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Old 09-14-2002, 01:20 PM
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Which Containers to Use?

This is not a frugal tip, but I decided to buy all of the same size and same shape containers. They are all rectangular - about 5" by 3". They stack in the freezer and they take up only a little bit of cupboard space. Best of all, all the lids fit all the containers so I don't have to spend time trying to match up a set. Like I said, it is not a frugal idea, although I did find the containers for about fifty cents a piece, but it gets rid of a lot of "stuff". Clears up a cupboard too. I am trying to think of it as a lifetime of containers.
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On the freezer jelly, there is a recipe inside a package of Sure-jel (the only brand of pectin that I buy) for different types of freezer jelly. These are stored in the freezer instead of the typical canning jars/lid type that go in the pantry. The only kind I have ever made is the strawberry that my family glugs down by the pints. I make several batches every spring in 'berry season and try to divy them out to last to the next spring. It isn't an economical item but the flavor is so worth it. We use it on traditional biscuits or toast but have also thrown a couple of spoons into muffin and pancake mixes. Try it sometime.
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Old 09-17-2002, 01:31 AM
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I use Ziplock or Gladlock freezer bags. I live by myself, so when I buy my meat, I break it down into servings and wrap it and then store it in the bags. I also don't know who else out there loves chuck roast the way that I do (or any roast for that matter), and I love it stuffed with garlic, so I do that when I get it home from the store and that way I can start cooking it frozen. Just a hint someone told me about that I appreciate!
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Old 09-17-2002, 11:37 AM
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I've looked at the foodsaver and thought it might be easy to use. Do you ever freeze plates of left-overs? Like make it yourself microwave dinners?

I use alot of plasticware for dry goods, too - to keep the cabinets a little less cluttered.

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Old 09-17-2002, 05:04 PM
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I have never done it. I'm sure you could but you would have to
freeze it on the container you are going to microwave it on,
before you can vacum pack it with the foodsaver. That is the only
drawback to the foodsaver, if there is any liquid in it you can't vacum seal till it is frozen. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-18-2002, 04:32 AM
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This is just an idea, but why not freeze the plate with the gravy and then use your foodsaver? When I freeze ham pieces that have been smoked and cut to the size I want or meatballs, I always freeze them on a large flat pan and then store them in one of my freezer bags. Maybe you could do that with your dinner. Just cover it with cut rite while in the freezer. Good Luck!
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I've been using the freezer bags, and they stack very neatly in the freezer. I also used a bunch of the small gladware containers for oddly shaped or liquid leftovers. Thanks for all the tips! dawny
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