As many of you may have noticed...I have been researching and implementing some Freezer cooking techniques over the last 3-4 months. Hence, the recent freezer tips I have been posting. I must admit that I thought it was going to be an awful topic to study and undertake...but it has turned out to be a wonderful blessing in the realm of my time management as well as our budget!
This tip made so much sense to me and has been a space and money saver.
Packaging is key when you do freezer cooking. However, it can get pretty expensive buying freezer storage containers. I bought some aluminum disposable pans that worked great...but they are awkward to store and can get quite pricey when buying several at a time.
line your baking/casserole/serving dish with 2 layers of aluminum foil with enough excess to completely wrap around the prepared dish.
Prepare dish as desired and then pop in the freezer for several hours. Once the dish is completely frozen, remove the aluminum from the serving dish and wrap up tightly with excess aluminum foil. Label your frozen entree and then store in the freezer up to 3 months.
Since your entree was frozen in the shape of the dish you will serve it in...it is guaranteed to fit in that same dish when you want to pull it out, remove foil, and bake! Quick and easy...and allows you to use the same serving dish over and over! It also saves so much space not having awkward dishes in the freezer!
NOTE: for those of you refraining from using Aluminum in your cooking...substitute wax paper for the aluminum foil. I use wax instead of foil and the only additional step I add is to lightly grease the baking dish before layering the wax paper. This ensures easier removal once the entree is frozen. I store the entrees in Ziploc freezer bags once they are frozen to ensure less air contamination.