With Yom Tov upon us, it’s important to review all the FREEZER TRICKS I share in my cookbook and at my Tupperware Freezer Class demonstrations. I often give out a sheet like this at my demos, called ‘The Deep Freeze” with many freezer tips and tidbits. Bookmark and save these for future reference!
1- Always leave ¼” – ½” at the top of the container to allow for food expansion.
2- Never “burp” before freezing Tupperware freezer containers – seals will pop off quicker when food expands due to reduced air space.
3- Your freezer runs much more efficiently if packed full – (check previous month’s tips).
4- Save money by buying in bulk and flash freezing vegetables and meats – pull out only the number of pieces of amount that you need.
5- Add cornstarch to shredded cheese and then freeze – cheese will not freeze together.
6- Put coffee in freezer in Tupperware and it will not freeze solid and retains the natural oils in the bean which make for a better cup of coffee. One pound of coffee will brew 40 to 50 cups.
7- Use (Tupperware) Jelring for homemade ice cream cakes (layer whatever you please – try adding flavored liqueurs….!)
8- Use (Tupperware) Ice Tups for baby’s boo boos and teething; and don’t forget frozen pops for yourself!
9- More ice crystals form on cheaper brands of ice cream, therefore buy the best!
10- When you remove a Tupperware container from the freezer, wipe the inside of the seal before replacing the container – air temperature change will cause condensation that will drop back onto food causing ice crystals.
11- Always let food cool down before sealing and placing in freezer – because the steam will form condensation which will drop down onto your food and form ice crystals.
12- Make freezer jams and put into 12 oz. tumblers – no cooking or processing needed and tastes like fresh fruit.
13- Freeze juice, iced tea, milk in tumblers for minimum of 2 hours and then put in cooler or lunch bag – they will serve as your ice packs (no others needed-Perfect for Pesach/Succos trips!)
14- Put an onion in the freezer for several minutes before slicing “for no more tears!!”
15- Put a block of cheese in freezer for a half hour and it will not crumble when grating.
16- Cook soups, stews, spaghetti sauce, etc. in bulk and freeze in smaller quantities – it’s cheaper and much easier to clean up one big mess than to clean up 5 little messes!
17- Make extra batter when having waffles or pancakes – cook while you’re eating, then flash freeze on a foil-lined tray and place in large rectangle container. You’ll always have a quick “nosh” ready to heat and serve!
18- Freeze candles to make them burn more slowly and last longer. Works great for tapers—very thick candles may crack.
I’d like to share with you a delicious soup my daughter-in-law, Laya prepares. Friends who have made this recipe have witnessed their family members “licking the plate”! It freezes very well when you double or triple the recipe. This is a perfect recipe for a cold or “blizzard” day! It would also complement your Succos menu.