Freeze items flat – space saver

Tip of the Week

The freezer is my best friend!  I love to store items in the freezer such as healthy ingredients, leftovers, and meal prep.  The best way is to store items flat, such as in gallon bags.  Once the bags are filled, press flat and label with the name and date cooked.  Then store in the freezer flat; stacked on each other.  This will save you so much time and freezer space if laid flat.  Additionally, the bagged items will thaw quicker because the bags are stored thin.

Another option is to buy storage containers (my favorite) to freeze food in.  Then you are able to stack foods neatly in the freezer.  The main goal is to be organized so you can easily find your food instead of being buried in the freezer.  Still label the containers with the name and date cooked.

Items I normally freeze:

Various sauces

Opened cans of food (such as tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, chipotle adobo peppers)

Meal prep items

Marinated proteins

Grains- cooked brown rice, quinoa

Pasta- cooked whole grains

Citrus zest and juice

And more

Photo Credit:

Photo by Keegan Evans: https://www.pexels.com/photo/tuna-salad-on-transparent-lunch-pack-90893/

Photo by Ello on Unsplash


Freeze Your Grains and Pastas

Spend one day a week or once a month cooking your healthy grains and pastas – true meal prep!  This will save you so much time when trying to prepare lunch or dinner (usually last minute).  Cook the grains or pastas, then once cooled place into gallon bags, press flat, and label with the name and date cooked.  Then store in the freezer flat. 

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