Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittle,Graceandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariaCuba.Hellofriends,welcometothefeedyourfamilytonightpodcastepisode221howtofreezemeattoday.WeregoingtotalkaboutfreezingmeatwhyyouwanttodoitsomeofthesafetyissuesaroundmeandthenumberonefreezerrulethatIhave.LastweekItalkedabouthowtoshopgroceryadstohelpwithyourbudget.Ifyouhaventlistenedtothatyoumaywanttogobackbecauseabigpartofmystrategyforusinggroceryadstodecrease.Myfoodbudgetisbywatchingthepricesofmeat.OftentimesspecificcutsofmeatwillcomeonsaleeverynowandthenitreallygoodpricesandIwillpurchaselargeamountsofthatandfreezeitandtheresacoupleofreasonswhyfreezingissohandyinyourkitchen.Thefirstthingispriceifyoucanfinditonsaleandyoucangetalesserpriceperpoundthanpurchasingthemeatinbulkandthenfreezingitcanbereallysmartforyourbudget.TheotherthingisconvenienceitissonicetoknowthatIhavebasiccutsofmeatinmyfreezer.Italkeditepisode99abouthowIdoadeepdivegroceryshoppingtripaboutonceaquarterwhereIbuymostofmydrygoodsandStaples.Sowerenotgoingtothegrocerystore.ImfocusingonfreshproduceandfreshmeatandafewotheritemsthatImayneedtofilloutmymeal,butwhenIhavethatnextstepdoneofhavingmeatifIFreezer,itjustmakesmygroceryshoppingtripseasierandshorterImsavingtimeandIamsavingmoneynow.IwanttoletyouknowIhavetwofreezers.IhaveonethatisattachedtomyrefrigeratorandIhaveanuprightDeepFreezeinmybasement.Ifyoudonothaveadeepfreeze,youcanstillbuysomemeatinbulkandfreezeitbutyoumaynotbeabletobuyquitequantitiesthatIcanImalsofeedingafamilyofsixincludingateenageboyislargerthanalotoffamilies.MydeepfreezewasgiventomeasaChristmasgiftyearsagoandIamsohappythatIhaveit.Itisanuprightfreezer,whichmeansthatIopenedthedoorcuzlikeyouwouldarefrigeratornotachestfreezerwhereIliftthelidandhavethedickinifyouarelookingforadeepfreezer.UprightfreezerstendtobealittlebitmoreexpensivebuttheyaresomucheasiertoorganizeitissomucheasiertoaccessyourfoodinsidethefreezerandIhighlyrecommendthemoverachestfreezer.Butifyourbudgetonlyallowsforachestfreezer,itcanstillbeareallygoodtoolandtherearewaystoorganizeachestfreezersothatitseasiertogettoyourfoodapodcastforanotherday,butIdowanttotalkalittlebitaboutthenumberoneruleoffreezingandthatisthatareisyourenemy.Arewilldehydratefoodandwillcauseittogetfreezerburnandwillcauseittodegradefaster?SoanytimeyouarefreezinganythingyouwanttothinkaboutminimizingtheairandthatisonereasonwhythefreezerthatIhavemydeepfreezehasFrostinit.TherearetwokindsoffreezersandactuallygointothisinrealdetailonmyInstagramhighlight.SoifyoureallywanttotakeadeepdivewithmecheckoutmyInstagramaccountatatMariefiebachandlookatthehighlightsforfreezerandyouwillgoonarabbitTrailcuzIcouldgetgoutonthisstuffbutbasicallytwotypesoffreezersfrost-freeandfreezersthathaveFrostfreezersthathaveFrostareactuallylessexpensivealmostallfreezersthatareattachedtoarefrigeratorarefrostfreeandthatmeanstheairiscirculatinginthereandthatpullsthemoistureoutofthefreezer,butitalsocausesthefoodtodegree.Bathroomthatswhymydeepfreezeisnotfrost-free,butthenIhavetocleanitandhavetocleanthefrostagain.ButIwantyoutoalwaysrememberthatareisyourenemy.Sowhenyouarefreezingmeatyouwanttominimizetheairexposureasmuchaspossible.Ifyouhappentohaveavacuumsealer,itisgreatbecauseitsucksalltheairout.Idonothaveone.Ihavenotinvestedone.Youcantotallyfreezemeatwithoutone.Butifyouhappentoalreadyhaveone,itisgreatforkeepingareawayfromyourmeat.Whenyoubuymeatinbulkandyougotofreezeitmostofthetimeyouwanttoremoveitfromthepackagingthatyougetin.Thegrocerystoreagainmostmeatcomesinapackagethatislikeaplasticorstyrofoamcontainer.Theresoftensometypeofaliquidabsorberthatsbelowthemeatthatabsorbssomeoftheexcessjuicesthatareexhibitedbythemeatandwhenyoujusttakeagiantfamilypackofchickenbreastandyouputitintothefreezeryouhavethisoddshapedblockafrozenchickenthatmaynotbeintherightsizeportionsforyourfamily.Itisdifficulttofollowbecausewhenyoustopmeatyouwanttomakesurethatthereissomethingunderneathittocatchthejuicessoyoudonthaverawchickendrippingonyourproduceinyourrefrigerator.SoIusuallyrecommendformostthings.Ihaveafewexceptions.TotakeitoutofitsoriginalpackagingandIwanttopackageitmyself.Imgoingtotalkaboutchickenfirst.MostofthemeatthatImbuyingonsalethatischickenisbonelessskinlesschickenbreastbonelessskinlesschickenthighsandIpersonallytreatthosetwoingredientsverydifferentlywhenImfreezingthebonelessskinlesschickenbreasts,especiallyinthesummer.IwillactuallytakethetimetotakemychefknifeandButterflythemandthenfreezetheminindividualportionsIdothisbecausewhenIamgrillingme,Ifindthatitsmuchbettertohaveaneventhickness.IhaveavideoaboutthisthatIwilllinkintheshownotesaboutwhyIbutterflyachickenbreasttogrillandhowyougetamuchmoreevenandquickergrillingtimewhenyoutakethetimetodothat.Iwillpreparethemreadytothawandmarinateandputonthegrillnotsomuch.IusuallyjustseparateoutthechickenbreastandtherestwowaysthatIdoit.IwillsendXindividuallywrapeachchickenbreastinplasticwrapandthenputitonasinglelayerinabakingsheetandfreezeuntiltheyaresolidthattakesalotofplasticwrap.Andsoifyouretryingtoavoidplasticwrap,theotherthingyoucandoisputapieceofparchmentpaperdownindividuallyputallthechickenbreastsonthebakingsheet.Andthenfreezeitinthefreezeruntilitssolidagain.Theressomeairexposurethatshappeningthere.Wewanttominimizeairexposure.SoassoonastheyaresolidwhichformeisusuallythenextdayItakethemoffofthebakingsheetandIputthemintoazipbagandIsqueezeasmuchairaspossibleoutofthatzipbag.YoucanreusethesamezipbackoverandoveragainifitHavingrawchickeninitandyoujustkeepputtingnewrawchickenitatthezipbagisgoingtobefine.YoucouldalsowashthemandreusethembutIhonestlyjustkeepitemptyzipbagsinmyfreezer.AndthenwhenIhaveatrayfullofchickenbreast,Iputthemintheemptiesitback.IsqueezeoutasmuchairaspossibleandthenIcanpulloutindividualchickenbreastwhichhelpswiththighhelpswithportioningoutrightformyfamily.TheotherthingsthatIdoisifIhavemychefsknifeoutIwilloftencutthechickenbreastinto1-inchcubes,whichiswhatIusedtomakeastir-fryormyGingerpearchickenandthenIputthoseintoaquartZiplocbag,whichisamealsizeformyfamily,pleaseoutasmuchairaspossibleandzipupthatbagandthenwhenIgotomakeastir-fryIcanjusttakethisbagofalreadycutchicken,whichissohandy,especiallyonabusynightwhenyoudonthavealotoftime.Youcanhaveitalreadycutandreadytogo.Zipbagisgreatbecauseyoucanthrowsomemarinadeinthere.Somepeoplewillpremarinatechickenbeforetheyputitinthefreezer.IhavefoundthatoftengivesalittlebitofawalkietextureandIprefertomarinateit.Onceitsbeenthawed.Itsapersonalpreferencething.Youcouldtotallymarinateitbeforethatmakesthestepsalittlebiteasier,butIfindthatIdontlikethetextureifitsbeeninthemarinadeinthefreezerfortoolong.ThatswhatIdowithbonelessskinlesschickenbreastsbonelessskinless,chickenthighstotaldifferentstory.IalmostalwayscookthembeforeIfreezethem.IhavetworecipesthatIfrequentlymakewithbonelessskinlesschickenthighsoneofthemismyinstantpotchickentacos.Andtheotheroneismyinstantpotlemonchicken.Bothoftheserecipes.Iwillmakealargebatch.Iwillsometimesevendoabuttinstantpottwice.SoImkindoflikemakingadoublebatchofthesebecausemyfamilyeatsalotofthemandtheyareinexpensiveandeasytomakeonceIhavecookeditandIllleadtobothofthoserecipesintheshownotes.OnceIhavecookedthechickenthighsinoneofthesetwomethodsthattacosarethelemonychickenthighsthenIwillputitintomealsizeportionsformyfamily.Iusuallyusecourtzipbags.SometimesIusequartplasticcontainers.Itdepends.AndIwilllaythemflatonacookiesheetandfreezethemsothattheydontgetawalkieshapewhentheyfreezebecauseifyoujustthrowtheminyourfreezer,theyregoingtobehardertothawbutifIlaythemflattheywillbemucheasiertothawIlaythemflatfreezethemuntiltheirhearttakethemoffthecookiesheetandthenjustleavetheminmyfreezerthatchickentacospeakforthemselves.Iwillpullthatoutforalast-minutemeal.ItsdefinitelyoneofmybackupmealsandpulloutsometortillaspulloutsomecheesepulloutthechickentacomeattoshredsomelettuceandSirsomecutupfruitandcallitdinner.ThelemonychickenthighsIuseasabaseforotherrecipes.Wemighteatthemjustaslikeourmainmeatfordinner,butmostofthetimeImtakingthosenoteslemonychickenthighsandImputtingtheminchickennoodlesoup.Imheadingtheminchickenpotpieandputtingtheminchickenfriedriceanythingthatyoucouldaddcookedchickentoachickencasseroleofsomesort.Iusethatpre-cookedlemonychickenthighsandIkeepthoseinmyfreezeraswell.SothebreastIusuallyfreezerawandthethighsIusuallyfreezecookediskindofapersonalthing,butyoucandowhateverthenextcategoryofmeatfreezingasImgoingtotalkaboutgroundmeatlikegroundbeefandgroundturkeyusuallydoacoupleofthingswiththissomeofIdooftencook.Iliketomakemybaseforcheeseburgerbakepotatoes,whichisbasicallygroundbeefgrounduponionssaltandpepperandIwillLookupalargebatchofgroundbeef.Imightdo10lbgiveortakeIllputthoseinmealsizeportionsformyfamilyinthefreezeragaininzipbagsFrozenonacookiesheetandtelltheirsolidsothattheydontgetawalkieshapeandthenkeepthoseinmyfreezerthegreatthingaboutthatgroundbeefwithonionsisacheeseburgerbakedpotatoes,orIcanaddittochiliorIcanhavesometacoseasoningorIcanaddittoatatertotcasserolethatcookbeefbeusedsomanydifferentwaysanditmakecookingeasierlateron.IwillsometimesmakealargebatchofMeatballs.Iespeciallydothiswithgroundturkey.TheresaspecificrecipefromSmittenKitchenthatIlllinktointheshownotethatmydaughterhappenstolovetheseturkeymeatballs.Werarelyeatthemasameal,butshewillpullouttwoorthreeofthemasasnackespeciallywhensheswantingkindofahigherproteinsnack.ShesevenbeenknowntopullthemoutforbreakfastandIliketokeepthoseinthefreezer.SoIwillmakeagiantbatchofthesemeatballscoolthemdown.IwillfreezethemsolidonacookiesheetandthenputtheminhisitbacksothattheyareindividualandyoucanliftoutonetwoorthreeIlldothatwithbeefmeatballsonoccasionaswell.TheotherthingsthatIdowithgroundbeefisImakemymakeaheadhamburgerpatties.Iusuallydothiskindofinthelatespringorearlysummer.Iwillmakeagiantbatchofmakeaheadhamburgerpattiestherecipesonmywebsite.Illlinktoit.IwillfreezethemandIwillbeabletopulloutwhatevernumberofhamburgerpattiesweneedforaquickandeasymealonthegrillduringthehotsummermonths.Ivebeendoingthisabitwithmyturkeysausages.Well,Ihavearec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