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One of the things I learned from my mom was how to be frugal with the grocery budget. Feeding a family of 9 kids was no small task. And four of those kids were teenaged boys! My mom knew how shop smart and make food stretch. She would shop in bulk when prices were low. That way when the prices went high, she was still enjoying her low priced foods from our food storage.
Well I have taken the same approach with our meats. Goodness knows that the price of meat is higher than it’s ever been. So I learned from my mom to buy in bulk when the price is low and store it up!
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Just by taking a small gander at our meal recipes, you can tell how much we love chicken! Goodness, we have so many meals with chicken. So that is one of the big dishes we buy in bulk when the price is low.
But how do you store chicken? Obviously, we can’t just put it into the fridge. It won’t last. There are 2 efficient ways to store up chicken. 1. Can the chicken and 2. Freeze the chicken!
How to Freeze Chicken
To begin to freeze chicken breasts you start first by pulling out your reliable cutting board and your slicing knife. You definitely want a slicing knife. Its quality is designed specifically for cutting meat. It will make the process go very smoothly and the result will be very smooth sliced meat. Instead of a piece of chicken that looks like it’s been shredded or hacked with ragged edges. Just trust me, you want a slicing knife!!
Begin by slicing the chicken breast in half. So you have 2 individual breasts.
Next, trim off the extra fat around the chicken breast. Also, slice off any tough gristle you might happen to run into.
Next, you want to pull out your Foodsaver! I have frozen chicken in regular freezer ziplock bags. And in the Foodsaver bags. Let me tell you, the Foodsaver chicken lasted much longer than anything I put in the freezer bags.
Your chicken, your wallet, and your dinner will thank you for using the Foodsaver! Our chicken stays fresh with zero freezer burn!
You will need to create your “bag” with the Foodsaver. Pull out the bag and slice off the size you desire. For chicken, I generally go for 2 “table” strips on the side. This allows ample room for the chicken and labeling.
Then you will seal the one end. This way you have an actual bag with only one opening instead of 2.
Fill the FoodSaver bag with the trimmed chicken breasts. I usually fill one bag with enough chicken breast for a family meal. That is usually 2 large chicken breasts or 3 small-medium chicken breasts.
Either way, it usually comes out to close to 2 lbs of chicken in a bag. If you want you can use a kitchen scale to measure accurately.
Then place the open end of the FoodSaver bag into the machine and let it do its amazing work. It will suck all the air out of the bag and create a seal that will prevent any air from re-entering. And it ensures long-lasting chicken breasts. It will also protect against freezer burn.
Repeat this process until you have all of your chicken sealed into Foodsaver bags.
Now we will label each bag. You will want to label with the Contents and the Date!
Also make sure you use a quality marker that won’t rub off while it sits in the freezer, like a permanent marker or a BIC Mark It marker. This way you know when your chicken breasts were processed. Make sure to always use the oldest first.
Lastly, we move all the labeled chicken breasts to the freezer! Thank goodness we got an upright Freezer for our anniversary a few years ago! I have wanted one for a long time! I cleared a spot on the shelf and simply stacked them neatly. Newest in the back and oldest in the front to get used first.
If you have a chest freezer, I just saw the best idea, place your chicken into one of those reusable shopping bags and then place it into the chest freezer. Each type of meat gets its own bag. That way it makes it easier to pull stuff out when you are looking for chicken breasts, or hamburger or such that might be at the bottom. And it keeps all the like meats together so you know when you need to get more.
Now close the door and walk away. Your chicken will freeze. It will be protected from freezer burn. And it will be ready for you whenever you need it!
When frozen this way, chicken can last 2-3 years in the freezer. Talk about extending freezer life! When I froze chicken in the Freezer ziplock bags they didn’t even make it 6 months until we had frostbite! So I definitely always use my Foodsaver when I freeze meats or fruits for the freezer.
To Thaw, simply remove the chicken from the freezer. Place on a plate in the fridge overnight. Or you can thaw in a sink of cold water. Never leave it on the counter.
Last night we just made chicken curry out of our chicken that I froze!! And it still tasted fresh and had a great texture to the chicken breasts!
Check out these Great Recipes to create with your chicken!
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