When I told Joshua what my kitchen tip was going to be this week, he said "You mean your 'common sense' tip?!" because apparently this is something everyone but me knew! Regardless, it was like a revelation to me this week...
Since we got a chest freezer, I've been freezing an extra lot of things. I often divide up stuff I bought at Costco and freeze portions of it. I freeze cooked beans and rice. And this month we've picked tons of blackberries from our yard and the park down the road!
We've been freezing blackberries on cookie sheets and then transferring to gallon bags after they're frozen, so they stay separated. All of us LOVE the sweet, juicy, SUN-RIPENED berries! Yes, the sun came out for August. August may now be my favorite month after 3 summers in the Pacific Northwest... ;)
But, that's not my tip. My tip is: When labeling a bag of food for the freezer, label the bag before you fill it. It's flat, there's no condensation to worry about, and it's a whole lot easier! (Don't ask me why I just realized that this is how I should be labeling things...) :)
I often have extra grilled chicken breast in the freezer, which is perfect for last-minute burritos, quesadillas, pizza, or salads. I really like my Food Saver for sealing cooked meats because they never get freezer burn! Plus, they take up about half the freezer space they otherwise would. When I had only a small(er) apartment freezer/fridge, space-saving was a huge plus. :)
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2. Using a funnel to separate eggs (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)
3. Make-ahead pancakes (Georgia at Georgia's Cookie Jar)
4. Juicing lemons without a juicer (Living So Abundantly)
5. Freezer cooking tools (Gretchen at Extraordinary Ordinary Life)
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8. Leftover chicken fat tips (Heather at Feel Good About Dinner)
9. Homemade vanilla extract (Katie at Kitchen Stewardship)
10. Tips for long-term food storage with humidity (Donna at Moms Frugal)
11. Freezing green peppers (Amanda at Traditional Foods)
12. Washing dishes tip (Anna at Kolfinna's Korner)
13. How to make casseroles that people will actually eat (The Gentle Mom)
14. Freezer inventory tips (Elizabeth at Cents-Able Dining)