Freezer bags are the easiest most versatile freezer container out there and are one of the cheapest ways to keep your frozen foods safe from freezer burn and oxidation.
They should also be tasteless, grease and water proof, odorless, easy to seal, label and clean, durable and resistant to the low temperatures of the freezer.
Once a product meets all these criteria we can call it a freezer quality storage container.
A freezer bag is specifically designed to have all of these features. Using the right bags helps keep your frozen food safe and protect the time and money you invested in your freezer meals.
Don't Use Storage Bags
If the box doesn't say "freezer" on the label don't use those bags for frozen food storage.
Sizes of Freezer Bags
2 Gallon or Jumbo
Gallon or Large
Quart or Medium
Pint or Small
How to Use A Freezer Bag
Fill the bag and spread of the contents as much as possible so it's as flat as possible. I usually lay the bag on a cookie sheet for this step. The flat shape means foods freeze and thaw faster helping to maintain quality. Flat packages also stack better in the freezer.
Remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag. I use my hands or a straw for this step. Taking out the extra air helps reduce freezer burn and protect your food.
Next freeze the package so it stays flat. I use the cookie sheet for this too so the bag doesn't get ridges from the freezer shelf. Once it's frozen solid you can take away the cookie sheet and stack the freezer bag.
Be sure to label, date and add the package to your freezer inventory sheet too.
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