How do you keep your meats from gettting freezer burn?

United States
May 19, 2008 10:35pm CST
I'm wondering what you use to keep your meats, beef, chicken, etc. from getting freezer burn. Most times I use aluminum foil, but that's not always sufficient to keep meats tasting fresh. I've tried double wrapping the meats, but that doesn't help either. I've tried all sorts of things from Saran wrap to Tupperware trying to keep my meats fresh. But, nothing seems to work. I'm thinking of using those double freezer bags that supposedly lock out freezer burn. How do you keep your meats from getting freezer burn or going bad in the freezer? Would love some tips. Thanks!
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
20 May 08
Wrap it in plastic wrap, then in foil, and then in freezer paper and hold it shut with freezer tape. That is how my dad used to wrap up his venison when I was a kid. You can buy Reynold's brand freezer paper in the grocery store in the same aisle as the aluminum foil.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I will try those ideas. Thanks!
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
28 Jun 08
It's the air that gets trapped in the freezer bags that causes food to freezer burn. I got one of those Reynold's vacuum sealers. I wrap the meat first in several layers of saran wrap so it doesn't leak into the bag. Then I put the meat in the bag and vacuum out all the air. The bags are a bit expensive but wrapping the meat in the saran wrap let me reuse them. I do this with vegetables too. If I don't wrap them in the saran wrap then the meat juices get in the second layer where the air is pulled out of the bag
@katsmeow1213 (28467)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I mostly use the freezer bags, but that doesn't always do the trick either. What I've started to do is wrap in aluminum foil, THEN put it in a freezer baggy. Sometimes I will also wrap another plastic bag around that, just to be super safe.
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I've had that same problem for years and finally found something good. Ziplock makes new freezer bags that are blue (might be Glad) and they have a lining and then the bag. They're great and it's what we use now. I bought them on sale and by accident (grabbed the wrong box) and I've loved them since. It helps keep them fresh.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
24 Jun 08
sealer - See? It seals!
I wrap them in foil then put in a freezer bag. Or we also have a sealer that really works great but the bags are very expensive!
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
24 Jun 08
Hi There, The trick is to get all the air out of the packaging before you freeze it. What I do is wrap it in a freezer lock sandwich bag first. After that I put a number of wrapped up pieces into a big freezer bag. The bag is so full of wrapped meat there is no room for anything else. Also, I make sure to squeeze out any air before I seal the bag. No air equals no freezer burn. cheers,
@mizcash (686)
• Canada
24 Jun 08
Once I get home I repackage the meats in freezer bags, that usually keeps them good, but I do not buy a whole lot at a time just enough until my next shopping day. I hate cooking stale meat.
@miryam (6510)
• Italy
20 May 08
i buy the apposit bags or plastic sachet, or platic apposit contenitor......easy myryam
• United States
20 May 08
Well, I bought one of those vacuum sealers...I love it! Other than that, I would recommend using freezer paper. Wrap it up tight- and you can wrap it in saran wrap and/or foil first if you like. But, make sure it is wrapped tight and that the paper is taped closed.