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 Preparing Smaller Portions of Meat For Freezing

Smaller cuts of meat are excellent for freezing because they ensure that family meals are always available. They can also be bought in bulk and packed for the freezer in portions large enough for a family meal.


HOW TO FREEZE CHOPS AND STEAKS
Lamb chops separated by kitchen foil If bought in bulk, decide how many chops or steaks are needed for a meal. For each meal's worth, cut out small pieces of freezer paper or kitchen foil. These should be large enough to separate each slice of meat.

Place the dividers between each slice of meat. This will enable each slice to be defrosted separately which is much quicker than defrosting them all together.


Cut kitchen foil large enough so that it will cover the meat two or three times.

Wrap the foil tightly round all of the slices of meat. Ensure that the ends of the package are wrapped well. Try to exclude as much air as possible.

Lamb chops covered in foil


Lamb chops ready for the freezer Place the foil-wrapped meat in a plastic bag and mark it up with the contents and the packing date.

Tie up the end of the plastic bag excluding as much air as possible.

HOW TO FREEZE MINCED MEAT
Minced meat keeps for around three months in a freezer and makes a great meal standby for bolognaise, curries etc. The meat can be packed in polythene freezer bags or plastic containers. If using bags, wrap them closely around the minced meat. Label up the bags or containers and store in the freezer.

HOW TO FREEZE BACON
If the bacon is in a vacuum pack then simply put the vacuum pack in a labelled plastic bag and store in the freezer. If the pack is too large for one meal or you are using loosely packed bacon then separate it into meal sized portions.

Wrap each portion up in kitchen foil as described above for chops and steaks. Place the portions into a labelled, dated and tied polythene bag and store in the freezer. When a portion is required, simply open the plastic bag, remove a portion, reseal the bag quickly and store in the freezer again.

HOW TO FREEZE UNCOOKED MEAT PIES
When the uncooked meat pie (this includes pastry covered pies) is in the dish ready to be cooked, closely wrap the dish and pie with two or three layers of cooking foil. Place the package carefully the correct way up in a labelled freezer bag. Close of the bag with a tie and place carefully in the freezer.

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