Packaging Meat for the Freezer

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We are a meat eating family. Both my husband and I grew up on a meat and potatoes diet. I try not to cook with red meat more than once or twice a week; although we do really enjoy it! To save the most money on meat I buy when the prices are low and freeze it in dinner size portions. In fact I have not bought chicken, steak or pork for over a month now. We have been relying on our nice freezer stockpile.

Since I do not have a Vacuum Sealer (the FoodSaver is on my want list!), I use Glad Press n’ Seal and freezer bags to store my meat. Press n’ Seal is one of my splurge items. It rarely goes on sale but it works wonders!

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What I do is wrap a piece of meat individually with the Press n’ seal. Wrapping the meat tightly will help prevent freezer burn. I then place the individually wrapped pieces into a larger ziploc freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. By wrapping the pieces individually it makes it easy to pull out just one cut of meat or however many you need.

For boneless skinless chicken breasts I like to add marinade to the freezer bags. That way the chicken marinates while it defrosts!

How do you freeze your meat? Do you buy in bulk?



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Comments

  1. says

    I sometimes marinade the bulk chicken before I freeze it as well. It has to come out of the package to be divided into dinner portions anyways. Just eliminates a step later.

  2. erica says

    I’m a new wife/mommy/stay at home mommy – everything all at once. Haha. I’ve never had to cook or shop. This site has REALLY come in handy for me! How long is it okay to freeze meats for before using?

    • says

      Hi Erica,
      According to the USDA Food & Safety, frozen food at 0 degrees is safe indefinitely. The quality diminishes over time though. The more air you can keep away from the meat, the longer it will keep the quality. The USDA has a chart showing recommended freezing time for quality http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_freezing/index.asp

      I try to eat meat within 6 months of freezing but I have let it go longer.

      Good luck with your new position- stay at home wife and mommy!

  3. Laurie says

    I do that as well, buy in bulk and then breakdown the packages and freeze in meal portions. When pork loins go on sale, I always buy a larger size and then ask at the meat counter that they cut half of it up into 1/2″ to 3/4″ slices. Then I will freeze the whole half for a roast and the slices are divided up into meal size portions to use as boneless pork chops.

  4. says

    I have never used the Press n Seal before but I do buy whatever size meat I can find on sale or mark down and freeze in dinner size portions. I usually wrap the portions in aluminum foil and then drop as many as I can fit into a large ziploc freezer bag.

    I do not buy meat unless it is on sale or marked down, if their are no good deals that week we just eat what is in the freezer. :)

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