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Old 01-24-2002, 06:25 PM
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Such Great Ideas

I am so glad I have come to this board. I would never have thought of how to organize the freezer. I am so looking forward to buying one.

What types of things have you found do NOT freeze well? or that can be frozen that people normally wouldn't think of (I was surprised to read that milk can be frozen and thawed and the taste is not affected)

Have a great day!

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Old 01-24-2002, 07:19 PM
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PB&J sandwiches!

Peanut butter and jelly sanwiches!

These freeze marvelously! I usually do a loaf or more at a time because I have 4 kids and they go through them fast. Here's what I do (I just did three loaves the other day):

Freeze the bread first. This makes it easier to spread the PB&J on! Remove the frozen loaf from it's bag and seperate into sandwich pairs. Make each sandwich with a layer of PB on one side and a THIN layer of PB on the other side. Then top the thin layer of PB with jelly. This keeps the jelly from seeping through the thawed out sandwich. Put the sandwiches into baggies (I do this because I use them mostly for sack school lunches, but you don't have to) and put them back into the original bread bag. Freeze until ready to use.

To thaw: Remove a frozen sandwich from the freezer and put into your child's lunch sack in the a.m. and the sandwich will be perfect by lunchtime. Not soggy!!

To thaw for immediate use: Place a frozen sandwich on a plate on the counter and it should be thawed within 10-15 minutes (sometimes sooner).

You can't even tell that these sandwiches have been frozen and it's SUCH a time saver!!

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Old 01-27-2002, 07:32 PM
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That is sooo cool! (LOL no pun intended) I never would have thought to freeze PBJ's. I do like the idea of making a bunch of sandwiches up at a time. We do this when we go camping.
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Old 07-14-2002, 08:44 AM
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I must admit that I'd never considered the peanut butter and jelly concept but it sounds great. My mother and I use to have a cake shop with catering services. Often we made chicken salad , cream cheese, ham salad, & roast beef sandwiches up to a month in advance. We wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze. When needed we take them out that morning and cover the entire trays of sandwiches with dampened dish towels. By noon they were moist and delicious. They were actually better than those prepared the same day since the seasonings and flavors had marinated together over time. We never had a problem with them being mushy either.

This might be a great idea for those of you who have children who bring their lunches to school. Cakes can also be frozen as long as they are iced and they too come out so moist and delicious.
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Old 07-14-2002, 04:44 PM
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I have been freezing Submarine sanwiches for my Dh to carry to work at night. I wrap them in plastic wrap and then foil and put them in the bag the rolls came in. Dh takes one out and he can take the foil off and microwave it if he wants to. So far this is working out great. They also come in handy for Ds when I am at work.
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Old 08-13-2002, 08:52 AM
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Question Freezer Organization

Hello all!

I was wondering if anyone has some ideas of how to organize a small chest freezer. I would like to do OAMC but need to be able to find the food once it is in the freezer. It seems everything is in one big pile!

- Julie

mommy to Olivia and Sophia
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Old 08-13-2002, 12:25 PM
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Lightbulb wire baskets?

I don't have a freezer - YET.

My MIL's freezer has wire baskets that hook somewhere on the side and fold up. She puts certain things in the bottom, certain other things in the baskets.

If yours doesn't have these baskets, you could probably use something similar. Wire or plastic baskets, those white paper boxes like from the butcher or deli, etc. I would label them if they aren't clear.

A lot of people keep a list on top of the freezer of what is in there, and cross things off as they remove them, too.
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Old 08-28-2002, 09:27 PM
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Actually, I have 2 freezers. One upright for vegetables, baked and baking goods. (I freeze cake mixes, flour etal) The chest is for meat, entrees and ice cream.

But, to start with group your things together, and then you will be able to tell if a basket is needed to hold your items, or if a section is needed. Some groups are identical (like peas or corn) and need a shelf, some are catagories (odd vegetables) need a small basket.

We buy meat in volume (specials), and keep that type (like pkgs of chicken breasts)in a grocery bag together inside the freezer. But I keep my butter/margarine (for example) on the door. That way I can see how much I have easily.

I like to send others to get items, it works better if its organized. Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2002, 10:26 AM
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We have two fridges with freezers on top. The one in the kitchen has food for immediate consumption. Drinks, veggies and onesies on the door. Breakfast foods on the top shelf. Dinner stuff and junk food on the bottom shelf.

Out in the garage, it's similar with all my 'backup' stuff. Frozen juice and veggies on the door. Meat and main dish stuff on the bottom shelf. Junk food and bread on the top shelf.

Bread is stored in the outside fridge for lack of space in the freezer. I just discovered a bread thrift store last week while I was out job hunting, so I may have to make more bread storage space in the freezer.
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Old 10-17-2002, 04:10 AM
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Please be advised that this thread will be moved to the Organizing Forum on 10/19/02.

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