftovers in your freezer, such as chilli or lasagna. This not only saves money but also time. Separate them into individual portions so they can be easily retrieved and re-heated in the microwave. If you cook like this once a week for a couple of months, you will find there is hardly any need to do cooking at all, as there will be eight to ten different, ready-made meals at your finger tips. You couldn't even get to the drive-thru at McDonald's and back in the time it takes to defrost and heat pre-made lasagna that is already in your freezer. The same goes for things like spaghetti sauces - save your old plastic butter or yoghurt containers and use them to separate a large batch of spaghetti sauce into meal-sized portions for storage in the deep-freezer - label them with a Jiffy-Marker for easy rummaging. Now you only have to reheat the sauce and cook some noodles. Simple!

Freeze Ground Meat in Small Portions with a Chopstick -- LifeHacker - First put the food into a large freezer bag and press it out as flat as possible, eliminating 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.
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