Tips and Tricks for Freezing and Thawing Meals December 15 2016

Freezing in Mason Jars 

Shoulders - Any mason jar with a straight edge can be frozen without risk of exploding. Quart jars and narrow mouth pint jars are not a safe choice as they have that "shoulder" where the jar comes in at the top. It also makes them much more annoying to defrost.

How to thaw and freeze food in Mason Jars from Back to Basics Kitchen in Broomfield, CO.

Head Room -When freezing in straight edge jars always double check you have enough head room - space above the liquid that gives it room to expand when it freezes.

Pop the seal on any vaccum sealed items before you freeze them and check the head room.

For any jars that are not safe to freeze, transfer to your favorite freezer safe container.

Don't have one? We love putting our items to freeze in plastic ziploc bags. Freeze them flat and stack them to maximize your storage space. If you freeze in another glass freezer safe container you may also use the tip below.

Thawing in Mason Jars can be FAST!
Simply dunk glass jar in hot water to release the food easily slide out of the dish for a quick heat in a pot.  It you're really in a rush (I've done this already this week) you can just rotate the jar under hot water running in your kitchen sink. Perhaps not the most environmentally friendly option. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. 

This works best with more liquid items like soups, stews and chili, but you can certainly try it with other items like roasted veggies if you're in a pinch.

Frozen Sale Items available from Broomfield's Back to Basics Kitchen

Freezable Items are Tagged
Search our menu by clicking the "freezable" tag/button at the top of the menu to see what is recommended for freezing each week.  This includes meals that are not in mason jars as well.

We recommend thawing non-jarred meals by putting them in the fridge the night before to defrost. 

If you don't think you'll want all of a particular dish (like lasagna) at once, go ahead and cut it up before you freeze so you can thaw one portion at a time.