Thrifty Thursday: Free “Perfect” Portions

 

perfect portions
     Do you ever just want to use only one boneless chicken breast for a meal? Casseroles, stir-fry, whatever–sometimes all you need is one (when your family is small).
     Well, I used to store them in the freezer in pairs in quart size bags. It seemed like a waste of space and bags to just put one in a bag. But the problem was, even if I just needed one breast, I had to thaw out 2. What if I wanted something besides chicken breast for dinner the next night? 
     Well, I started saving the produce bags I get at the grocery store. I only use the bags dry produce has been in (nothing that’s been “misted” all day). Otherwise it will start to get a funky smell.
     I usually get 2 or 3 dry bags in a shopping trip, so I have enough when I am ready to buy and put away a big package of chicken. Here’s what I do:  
     I drop a chicken breast in a produce bag and roll it up.

     Then I put the individually wrapped chicken breasts into a gallon freezer Ziploc bag. Now they are ready to thaw out, one at a time, in the fridge over night (You might want to put it in a bowl). And voila! My own perfect portions!

perfect portions storage

     I like this idea because it helps me not waste the extra breast if I don’t get a chance to use it. It also gives me another use for all those produce bags that seem pretty clean, but I’ve never had a use for. And I didn’t spend money on “special” little bags, since they come free with produce.

     Do you have any frugal food freezing or storage tips to share?
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Comments

  1. What a smart way to use those bags! I have been holding on to mine but hadn’t thought to use them in that way.

  2. HAHAHAHA I’VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR YEARS! AHHHHH Great minds think alike!

  3. Great way to recycle those bags. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Talk about a duh moment! Great eco-friendly tip.

  5. Good way to use those bags!

  6. Pretty clever!

  7. Smart! Reuse if you cannot reduce, they say!

  8. I like this idea! Our children are grown and gone but they do come in some and we never know when. This way we could use package small and use as we need! Thanks for the info.

  9. As empty nesters where one of us is often away, this would work VERY well for us! Thanks!

  10. That is a genius idea! I have the same problem and I bought those perfect portions bags, but this is FREE. I love it! Thank you!!

  11. This makes since and I never really thought to store my meets away like this before, Thnaks for the review

  12. Maria Iemma says:

    What a good idea – this will save money. As usual, you come up with excellent information

  13. bxcrochet says:

    what a rea idea

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

  14. I wonder if you can “flash freeze” chicken breast like you can fruit, etc. and then there wouldn’t be a need for more than one bag. Freeze them on a tray for a little bit, then when you put them in a bag and then they don’t stick together. I haven’t heard of anyone doing this, but I have seen packages of frozen chicken in the stores that have all the breasts (or tenders) in a bag, but you can take them out individually. So I do wonder if it would be okay to do it at home as well.

  15. This is such a great idea! Thanks!

  16. I have been trying to find a way to sustainably do this without waste and mess. This is genius!

  17. rubyswan says:

    Great idea,truthfully I hadnt thought about individualizing each portion..but now I will..:D! thanQ UR A MOMMY SAV-HER! ((giggle:))!!
    redz041@yahoo.com

  18. That is such a great idea, I would have never thought about doing that. Thanks!

  19. Interesting! Never thought of doing that. Very creative 🙂

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