Ideas & Rules For Meals To Freeze & Reheat
Cooking is very enjoyable, it’s also a bit time consuming. Sometimes it’s just nice to come home and eat without having to go through all the hassle of rousing up a meal for dinner – not to mention clean. A good way to keep eating home cook meals without the trouble is to prepare them ahead of time. Store it in your small freezer and when it’s time to eat, just pop it in the microwave then eat. You can do this for yourself, your kids who live alone and eat take-out, a sick friend, or just anyone who doesn’t have time to cook.
What is an ideal meal for freezing and reheating?
The very first thing that you have to remember is that everything goes bad, eventually. As a rule its best to go with food that isn’t fried as a lot of the moisture is lost during cooking and if you’re cooking with oil the food will absorb it and the taste won’t be very good when you reheat. You should also avoid liquid dairy products as freezing tends crystallize the water inside separating it, making it watery, which is bad for the taste of your food. So try picking something that’s in line with these tips.
Some of the more popular freezer food recipes include: meatloaf, casseroles, shepherd’s pie, and the classic lasagna – these are all good recipes for freezing as they tend to come out tasting fresh. Remember that when you cook freezer meals you have to account for reheating so try not to overcook the food, leave a little room for it to cook later on.
Ensuring the freshness and taste
After finding the perfect meal it’s time to freeze it. For the best results use an air tight container. Avoid reheating and freezing repetitively as this might lead to the growth of bacteria, try freezing them into smaller portions.
When you are freezing a meal it is good to let it breathe a bit after cooking since the steam or the water molecules are still leaving it – freezing it immediately makes it watery. Once the food is no longer steaming hot then you should freeze it right away to save the quality.
Reheating do’s and don’ts
Now that you have your meal or meals ready for reheating you have to know how to prepare them for eating. If you are going to let it thaw do so ahead of time in the refrigerator – this is the safest way to do so. Leaving it to thaw in room temperature can lead to bacteria growth. Smaller servings reheat faster so if you packed them individually it would be easier as you don’t have to thaw the entire batch and freeze it again, which you should not do in the first place.
Remember these guidelines and you are good to go! Lastly, if you aren’t sure about the food whether in freezing or reheating it is best to be cautious and ask someone who knows.