To save time and money, I frequently buy food in bulk when it's on sale. I also like to cook in bulk and double and triple recipes. One of the things to avoid when pre-cooking food is freezer burn. Some people avoid freezer burn by using a Vacuum Sealer. I have found using a regular zip lock bag and a soda straw work just as well for many items.
How To Avoid Freezer Burn without a Vacuum Sealer
The best way to protect your frozen food from freezer burn is to package it tightly and remove all of the air. I always freeze meats in freezer bags.....never the grocery store packaging For flatter items like steaks, I wrap the steaks tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and label them.
For more shapely items like cooked muffins or meatballs etc., I remove the air by using a soda straw
(1) Package your food in a freezer bag
(2) Zip the top of the bag shut, but leave enough room to insert a soda straw
(3) When the straw is in place, remove the air in the bag by sucking all the air out of the bag
(4) Quickly slip the straw out and seal the bag.
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