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Pick up some new cooking techniques with the tips and tricks in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Freezable foods
- Reheatable plates
- Sauce, gravy, oil, or butter
- Freezer-safe plastic wrap
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Microwave-safe plastic dome or paper towels
- Frozen vegetables (optional)
Know which foods freeze well
Know which cooked foods freeze well. Rice, pasta, and bean dishes; stews; roasted, baked, or broiled meat and poultry; and vegetables all reheat nicely. Cooked fish can be frozen, but defrosting and reheating may affect the texture. Don't freeze fried foods, which can turn rancid when warmed up.
Use the proper container
Use the proper container. If you plan to microwave the meal, arrange the leftovers on a sturdy paper plate or microwaveable dish. For oven heating, use an aluminum pie plate. Don't mound food higher than an inch and a half or it won't reheat evenly.
Keep food moist
Spoon a little sauce, gravy, oil, or butter on the food to help prevent freezer burn and keep it moist. If you're using a sectioned plate, add a dessert! Sliced cake, cupcakes, and cookies freeze and defrost well.
Let food cool
Let food cool before covering the plate with freezer-safe plastic wrap, forcing out as much air as possible. Then wrap it tightly with a couple of layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil, sealing the edges tightly.
Label the meal with the contents and date before putting it in the freezer, where it will stay good up to four months.
To reheat, remove the wrapping. If using a microwave, cover with a plastic dome or paper towels, with a corner turned back to allow steam to be released. Nuke on defrost for about eight minutes, and then on high for three to five. If reheating in the oven, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
Enjoy your homemade TV dinner! And keep experimenting until you have a few go-to frozen meals down to a science.