Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

by Chris Gardner

Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

The snow is finally melting this week, but it's always soup season for me. I work at home, so I love spending weekends cooking up all kinds of healthful soups and freezing them, so I can microwave one quickly while in the middle of a project.

I'm aiming to do have one of those very soup marathons this weekend, and it brings up the classic cook ahead questions: once everything has simmered down so wonderfully, in what do you store all of it?

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How To: Make Your Own Freeze Pops at Home

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Your Own Freeze Pops at Home

Growing up, I heard these things called everything - tubepops, freeze pops, freezesicles, those long plastic popsicles in the plastic things...for some reason, we even called them "fatties." But no one ever called them "healthy," and understandably so: traditional recipes are nothing more than sugar, water, faux flavoring, and lots of chemical coloring.

But, if you've access to a vacuum food sealer - we've been drooling over this one for years - you can make your own with any fruit juice or popsicle recipe you please. The Kitchn has come up with this cool "pre-divide then fill with straws" recipe that we think is brilliant!

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The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar

by Chris Gardner

The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think all tasty treats belong in individual servings, and most things belong in jars. (Just not brains...)

Plus, with this recipe from Our Best Bites, you can store them in the freezer and have pie whenever the mood strikes! I best they'd work equally well with savory options.

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How To: Quick and Easy Homemade Ice Packs.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Quick and Easy Homemade Ice Packs.

Your handpacked lunch. Sore joints. Picnics. Having a quick source of cold is infinitely helpful for keeping what you need chilled, and doing it well.

As it turns out, you can make your own - infinately sizeable and shapeable - but just limited how water freezes by adding something with a much lower freezing point, like alcohol....both the rubbing and the, er, vodka kind.

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20 Foods That Freeze Surprisingly Well...and 20 That Don't.

by Chris Gardner

Contents of freezer door, Flickr

The fall harvest, prolific gardens, bulk discount stores, or weekend cooking frenzies. We often find ourselves with an abundance of deliciousness, but full bellies. So what to do with long-term leftovers and extra ingredients? As it turns out, your freezer is just as suited to hold fresh ingredients and homemade dishes as commercial pizza rolls and popsicles.

DIYLife lists twenty foods that freeze perfectly, and twenty that won't fare so...

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Bulk Freeze with Individual Portions.

by Chris Gardner

With only two people in my house, there's always food to freeze. But that big iceberg of sauce can take hours to bring to temp, plus I usually don't need all of it. Sure, I could freeze things in smaller containers, but that wastes bags or those plastic boxes, plus it takes up much more space.

This tip from Lunch in a Box offers a solution:"A standard tip for freezing ground foods or thick sauces in small portions is to first put the food into...

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