Freezing Bulk Meats Fast & Easy – Tips 101
The other day while shopping for our monthly groceries, I had the chance to purchase some meat in bulk at a good price… Do you buy meat in bulk?
Low Price Bulk Meat
This was a beautiful uncut pork loin, even with the low price I had to think twice about it. The thought of cutting it up and repackage the meat to get it ready for the freezer, just did not motivate me to take advantage of the good deal.
Instead I purchased a smaller pre-cut bulk pack… The price was not as low as the uncut piece of meat, but I did not feel as overwhelmed with the thought of all the preparations needed for the larger piece of meat. Do you hesitate to buy meats in bulk because of all the work to process it?
Germs & Freezing Bulk Meats
One of my big concerns with repackaging meat for the freezer is the germs. I do not want to contaminate my kitchen with juices from raw meat, I know it is silly right?
But, I found a way to keep the juices contained or at least off the outsides of the bags that I fill with the meat… and make repackaging it fast and easy…
Repackaging Bulk Meat
Quite by accident and probably out of laziness I started doing something that helps me keep my kitchen and my freezer bags cleaner than when I repackaged bulk meat in the past…
What am I doing? I am pre-freezing the meat before package it.
The easy way that I pre – freeze bulk meats is to put the cut pieces on a cookie sheet or some other kind of tray before putting them in the freezer. Here I am using a plastic restaurant food tray that I purchased for another project…
Before putting them on the tray or cookie sheet, I line the tray or sheet with either plastic or freezer wrap to keep the meat from sticking to the tray,,, I have not tried it but I would guess that a plastic tray would release the meat without a lining, but it would need to be bendable like a ice tray to pop them off…
Once the meat is on the lined sheets or trays, just put them in the freezer…
Freeze Bulk Meat
I keep the meat in the freezer till it is solid or overnight… The meat does not get freezer burnt in such a short time…
Package The Frozen Meat
Now I have done this two ways after the meat is frozen I will wrap each one individually then add them to bigger bags of 6 or so.
Lately, I have just been adding them without individual wrappings into a large freezer bag… While I like to use freezer bags to package the frozen meat, there are many choices…Reusable plastic containers or freezer paper, really whatever you usually use.
I did learn something today while writing this that might be good to pass on, some plastics get brittle in the freezer and will break, crack or chip after freezing, so if you want long lasting durable plastic freezer container look for those labeled for freezer use… Now I know why my plastic containers have been breaking after being in the freezer…
I hope “Freezing Bulk Meats Fast & Easy – Tips 101” helps you save time freezing bulk meats.
Recommended Storage Times
Freezing slows bacteria from growing on our foods, but it does not stop the frozen food from aging… Check Out This Infographic for Recommended Storage Times!
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