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Thrifty Thursday: Free “Perfect” Portions

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     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!

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     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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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