How do you flash freeze food?

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How to stretch your budget by flash freezing

How do you flash freeze food?  If you don’t flash freeze your food prior to freezing it then you are really missing a step in terms of quality of food preservation.  Here are 4 quick steps to follow.

1. If you are flash freezing a solid piece of meat, fruit or vegetable then you want to wash and pat dry.

2. While still damp line the food in rows on a metal cookie sheet.

3. Place in the freezer carefully without tilting the pan. Leave in the freezer for 2 hours. This is called flash freezing. You are simply freezing the food individually so that when placed in a storage bag or container that they won’t “lump” together.

4: Finally transfer the food from the cookie sheet to a freezer safe storage container. Be sure to date with a permanent marker.

How to stretch your budget by flash freezing

You can also do this with other food items like ground meat and loaves of bread. It is a great way to extend the shelf life.

Be sure to visit our Freezer Cooking Series for more tips on freezer cooking and more!

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  1. How would you flash freeze the muffin tins meatloafs? ( if I have already cooked them; and if I freeze them raw?)

    Thank you!

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

      If you have already cooked them then just pop in freezer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30-45 mins. If raw freeze in the muffin tin then pop out after 45 mins and freeze. I like them raw personally because they don’t dry out when re-heating.

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