A Quick Guide to Freezing Food: Part 3

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Single portions of food can be one of the easiest ways to waste food.  By the time most of us are down to one portion of something, we’ve eaten it a few times and there’s no rush to finish it up.  And frankly, sometimes leftovers can start to look unappetizing and no one wants to eat them.

Last year when Miss Petrie Deux was born my aunt and uncle sent us several homemade tv dinners.  What a brilliant way to use up single portions of food!  I’ve started to collect leftovers for tv dinners.  I am able to make a couple of tv dinners a week.

Start with a partitioned plate.

On this day I had a few portions of leftovers.  I started with nacho casserole (tortilla chips, chicken, cheese, olives, and green chile sauce).

I had a bit of brown rice.

I also had some cauliflower mash.

When put on the partitioned plate, this is a Hungry Man meal!  Doesn’t this presentation look so much more appetizing than the above containers of leftovers?

Use foil or plastic wrap over the plate.  Try to seal it as best you can, which keeps your food fresher in the freezer.

Voila!  You have a homemade freezer meal.  And food that very likely would have been thrown away has been preserved for a day when I don’t feel like cooking.

If you are able to thaw out your tv dinner, you can heat your food in the microwave for a minute or two.  If your food is frozen, thaw the food with the most water first.  For example, with this meal I would pop out the frozen cauliflower mash and microwave it for a minute, check it, microwave it another minute, check it and so on until my food was hot.  Then I’d microwave the casserole the same way.  The rice will thaw and cook very quickly in the microwave.  I recommend microwaving your food on a regular dish, not the disposable partioned dish.

If you give food to friends or relatives, this would be a good way to present your gift.  I haven’t taken food to a new mom in a while, but next time I do, I will make her some homemade tv dinners.

Have a great day!

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This entry was posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 8:36 pm and is filed under cooking, frugality, Other Blog Parties.

One Response to “A Quick Guide to Freezing Food: Part 3”

  1. MiMi Says:

    Wow, all partitioned out pretty like that looks really nice!

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