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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Freezer Experiment #1

This is the 1st post in a series about freezing. 

Freezing might seem pretty basic & mundane, but I'm determined to learn how to do it the right way.  My hubby doesn't hate many things, but he does hate freezer burn...and leftovers.  Hence, the challenge...and this series.

"Freezer Cooking" is all the rage right now.  I'm considering trying it on a somewhat small scale.  Also, we just got a new freezer, so I'm excited to fill it up with healthy, yummy food. (...and with food prices increasing at a faster rate than they have in the last 36 years, it might not be a bad idea to have some stuff in the freezer.)

Experiment #1 was a complete success!

I've heard of people using ice cube trays to freeze little bits of various liquids & purees in individual portions. Then, you're supposed to pop the cubes into a freezer bag, so you can have small portions of these fabulous ingredients at your fingertips.
A few factors came together, so I finally tried it.

Factor #1- Lemons were on sale & I price-matched them for $0.50/lb.
Factor #2- My Mom gave us a pressure cooker.  We cooked a chicken & some veggies which gave us lots of amazing chicken stock.

So, while the hubby watched a movie one night, I used my citrus press to juice the lemons into a cup & then filled an ice cube tray.
Then I ladeled the chicken stock into another cup & filled more trays.
They went into the freezer & a few days later, I popped the cubes into some labeled zipper bags.
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. (ha!)

I can't wait to make Chicken Piccata or a nice, steamy Mussel Pot!

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