Freezing food - useful information
Why people freeze food?
There are many reasons why people freeze food. Sometimes they grow their own vegetables and want to save some of them for the winter. Some people are very busy, so sometimes they don't find the time to cook the dinner. When that happens, it's very convenient to prepare the dinner a few days earlier (for example on the weekend) and just take it out of the freezer, cook and eat it when the dinner time comes. Some people buy only organic food and they live a long way from their favorite supplier, so they afford to visit him to buy food only once or twice a month. Either way, people freeze food because it extends its shelf life and (most times) the food can be easily and quickly prepared after thawing.
Freezing food - what you need to remember
There are some basic rules regarding freezing that you should definitely know about. If you'll follow those rules, chances are you'll freeze your food properly and you'll be satisfied with its taste after thawing.
If you're freezing vegetables, consider blanching them
It's not a must, but many people recommend blanching vegetables before freezing them. Blanching is done to soften vagetables and partly cook them. If you've blanched your veggies before freezing, they'll be cooked properly quickly after transfering them directly into a soup or a stew. Blanching is fairly easy and doesn't take a lot of time. Clean and chop your veggies and put them into a pot of boiling water. After some time (the bigger and thicker the veggies, the longer they have to stay in the pot) you take the pot of the heat and cool the veggies quickly. You can use running water or even ice. After that you need to dry them thoroughly and that's it.
Make sure the product is sealed tightly
That's important for any kind of food you're freezing. If the product isn't wrapped tightly, it can pick up some odors from the freezer and you definitely don't want that to happen. If that happens, you probably won't be satisfied with the taste and smell of your food after thawing it. To make sure the product is sealed tightly, choose a freezer bag or freezer container. If you're using freezing bags, after transfering the food into it, make sure you close it well. The same thing goes when you choose containers. It's as simple as that.
If you're freezing liquid, leave some headspace
That one is very important. If you're freezing for example milk and you won't leave any headspace in the container, chances are the liquid will damage the container when freezing and spill inside the freezer. That's because water (which is a major component of each liquid) increases its capacity while freezing. Because of that, it's always good to open the container before freezing and ensure that there is some headspace (unless you're certain that there is).
Freeze food in convenient-sized packages
People tend to forget about this one easy tip. When you'll decide to thaw a portion of the frozen food, in most cases you need to thaw the whole package, regardless of whether you really need all of its contents or not. Besides, freezing, thawing and then freezing again isn't beneficial for the food either. Because of that, before putting food in the freezing consider how large each package should be, so you'll be able to easily thaw only as much of the food as you need at a time.
Ziploc freezer bags
Using Ziploc freezer bags is probably the easiest way to freeze many kinds of food. They can be easily sealed tightly using their zip locks. You can buy both standard and heavy duty freezer bags, so you can choose depending on what you need.
What foods can be frozen?
There are many kinds of food that people would like to freeze. The good news is that most of them can be frozen. If you're not certain whether certain food freezes well, you can always check it on sites like CanYouFreezeThis.com and other sites like that. Experimenting with freezing a small amount of that food is also a good idea. Sometimes most people claim that certain kind of food shouldn't be frozen, but in reality you might be satisfied with the outcome. The worst case scenario is that you'll need to throw out that little amount of food. I think most times it's worth trying. Maybe the result of freezing will be pretty decent and you'll continue to freeze that food for years.