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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Even The Simple Things - How To Freeze Stuff AND Have Them NOT Stick Together

Convection Microwave Below 4 Burner Stovetop
    Sometimes I like to prepare food before a long RV trip and freeze it. Often, I don't feel like cooking an entire meal and the frozen food reheats easily using microwaves, boiling water, or even on the stove, if you freeze it all in separate zip top bags and reheat them individually. I find that a bit wasteful. There is a better way. If you freeze items correctly, they won't stick together and can be tossed in a large bag and individual servings removed and reheated at your leisure. Want a little? Take a little. Want a lot? Take a lot. The trick is in the freezing technique.


Use A Plate That Fits In Your Freezer Flat!
Recently, I wrote about fantastic pancakes that rise to great heights. Pancakes are a lot of clean-up for an RV galley. Especially my tiny one. Also, cleanup uses a lot of water so I rarely make them onboard. That being said, they can be frozen and reheated easily and taste just as good when you do. If you freeze them correctly the first time, it's easy to take a few out to reheat. So, how do you do it? Easy, make the pancakes as you always do. Let them cool (I usually have a few and make extra to freeze later on.) Once cool, spread them out in a single layer on a plate or cookie sheet or whatever you have that will fit in the freezer and stay horizontal and flat while they freeze. Put them in the freezer until frozen solid. THEN take them off and place them in a zip top bag or bags and put back in the freezer.

They will not stick together and you can take out a few to reheat whenever you like. This doesn't only work on pancakes. Pretty much anything that you can freeze, but you want to be able to use separately can be frozen using this technique. I have done; strawberries, chicken parmigiana, chunks of beef roast and anything else I can think of! You can take out a single serving or enough for everyone. Reseal the bag and pop it back in the freezer. Having a freezer at all is one of the greatest things about having an RV in the first place!

To be honest, sometimes you just feel a bit lazy. I travel alone most of the time, so it's nice to come back to the RV and have the ability to create a quick meal when you're just not in the mood to cook anything. It can be quite a relief.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com

7 comments:

  1. Do you even get any freezer odor on the items you are pre freezing that are not yet in a bag?

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    1. roboclock,
      They are only in the freezer for 20-60 minutes depending on thickness, so I haven't noticed any strange odors or flavors.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. I can't eat bacon often enough to keep it from spoiling, so I remove it from packaging, separate into servings with strips of plastic wrap, and put it in the freezer. Then I can take out two strips as needed.

    Also freezing broth in ice cube trays and putting the cubes in a zipper bag makes it easy to use just that little bit I need for sauteeing.

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    1. Unknown,
      Broth cubes....LOVE it! And, of course...Bacon rocks!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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    2. We do the opposite. We bake a pound of bacon in the oven on 350 until it is done. Let it cool and put the cooked bacon in the freezer. We use a paper towel to keep it separated. When ready to use, microwave for ten seconds, or fry long enough to warm it up, or let it sit out for ten minutes to warm up to room temperature.

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  3. Will this work on uncooked meat and chicken?

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    1. Joe,
      It should work just as well. try it and let us know!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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