Portion Control is a Freeze when You Freeze

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      Where there’s a chill, there’s a way—to control food portions, that

      is. Freezing foods in portion-controlled servings can help put the

      brakes on overeating. It’s also an easy way to have the right amount

      of ingredients at your fingertips when you’re cooking.

      Here are essential tips for using your freezer to its full portion-

      control potential.

      Meat, Poultry and Fish

      Remove items from their original wrappings. Wrap each piece (about 4

      oz) in plastic wrap (or aluminum foil) and place two to four wrapped

      pieces in a large freezer bag; label and date it with a permanent

      marker. Press out the air, seal the bag and freeze it in a single

      layer. (Once frozen, you can fold bags over for easy stacking.) Or

      forget the plastic bags and try Glad® Press’n Seal Freezer® Wrap.

      Place your food on a sheet of the wrap; fold over the wrap and press

      along the edges to make a tight seal. (You can freeze burgers and

      extra tortillas like this, too.)

      Sauces and Spreads

      Make a light version of a pesto or creamy tomato sauce and spoon the

      sauce into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop out the cubes into a

      sealable freezer bag or other airtight container (make sure to label

      and date the items). When you’re ready to cook, defrost only as many

      cubes as you need.

      Bagels, Bread and Muffins

      Wrap each serving (two slices of light bread, a pre-sliced mini bagel

      or two mini muffins, for example) in plastic wrap and place them in

      freezer bags. Defrost only as much as you need; the items can go

      straight from freezer to toaster.

      Soups, Chilies and Stews

      Make a big pot of soup, chili or stew and freeze it in quart-size

      freezer bags. (Only fill the bags halfway and squeeze out any excess

      air.) When ready to eat, submerge a frozen bag in a pot of gently

      boiling water for a few minutes—just like boil-in-the-bag rice.

      Homemade Frozen Dinners

      Store leftovers in single-serve portions or cook in large batches

      with the intention of freezing extras. Store them in airtight, single-

      serve containers and enjoy them on too-busy-to-cook nights or as take-

      to-work lunches. Tupperware’s® Meal Solutions To Go Pack is perfect

      for the office. You get an insulated carrier case with four small

      storage containers that can go from freezer to microwave to

      dishwasher.

      Cookie Dough

      Divide your dough into individual balls and place them on a cookie

      sheet lined with parchment or wax paper or a silicone baking mat. Pop

      the whole tray in the freezer and once frozen, place the balls in an

      airtight container or tightly-sealed freezer bag. Remove and bake

      only as many as cookies as you need (there’s no need to defrost the

      dough first).

      Kelly in IL

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