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 Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

January 1, 2011

Your Freezer Can Be Your Best Friend During the Holidays

Now is the time to stock up on holiday foods, to make the season brighter.

Many appetizers, cookies, and breads freeze very well. You can adapt recipes slightly; like cook your vegetable minestrone 10 minutes less than the recipes call for or undercook your pasta.

Rather than freezing one large, deep casserole, divide it into two smaller, shallow casseroles, cool quickly in the refrigerator, then wrap tightly and freeze. Using packaging meant specifically for the freezer is important to avoid freezer burn. Freezer burn is actually dehydration; the food loses moisture when not properly wrapped. The food isn't unsafe to eat, just not appetizing.

To reheat foods, you can bake in the oven at 350 degrees, reheat on the stovetop on medium low heat. Baked goods can stand at room temperature, in the freezer wrapping, until thawed.

And make sure to clearly mark each package with the recipe name, and keep a running total of what's in your freezer and rotate foods often. And this holiday season when you head out

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