Equipment Needed for Freezing Food

Inside: Preserve garden harvests or store-bought deals with freezing food. Discover effective methods to keep food fresh longer.

Freezing food is an effective way to preserve the food you grow in your garden or buy on sale from stores. Despite how useful it can be, many people are intimidated by the idea of freezing their food because they don't know how to prevent freezer burn, or from having everything clumped together.

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Equipment Needed for Freezing Food

Freezing foods is considered simpler than canning, and it is much quicker. It's quicker than dehydrating and easier to use out of the freezer than after dehydrating. Freezing is super easy with only a few required items.

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Cookie Sheets for Freezing Food

You'll need cookie sheets for a few different things that you may freeze.

Cookie sheets provide a flat surface for freezing small foods like berries or foods chopped/sliced in pieces, such as fruit and bell peppers. This keeps things from clumping together, making it easier to use some of what you freeze versus having to use or take all of it out of the freezer.

Once frozen, you can remove the food and place it in a bag.

The other use for cookie sheets is as a flat surface on which to place soft plastic bags full of food you want to freeze. They'll take up less space when frozen flat.

Without the sheet or tray, the bags bulge down between the bars of the freezer shelf and freeze to it.

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Wax Paper

To prevent things from sticking to your cookie sheets use wax paper to line your cookie sheets when you freeze. Your food will slide right off once frozen.

Zip-top Plastic Bags

These are really handy for freezing non-liquid foods like berries, chopped vegetables, and herbs. Get the freezer bags as they are stronger and thicker than just zip-top storage bags.

Don't forget to get as much air as possible out of the bags before freezing. This is key to preventing freezer burn!

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Glass Jars

As with canning, glass Mason jars can be great for freezing.

You simply add the food to the jar and add liquid to fill in the space, or no liquid, depending on the food, and leave 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches from the top to allow for expansion.

Some people recommend only using the jars without shoulders for freezing. I freeze in regular jars all the time and I have never had them break. Simply do not fill past the shoulders. This will give contents room for expansion in freezing.

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Vacuum Sealers

Vacuum-sealed bags shield items from freezer burn, and their compressed size will take up less space in your storage areas. They’re also handy for preserving leftovers—just seal them up and toss them in the fridge or freezer.  

There are many different styles available, and different bag sizes. You'll find a vacuum sealer handy for when you harvest animals, fruits, and vegetables.

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Chest Freezer

You can freeze food in any freezer, but if you have a large quantity that you're going to be dipping into all winter, a chest freezer, or just a separate upright freezer in your garage or basement, can be very helpful.

Also, chest freezers go to a lower temperature than freezers attached to refrigerators, making food last longer and killing more microbes. Plus you aren't going into them as often letting the cold out as often as with a freezer attached to your fridge.

I have moved away from freezing as our main storage for things like peppers because our area has a chance of long power outages in the winter and I hate to lose our hard-earned food.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What basic equipment do I need to start freezing food at home? To begin freezing food at home, you'll need essential equipment such as freezer-safe containers or bags for storing food, airtight sealing devices like vacuum sealers or freezer tape, labels and markers for proper labeling, a freezer thermometer to monitor temperature, and a freezer with adequate space and efficient cooling capacity.

    Can I use regular plastic containers for freezing food, or do I need special freezer-safe containers? While you can use regular plastic containers for freezing food, it's important to ensure they are labeled as freezer-safe to prevent cracking or warping at low temperatures.

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