Last week Fiesta grocery store had a great deal on boneless chicken breasts; $1.27/lb. I know. I bought three packages, spent $15 and brought home a huge pile of meat. Of course I figured I'd blog about it, cuz everyone wants to know about the deal. Ok, so you probably don't, but I did think I could share some pictures of what I do with all of this meat.
You want to package it in such a way that you can get just the amount that you need the next time you are getting food out for dinner. One nice thing about separating the chicken from it's original packaging is that you can get all the gooey chicken blood all thrown out today and it won't get your fridge all gross when it defrosts.
If you normally use a whole breast piece, then with these you would only need to cut them in half. If you like to use strips for cooking stir fry, you could cut that apart now too. I sliced my chicken in horizontally, so that it made an almost flat piece of chicken and it would cook evenly without drying out the tip.
First, get out enough pieces of wax paper to take care of the number of portions you plan to freeze. Also get out enough freezer bags to hold the meat too. If you aren't sure, guess and add one more. Once your hands get all goopey and icky you won't want to go digging back into your pantry for more bags.
Next, open up the chicken packages, and cut into usable size pieces based on what you want to do with it later.
Then portion it out on the wax paper. Place the chicken on half of the wax paper and then fold over so that it is covered completely by the wax paper. This will allow you to put multiple pieces of chicken in one bag, but also be able to separate them later without having to thaw out the whole batch.
Here are my chicken pieces ready for their freezer bags. I was able to get six pieces into one bag. When it's time to cook I will likely use only 4-5 pieces because these were from giant well endowed chickens. My father would have said they had arthritis if they were women, but that's a whole other story.
Then label your freezer bags with what you've got in there. You can also cross out what used to be in there if you are reusing a bag or two. Then into the freezer they go.
Of course I didn't remember to take a picture of that step. I'm new to this whole blogging experience after all.