Could I use a muffin tin to portion everything out then pop them into baggies after frozen? I would like to start having a stock pile for my little one.. I only have one so I don't need crazy amounts of food. Plus, I want to try and get a system before July.. We have a camping trip the weekend of the 4th. I will have a sitter lined up.. I have a few people willing to take her for a few days.. All 3 have/had ferrets.. One even volunteers at the local Ferret Shelter (she will probably be my pick) So once I get a system together I want the sitter to have no trouble feeding my little girl.
Long story short, Could I use a muffin tin? Freeze? and Pop into baggies?
Yeah you can, the only thing would be the meat sticking to the pan. I chop into portion sized pieces and put on a tray with gaps between. I usually put down a piece of greaseproof paper first to stop them sticking to the tray, and then I put another piece on top and do another layer of meat (best if they sit in the gaps of the layer below) and repeat as many times as I need. I've done upto 5 layers this way and not had a problem. Then like you said, once it's frozen peel off the paper and put the portions into a labeled bag. Then have all the bags together so it's easy for me (or someone else) to find and feed the right thing.
Before this I used to use tubs (took up so much space both in and out of the freezer) and individual bags for each meal (such a waste and more messy as you have to wait for the food to defrost before getting rid of the bag). This is my favourite way by far.
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I just pop portions straight into baggies and freeze. If however you are talking about soupies then yes- use another container like a muffin tray, or ice cube tray, portion, freeze, then baggie.
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Just an update I ended up using a metal muffin tin to help with my frozen meals.. I would cut up the meats, portion them out, wiped olive oil inside the tin to help release the meat, and put in the freezer, gave it a day or so to freeze and then popped them out into a gallon freezer bag labeled with what it was.. I left my husband home with them for a weekend, and he ended up defrosting a whole bag of meals instead of pulling out one patty. needless to say I put the meals for my husband into little containers labeled what was inside and what day he needed to give it to them. lol
I've only had to throw a couple lids away over the past couple years because they're the first part to warp or wear out. I may have to throw out a couple lids because they are starting to peel a little bit, but otherwise they're pretty durable.
I know one great way to store food in the fridge. At my home I store food in special plastic containers, I bought them here allinpackaging.co.uk/food-packaging/catering-containers/ Such containers are easy in use and do not take up much space in the fridge. You can try to use these containers to store your food. I hope it helps.