Friday, May 21, 2010

duh!

For years now I have been buying meats in bulk and then portioning and freezing them at home.  I can never get the pieces into the Ziploc bag with out touching it on the zipper part.  I always try to wash it off as well as I can but I'm always afraid of salmonella or cross contamination since I'm just throwing it into the freezer with everything else! I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize this..... but if you fit your ziploc bag over a container you can avoid touching the meats to the top at all because the sides are slid down over the side.  Plus you have your other hand free since you aren't holding the bag open.
I only do this with the gallon size bags.  If you're using the quart size, just fold the sides down like so:
 This also works well if you freeze tomato sauces or soups.   Perhaps everybody else already does this?

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