Freezing Chicken

A 2 lb. block of rock-hard frozen chicken breast doesn't exactly inspire you to whip up a quick and tasty dinner, does it?

 Do yourself a favor and make it easy to defrost chicken by prepping it before you put it in the freezer.

Just take a hint from those packages of flash-frozen chicken breasts you can get from the supermarket that are individual and separate. Why pay extra for those when you can freeze your own and get the same results? It isn't much work and you can take out as many as you need without defrosting more than you want.

Here's what you'll need to do this:

  • Enough freezer space for a cookie sheet to lay somewhat flat and level on top of your other frozen food. Make sure you have this before you start.
  • A cookie sheet
  • Plastic wrap or wax paper (I prefer wax paper).
  • Some good quality freezer bags.
  • Your package of chicken, of course. It can be breasts, tenders, parts, etc. Whatever you prefer. It works for all these.
  • Optional: cutting board and fillet knife for trimming.
Start by laying down a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper over the cookie sheet. If you wish, you can at this point trim your chicken of extra skin, fat, etc. on your cutting board. This can save you some time when you use it at a later date. Open the package of chicken and place each piece down separate from the other. Cover loosely with another another sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer. Wait for a few hours to overnight, depending on how cold your freezer runs and how thick your chicken is. When chicken is frozen remove each piece from the tray. Don't worry if you have some trouble getting the plastic wrap or wax paper off, it won't matter when you are defrosting your chicken. Place as many pieces as you wish in your freezer bags and label and date them. You can now return them to the freezer until needed.  

You can apply this method to other meat as well, such as hamburgers, steaks or pork chops. The results are equally as good.

Next: Avoiding Freezer Burn

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